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ESIP Education Committee Implementation Plan 2017

About ESIP's Education Committee 2017

  • Chair: Shelley Olds, Vice-Chair: LuAnn Dahlman
  • Website (wiki): Education Wiki Page
  • Monthly Meeting Day/Time: Second Tuesday of the month @ 2:00 PM Eastern

ESIP Vision

To be a leader in promoting the collection, stewardship and use of Earth science data, information and knowledge that are responsive to societal needs.

ESIP 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Goals

  • GOAL 1: Increase the use and value of Earth science data and information.
  • GOAL 2: Strengthen the ties between observations and user communities (e.g. technologies, research, education and applications).
  • GOAL 3: Promote techniques to articulate and measure the socioeconomic value and benefit of Earth science data, information, and applications.
  • GOAL 4: Position ESIP to play a major role in Earth science issues (e.g. addressing effects of climate change mitigation, adaptation and supporting sustainable science data infrastructure).

Resources: 2015-2020 Strategic Plan Executive Summary
Strategic Plan Roadmap

Education Collaboration Area Plan

Education Collaboration Area Objective:

  • Build awareness of and value for Earth Science data and data science among educators, especially in the region that surrounds the ESIP summer meeting locations. The Education Committee recruits local teachers to attend the summer ESIP Education workshop held in parallel to the main ESIP meeting (when applicable there is planned overlap of the meetings)
  • Offer in-reach with the remainder of ESIP when applicable. This will help the group remain relevant with its endeavors moving forward with ESIP and the greater education community

Charge to ESIP Education Committee

The committee's purpose is to promote the use of Earth science data, information, tools, and curricula available through the ESIP Federation among educators and learners. The committee's roles are:

  • To promote and facilitate the development and dissemination of educational products, information, and tools related to Earth and Space Sciences to a broad user community using the wealth of data and expertise available in the ESIP Federation
  • To promote and facilitate the collaboration of ESIP members to develop educational applications of Earth science data products, information, and tools
  • To provide a central organization for ESIP Federation educational materials to facilitate and standardize dissemination/distribution
  • To develop collaborative relationships with other organizations involved in educational activities

Things we may do to fulfill our objectives:

  • In 2017, we will develop and offer two webinars and one workshop on using recreational drones for STEM education.
  • Produce "Out to Lunch” data tool webinar and video series for educators
  • Conduct the ESIP Educator Summer Workshop
  • Design & Publish the ESIP Education Drone Activity E-Book
  • Promote the use of UAV’s as a science & data collection platform in educational environments through workshops and webinars:
- Webinar (part of the Out to Lunch video series)
- Workshop (3 half-day sessions) at Earth Educator's Rendezvous in July 2017
- ESIP Education Workshop partially focused on Drones at the ESIP Summer Meeting
- Workshop at NSTA regional conference in Milwaukee, WI
Topics include data collection & management issues for drone data, activities for continued use in the STEM classroom, after school activities and/or science fair projects
  • Promote data-rich educational resources of ESIP members through web links

Things our collaboration area needs to deliver our objectives?

  • Collaboration with other ESIP working groups and committees.
- Cross-linking on skills to be a data scientist
- Sharing applications of drones to Earth science stories w/ Education committee
  • Looking for other ESIP members (drone cluster participant/SME) who would like to give a 10-minute talk on how to use their data tool as part of the "Out to Lunch" series or during the summer workshop session
  • Feedback on the draft E-Book
  • ESIP member participation in 'survey' of member education (and education resources) websites
  • Continued two-way communication with Federation leadership and the ESIP community

How will we know we are on the right track?

  • Formative evaluation following each of our webinars or teacher workshops. This will allow us to correct course and improve content and interactions before the next workshop/outreach event.
  • Formative assessment during events to measure participant knowledge retention
  • Set clear goals for each webinar, meeting, outreach event or other like events
  • Gauge Interest - do this on a continual basis (workshop registration, webinars, etc…)

How will others know what we are doing in & out of ESIP?

Cross-collaboration area connections

  • E-book distribution - Based on the Drones in STEM events of 2016, the Education Committee aims to produce an E-Book that will act as a guide, curriculum suggestions, and basic background knowledge for including UAV’s in the classroom, after school activities and/or science fair projects.
  • NSTA Sessions - For the 2017 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) workshops, the Education Committee, has committee to one workshop at the National NSTA Conference in LA and submitted session proposals at the Milwaukee regional meetings to present to the science education community on the work that the Education group with recreational drones for educational environments
  • AGU,AMS,GSA (professional conference) - Submit sessions, to sessions, or poster presentations based on the outcomes of the teacher interactions surrounding the summer &other educator workshops
  • Response from recruitment efforts (webinars and summer workshop participation). We have noticed a great response rate.