[pccgrads] Outreach Opportunity - High School

Sarah Ragen sragen at uw.edu
Thu Dec 5 11:24:55 PST 2019


Hi PCC community,


We are still looking for 2 or 3 more volunteer for the Northwest School Winterfest. This is a low key way to interact with local high schoolers and let them know how you study climate change. This is an event for anyone and everyone who studies climate from all different angles.


Please let me know <sragen at uw.edu> if you are interested in joining in this opportunity. See below for details. Thanks!


Best,
Sarah


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Each year the Science and Math Departments at The Northwest School put together Winterfest, a day set aside to celebrate math and science throughout the whole school.



If you’d be able to circulate the request below to your list of rockstar folks at UW who enjoy doing outreach and education around climate change, and help us line up a few folks to join us for Winterfest, I would be super grateful.



Here are the details:

• Each year the Science and Math Departments at The Northwest School put together Winterfest, a day set aside to celebrate math and science throughout the whole school right before Winter Break begins.

• This year Winterfest is on December 20, 2019.

• During Winterfest, students are divided into 5 groups, each comprised of about 100 students across grades 6-12, and they engage in various science activities and demonstrations from 8:30am-1pm.



We would like one of the stations they rotate through to be a panel of 3-5 people (grad students, professors, research scientists, etc.) working in fields directly related to climate change to give students a flavor for how folks are using science to better understand and address climate change and climate justice.



It would be awesome to bring together a group working on climate change from a variety of angles—e.g., marine biology, atmospheric science, public health, climate impacts and the built environment, engineering, food systems, AI, etc.—and especially those using a lens of justice.



There are 6 rotations during the day, so if people aren’t able to stay for the whole day, we could have two different panels—one with folks for the first half of the day from 8:30-11:00am and one group who covers 11:00am-1:00pm. Each panel discussion would run for about 20-30 minutes, and include a brief description of each panelist’s work and then Q&A from students.





Many thanks,

Jenny



More detail on Winterfest:

It is a mix of students engaging in different science topics that are generally based on specific content in various classes. (Rockets...12th grade Physics, Chemistry lessons (all climate-themed)...11th and 12th grade Chemistry, Paper Airplanes, etc.) The goal is to give students a peek into the types of science they might study in upper grades and to have a day devoted to the wonders and excitement of math and science. Math will not be playing much of a role this year with so many new teachers.



SARAH RAGEN

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

SCHOOL OF OCEANOGRAPHY

OFFICE: OSB 331A

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