Celebrate 100 Grant Winners

To celebrate Centennial, members of the Earth and space science community are working hard around the globe to carry out engagement activities that promote the value of Earth and space science.  View the map of Centennial activities around the globe that continues to grow, and apply today for support to carry out your own Celebrate 100 project!


Strategies for Climate Resilience, 2017- Erin Leckey

Walk On Mars 2018 Team

2017 Science Clinic, Malawi-Rochelle Holm

Growing Climate Change Awareness Amongst Students - Garfield Giff, Aurora Research Institute, Canada

Effectively informing youths about the effects of climate driven changes on their environment requires methodologies that visibly identify these effects in a fun-filled, entertaining, interactive and informative manner. This strategy will be even more effective if the lessons are delivered by persons the children can relate to and in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to them. Based on the above premise and the project team’s extensive experience in the delivery of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to Western Arctic students, it is proposed that the most effective method of delivering climate change information to Western Arctic students would be through an on-the-land program that infuses traditional knowledge with Earth and Space science. In this program, students—accompanied by a team of local elders, research scientists, and teachers—will visit local sites where the effects of climate driven changes are identifiable.

Picture Yourself As A Geoscientist Pop Up Booth - Marta Toran, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, USA

The geosciences are the least diverse of all STEM disciplines (Bernard and Cooperdock, 2018), partly owing to lack of early exposure to the field and misperceptions about job opportunities (Sherman-Morris and McNeil, 2016). Our proposal directly addresses these issues by developing a “Picture Yourself as an Earth Scientist" (PYES) Pop Up Photo Booth. This outreach activity will mainly target middle and high school students from underrepresented groups to advertise how a geoscience career can provide a good income while ameliorating environmental and societal issues. The PYES pop-up booth uses a green screen, iPad and props to educate school students about geoscience career paths by helping the audience get into the role of a geoscientist. It is part of a larger initiative to promote geoscience careers among underrepresented groups in North Carolina.

Nepali Teachers' Educational Seismology Workshop - Shiba Subedi, University of Lausanne

As Nepal lies in the heart of a very active seismic zone, Nepali people need to be trained for better preparedness. Our project, “Seismology-at-school in Nepal” (www.seismoschoolnp.org) aims to teach the growing society through students by introducing special classes in Nepali schools. This project involves a two-day workshop on educational seismology for teachers in Pokhara (16-17 April 2019) which will be the main connecting event between earthquake and education specialists, and the teachers of the 20 schools across the region. The goal of the workshop is to explain our educational aims, to show and practice the learning material, to demonstrate the use of a low-cost seismometer, and to answer any question that may arise from the teachers. In particular, we aim to describe the causes and effects of Himalayan earthquakes, plate tectonics and geological history, discuss about the ways for better preparedness for earthquakes, to provide hands-on training on inexpensive seismometers, to teach tasks to follow before, during, and after an earthquake, and to perform evacuation drill exercises. These activities are crucial to make Nepali communities more earthquake-safe.

Rainwater Harvesting Mobile Application for the Karnali River Basin in Western Nepal - Jeeban Panthi, University of Rhode Island, USA

The Karnali river basin has been experiencing rainfall variability and incidents of more frequent drought in recent years. Geographical constraints and people’s relatively low economic capacity and the climatic variability are affecting the water availability to people living therein.  Smallscale water infrastructures such as village ponds and tanks play a crucial role in domestic water-supply and in agriculture where canal irrigation is limited. However, lack of proper knowledge on the installation of rainwater harvesting systems is one of the major hindrances in promoting rainwater harvesting in this region. To address the water scarce condition with the use of ICT, an android based mobile application Aakashepani has been developed using the available physical and socioeconomic information and the cutting-edge technology. Aakaashepani (आकाशेपानी) is an Android-based, userfriendly and interactive mobile application, used for calculating optimal household tank size, and obtaining other technical and financial aspects of rainwater harvesting systems. This application incorporates information from local precipitation patterns, and types and dimensions of roofs and their runoff coefficients, including households’ water requirements. The user needs to provide the water consumption activities such as demography, livestock etc. Using the information, monthly water requirement and availability is assessed to generate the optimal tank size for each household at a specific location.  The application also provides the user with an estimated cost, and a list of nearby vendors where people can purchase the parts of the rainwater harvesting system. This application is freely available and highly customized to the local context of the Karnali basin, providing excellent opportunity to build up the adaptive capacity of the local people. This application was released recently and is freely available in Google Play Store. The grant will provide hands-on training on the app installation, tank size calculation and the science behind the application.  

Ad Astra Academy Brazil -Jeffrey Marlow, Geobiology, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

The Ad Astra Academy empowers under-resourced students to pursue education through the inspirational power of earth and space science. Over five months in 2019, a team of scientists and educators will work with local partners in Rio de Janeiro to offer hands-on, project-based lessons on the scientific method, conservation, astrobiology, and space exploration. Students will visit local ecosystems and Skype with NASA’s mission control to acquire never-before-seen images of Mars. A community event will inspire learning beyond the classroom and strategy sessions will provide students with personalized next steps to pursue STEM careers.

Mindful Climate Action-Margaret Mooney, NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS), Madison, Wisconsin, USA

An interdisciplinary team of physicians, scientists and environmental advocates collaborating on the Mindful Climate Action (MCA) project aims to match the latest science on mindfulness meditation with climate change education to achieve a lasting impact on health and the environment. Our 8-week mindfulness-based wellness and sustainability program empowers individuals with essential skills to combat climate change in their daily activities, while simultaneously improving overall health and well-being. The MCA initiative is the first of its kind to incorporate mindfulness with climate education, and to examine the relationship between an individual’s carbon footprint and health.

From Mordor to Mars: Astrobiology for Game Design - Lauren Seyler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA

This project will create an “Ask an Astrobiologist” interactive booth for public education and engagement at gaming and sci-fi conventions. The booth will be debuted at Dreamation, a yearly convention in Morristown, NJ that features tabletop, live-action roleplaying, and other games, from Feb 21-24, 2019. This convention serves as a testing ground for independently-produced games of all types. The gaming community has a broad interest in science fiction and popular science, but has yet to be targeted by most science communication efforts. Many game developers wish to create science fiction games with as much grounding in science fact as possible, but don’t know where to start. Our booth will feature two professional astrobiologists available for questions, resources for those interested in learning about the history and current state of astrobiology, and materials relating astrobiology to well-known games (such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering).

Paleontology exhibit for a local museum -Luz Helena Oviedo, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), has funded paleontological field work in several sites across Colombia. One of them isLa Venta, among the most diverse paleontological sites of all South America and an important point of reference for paleontologists. Over the past 100 years, scientists from all across the world have studied this region but local people have had little contact with this valuable heritage. A group of volunteers in La Victoria, northern La Venta (Tatacoa desert, central Colombia) have been working over the past nine years to reverse this and at the same time, promote paleontological knowledge as an asset to strength the touristic value of their region.  We plan to develop the first public exhibit of the Museum depicting the Miocene from Colombia based on the great amount of research that has been done in the area by geologists and paleontologists.

Clean Air Partners: On the Air Education Program - Jennifer Desimone, Director, Clean Air Partners

For over a decade, Clean Air Partners (CAP)'s On the Air curriculum has been used to educate approximately 55,000 young people and 1,500 teachers in the greater Baltimore-Washington region on the impacts of air quality in our community.  Clean Air Partners will carry out a one-year curriculum revamp project beginning in January 2019, via a two-phased approach from needs assessment and planning through monitoring for success. Its components include direct student instruction, professional development, outreach and working group participation and will reflect alignment with National and State Standards as well as changes in both environment and teaching mandates.

Space Data, Indigenous Farming and Food Security - Emmanuel Brace, Ghana/USA

This project is the culmination of several years of research and development in partnership with the village community and elders of Gburima in Tamale who have designated a site near a cultural monument as a sign of goodwill for the project.  As detailed in the book Human Adaptive Strategies/Ecology, Culture and Politics by Daniel G. Bates, the effects of industrialization on rural farming communities are assumed to follow a fairly predictable course leading to dependency, negative social consequences, and suffering by poor farmers.  This project combines grassroot human intelligence, geospatial information, and AI to develop a replicable model of an animal husbandry and farming village.  Mimicing a conventional rural farming and livelihood system-albeit an optimized and contained version-that has elements of a kraal arrangement system.  The intended timeline is 8-12 weeks.

Interdisciplinary Urban Sustainability Development - Brendan O'Leary, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA

As members of the NSF-NRT funded Transformative Research in Urban SustainabilityTraining (T-RUST) program at Wayne State, we plan to host a series of sessions as a team about best practices in interdisciplinary research and to further explore how to make the interdisciplinary research process more efficient. This project will help us achieve this by exposing us to academics and leaders in a professional development context. Our research addresses groundwater quality in Southeastern Michigan—an issue largely overlooked due to the region’s reliance on its surface water resources. The team will host scholarly sessions with the theme of groundwater quality at each researcher’s professional conferences to examine the process of interdisciplinary collaboration; its challenges and rewards and identify and discuss best practices

STEM Caravan from the inner city to the policy, Felix Kwabena Donkor, University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa

Accelerated sustainable development has gained currency in several policy documents for Africa. However, Africa’s long-term economic prospects are being constrained by severe skills shortages in many vital sectors. One of the areas that requires immediate attention is STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). If Africa does not start building capacity in these subjects, its progress towards achieving sustainable and comprehensive growth will be severely challenged. Exposing children to the marvel of STEM in the early grades is crucial to inspiring their interest and their embracing STEM subjects in the future. Furthermore, this helps to develop Africans to be producers of knowledge rather than consumers by embracing the advancement in technology and equipping the youth with relevant knowledge and skills the 21st century demands. Many rural and inner city locales, face significant challenges in educating their youth at all, due to lack of equipment and access to basic amenities like electricity, as well as non-attendance in school. This project will visit a number of inner city schools to sensitize on STEM between 8-10 January 2019. Furthermore, there will be an interactive session with policy makers at the 2019 Green Economy Coalition (GEC) meeting also in Cape Town. 

Girls on Rock - Mylène Jacquemart, University of Colorado, USA

Inspiring Girls Expeditions has been empowering young women to lead and succeed through challenging wilderness expeditions that interweave science, art, and backcountry experiences for nearly 20 years. At the core of our work are our tuition-free, field-based summer expeditions for high school girls. In 2018, Inspiring Girls partnered with the University of Colorado Boulder to launch Girls on Rock, an expedition that explores the high alpine crags of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Girls on Rock is led by an instructor team of professional women scientists, artists, and wilderness guides who serve as mentors and models of peer support and collaboration. In 2019, Inspiring Girls Expeditions will run six expeditions in North America, including Girls on Rock, and two expeditions in Switzerland.

Climate Warrior Collective—Shayna Skolnik, Founder of The Climate Warrior Collective, Maryland, USA

Using a series of immersive virtual reality (VR) 360 video shorts, Climate Warrior Collective aims to help people understand the effects of climate change, how these effects are corroborated by data, and to urge people to think about how we can adapt to our changing world. By linking climate data to 360 video footage, this VR series helps viewers better understand that severe weather events. The second component to our proposal is a Climate Warrior Collective fashion show. Through a partnership with the fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood, we would like to show how art, technology, science, and technology can merge to inspire others to have a climate-first mentality. The products are sustainably produced and the show itself will feature area STEM high school and college students to model the clothing and bags.

Higher Ground - A Climate Change Relocation Clinic - Harriet Festing, Anthropocene Alliance, Florida, USA

Anthropocene Alliance will host a series of public events, one in each of seven historically marginalized coastal communities, to help launch, celebrate and inform the public about our new project, Higher Ground. Developed in collaboration with the Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), Higher Ground is a science-based clinic to help flood survivors affected by climate change, obtain home buyouts and restart their lives.

Sustainability Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair—Nicola Weiss, STEM Education Advocate, California, USA

In March 2019, we are hosting our 3rd Annual Sustainable STEAM Fair. Our team decided that the time had come to bring a STEAM Fair to the community in order to educate families, students, and parents about the roles STEAM has played in their lives and how STEAM Education can impact their future studies. We wanted to focus be on the environment and sustainability which everybody can easily be a part of without a lot of expense and which has a long lasting impact. As we educate the students on campuses and in classes, we are also sharing this knowledge with the community and showcasing student efforts while doing so.

2019 AMOS Art Competition: My Favourite Weather—Jeanette Dargaville, Executive Officer, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Melbourne, Australia

The Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society (AMOS) is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides support for and fosters interest in the climate, weather, water, and oceans sciences. Each year we hold a national art competition for students from pre-school through grade 9. A different theme each year guides student exploration. In 2019, it is “My Favourite Weather.” Australian students from preschool to grade 9 are invited to submit an artwork that illustrates how their favourite weather affects them. While the focus is on creativity, the artists are encouraged to reflect a real-life understanding of how weather influences daily life. The competition is being promoted directly to schools, targeting the following age categories: preschool, primary, k-2 primary, 3-6 secondary, and 7-9.

Promoting Earth and Space Science in high school - Doro Niang, Ingénieur Géologue Environnementaliste et Géotechnicien, Senegal

This project aims to raise the awareness of the importance of Eart and space science in the 21st century for more than 1000 students and teachers in some high schools of Saint-Louis, Thiès and Ziguinchor / Senegal.  By developing scientific networks in high school we hope to see an increase in the number of students interested in building a scientific career in the Earth and space sciences.

Inclusion of Citizen Science in a Scouting Program -John Pring, Scouts Australia, Canberra, Australia

Through active participation in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Eye-on-the-Reef program (http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/our-work/our-programs-and-projects/eye-on-the-reef) the project seeks to encourage the inclusion of Citizen Science within the new aquatic element of the Scouts Australia awards scheme. Using the impetus of the recent introduction of Scuba and Snorkelling within the new Scouts Australia awards scheme, leaders and young adult members will dive and snorkel with a science focus and purpose. Specifically, Scouts act as data gatherers about reef health, marine animals and incidents, while participating in their Scout scuba and snorkelling activities. In this way, Scouts will be simultaneously participating in citizen science, contributing their observations to the evidence base used by the GBRMPA in their work monitoring and assessing threats to the Reef. Through GBRMPA the survey results will be made available for using in monitoring reef health and for international research. The project will also include discussions and presentations on the potential to include Citizen Science in their local environment.

Mars on the Mall—Jonathon Hill, Mars Mission Planner and Graduate Student, Arizona State University, Arizona, USA

The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft’s THEMIS camera has acquired images of Mars for more than 16 years. Twenty-four thousand high-quality images have been compiled into a global mosaic and printed at full resolution on a walkable basketball court-size vinyl mat. The goal will be to display this giant map of Mars on the National Mall outside the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in order to spur interest and support for planetary science among policy makers and the general public. We will schedule the event for dates in spring 2019 when Congress is in session and also include a weekend so that a large number of visitors to the museum can explore the map. The desired outcome is that AGU and Arizona State University will be viewed as valuable, knowledgeable partners in both planetary science and in distributing the knowledge we gain from planetary missions to the public.

Virtual Reality Exploration of Coastal Flooding—Tina Korani, Assistant Professor of Media Design, San Jose State University, California, USA

We are visualizing an historical flood in a photorealistic environment using a virtual reality (VR) headset as well as its projected level with different level of sea level rise. Our pilot study will be Balboa Island of Newport Beach, a coastal city in South California, that has experienced nuisance floodings regularly as well as a major centennial flood in 2005. Because of the recurrent nuisance flood and recent centennial flood still in people memory, Balboa Island is a perfect location for testing the impact of VR technology of coastal flooding awareness in a changing climate. By showing that sea level rise is the main contributor to flood in Balboa, we will highlight the importance of Earth science research to estimate sea level rise accurately, and invest to build the appropriate infrastructures.

Strategies for Climate Resilience: Puerto Rico—Erin Leckey, Education and Outreach Associate and Scientist, University of Boulder, Colorado, USA

This project engages teachers and community members in Arecibo, Puerto Rico through a workshop on climate science which grows out of a need for climate science activities identified during a student program held last summer. Our local partners work with teachers and organize community events that explore locally-relevant science topics. Our workshop in January 2019 is a two-day event that includes both climate science and hazard preparation activities. All teacher participants receive professional development credit, a requirement for recertification, and tools to help them implement activities in their classes. The community event following the workshop will include a disaster-scenario game, a screening of the student films made in our summer workshop, and a facilitated discussion around climate impacts.

Arctic Futures: Science & Policy Collaborations—Brendan Kelly, Professor of Marine Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

The Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and its partners are designing a novel conference to foster collaborative relationships between Arctic scientists, indigenous knowledge holders, and policy makers. The conference will be held on 4-6 September 2019 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. The conference will highlight the shared value of informing policy with science and call for improved communications. Scientists need to understand the cultures and challenges of policy makers, and policy makers need to help scientists make their research more actionable. SEARCH is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional program synthesizing understanding of the changing Arctic and making that understanding readily accessible to policy makers.

Planeteando - Bernardo Bastien, University of California, Davis, California, USA; Mexico City, Mexico

Planeteando is a multi-media platform of Earth Science communication directed to a wide audience of Spanish speaking adolescents and young adults. The core of Planeteando is the YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/planeteando) where we post weekly videos related to the science behind geophysical phenomena and their implications to society. We have a written blog where geoscientists and social scientists collaborate by submitting relevant entries related to human - nature interactions (www.planeteando.org). Further, we host “Cheleando con Planeteando”, a livestream show that features the research of PhD students and researchers while having a beer and interacting with a live audience. We promote our work on Facebook, where we have our largest audience (www.facebook.com/Planetea), Instagram and Twitter.

kNow Your Nitrates Outreach Project - Katherine Carter, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, California, USA

This project will support implementation of the “kNow your Nitrates” design challenge activity that takes a solutions-focused approach to understanding the nitrate cycle and agricultural pollution. In this activity, participants will consider variables such as crop variety and location, amount of fertilizer to apply, and geographic variables to design an effective strategy to maximize crop yield and minimize groundwater pollution. This activity will emphasize measurement and assessment of the design by the participants, through water quality testing and evaluating total crop yield at the end of every simulation. Graduate student volunteers in 20 science booster clubs nationwide will be well trained in both content knowledge and effective interpretation of the activity and empowered to facilitate it in various science outreach outlets. NCSE’s science booster clubs will offer this activity in agriculture-focused states and regions where understanding of the science of fertilizers may be limited Provide programming that is flexible to age and background, to increase diversity in participation.

Educational Workshop at The Truckee Earth Day - Alexandre Martinez, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

The intended goal is to have a small outdoor educational workshop during the Truckee Earth Day Festival in California. More and more Americans are aware that climate change is happening however too few of them are aware of the consequences of climate change. Recent surveys conducted by Yale showed that impacts far in time or space are often ignored by people. Winter heat waves, change in precipitation frequency have for instance huge impacts in California in term of water availability (snow pack), tourism(fall colors, desert superblooms), safety (wildfire from small vegetation), etc. but are totally ignored.Our purpose is first to survey them about their knowledge on climate change impacts and then to have educational workshop with interactive data visualizations about climate change impacts, using Earth Engine and Tableau.

ABC Earth Day Hike and BBQ - Myriam Telus, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

The Earth Day event for the African, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) students and community from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Community College (Aptos, CA) will include a guided hike in the Pogonip, directly connected to UC Santa Cruz (http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/home/showdocument?id=42506). The trails are relatively easy and simple to access from the campus. We will aim to have a guided tour so that participants can learn about the natural history of the region. At the end of the hike, we will have a BBQ, where we will set up a "science and science-fiction" trivia booth, which will allow us to use science fiction trivia questions as a vehicle to discuss earth and space science with participants. The goal of this event is to build awareness of Earth and Space science in the ABC community. The desired outcome will entail a gathering where black scholars and community members can learn about Earth and Space science, discuss environmental issues facing our communities, and provide a comfortable and safe avenue to connect with nature. The outcomes will be evaluated based on a survey before and after the event. This event has great potential to increase the number of ABC scholars that are informed and involved in the global discussions centered on Earth and Space science. Finally, our team of community and campus leaders, earth and planetary scientists, and event organizers are highly qualified to carry out this event successfully.

Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase - Michael Barancewicz, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA, USA

The First Annual Loudoun Student Environmental Action Showcase will amplify youth voice in environmental problem solving by showcasing to a real-world audience how students have meaningfully contributed to environmental stewardship in Loudoun County. The event is co-hosted by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance (LESA), and the Northwest Virginia Regional GREENetwork. In addition, local nonprofits, government agencies, and other Community Partners will be onsite to provide hands-on environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning activities and discuss volunteer and career opportunities. The collective mission of the project is to protect Loudoun County’s environment and natural resources for present and future generations by fostering community stewardship through communication, education, and collaboration.

The Future of Snow

We propose to use the AGU Celebrate 100 Grant to
create a new network of ‘ask a scientist’ panels at ski
resorts across the US. Panels will consist of two professional scientists who
study climate change and one policy expert from
Protect Our Winters (POW), a non-profit advocacy
group focused on systematic political solutions to
climate change. Scientists will cover global drivers and
impacts of climate change, as well as impact on local
conditions, while the policy expert will address the
importance of civic engagement and best practices
when contacting elected representatives.

 CompleteD Celebrate 100 Projects

Group Photo, Walk the Talk-Scott Watson

Girls Science Day in Malawi, Africa--Rochelle Holm, Mzuzu University, Malawi

Congratulations to Rochelle Holm on completing a series of 4 Science Clinics for Girls in 2019! There is a gap in STEM towards long-term development and economic drivers in sub-Saharan Africa (Blom et al., 2016). The gap in STEM starts early in the Malawi, Africa, educational system, as up until 4th grade, there are no science and technology books or school teacher guides available (Malawi Government, 2016). And yet, where many traditional disciplines such as religious education or language arts may borrow from Western education models, a field of study such as earth sciences, offers a unique opportunity for pairing experiences with a local sub-Saharan Africa University with locally trained professionals and solutions. The objective of the 1-day girls science day clinic is to motivate the girls to stay in school, and to make a career in science seem like a fun and possible option. We have offered these clinics on a small scale since 2013, for many girls it was their first time 'doing' hands-on science, and despite that they may live in the same city as our University.

Global to Local Perspectives on Himalayan Glaciers--Scott Watson, University of Arizona

The 12 day “Walk the Talk” trek through Sagarmatha National Park was designed to discuss the results of a diverse
range of research in the region with local communities and officials. Topics covered glaciers, mountains,
environmental and landscape change, Sherpa livelihoods, tourism, and natural hazards, and were presented by a
team of international and Nepali scientists. The conference was the first of its kind, and was designed to receive
community input into research topics and pursue applied benefits. Congratulations to Scott Watson and his team on successful completion of this activity!

Girls In Space at the Arecibo Observatory-Alessandra Pacini, Arecibo University, Puerto Rico

This outreach event on International Day for Women and Girls in Science (11 February 2019) will bring 100 female students from Puerto Rican schools to the Arecibo Observatory’s Science and Visitor Center (S&VC) to have a VIP backstage experience and participate on a workshop about the role of Women in Space Science. The event will be live-streamed (to promote a broader impact) and the onsite participant students will receive the Girls InSpace hardcopy books and stickers.