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!

 AWARDED Earth Day PROJECTS

The Colorado River, a dying giant: A restoration effort in Baja California

Since 2008, the Laguna Grande zone, located in the municipality of Mexicali, in the state of Baja California, México, has been the subject of restoration efforts given the benefits of a lagoons system located along the course of the Colorado River. Those efforts range from the selection of autochthonous species for reforestation to hydrogeological studies that will help determine the surface water-ground water interactions, which constitute the source of water that maintains the local habitat. Inviting children from elementary school to collaborate in these activities is an attractive way to educate them in the earth sciences and to involve them in the actions and the understanding of their practical applications.

Educational Workshop at The Truckee Earth Day

Alexandre Martinez, University of California, Irvine and team will carry out an outdoor educational workshop on climate change at the 2019 Truckee Earth Day Festival in California.  The purpose will be to survey attendees about their knowledge on climate change impacts and then to have educational workshops with interactive data visualizations about climate change impacts using Earth Engine and Tableau.  Martinez's research focuses on mapping extreme events impacts, mainly drought and heat waves.

ABC Earth Day Hike and BBQ

Myriam Telus, University of California Santa Cruz and team will organize an Earth Day event for the African, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) students and community from the UC, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo Community College.  The event will include a guided hike in the Pogonip, as well as a BBQ event including a science and science-fiction trivia booth to discuss Earth and space science with participants.

A Sustainable Future

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society chapter on the University of North Dakota's campus will use a T-shirt campaign to teach residents ways to reduce their Carbon footprints.  

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 AWARDED CELEBRATE 100 PROJECTS

Volcanoes, Ice and Climate: An Outreach Website - Maximillian Van Wyk de Vries, University of Minnesota

This project will involve a two-pronged approach to provide access to information showcasing the deep links between volcanism, glaciation, and climate, little of which is currently available to the general public.  The project team is building a website based on a series of articles explaining the basics of volcanism, glaciology, and climate science--with a focus on the links between these processes. An interactive portion of the website associated with social media will serve as a channel for biweekly plain language summaries of related scientific papers.

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.

Increasing STEM Participation in Zambia, Africa - Chigomezyo Ngwira, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

The overarching goal of this project is to enhance awareness and stimulate further interest in Earth & space science among university/college students and lecturers, high school teachers, policymakers, and the general public in order to increase participation of students in STEM fields. In addition, there will be instruction for high school teachers (and pre-service teachers) on online teaching resources that capture the mind and motivate students to remain interested in STEM fields. Workshop-style outreach and engagement activities at three universities including the University of Zambia, Nkrumah University, and Copperbelt University will be utilized to accomplish these goals.

Saving Philippine Seas through Stories (S3) - Deborah Tangunan, University of Bremen, Germany

A team of 29 young scientists (postdoctoral researchers and PhD students) from 15 countries based in different institutes at the University of Bremen produced a collection of stories known as the "Once Upon A Time . . . A Scientific Fairy Tale" (OUAT) aimed to communicate science and promote dialogue between scientists and the general public via storytelling. The OUAT team hosts reading/storytelling events and presents at conferences to promote the book.  This Celebrate 100 grant will support the team in printing the Filipino version of the books in hard copy and distributing them at no cost to school children in the Philippines, specifically from the Metro Manila primary schools.

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 Earth 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: A Public Awareness Campaign - Joanna Carey, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Babson College, Massachusetts, USA

This project will create a network of “Ask A Scientist” panels at ski resorts across the U.S. 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.

AAC at ERAU Young Explorers Astronomy Open House - Melanie Azam, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Campus

Expanding on the current suite of Astronomy open houses carried out by the Amateur Astronomy Club at ERAU, this project will target the youth of the Daytona Beach community. The Young Explorers Astronomy Open House planned for 12 April 2019 aims to spark interest and curiosity in STEM among local youth. The activities planned will allow attendees to interact and experience a variety of modules geared toward the Earth and space sciences.

Renewable Energy: Biogas Production & Awareness - Michael Obiofiong

This project involves two major components. The first supports outreach across the Niger-Delta region to bring community awareness to the need for harnessing biodegradable waste, and the harmful effects of waste and its pollution to Earth and health. Through a travelling outreach series, the team will also donate vaccines to communities with health challenges.
The second supports a training initiative for community members to learn how the design and construction of biogas digesters to convert biodegradable waste to cooking fuel for households in the community, providing opportunities for self-sufficiency and sustainability.

Natural Features of Texas and Oklahoma: Videos - Robert J Stern, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

This project involves the production of 6 hybrid video/animations about selected natural features in the Texas and Oklahoma regions to encourage residents in these areas to think more about the Earth they live on through a geoscientific lens. Topics include the Monahans Dune Field of Western Texas, Barite Roses of Oklahoma, The Permian Basin, and other natural features in the Texas-Oklahoma region. Promotion of the videos will include support through AGU as well as outreach to the local public broadcasting stations and science museums.

Field experience for minority high school women - Rosie Oakes, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

This proposal will provide scholarships to 4 female high school students in the Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) program to attend Earth & Environmental Science field courses in Drexel University's Environmental Science Leadership Academy (DESLA) during the summer of 2019. The project team seeks to create a pipeline of talented minority women enrolling in the Earth Sciences program at Drexel University, and ultimately to increase the number of minority women who pursue college degrees and careers in the Earth sciences.

Engaging Western Kentucky Communities in STEM - Bassil El Masri, Murray State University

This project aims to increase participation of high school students in Earth & Environmental Sciences and increase public awareness of the relevance and importance of science.  The components of the project include:

  • A ScienceFest event for high school students from MSU's service region will allow students to share and present their projects in the Earth & environmental sciences during Earth Science Week in October.
  • "Science on the Go" travelling booths at farmer's markets and fairs in the MSU service region to engage with the public.
  • Sponsoring high school student field trips to MSU campus to visit the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) and experience hands-on learning in the labs.
  • Talks led by the EES faculty and students in local high school, community colleges, and local libraries.

 AWARDED World Water Day PROJECTS

First Brainstorming Session on Water Re-Engineering Solutions and their Implementation - Chitaranjan Dalai, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur | IIT KGP · School of Water Resources

This project provides an opportunity for researchers to learn how to discuss their findings with the public and to engage in conversation about some of the issues involving water resources development in India.  The goal of this event is to begin to bridge a gap between the research efforts and the motivators behind those efforts (economic empowerment of citizenry, renewed interest and awareness in rainwater harvesting, and improving health conditions of citizens through the provision of safe water). 

World Water Day 2019, Billings, Montana - Tom Osborne, Hope 2 One Life

With a long-running history of successful events, Tom Osborne and his team will carry out a public outreach World Water Day event around the theme “Leaving No One Behind” that focuses on networking among college and high school students, local politicians and US experts in water and sustainable development in Africa. Our key speaker was a refugee from Liberia, became a US citizen and in 2018 was elected the first black mayor of any city in Montana (Helena). This event will host the premiere showing of Hope 2 One Life’s own film showcasing its water, medical and sustainable development work in Northern Uganda. The team will facilitate specific Q&A and discussion among students and experts on interdependence of health and clean water. Another topic on the table involves the Sahel climate uncertainty as a driver of our introduction of drip irrigation to sustain Ugandans during dry seasons and drought and using a combination of science-based conservation farming methods with drip irrigation to generate income from dry season vegetable production.

World Water Day Celebration - Tokiwa Smith, SEM Link, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

SEM Link will host a World Water Day Celebration on March 22, 2019 in collaboration with two federal agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Southern Red Dirt (a private company), along with volunteer Metro Atlanta geoscientists. For the World Water Celebration, SEM Link will partner with up to 4 schools (elementary, middle and high schools) in Fulton County Public Schools, to engage students in hands on Earth science activities. Students will participate in activities that blend talks from geoscientists that combine career exploration and hands on STEM activities. All students will engage in water and soil sample collection and analysis using tools, such as kits, microscopes and pH meters. Some of the samples will be tested immediately and other samples will be sent to off-site laboratories which the students will receive the results at a later date. Each of the school sites, will have a lead scientist that will work with the STEAM Coordinator to plan activities that will take place at the school based on the resources available at the school (equipment, school, garden etc.) and the alignment with district’s Earth Science curriculum and state standards. The overall goal of the World Water Day Celebration is to demonstrate the impact of Earth science on water resources and conservation.

Nepal National Water and Weather Week 2019 - Mahendra Bahadur Gurung, Kathmandu, Nepal

https://www.spotlightnepal.com/2019/03/17/nepal-national-water-and-weather-week-begin/ Activities of the NNWWW are categorized into four themes: awareness, capacity building, research, and policy advocacy. Awareness raising activities are designed mainly for general public and students from school and colleges. Some of the awareness activities are focused to policy makers to communicate the recent research that help to update their knowledge on water resources. Another major audience of our program is university students who get involved in capacity building and research projects. Advocacy activities are targeted to policy makers mainly law makers and bureaucrats with the involvement of other wider stakeholders.

Observing World Water Day 2019 - Tanveer Adyel, Monash University, Australia (Event in Suzhou, China)

This event will be arranged for postgraduate students of water management and engineering areas, representative of water industry and the general public in Suzhou (China). The program will create an awareness about water security and sustainable use issue. Students can interact with industry partners/representatives and local citizen to get real life experience that will help them to act more realistically.

Submitted by Celebrate 100 Grantee Tom Osborne.  The Hope 2 One Life organization carried out an  event in Billings, Montana to share community-driven science in Uganda while providing a platform for networking among students and researchers on 19 March 2019

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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.