Every year SSEC organizes and participates in several educational opportunities tailored for various audiences. Also, significant time and effort go towards educating the public about the center’s work.
A satellite summer: Over the summer of 2004, Margaret Mooney organized the second annual teacher workshop in satellite meteorology; 15 teachers from around the U.S. and 5 teachers from South Africa attended the workshop. She also organized a Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) teacher workshop on atmosphere protocol, held the day following the satellite meteorology workshop involving 12 teachers.
High school in space: Also during the summer, Margaret Mooney ran the 12th annual Workshop on Atmospheric, Earth and Space Science for high school students with help from CIMSS and SSEC. Five students from Wisconsin and four from out of state participated.
Earning weather badges: 33 Girl Scouts from troops 353, 844, 615, and 635 earned their weather badges through SSEC. SSEC hosts this career-oriented workshop every spring and fall as it has for the past four years, exposing Dane County scouts and their leaders to meteorological basics while sharing SSEC’s pivotal role in current and historical developments in satellite technology.
Educational conferences: SSEC participated in and organized many education conferences in 2004. These include a presentation at the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers conference, one at the Governor’s Wisconsin Educational Technology Conference, and involvement in NASA’s Earth Science Education (ESE) conference to create an ESE roadmap for the next 10 years.
SSEC provides a resource: The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) added SSEC’s “Satellite Meteorology for Grades 7–12” to their Education and Outreach page under Educational Resources.
Helping PEOPLE: The Space Science and Engineering Center, the UW Space Place and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation sponsored a learning opportunity in June for 13 middle school and high school students in UW-Madison’s PEOPLE (Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence).
Lectures and workshops galore!: SSEC’s Office of Space Science Education (OSSE) hosted many lectures and workshops around the world including: a telescope workshop at 128th American Association of Physics Teachers conference in January 2004; a series of public lectures on exploring Mars; an education session at the India-United States Conference on Space Science, Applications and Commerce; a satellite meteorology workshop here in Madison; GLOBE and PEOPLE workshops over the summer; and a geoscience education workshop.
Conference in India: Sanjay Limaye served as the facilitator for the India-U.S. Conference on Space, Applications and Commerce held in June 2004. At the conference Rosalyn Pertzborn was appointed the U.S. Delegate for Space Education and Training.
AO&SS on TV: WISC-TV (Channel 3 in Madison, Wisconsin) began a series of “Live at 5” remote broadcasts from atop the UW-Madison’s Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences building. Channel 3 meteorologist Gary Cannalte appeared with program anchor Mark Koehn on the roof of the building for the 5 p.m. news. Cannalte also did the weather segment from the AO&SS roof during the 6 p.m. news.
Science Exploration: In April, Science Expeditions brought about 300 kids and their parents to the AO&SS building for a variety of fun and informative activities. The visit included a weather balloon launch in very windy weather.