DCB participates in the educators’ workshop

BOTTINEAU- The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) hosted a NASA In-Classroom Workshop for Educators that focused on bringing real-world NASA data and resources to classrooms from ND. The objective of the workshop was to guide educators to engage students in the fields of atmospheric science and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), using effective teaching strategies and inclusive educational resources, using inspiring content from NASA.

NASA launched the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as the Space Grant, in 1989. Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions strive to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA’s aviation and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research, and outreach efforts. public. The NASA North Dakota Space Grants Consortium has 18 affiliate members, including all ND public higher education institutions, the ND State Historical Society, and Gateway to Science Center. As a member of this consortium, Dakota College Bottineau receives grants, scholarship funds, professional development opportunities, research funds, and faculty scholarships.

Angie Bartholomay, Associate Professor of Science and Janelle Green, Instructor in Biology attended the workshop on behalf of Dakota College in Bottineau. They enjoy participating in the NASA workshops because they add to the curriculum and technology and are very interactive. Green says, “We are able to effectively replicate the activities with our students.”

The workshop provided the instructors with two PurpleAir sensors. Each educator installed their own PurpleAir atmospheric sensor outside of their school and taught NASA scientists how to integrate citizen science, online atmospheric resources, and STEM activities into their curriculum. One was placed on the Dakota College campus and the second on private land near Lake Metigoshe.

The sensors provide students with the ability to conduct research on a smaller scale by examining data and tracking data trends that coincide with simultaneous weather monitoring. Purple Air Sensors can provide meaningful real-world research opportunities for students at Dakota College in Bottineau while being part of a global movement. In addition, the information collected by them is useful to the ordinary citizen to understand the environmental conditions of his environment. For example: the effects of the western forest fires on the air quality of Bottineau are visible. Samples of national and local aerial maps are attached.

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