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Teacher Partnership Program
The URC will provide summer fellowships to one high school teacher per year to work at the Beltsville lab during the summer. The teacher will work with faculty, post doctoral associates, and graduate students to lean basic concepts in specific areas of climate and weather. He/she will lean about key science questions and the methods and tools (instruments) that are being used to address those questions. From this the teacher will custom-design exercises and material based on URC and NASA Earth Sciences related science for the following: Weather Camp as described above; preparing students for competitive Science Fairs within their schools; Visiting Guest Scientist Series (see below); and the K-12 Visitation Program (see below). Ultimately the hope is to impact science content and curriculum development but given the constraints on pre-college curriculum this is pursued as a URC deliverable. The URC will utilize its partnership with the NSF GK-12 program to find and recruit teachers who are interested and suited for these fellowships.