Outreach at CIOSS

Outreach is an integral activity at CIOSS. CIOSS addresses outreach to the general public through its fifth theme, Outreach, consisting of: Formal Education; Informal Education; and Data Products and Access. Improved data products and data access are primarily accomplished through collaborations with the NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch program. Additional outreach is accomplished in the form of workshops and meetings that are held throughout the year. Agendas and presentations from these workshops can be found on the navigation bar under Workshops and Meetings.

Formal Education in the SMILE Program: CIOSS is helping the Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program to develop its high school curriculum and activities in the thematic areas of Oceanography and Remote Sensing. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students and those from groups with low high school graduation rates who graduate from high school qualified to enroll in college and pursue careers related to science, math, health, engineering, and teaching. The SMILE Program conducts a year-round schedule of activities designed to provide hands-on science experience, strengthen students' knowledge, and raise students' academic and career aspirations.

The High School SMILE Program culminates in an annual High School Challenge Event, where SMILE club members work in teams of students from around the state on a community-based scenario. Students examine and collect data, develop a plan informed by the data, and implement strategies to communicate that plan. They then defend that plan to “community members, experts and other stakeholders,” as played by teachers, OSU students and faculty.

SMILE Highschool Teacher Workshops are held throughout the year to enable the teachers to provide their students with the necessary skills and materials to prepare for the Challenge Event. The link below goes to a page where the activities from the last few years are available for download.

Formal Education in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: From 2007-2009, CIOSS sponsored several undergraduate students per year from around the United States to come to OSU and work with CIOSS Fellows. Examples of past projects, given by the students' final reports, can be found on the Science Exchanges web page.

Informal Education at Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC): CIOSS is helping HMSC to build an interactive public display that will highlight the use of remote sensing to monitor the coastal ocean off Oregon and in other coastal locations. An interactive, touchscreen display will allow visitors to explore satellite data sets showing the surface of the ocean, as well as in situ data sets that allow the visitor to fly through the ocean underneath the surface.

Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Satellite Studies
College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University,
104 CEOAS Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-5503
Phone: 541-737-9655, Fax: 541-737-2064, Email: webmaster@cioss.coas.oregonstate.edu

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