Outreach

Balloon Satellite Program

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The goal of this program is to establish the elements of a small weather balloon satellite program at each school that can be sustained by the school districts at minimal cost. Specifically, the program provides students an opportunity for practical experience in remote sensing and data acquisition. It also introduces student methods of scientific inquiry using real experimental tools through an introduction to the structure of our atmosphere.

Teachers selected from schools across Arizona form student teams to design, construct, and launch small balloon payloads that can robotically measure the physical properties of the Earth's atmosphere as a function of time during the ascent and descent of a high altitude weather balloon, such as pressure, temperature, and relative humidity. In addition, teams imbed a photographic camera in the payload that can be timed to image the Earth's surface and its atmosphere during the ascent and descent of the balloon.

Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP)

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NAU's Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) offers the following outreach activities through EEOP:

Saturday Academy provides tribal students with an on-campus pre-college experience with emphasis in mathematics, science and technology. Saturday Academy goals include teaching students how to apply mathematics, science, and technology to local environmental issues, helping students learn about college preparation, the admissions process and allows them to develop the skills needed for future success.

Students are encouraged to consider college options following completion of high school. Students also build mentoring relationships with the college students who serve as assistant instructors during the various activities.

Summer Scholars provides Native American students a one-week, on-campus pre-college residential experience. Middle and high school participants explore environmental issues, improve their technological skills, and build mentoring relationships with college student assistant instructors.

Summer Scholars is a collaborative effort between Northern Arizona University (EEOP-ITEP) and the sponsoring school districts. School districts interested in developing a Summer Scholars Program for their students are invited to contact EEOP.

Campus Visits program provides students a week day pre-college experience with an emphasis in environmental careers and postsecondary educational opportunities. The Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) works with various departments on campus to set up learning activities and career orientations. Each campus visit is tailored to the individual school's goals.

Summer Scholars at EEOP

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Summer Scholars provides Native American students a one-week, on-campus pre-college residential experience. Middle and high school participants explore environmental issues, improve their technological skills, and build mentoring relationships with college student assistant instructors.

Summer Scholars is a collaborative effort between Northern Arizona University (EEOP-ITEP) and the sponsoring school districts. School districts interested in developing a Summer Scholars Program for their students are invited to contact EEOP.

Traveling Arthropod Show

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The Traveling Arthropod Show is an excellent way to bring the excitement of actual living insects, spiders, millipedes, centipedes and other interesting invertebrates into K-12 classrooms. Students get the opportunity to have hands on experience with actual living critters. Discussions and presentation topics vary according to grade level (K and up).