Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many science organizations and projects, that have provided great resources for K12 education.
The GLOBE Program
I have been involved in the GLOBE Program for over 20 years, as a GLOBE teacher and US Partner. I encourage you to get involved through K-12 education or as a citizen scientist.
The Rouge Education Project
I was one of the original Rouge Education Projects at Wayne Memorial High School, over 25 years ago and now am proud to serve on the Board of the Rouge Education Project Education Committe. In 1997, I was honored to receive the “Best Friends of the Rouge” award. This is a wonderful project that raises awareness about the need to monitor and clean up the Rouge River in southeast Michigan.
Project Learning Tree
I have been involved with Project Learning Tree as a teacher and as a member of the Michigan PLT education committee. PLT teaches youth about forests and the environment through hands-on interdisciplinary learning experiences.
Middle School Matters
For the past 5 years, it has been an honor to be a part of the Middle School Matters podcast. Troy Patterson and Shawn McGirr have added me as a featured segment, to share the “Middle School Science Minute.” They are middle school educators who truly believe in the Middle School philosophy.
Since 2016, I have been fortunate to be part of the AREN Project — one of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Science Education CAN Awards, first as the Principal Investigator and now as a Co-Investigator. The project was recently refunded through 2015. The AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) introduces NASA technologies and practices in authentic, experiential learning environments. Low-cost instrumented systems for in-situ and remotely sensed Earth observations include kite-based “AEROKATS”, and remotely controlled aquatic and land-based “ROVERS”.
I have participated in the CoCoRaHS program for over 5 years. I keep a rain gauge in my backyard all year long. During the winter, I use a snow board, snow stick and snow ruler. On CoCoRaHS, my station number is MI-WY-52. CoCoRaHS (pronounced KO-ko-rozz) is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Website, the aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives.