Asli Sezen-Barrie, associate professor of curriculum, assessment, and instruction at the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development, participates in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase virtual event, from May 10 to 17.
Sezen-Barrie is the former co-principal investigator of a National Science Foundation-funded project with colleagues at the Education Development Center (EDC) in Waltham, Massachusetts; Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) in North Conway, New Hampshire; and the University of Washington, titled “WeatherX: Building Data Literacy Among Rural Youth.” She had to step down as co-PI last year, when she accepted a two-year position as program director from the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She still designs and directs research efforts during her approved freelance research time.
the MeteoX project works with college science teachers in New Hampshire and Maine to promote interest in data science careers among students in rural, low-income communities. The research team developed and tested two prototype three-week program units in which students study local weather patterns using large-scale data collected from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and data on MWO’s Extreme Storms, a site that has been called the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.”
“Our project team designed fair and locally relevant units to engage high school students in analyzing extreme weather data, one of the great challenges of our time,” says Sezen-Barrie, who participated at the STEM for All Video Showcase. in 2017. “Students have the opportunity to work with scientists atop Mount Washington and community members in their local neighborhoods. We participate in the STEM for All Video Showcase because it gives us [the] the opportunity to share our work with [a] a wider audience and connect to similar projects nationwide.
The WeatherX team showcase presentation can be viewed on STEM for All website.
Now in its eighth year, the annual showcase will showcase more than 250 projects aimed at improving science, technology, math, engineering, and computer science education that have been funded by NSF and others. federal agencies. During this eight-day event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view short videos, discuss them with online presenters and vote for their favourites.
The theme of this year’s event is “Access, Inclusion and Equity”. Presentations cover a wide range of topics including science, math, computing, engineering, e-learning, citizen science, creative spaces, widening participation, research experiences, mentorship , Professional Development, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core.
Last years STEM video showcase for all is still accessible and, to date, has received over 103,000 unique visitors from 178 countries.
The showcase is hosted by the association CTERin partnership with: STEMTLnet, FRAME, BOX, CIRCLES, STELAR, CS for all teachers, NARST, NCTM, NSTA, NSF INCLUDES and MEQ. The showcase is funded by a grant from the NSF.