Who We Are
The UCAR Center for Science Education (UCAR SciEd) serves the geoscience community by amplifying and complementing the work of the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) member universities by reaching our audiences: K-12 educators, university faculty, students, and the public through excellence in educational programs and experiences.
Engaging all learners to explore and understand our changing world.
Our Mission and Goals
We develop state-of-the-art educational experiences that connect NCAR|UCAR science to diverse learners, creating pathways towards a scientifically literate society.
UCAR SciEd works directly with NCAR to support the implementation of three broad goals:
Goal 1: To inspire, engage, and inform the public about the atmospheric and related science conducted by NCAR and the university community.
Goal 2: To entrain and prepare a highly skilled and diverse workforce in careers in the atmospheric and related sciences..
Goal 3: To support the university community in educating students in the atmospheric and related sciences.
UCAR SciEd is comprised of staff with expertise in the atmospheric and related sciences and science education. We are passionate about our mission and strive for excellence in all aspects of our work. Major program areas include science educational resource development for K-12 classrooms and informal education, exhibits used by school and public visitors at the NCAR Mesa Lab Visitor Center, and undergraduate student and faculty mentoring. We are proud to be the host program for the Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) office. SOARS is an undergraduate-to-graduate bridge program designed to broaden participation in the atmospheric and related sciences through building a strong and supportive learning community, strong scientific and career mentoring, and providing hands-on experiences in research. We also collaborate with scientists, engineers, and education researchers on the Engineering Experiences (EngEx) after-school program. The EngEx program provides middle school students with the opportunity to learn about engineering careers and how they can use engineering to help people in their own communities and around the world.
We expand our reach by partnering with programs that provide synergies to accomplish our mission. These include:
The offices of the UCAR Center for Science Education are located in Boulder, Colorado. UCAR SciEd is a part UCAR, a consortium of more than 100 North American member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. UCAR manages NCAR with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Through our community programs, UCAR supports and extends the capabilities of our academic consortium.
Contact the UCAR Center for Science Education
Postal Address: P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Shipping Address: 3090 Center Green Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Recorded information: 303.497.1174
General (M-F): 303.497.1000
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