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.


Our Vision

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.


Visit our staff page to learn more about our team.


Our Programs

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.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)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. SOARS is designed to promote and support research, mentoring and community. SOARS Protégés can participate for up to four (4) summers conducting research in atmospheric and earth-system sciences. Over 90% of SOARS Protégés advance to graduate school; and many have entered the workforce with the MS degree, and/or continued onto the PhD degree.

STEM Career ConnectionsIn the STEM Career Connections project we are partnering with the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Vail Valley Foundation. This project funded by the National Science Foundation will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase middle school youth motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of STEM by developing and testing an out-of-school time curriculum centered on programmable sensor technologies to engage youth in data-enabled science and engineering investigations using a locally relevant phenomenon, and integrated career experiences. The project will develop a career readiness model using three strategies: community partnerships working together to support youth engagement in STEM and computing career pathways, an out-of-school time curriculum, and integrated career experiences leading to increases in knowledge of and interest in STEM and computing careers in rural, economically disadvantaged youth in mountain state communities.

Collaborate with us

UCAR Center for Science Education Collaboration Flyer It is a priority at UCAR to support the broader impacts requirements for university department’s science research proposals. One of the services that we provide is expertise and national reach in the area of science education. The UCAR Center for Science Education (SciEd) is committed to partnering with principal investigators in order to provide high quality support to meet these requirements.

This E-Flyer describes several ways in which UCAR SciED can partner with university departments to develop and carry out compelling and impactful science education projects that connect directly with the research objectives.






Our Partners

We expand our reach by partnering with programs that provide synergies to accomplish our mission. These include:

NCAR Education and OutreachNCAR Education and Outreach: NCAR’s commitment to Education and Outreach is to provide educational and training experiences for all learners. NCAR’s programs support the advancement of individuals’ careers in the atmospheric and related sciences. NCAR entrains future generations of diverse scientists and engineers into its research, inspires and engages the public, and demonstrates the importance of NCAR’s mission to the media and policymakers. NCAR makes all opportunities, resources, and programs accessible and welcoming to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions.
GLOBE Program PartnerGLOBE: The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. As a GLOBE Partner, UCAR SciEd develops educational resources and collaborates with other GLOBE Partners to reach audiences around the world.
Smithsonian Affiliate LogoSmithsonian: In 2015, UCAR became a Smithsonian Affiliate. This is a national outreach program that develops long-term partnerships with museums and educational organizations.

Our Location

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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