Principal Investigator: Lisa S. Gardiner
Funders: National Science Foundation via University of Colorado, Boulder
In partnership with researchers from the AirWaterGas team, curriculum experts from UCAR Center for Science Education convened a cohort of middle and high school science teachers who teach in areas of Colorado with oil and gas development. During the 2014-2015 school year, the cohort participated in a series of online professional development courses about the local and global impacts of oil and gas development. Teachers learned best practices in science curriculum development and then completed curriculum projects as Teachers-in-Residence. The PBS LearningMedia website includes a select group of the activities, with short videos created in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS explaining fracking and its impacts. The project also developed explainer articles in collaboration with Inside Energy at Rocky Mountain PBS to answer general public questions about the impacts of oil and gas development in Colorado.