2021 Climate Change and My Community

Course Workshop Date: June TBA, 2021

Location: University of Alaska Fairbanks Campus and nearby field sites

Climate change influences our lives in Alaska and the changes occurring in the Arctic impact the entire planet. The Climate Change and My Community course is for educators, youth group leaders, and/or community members interested in learning more about the impacts and feedbacks of a warming Arctic, braiding multiple ways of knowing and observing climate change from their elders, from satellites, and from their own observations, and making a difference on a climate change issue important to their community. You will learn how to engage youth in observing changes in clouds, weather, berries, fish habitat, water quality, soils, permafrost, erosion, and the timing of green-up and green-down. You and the youth you work with will collaborate with University of Alaska Fairbanks and NASA scientists to conduct an investigation using Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) citizen science protocols and inquiry learning methods and use these data, satellite data, and the knowledge of community elders to inform a climate change stewardship or adaptation project in the place you live throughout the school year. Taking this course will engage you in a project called Arctic and Earth STEM integrating GLOBE and NASA (SIGNs), which is funded through a cooperative agreement with NASA.

Application DUE DATE: April 2, 2021

Direct Application Questions to Christina Buffington,

Primary Course Instructors: Dr. Elena Sparrow and Dr. Katie Spellman, UAF International Arctic Research Center; Malinda Chase, Association of Interior Native Educators and Alaska Climate Science Center / APIA


Successful applicants will receive:

  • For those residing outside the Fairbanks North Star Borough: Travel assistance and per diem (for business portion only)

  • Equipment for implementing a GLOBE protocol/protocols with your classroom, youth group, or community

  • Training in GLOBE protocols and learning activities or other relevant citizen science protocols at a workshop at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus

  • Support and collaboration from a UAF scientist for the design and implementation of a climate change citizen science and stewardship action project through classroom visits, meetings or emails and phone calls.

  • Live video call with a NASA scientist

  • Assistance in connecting with science professionals, elders, and local experts

  • Three 500 level credits from UAF ($108 course fee) upon successful implementation of a citizen science and stewardship project in the classroom or in the community

Successful applicants will be required to:

  • Actively participate in the Arctic & Earth SIGNs workshop. Each day of the workshop builds on knowledge gained from the previous day, so we require that you commit to the entire 5 days.

  • Work with community leaders or elders to co-identify a climate change issue that your students or youth group could work on.

  • Implement at least one strand of GLOBE with my students or youth group related to an important climate change issue for your community and complete a stewardship project informed by your data

  • Host a possible visit from a UAF scientist to launch your investigation (e.g. suggest appropriate accommodation, cooperate in finding an appropriate date)

  • Participate in one live video call with a NASA scientist

  • Show evidence of integrating and building on knowledge gained from workshops

  • Collaborate and share materials and ideas with other formal or informal educators, community, and with GLOBE staff

  • Participate in workshop evaluations, including possible interviews or questionnaires after the course is completed.

  • Submit a final report on your investigation and stewardship action project.