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December 1, 2006

"Lifecycle of a Hurricane" Netcast links UMBC and NASA with Pennsylvania Science Teachers

On Monday, 11/20, the Imaging Research Canter in collaboration with David Stroud of GEST and the OIT New Media Studio, conducted an Internet2 Netcast featuring Dr. Jeffrey Halverson of JCET on the "Lifecycle of a Hurricane."

This interactive presentation linked the IRC and the University of Pennsylvania over Internet2. An audience of science teachers (grades 6-8) interacted with Dr. Halverson as he delivered a dynamic presentation on the development and evolution of hurricanes. This was followed by John Leck of NASA who discussed how teachers can use NASA science data such as this in the classroom.

The Netcast was part of a grant that the Franklin Institute has with the NSF on using Internet2 and research data for professional development of K-12 STEM education. The presentation is a great example of STEM outreach and portends some additional exciting opportunities for both teacher professional development and student engagement in STEM.

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