• Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

UAF, NASA create snow science outreach method


Mar 16, 2023

UAF/Geophysical Institute photo by Daniel Walker Serina Wesen and Hannah Chapman-Dutton operate with students at the SnowEd kickoff occasion on Jan. 28, 2023.

Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) – Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have partnered with NASA to create SnowEd, a nationwide method made to engage the public in snow science.

The method incorporates STEM activities, videos, blogs and other tools to allow the public recognize the significance of snow, the provide of drinking and irrigation water for billions of men and women currently worldwide.

SnowEd complements NASA’s SnowEx method, which aims to raise scientific understanding of snow mass on Earth.

Snow is a critical element in the timing of spring green-up in Alaska and a crucial element in cooling the Earth’s climate.

SnowEx scientists hope to launch a snow satellite devoted to monitoring snow-water sources worldwide.

SnowEd tends to make it attainable for elementary college students to find out the properties of snow indoors generating use of COSI Connects Snow Kits.

The kits include STEM activities for groups of up to five students in third by way of fifth grade.

UAF has also made kits for larger groups of older young young children and adults to use outdoors.

The UAF group has created 800 compact and 45 substantial kits for distribution all by means of Alaska and across the United States.

Students can join SnowEd and develop to be snow scientists by reaching out to their nearby Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool web sites.

In Alaska, SnowEd is partnering with the NASA GLOBE method, which conducts every single winter and summer season season science projects.

A snow science stroll is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 16, at the Creamer’s Field farmhouse in Fairbanks.

Participants will find out about the NASA SnowEx campaign, measure snowpack depth and find out about layers inside the snowpack.

The UAF group incorporates Serina Wesen, education and outreach designer with the UAF Geophysical Institute’s snow, ice, and permafrost group, and Matthew Sturm, UAF snow professor, and geophysicist.

They’ve joined the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the NASA International Studying and Observations to Benefit the Atmosphere method, COSI, and NASA SnowEx researchers for the SnowEd campaign.

“We are excited to allow connect students with NASA SnowEx scientists and introduce them to snow subjects that may allow inspire them toward future careers,” Wesen stated.

To find out further about SnowEd, refer to the hyperlinks beneath.

Our Winter Planet: About SnowED

Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool