In 2007, Cyberinfrastructure for Immersive Professional Development (CI) developed tools and models for science teachers of grades 5-8 using the immersive capabilities of Internet2. In particular, the project supported teachers’ curricula by providing access to authentic earth science data, resources, and expertise. The project directly meets NSF Grand Challenge 3 by infusing methodologies enabled by cyberinfrastructure in K-12 education; thus permitting new and powerful ways of working with large data sets, modeling processes, and sharing resources.
This pilot test of the technology was conducted using an Internet2 connection between the IRC and the Franklin Institute Museum of Science in Philadelphia. Professor Jeff Halverson, a hurricane scientist with JCET at UMBC, worked virtually with a group of educators at the Franklin Museum. High definition visualizations based on new models of developing hurricanes were streamed live as Professor Halverson explained the process. Discussions between the educators and Professor Halverson about the material happened in real-time throughout the workshop.
||David Stroud, NASA/Goddard
||Karen Elinich, Franklin Institute
||Professor Jeff Halverson, JCET/UMBC
||GFSC Office of Education, GEST/UMBC
||Bill Shewbridge, New Media Studio, UMBC