Waldport High Teacher Selected for NOAA Climate Stewards Project
Small steps can yield big rewards. That is the idea behind the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project, in which teachers are selected to lead student-run projects that are science-based and focused on reducing the carbon impact on the climate.
Students at Waldport High School will participate in the Climate Stewards program, with the recent announcement that their science teacher, Kama Almasi, has been accepted into the program.
“I believe this opportunity will allow Waldport students to become climate stewards,” said Almasi, who holds a doctorate in ecology. “That is, we will design and carry out a long-term environmental stewardship project locally, and it may involve community members, as well.”
At this early stage in the process, Almasi and her students have not yet decided on a focus for their project. However, here are some examples of projects that have been conducted by some of the more than 200 Climate Steward educators in 46 states:
* An elementary class in Washington, D.C., designed a project to reduce the number of cars that idle while picking up and dropping off students at their school.
* College students in New York recorded information about their energy usage and involved expenses, and developed individual plans to reduce both.
* An Oahu elementary class built a cultivation station to learn how ocean acidification impacted the growth and reproduction of sea urchins.
* Teams of student “inventors” in Flagstaff, Ariz., presented how each invention could help to mitigate the effects of human impacts on global ecosystems.
Almasi has been with Lincoln County School District for five years. This is her first year at Waldport High, where she is teaching biology, chemistry, environmental science, and algebra. Through this program, NOAA provides educators with a wide array of professional development opportunities that they can use to increase their students’ understanding of essential climate concepts.
The teachers interact directly with NOAA scientists and education specialists, and are taught to use data resources, digital tools, and other innovative technologies. They also benefit from an active online learning community that offers collaborative space, web seminars, conference symposia, workshops, and virtual conferences. In addition, NOAA Climate Stewards receive modest financial assistance and expert evaluation as they design and launch action plans for their communities.