Mark Powell recently participated in an ASK Florida climate workshop to train 6th grade teachers in climate literacy, including climate change and hurricanes. The workshop was held at the Hurst school training site for Volusia County in Daytona Beach and included teachers from Volusia and Flagler counties.
The audience was 20 6thgrade science teachers, and the topics were hurricanes and sea-level rise. Mark lectured on several topics, including hurricanes and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, and the teachers participated in several lab experiments and even competed in Hurricane Jeopardy.
ASK Florida is a partnership between Florida State University, the University of South Florida, and the Coalition for Science Literacy. It is funded by NASA to increase middle-school teachers’ content knowledge in climate-change science and their ability to identify and use scientific and teaching tools to incorporate climate education in the classroom. Teachers participate in a four-day summer workshop and two two-day workshops during the school year. They develop and teach at least one climate lesson, work individually with coaches, and interact with other teachers, science educators, and scientists throughout the year. They agree to share their knowledge and skills from this program with peers who do not participate in the program.