Alaska EPSCoR' K-12 program supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education efforts across the state. These include:
Alaska Rural Research Partnership. The ARRP program was established in 2001 to create opportunities for rural and Native students to perform "wet bench" science in rural Alaska schools. This joint initiative between the University of Alaska and the National Science Foundation strives to enrich science education in rural schools, to involve students in scientific research in their villages, and to encourage students to attend college and consider science and engineering careers. Alaska EPSCoR provides scholarships and other support for ARRP students.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Seasons and Biomes. GLOBE Seasons and Biomes is a worldwide educational project in which K-12 students discuss climate change and learn about scientific inquiry through observing and documenting seasinak changes. Activities have included an international videoconference and Web forum; professional teacher development workshops; and class and individual investigations into plant and ice phenology and other climatic topics by K-12 students across Alaska and the world. GLOBE teachers and students have developed protocols for measuring climate change through phenomena such as times of river freeze-up and break-up, permafrost measurements taken through frost tubes, and mosquito observations and statistics. Alaska EPSCoR supports GLOBE by providing funding and personnel for teacher training programs.
Permafrost and Active Layer Monitoring. The PALM project is the work of University of Alaska Fairbanks faculty Kenji Yoshikawa, who has installed permafrost temperature monitoring systems at hundreds of public schools across Alaska and the Yukon and taught students how to monitor the sites as well as to record and report data. Alaska EPSCOR is supporting Yoshikawa to expand and continue the program in the areas of our test case sites.
Alaska Native Engagement Grants. Alaska EPSCOR will award two rounds of grants to UA faculty to undertake projects designed to increase the interest of Alaska Native K-12 or university students in STEM research.