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Pacific Islander Teachers on the Island of Hawaii Advance Sustainability Through Earth Science

HSUSO IGARSS 2020 logoGoing to Hawaii would be a treat for anyone in need of some sun, sand and a little relaxation, but it is also a phenomenal place to explore Earth Science and expand the reach of GLOBE to Pacific Islander teachers. Specifically the GLOBE partner at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU, an HBCU), Dr. Linda Bailey Hayden, who wears many hats including the Director of the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research and Chapter President for the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society at the University. She leads an initiative at the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society called the High School/Undergraduate Student Outreach (HSUSO) that works to expose students to the high quality jobs and career paths in the field of remote sensing. The HSUSO is an integrated component of the 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Annual Symposium that was scheduled to be held in Hilo, Hawaii.

However, due to COVID-related impacts the international conference, which attracts thousands, was transformed to a virtual format. But the HSUSO Team including US Partner Forum members, Garry Harris and Tracy Ostrom pressed forward with developing a two-day virtual conference for a cohort of teachers from across all the major Hawaiian islands. The teachers will receive a two-phase approach to training including a homework assignment consisting of selected online e-trainings related to all multiple spheres; atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and pedosphere. This will be followed up by direct coaching and mentoring from seasoned GLOBE Trainers to provide additional insights to proper delivery of instruction that will excite and engage classrooms. In addition, the teachers will earn multiple certifications from both GLOBE and IEEE-GRSS.

-Garry Harris, SMART Academy Center of Excellence

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News origin: United States of America