High School Students – Apply Now for the Global Climate Change Summer School – Deadline May 15, 2010

Oregon High School students may apply to participate in the NASA Climate Change Summer School scholarship program. One hundred (100) students will be selected to receive a tuition scholarship to cover the cost of participation in this college course.

During this online college course, students will engage in hands-on climate change activities. Scholarship winners will prepare a portfolio of their activities and essays on each topic. These results will be shared with science teachers at the local high schools in the Fall of 2010.

Eligibility
Students attending Oregon high schools who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 school year are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in a college level course. A $25 tuition scholarship will be awarded to 100 students to attend the Summer 2010 course.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2010
Application Guide: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/gcc.pdf

What is the Global Climate Change Summer School Program?
Every day we hear more about the state of our planet. What information is accurate and reliable? How will our lives be affected by these changes? What can we do to make a difference? The Global Climate Change Summer School Program offers exceptional Oregon high school students the opportunity to learn the latest information from world climate change experts while participating in a free college course offered online by Portland Community College (PCC).

The course website can be found at http://www.pcc.edu/gcc

Course Objectives:

  • Increase PCC’s educational outreach to Oregon K-12 educational system.
  • Educate high school students (and their families) on climate change.
  • Engage these NASA scholarship recipients in a hands-on summer climate change activity (in response to President Obama’s charge to NASA to do this for one million students in the summer of 2010).
  • Provide these exceptional scholars with a meaningful summer learning activity and resume piece.
  • Stimulate the participants to seek other college level courses while completing their high school requirements.
  • Provide climate change feedback into the classes at their schools in the Fall of 2010 while creating an opportunity for their teachers to use NASA educational materials in the curriculum.
  • Significantly contribute to PCC’s Climate Change Action Plan’s Educational and Public Outreach component.
  • Contribute to the mission of NASA and OSGC, and in particular stimulate students into the pursuit of STEM careers.

How will students participate?
100 Oregon NASA Space Grant scholarships in the amount of $25 each to cover cost of class tuition will be awarded to high school students across Oregon. The tuition scholarships will be used to enroll these scholars in GCC1 – Global Climate Change Summer School at Portland Community College.

Participating students will engage in hands-on computer based activities (labs) relating to the subjects of the streaming video sessions for the course (GCC1). Students will perform these activities at home with the guidance of the teacher assigned to GCC1 in summer term.

Each scholar will create a portfolio of the Climate Change Summer School experience. Portfolios will include a short review and summary of each session of the course, specifically addressing session issues important to the student and topics deemed most relevant to the student’s understanding of climate change. Examples will be available for student reference. Participants will produce two copies of the portfolio – one for submission to their high school science teacher during Fall 2010 and one submitted to Portland Community College.

Application Process:
Eligibility – Students attending Oregon high schools who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 school years are eligible to apply for this unique opportunity to participate in a college level course. A $25 tuition scholarship will be awarded to 100 students to attend the Summer 2010 course. A computer with internet access is required for participation in the class.

Mentor Teacher – Each participating student must have a mentor teacher. Mentors will provide student participants with guidance regarding basic questions during the summer course. The course instructors will provide primary guidance but mentor teachers should be prepared to continue contact with the student via email or phone during the summer months if basic questions arise (time commitment is expected to be minimal).

Mentors must provide contact details on the student application form. Additionally, mentor teachers must provide a brief recommendation for the student’s application packet. This recommendation should briefly answer the following two questions:
1. Why would this student benefit from participation in the Global Climate Change Summer School?
2. What characteristics of this student will ensure their full participation and completion of this college course?

Mentor recommendations should be submitted as a separate page and must include the teacher’s name, school, and phone number.

Application forms are available online. Please use the following link to download the application guide. http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/gcc.pdf

Completed application forms and Mentor Teacher recommendations should be sent via email or regular mail to the following address:

By Mail:
Climate Change Summer School
Portland Community college
SY ST 312
PO Box 19000
Portland OR 97280

By Email: GCC@PCC.EDU
(note: If sending via email, please keep file sizes small. Send documents in PDF or .DOC format.)

Questions regarding this program or the application process may be
sent to the course administrator at GCC@PCC.EDU

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