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Science On a Sphere Education Research Assistant (CO)

Posted on: 03/30/2017
Research Area(s): UncategorizedInternships / General

Summary / Description

Science On a Sphere and SOS Explorer are outreach tools invented by NOAA to help people better understand the world around them and the science of NOAA. Over 37 million people see SOS every year at over 144 museums and science centers worldwide! The collection of datasets that is used for these visualization tools is large and sometimes overwhelming to the educators who use it. We are seeking an intern to help us align the datasets the with the Next Generation Science Standards so that educators can easily find what they are looking for. This project would involve:

  • Researching the Next Generation Science Standards to become familiar with them
  • Researching similar collections of education resources to understand how they have been linked to the standards, including the content, format, and presentation
  • Going through the SOS Explorer catalog (about 120 datasets) and linking the datasets to the Next Generation Science Standards
  • For the most popular datasets, coming up “Essential Questions” that can be used by educators at different grade levels. An example of an essential question is: How do ocean currents help to balance Earth’s climate?

The intern will also be given the opportunity to give presentations using Science On a Sphere during the weekly public tour and summer camp field trips if this is of interest to them. This provides a great avenue to improve one’s communications skills and interactions with diverse public audiences.

Skills Required

Skill set required: Communication skills at levels appropriate for different audiences, Research skills into topics that might be unfamiliar, Attention to detail and well organized

Skillset optional/helpful: Earth science background, Education outreach and/or teaching experience


Boulder, CO
Earth System Research Laboratory
Global Systems Division
Advanced Technology and Outreach Branch

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Intern Supervisor:
Beth Russell
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NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources, in direct support of NOS priorities, offices, and customers, and to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

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