CISL Reaches Out to Wyoming Middle and High School Students

By Brian Bevirt
03/30/2011 - 12:00am
Marc Mueller of NCAR’s Education and Outreach Public Visitor Program (center) presented five types of hands-on science demonstrations to students at the Wyoming State Science Fair reception in Laramie. CISL also featured information about NWSC in Cheyenne.

CISL supported the March 2011 Wyoming State Science Fair at the University of Wyoming. CISL supplied two scientist volunteers as judges, presented four awards for top junior and senior projects in computational science and Earth System science, presented atmospheric science demonstrations, and exhibited information about the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) facility under construction in Cheyenne, Wyoming. CISL’s outreach efforts are part of our NWSC partnership with the State, University, and business community of Wyoming.

CISL staff encourage the development of young people’s scientific curiosity and look for opportunities to inform K-12 students about computational science and mathematics. We cultivate interest in the processes of discovery to inspire students to enter careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. We also teach that computational science is more than just programming, it is investigation and reasoning to answer questions and solve problems.