Resources for educators and students

We provide educators, students, and the public with educational tools that teach about the importance of high-performance computing (HPC) in our pursuit of answering questions about our world. These open-source learning opportunities aid in the diversification of our science community by making HPC accessible and fun.

Are you an NCAR scientist who would like one of your projects to be featured as open-source educational material on our site? Reach out to outreach@ucar.edu for more information.

NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center

Visit the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) to learn about the power of supercomputing and how we use it. While the NWSC is temporarily closed to the public because of the pandemic, interested groups are welcome to schedule virtual tours.

See Visitor Center exhibits: All ages welcome! for details.

HPC-TV

Go to HPC-TV for an inside look into one of the most powerful computing systems in the world: Cheyennne. HPC-TV explains how a supercomputer works and goes in-depth in some of the amazing work our scientists are working on every day.

The main HPC-TV user interface.

Meteo AR / Meteo VR

An animated globe displayed on a desk.

Meteo AR is an augmented reality application that displays interactive virtual objects, in this case an animated globe.

Meteo AR is an augmented reality (AR) application (download here)  that displays interactive virtual objects – like an animated globe or a hurricane, for example – over real world imagery that is captured by your mobile device's camera. The app works with the NCAR “science cube” or the downloadable science sheets. They include background information about topics like El Niño, hurricanes, and climate change to help you understand and interpret what you are seeing.

Meteo VR is a virtual reality (VR) application that works with inexpensive devices like Google Cardboard to turn your mobile phone into a 3D VR platform for exploring geoscience data. Google Cardboard is available for purchase from many online retailers. Search “Google Cardboard.”

Raspberry Pi Weather Forecast

Also known as WRF on Pi, the goal of this project is to run a real weather model on your Raspberry Pi computer and make a weather forecast. You will run the simulation for the days you want, where you want, visualize the output, and make a forecast.

By working through this module, you will gain an understanding of how a weather forecast is made, how a meteorologist adds “value” to the forecast, and you will learn some of the limits and shortcomings of some of our latest weather models. Get instructions here.

A Raspberry Pi weather forecast map of part of the southeast United States

For high school learners and beyond with prior coding experience

Machine Learning in Python for Environmental Science Problems

Want to learn more about machine learning in Python? This AMS short course shows you everything you need to know with both CPU-enabled and GPU-enabled approaches.

Deep Learning Tutorial

This tutorial is about using deep neural networks to predict intense rotation near the surface of thunderstorms.

Additional resources

Check out the CISL YouTube channel for a variety of programming tutorials, seminars, and other HPC learning materials.