While the grass may be greener on the other side, lava is warm anywhere you go. This may be one of the few commonalites between Alaska and Hawaii. In the next few years, students from Hawaii and Alaska will be comparing similarities and differences as we discuss climate change through inquiry science lessons. The project is called “Preparing Responsive Educators using Place-based Authentic Research on Earth’s Systems,” or PREPARES.
In May, Julie and I went on location to the “big island” of Hawaii to meet our grant partners and prepare for our first year of field testing classroom activities. 3o classroom teachers from Hawaii and 30 Alaskan classrooms will pair up and exchange data through distance learning collaborations. Staff from Hawaii came to visit us in March. What a cool project with hot topics!