EPA's Region 6 Office
Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Regional Science Council (EPA R6 RSC) Converses with Students Earth Day web casts were developed to promote the value of science to classrooms via web cast format. Our goals are to reinforce with students the importance of staying in school, to get an education that will enable them to make better choices for their future and to enhance students' knowledge of their surrounding environment while reinforcing STEM (Science, Engineering, Math, and Engineering) topics.
Previous web casts included how to prepare a science fair project, environmental management systems, and sustainability with reference to the life cycle of a cell phone. If you would like to see more of what we have done, visit the Region 6 Regional Science Council Facebook page.
NASA and EPA Climate Change Event
On April 3rd and 17th 2013, NASA's Digital Learning Network (DLN) joined volunteers from EPA's R6 RSC for two (one hour long) Earth Day events. Students nationwide were able to converse with astronaut Mario Runco at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) scientist Lori Perkins, EPA's R6 RSC Chair Dr. Sala Senkayi (at JSC) and EPA national climate change expert Dr. Marcus Sarofim (at GSFC).
One event featured interactive data from satellites on a high-definition climate simulation hyperwall; in addition, an estimated 3690 students and adults watched both events webcasted on the DLiNfo Channel. Due to this unique interagency collaboration of NASA's DLN and EPA R6' RSC, we have reached more students and individuals than RSC has ever reached via these educational sessions. And we look forward to continued success in future such sessions.
Visit the following links to view the videos of all four sessions of the April 17th live event via the RSC Facebook page (you do not have to sign in, in order to view these videos). All session are less than 20 minutes and were filmed live from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4.
As part of this year's Converses with Students web casts outreach effort, the RSC recommends visiting the following EPA link http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/index.html (A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change) to learn more about Climate Change.
RSC Education Chair Sala Senkayi