NCAS CAREERS Weather Camp Overview
Channeling Atmospheric Research into Educational Experiences Reaching Students (CAREERS) is a national program. CAREERS consist of a network of summer science camps with a primary focus on Atmospheric/Weather and Climate Sciences for middle school (MS) and high school (HS) students.
The weather camp is supported by funds from the NOAA Educational Partnership Program for Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) through the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) at Howard University. NCAS CAREERS Weather Camps are free of charge. This year NCAS will host high school camps. Camps are being sponsored in Washington, DC; Jackson, MS; Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; and El Paso, TX. The goals of the program are:
- To provide broad exposure and training for middle school and high school students in weather forecasting, environmental modeling, and measurements
- To encourage bright underrepresented students to consider science and engineering education and careers in college and beyond through dissemination of educational and career opportunities in atmospheric sciences
- To increase the talent pipeline of students pursuing studies in science and engineering in college
CAREERS Camps seek to target participants from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds throughout the United States and US territories in an effort to attract and retain student interest in science. All participants are invited to join a virtual community of science scholars who share a common camp experience, career goals, and a love for science!
Washington, DC: The DC Camp located on the campus of Howard University, is a two-week residential experience. Students are engaged in hands-on activities, field experiments, seminars, tours of research facilities, and workshops that expand their knowledge of atmospheric sciences, weather and forecast models, and environmental instrumentation.
Jackson, MS: Jackson State University hosts this week-long, residential camp. The camp targets high school students interested in weather-related topics and impacts on daily life. The majority of activities are conducted in the lab facilities on campus.
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico: Bilingual Spanish and English students explore the fields of meteorology, atmospheric sciences, and oceanography through seminars, workshops, interactive activities, and field trips. The camp is located at the University of Puerto Rico, at the Mayagüez campus.
El Paso, TX: The University of Texas, at El Paso partners with the Upward Bound program to provide in-depth learning experiences in weather, climate and air quality for high school students. The El Paso camp is a week-long commuter, non-residential camp.
*Based on the overwhelming success of the NCAS CAREERS Weather Camps model, numerous affiliate camps have been created. In the US there are 7 CAREERS-affiliated camps; and 3 CAREERS-affiliated camps internationally.
Map of CAREERS Weather Camps 2013
For more information about the 2013 CAREERS Weather Camps, please contact: Kadidia Thiero, Outreach Coordinator Telephone: 202-865-8679; E-mail: Kadidia.email@example.com