Pamella A. Cedillo and Dr. Jen Pierce
While opportunities to become involved in climate and STEM-related clubs exist at the middle and high school levels in Idaho, few are available at elementary schools. This project establishes Boise’s first International Climate Team (ICT) at Washington Elementary to address this need. Within the program, 6th graders maintain their own school weather station, interpret local weather and climate, establish a new STEM Club, and develop team leadership skills. In conjunction with service learning partners at Washington Elementary, the Boise School District, and Boise State University we mentor the ICT and STEM club and provide support for the installation and data analysis for the new Washington weather station. We follow ICT guidelines developed by Cedillo under a professional model for both middle and high schoolers at Marsing Middle School and East Junior High. These students participate in activities such as Arduino programming, partnering with international schools, school weather forecasting, videography and tutorial creation. Project development will continue through spring of 2020. Initial meets demonstrate Washington Elementary 6th graders dedication to the student-run STEM Club, International Climate Team, and maintaining their own weather station, with preliminary results indicating that the ICT model is viable at the upper-elementary level.
Lindsey, Rachel Anne; Cedillo, Pamella A.; Pierce, Jen; Finley, Cheryl; Courtright, Hannah; and Taylor, Chris, "6th Graders in STEM: Development of an International Climate Team and Weather Station at Washington Elementary" (2020). 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase. 105.