TERC's Earth Exploration Toolbook Awarded the SPORE Prize

October 4, 2011

AAAS Press Release and Video:'Science' Gives SPORE award to 'Earth Exploration Toolbook'
NSF Press Release:The Earth Exploration Toolbook Wins SPORE Award



CAMBRIDGE, MA–TERC’s Earth Exploration Toolbook has been awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE). The SPORE prize is awarded monthly in select recognition of projects worldwide that offer free science education resources.

The Earth Exploration Toolbook is a freely available online resource made up of investigations (“chapters”) that help teachers and their students (grades 6-12 and undergraduate) become competent data users. Each stand-alone chapter in the EET addresses a different topic (e.g., hydrologic cycle, weather, climate, environmental quality, or natural hazards), data set (e.g., global temperatures, sea ice extent, ocean core records, or stream flow data), or analysis tool [e.g., spreadsheets, image-processing software, or geographic information system (GIS)]. By working through chapters, students gain experience and knowledge of data sets and analysis tools so that they can use those tools for their own investigations; to investigate other aspects of the Earth system; and/or apply techniques in other contexts or disciplines.

The accompanying essay entitled “Making Earth Science Data Accessible and Usable in Education” by Tamara Shapiro Ledley, LuAnn Dahlman, Carla McAuliffe, Nick Haddad, Michael R. Taber, Ben Domenico, Susan Lynds, and Marian Grogan is available in the current issue of Science magazine.

Please visit the Earth Exploration Toolbook at: www.serc.carleton.edu
Please visit the SPORE essay page at: www.sciencemag.org


Award recipients include Tamara Shapiro Ledley, EET and AccessData PI and chair of the Center for Science Traching and Learning at TERC and EET staff LuAnn Dahlman, Carla McAuliffe, Nick Haddad and AccessData staff Marian Grogan, Michael Taber, Ben Domenico, and Susan Lynds.


The Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) from AAAS has been established to encourage innovation and excellence in education, as well as to encourage the use of high-quality online resources by students, teachers, and the public.