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Educational Project Requests


NSF reserves a portion of the Deployment Pool for use by educators wishing to gain access to observational facilities for classroom instruction and hands-on learning expe- rience. This includes requesting that a facility be deployed to a university for a short period. Facilities for use in educational deployments can be requested twice per year and should be submitted six months ahead of an intended deployment to allow for suf- ficient time for an instructor to properly integrate the instrument deployment activities into her course material. Submission target dates are 1 March and 1 September (FY0) to accommodate the academic calendar.


Facility Request Process


To request a facility, the educator must contact the relevant Facility Manager to discuss the proposed project and identify an appropriate time period. After the initial contact, the educator must provide a one-page request form and a short proposal of no more than five pages to the Facility Manager. The proposal should include a narrative of the planned activity including a brief summary of the type of course to be conducted; the number of students involved; the techniques to be utilized to collect and analyze data; the project goals and expected outcomes; and the length and dates of the deployment. The proposal also must include at least one module that is directed at K-12 education and/or public outreach. A concerted effort should be made to include students from groups underrepresented in the atmospheric sciences. The Facility Manager will then prepare a cost estimate and feasibility. The length and dates of the deployment can vary but cannot conflict with an approved research field deployment of an NSF facility or a planned upgrade or test period for an instrument/platform. Please note that edu- cation project budgets should be modest and, in general, should not exceed $25,000. In the event that an educational deployment would cost more than $30,000, please consult with the LOAF Program Director before submitting a request. Educational proj- ect requests are not reviewed during the biannual OFAP meeting, however, they are reviewed by a small group of facility staff and OFAP members. Final approval will be given by NSF.


A final report of the educational deployment is required no later than one month after the end of the deployment. The report should include a recap of the educational objec- tives conducted; a description of the deployment, and class procedures, including student assignments, an assessment of the success of the activity both from the instruc- tor’s and participating students’ point of view; a narrative of outreach activities; and a section on lessons learned. The report should also include a detailed breakdown of the number of individuals reached during the entire deployment.


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