Pre-Conference Full Day Option: Wednesday, October 16, 2024, 9 AM - 4 PM

(Registration for full-day session is $135.00. Lunch is included.)

Title: Creating Community Buy In on Climate Change


Climate change is impacting everyone, whether the heat island effect in the cities or changes in weather patterns impacting rural and agricultural areas. Since Libraries are at the hub of community learning, this session will provide you with tools to strengthen your background knowledge, provide you with data developed over the last century, and interactives that can be used for climate programs or integrated into STEAM outreaches. 

Hosted by Kal Mannis (Sr Director for Rural Engagement, Arizona Science Center) and Jeannie Colton (Arizona State University, Center or Innovation in Informal STEM Learning), you will leave with a greater understanding of the climate changes that we are experiencing and have data-based tools to help others understand as well. 

The session will include material from NASA, NOAA, Underwriters Laboratory, and national environmental education curricula. You will leave with links, immediately implementable activities, a Frank Talk inspired game, and continued support. 

Kal Mannis

Kal grew up in south Florida and spent most of his youth between the Florida Keys, Miami, and Ocala. A rural advocate from early on, he has spent the last three decades working in formal and informal education and community research. With funding from the National Science Foundation, Kal and his team implemented a unique program that supported the development of STEM Learning Ecosystems in rural and remote Arizona communities. The study was to see if community-level organizing could impact STEM Identity and workforce opportunities. His work was of interest to a NASA team looking to broaden participation in rural and tribal communities and they have been funding efforts since 2021. In 2022, Kal continues his economic and learning development projects to help established, and new ecosystems throughout Arizona.

Jeannie Colton

With 25 years of experience as an educator and learning experience designer and evaluator, Ms. Colton brings a wealth of experience in understanding how people of all ages learn. She uses this to guide how she designs learning experiences in a variety of environments and content. As a Learning Scientist, she applies her knowledge, skills, and expertise to research, design and evaluate innovative solutions that enhance the outcomes of learners.

Prior to coming to ASU, Ms. Colton was Director of Youth Programs at Arizona Science Center where she led the education team who delivered programming within the center and out in the community.

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