The NSF Criterion II/Broader Impact requirement challenges scientists to develop research and activities that benefit STEM education, the greater scientific community and society at large. Many LTER sites have leveraged this requirement to create successful formal and informal science education collaborations, including K-12 programs. In this session, we will explore how we can accomplish NSF Criterion II/Broader Impacts while strengthening connections among LTER scientists, educators both informal and formal, and students (in and out of school). During the session, an NSF program officer will present her perspective and thoughts about broader impacts. Also, three LTER sites will present examples of programs that have improved science literacy of K-12 students and teachers through the leveraging of broader impacts requirements. In addition, participants will be introduced to the online COSEE NOW Scientist Resources Pages, featuring a collection of resources, including the Broader Impact Wizard, that provide guidance on selecting potential audiences, identifying appropriate collaborators, and developing activities that achieve broader impacts. Finally, we will end with a discussion of how we can use broader impacts to expand and improve: 1) the level of participation and engagement of LTER scientists; and 2) the degree to which educators and LTER scientists collaboratively develop resources, lesson plans, and proposals as a result of professional development and networking. We invite both LTER scientists and educators to attend this session.
You will leave this session with a seed of an idea for broader impacts and strategies for implementation.