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ASU to Host Free Climate Camp

April 29, 2013

As part of its Earth System Science for Elementary Teachers (ESSET) grant project, Angelo State University’s Teacher Education Department will host a Climate Camp this summer for area elementary school students.

The camp will run from July 29-Aug. 1 and registration is free.  It is open to 100 local and area students who will be entering grades 3-5 this fall.  Campers will attend from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day and take part in activities that will utilize both indoor and outdoor facilities on the ASU campus.

Directed by Dr. Christine Purkiss, ASU associate professor of teacher education, the camp will be run by certified elementary teachers from schools throughout Texas.  A group of ASU undergraduate students will serve as camp counselors and assist in organizing the camp.  The staff will lead small groups of students in activities that will teach them about weather and climate in a fun environment while rotating through various hands-on science activities.

The ESSET project is funded through a $309,553 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that was awarded to Purkiss and ASU research scientist Dr. Kit Price Blount in July of 2012.  The overall goal of the project is to provide professional development in climate literacy for teachers of grades K-5, so they become more effective in teaching weather-related concepts in their classrooms.

Parents can register their children for the Climate Camp by going online to and clicking on the ‘Climate Camp’ link to complete the registration form.  The camp will be limited to the first 100 children who register by May 31.

For more information, call Purkiss at 325-486-6954.