Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) for American Indian and Alaska Native Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement. NASA’s MAIANSE Activity seeks to increase American Indian and Alaska Native engagement in STEM through authentic and unique NASA experiences. Since 2020 MAIANSE, in partnership with NASA’s SnowEx, offers quarterly internships. Through a variety of applications, interns have engaged with SnowEx data sets and participated in the collection of field measurements to match those of SnowEx in their surrounding communities.
Hackweeks are participant-driven events that strive to create welcoming spaces for participants to learn new things, build community and gain hands-on experience with collaboration and team science. Hackweeks are hosted by the eScience Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. During previous SnowEx Hackweeks participants have explored recent SnowEx campaign data sets and developed open science tools and repositories to ingest, process, and visualize several of the data sets. In addition to the annual event, Hackweek tutorials have been presented in a weekly seminar series, where affiliated universities offer credit to participants.
The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. partners with other universities to offer a multi-day field school on making and analyzing snow measurements. This course gives fundamental training to students in making and analyzing snow measurements including depth, density, snow water equivalent, grain size and shape, stratigraphy, temperature and hardness.
Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization working to inspire and empower people to protect America’s wild snowscapes. The alliance contains over 100 environmental organizations and backcountry partners. Most notable, is the SnowSchool program that engages over 35,000 kids to winter every season! SnowSchool is a bridge connecting kids to snow science, watersheds, and winter recreation. This program is designed for kindergarten to high school students with a STEM-based curriculum that combines local field experiences with classroom lessons.