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The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory

  • E. Milton, MA
  • www.bluehill.org

Mission Statement

Mission Statement The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, established in 1885, remains a center for the study of weather and climate. Scientific research continues with a new focus on public education, teacher/student enhancement programs, and publications in order to better serve the public. Using the ever changing world of weather our mission is to motivate students and teachers to broaden their knowledge in math, science, and technology thereby sharpening their life skills. Observe, Measure, Postulate, Explore! There is good documenation that students are not excelling in math and science. The Observatory's new focus on teacher snd students enhancement programming and school trips to the Observatory have allowed us to have postitive impacts on the way science is taught and perceived in the classroom. We are heavily involved in trying to influence how teenage girls learn and succeed in math and science. Our award winning Women in Natural Science programing takes inner city, underprivileged teenage girls and exposes them in real world environments to the physical sciences through mentoring type programming. We have served nearly 400 girls and are now entering our 8th year of funding for this program. Funding has come from a number of sources including an initial grant from the Anna B Stearns Foundation and a national grant from the Mattel Corporation for this program.

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer

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Dr. William Minsinger

Keywords

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Science Education, Weather, Girls, Global Warming, Climate Study, Field Trips, Kites

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Also Known As

BHO

EIN

22-2517414

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

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The goals and initiatives of the Blue Hill Observatory are three fold: ? To increase the understanding of the atmospheric and natural sciences by providing educational programming, training , consultations, conferences, and workshops for students, teachers, weather professionals and enthusiasts, and the general public. We have a special interest in serving underprivileged youth especially girls with regards to science skills and education ? To maintain continuous, uninterrupted weather and climate records with traditional as well as state of the art equipment and to make this data available to other weather centers, educational institutions, researchers, and the general public through the National Weather Service. ? To support ongoing research projects in critical meteorological topics, climate change and climate variability, and to engage high school and college students in these research projects. To fulfill these goals we have: ? Worked for complete restoration of the historic Blue Hill Observatory built in 1885; seen it declared a National Historic Landmark and opened to the public in 1999. We continue our pioneering research on climate change and global warming and just added an air- quality monitoring program through MEPA. Over 1200 scientific papers have been produced at Blue Hill Observatory ? Developed a curriculum and programming and funding stream for our on going Women in Natural Science (WINS) programming for underprivileged girls. We were awarded the Corporate(non-profit) Award by the American Meteorological Society for this program and received honorable mention in the much sought after Maria Mitchell Award competition. Nearly 400 girls have been cerved with 55% of the students Black, 20% Latino, 20% Caucasion, and 5% Asian ? Continued our very active school programming with over 21,000 students having visited the Observatory since 1999 when it was opened as a Science Center ? Continued out teacher enhancement activities ? Continued our internship program for high school and college students(UMass, Wheaton, Cornell, Lyndon State, Plymouth State have all recently participated) ? Expanded out long running lecture series to a full-scale/annual Southern New England Weather Conference and cosponsored Radar Meteorology ? A Short Course. Our conferences have seen over 2,000 attendees ? Continued our publishing program with newsletters and Bulletins as well as three recent full length books: Hurricane Carol ? Remembering Her Fury, The 1927 Flood in Vermont and New England, The 1955 Floods Hurricanes Connie and Diane

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Blue Hill Observatory Science Center Inc
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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The Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory

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Principal Officer

Dr. William Minsinger

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