The RESESS interns again joined the SOARS and NEON students on May 19th to participate in a day-long workshop to build leadership skills and practice communication strategies for the summer and beyond. The students and staff had a great time playing games and doing exercises that identified strategies to maximize effective communication as well as facilitate identification and development of individual interns’ strengths. Local experts from 5.12 Solutions facilitated the workshop.
Leadership and orientation concluded with group tours of UNAVCO, NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research), and NEON on May 20th. Students and staff were able to explore terrestrial laser scanning at UNAVCO, 3-D data visualization at NCAR Mesa Lab, and engineering for ecological observatories at NEON.
The interns’ first day of work was Thursday, May 21, 2015, and as they settle in with their research projects, writing workshop, and communications seminar, we are looking forward to a rewarding summer full of learning and new experiences.