SUNY Oneonta has received a National Science Foundation grant to develop teaching tools that will help K-12 students to better visualize and understand Earth science concepts.

According to a press release, the nearly $355,000 grant will fund the project, titled “Authentic Research Experiences for Earth Science Education Majors,” which gives pre-service earth science teachers the chance to design and build their own models of particularly complex or abstract Earth processes and concepts.

Four SUNY Oneonta students spent four weeks this summer designing and building the models and will work throughout the year to tweak and perfect them.