Our changing climate presents one of the most important challenges of the 21st century. Science helps us understand how the atmosphere has changed over time and how the future climate might impact our lives. Now, it’s your chance to teach others about the science of climate change through art. For our 7th annual climate change artwork competition, we are asking young artists to address one of the following prompts with their artwork

About Us

Cool Science is a collaborative effort between the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s College of Education and the University of Massachusetts Boston's Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences. The Cool Science team brings an inter-disciplinary approach to the challenge of improving public understanding of climate change science. Cool Science aims to engage students, teachers, parents, and the general public with the science of climate change.

  • Jill Lohmeier is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Research Methods at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s College of Education. Jill is a recognized expert in cognitive psychology and research design. Both these areas are important to the success of the Cool Science project.
  • Robert Chen is a Professor of Oceanography at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Bob is an accomplished scientist with significant experience in the public’s understanding of climate science. Bob’s interest in informal science learning coupled with his extensive scientific research accomplishments makes him an ideal partner on the Cool Science project.
  • Stephen Mishol is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is an accomplished artist and brings a wealth of knowledge about the aesthetic review process, content messages, images, and visual literacy, both conceptually and formally. His expertise is important to the success of the Cool Science project.
  • Shanna Rose Thompson is the Center for Program Evaluation Manager and Adjunct Professor. She also serves as the Project Manager for Cool Science. Shanna has a background in education, art, and psychology which has been very helpful to the Cool Science team.
  • Sarah Elizabeth McDermott is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education at UMass Lowell.
  • Sarnise Compere is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at UMass Lowell.