Daily Archives: March 6, 2008

2008 Workshop on Exploring and Using NASA MISR Data – April 14, 2008

The NASA Langley Atmospheric Science Data Center is sponsoring a workshop on exploring and using Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer data in conjunction with the Annual Association of American Geographers Meeting in Boston, Mass.

The MISR instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite measures aerosols, clouds and land surface characteristics. The workshop is intended for new and experienced MISR data users. Participants will learn about the scientific applications, calibration, geometry and analyses of the MISR measurements. This workshop will also focus on the available data products and tools to view and analyze the data, as well as how to obtain the products. Computers will be available for a hands-on experience.

The workshop will take place on April 14, 2008. For more information, visit: http://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/PRODOCS/misr/workshop/current_workshop.html .

2008 Penn State Science Workshops for Educators

The Penn State Science Workshops for Educators offer innovative ways to teach science in the classroom, information on the latest science research, content-rich subject material and standards-based activities. Educators of grades 6-12 from across the country are encouraged to apply. Attendees will work side by side with Penn State faculty; many of whom are involved with NASA sponsored research.

Grants provide all participants with a private room in the newly built Brill Hall, reimbursements for travel costs up to $100, breakfast in the dining commons, and an allotment for lunches and dinners. Tuition subsidies are available for all of the workshops on a competitive basis. Tuition subsidies will be awarded on March 21, 2008; however, depending upon funding availability, additional tuition subsidies may be provided after March 21, 2008.

The 2008 Workshops include:
–Exploring Renewable Energy Technologies and the Materials That Make It Happen (NEW).
–Earth’s History: Interaction Between Life and the Environment (NEW).
–Extreme Particle Astrophysics.
–Evolution — How important is it to a good science education?
–Telescopes: The Tools of Astronomical Inquiry (NEW).
–Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction (NEW).

The tuition subsidies are need-based and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. Notification of tuition subsidies will be sent on March 21, 2008; however, applications may be submitted until May 31, 2008. Depending upon funding availability, additional tuition subsidies may be awarded after March 21, 2008.

For more information and the online application, visit http://teachscience.psu.edu  . If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Leah Bug at teachscience@psu.edu .

Educator Conference: Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 Satellite Launch

The Endeavour Center, NASA Educator Resource Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, located in central California, will host an educator conference on June 14-15, 2008. This conference will coincide with the launch of the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite launch on June 15, 2008.

The satellite will provide global ocean surface topography, circulation and tide models. This information is critical in the study of global weather because ocean temperatures and circulation drive many Earth weather cycles.

Registration and application information will be e-mailed to interested K-12 teachers. Teachers wishing to be added to the e-mail list should contact Moksha Badarayan, Endeavour Center, Director at director@endeavours.org .

For more information about this conference, visit http://www.endeavours.org/sec/

New Educational Materials Available at NASA Website

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available for downloading.

International Space Station: National Laboratory Education Concept Development Report

The International Space Station is the largest and most complex space vehicle ever built. Planned for completion in 2010, the space station will provide a home for laboratories equipped with a wide array of resources to develop and test the technologies needed for future generations of space exploration.

This report explores the potential of the space station to engage, inspire, and educate students, teachers, and faculty in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Information about current NASA and non-agency programs aimed to increase STEM achievement is included in the report. Diagrams and detailed information about the station are also included.

2007 NASA Education Highlights

NASA has a tradition of investing in programs and activities that inspire and engage students, educators, families and communities at large in the excitement and discovery of exploration. Read about the innovative ways NASA is creating new activities that spark the interest and imagination of people from all segments of society. Also learn about the education milestones and accomplishments achieved by NASA Education in 2007.

Additional Video Learning Clips Added

The educational video clips listed below have been added to the Videos section of the NASA Educational Materials site. Click on the link below each list of video clips to access the videos online.

Designed for students in grades 5-12, these video clips from the Universe DVD let the viewer travel billions of years through time. The viewer watches the universe evolve from one primordial mass into the stars and galaxies seen today. These videos are narrated by William Shatner.

Titles in this series:
— Scientists Use Observatories to Learn About the Sun
— The Planets
— A Look Beyond the Planets: Nebulae, Stars, Quasars and Galaxies
— Lifecycle of a Star
— The Evolving Universe
— Is There Life Out There?: NASA’s Search Continues

Targeting students in grades 5-12, the Liftoff to Learning: Plants in Space video clip series follows a group of students at an elementary school as they participate in an experiment on plant growth with space shuttle astronauts. Identical seed growth pouches are planted with corn and soybean seeds. Some of the seeds are germinated on Earth and others on the space shuttle in Earth orbit. Rather than drawing conclusions on the effects of microgravity on plant growth, viewers are invited to participate in the experiment by growing seeds on Earth as control experiments.

Titles in this series:
— How Plants Grow in Space: The Effects of Gravity and Light
— Tropisms of Plants in Space and on Earth
— Why Scientists Study Plants in Space
— Evaluating Experimental Treatment: Controls of Plants Growing in Space
— Discussion Points About Growing Plants in Space

The video clips in the NASA’s Destination Tomorrow™: Bringing the Future into Focus series are designed for educators, parents, and students in 9-12 and college. These clips build on the premise that much of NASA’s aeronautical research focuses on increasing today’s knowledge to solve tomorrow’s problems.

Titles in this series:
— Helios, NASA’s Unmanned, Remotely Powered Flying Wing
— The Smart Probe, an Early Cancer Detection Tool
— A Retrospective Look at the Gemini Program
— Alleviating Aircraft Noise: The Quiet Aircraft Technology Program
— Spacesuits and How They Work

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