Daily Archives: October 2, 2008

NASA/NSTA Symposium: Discover the Universe – From Galileo to Today – Dec 5, 2008

Join NASA and NSTA in a hands-on symposium that will provide educators with strategies and resources to empower students to discover the universe for themselves during the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Designed for educators of grades 5-12, this symposium will take place on Dec. 5, 2008, in conjunction with the NSTA Area Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Attendance at the symposium requires conference registration.

This half-day symposium will explore key science concepts — Earth’s place in the universe; light, energy, and optics; and models and evidence in science — as participants investigate how NASA’s space-based missions extend the legacy of observation and discovery that Galileo Galilei initiated when he turned his telescope to the skies in 1609. Experience NASA space science research in the context of 400 years of technology-enabled astronomical discovery, and learn how to bring today’s discoveries into the classroom in a way that reinforces national science education standards.

All participants will receive NASA curriculum support materials, listings of electronically available resources, and information on participating in the International Year of Astronomy 2009’s global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture. Graduate credit may be available at an additional cost to participants. To receive graduate credit, participants must pay a nominal fee and complete an action plan and a lesson plan.

For more information about the symposium, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/fall08/NASA/symposium.aspx

Free Online Seminar – Discover the Universe: From Galileo to Today – Dec 16, 2008 and Jan 20, 2009

For those unable to attend the symposium in person, educators are encouraged to join NASA and NSTA for two free Web seminars featuring scientists and education specialists from NASA. The seminars will focus on key science concepts — Earth’s place in the universe; light, energy, and optics; and models and evidence in science — as participants investigate how NASA’s space-based missions extend the legacy of observation and discovery that Galileo Galilei initiated when he turned his telescope to the skies in 1609. The presenters will share their science expertise, answer questions from the participants and provide information regarding Web sites that students can use in the classroom.

Designed for educators of grades 5-12, the 90-minute seminars will begin at 6:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 16, 2008, and 6:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 20, 2009.

To learn more about these seminars and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/fall08/NASA/webseminar.aspx

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