Daily Archives: December 29, 2011

2012 Climate Science Summer Workshops for Educators – Application Deadline June 1, 2012

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the second year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June or early July. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers, instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place in August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research.

All workshop participants in 2011 were from New York City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places are encouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to be conducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campus housing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachers from outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion – Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar Jan 5, 2012

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Jan. 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-hand information about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used to solve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar23.aspx.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Bring NASA Into Your Classroom With the NASA Explorer School Program

NASA Explorer Schools Program

Visit the NES website to learn about the free science materials, training, and support NASA offers to participating teachers.

Are you a teacher working with grades 4-12? Do you need better standards based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) content for the classroom? Do you want free curriculum materials and the professional support to successfully implement those lessons and activities in the classroom? The NASA Explorer School (NES) program is for you!

The NASA Explorer Schools Program provides free lesson plans, activities, and professional development opportunities centered on NASA missions, careers, and STEM concepts. A searchable lesson library offers materials based around STEM topics and NASA research. NES offers free and engaging videos and live chats to directly involve students in a dialogue with NASA professionals. NES provides free live support for all educational materials and offers regular professional development opportunities for participating educators.

The NES program is a great way to find new STEM materials and the support to use them in your classroom. To find out more about the program and to submit a registration form, please visit the NASA Explorer School website at http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/index.html

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