Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

Mars for Earthlings Faculty and Postdoc Workshop – Application Deadline by Oct 1, 2012

Mars for Earthlings will be conducting its first faculty/postdoc half-day workshops at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Registrants will receive ready-made teaching modules and materials to be utilized in undergraduate Earth and planetary science courses. Introductions and walk-throughs of Earth analogs to Mars and Mars-related software will be provided. With attendance, registrants will receive a voucher for the amount of their registration to the GSA bookstore.

For more information on registration and deadlines, please visit http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2012/courses.htm.

Climate Change PBL Modules Available for Classroom Pilot Testing – Middle and High School

The Exploring the Environment – Global Climate Change (ETE-GCC) project announces that five modules are ready for pilot testing: Global Temperatures, Ice Caps and Sea Levels, Human Health, Volcanoes, and Drought. These new modules present an updated theoretical approach to problem-based learning (PBL) that focuses on scientific inquiry, use of satellite imagery, and incorporating of teaching strategies recommended in the Next Generation Science Standards. ETE-GCC welcomes the insights and recommendations from middle and high school teachers who are willing to pilot test these problem-based learning activities. Pre-service teachers are also welcome to participate in the process as well.

If you would like to participate in the pilot program, please sign up by sending an email to ete (at) cet.edu, or by requesting access to the site by selecting “Log In” at http://ete.cet.edu/gcc/.

2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop for Scientists, High School and Undergrad Educators – September 2012

In September 2012, the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) will host an online workshop focused on the use of the pioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshop will be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizing Giovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management, environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni; and educational use of Giovanni. The workshop will primarily consist of online author-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about these presentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for review, for those not able to participate in live sessions. To indicate interest, please email Dr. James G. Acker, (james.g.acker (at) nasa.gov) or visit the workshop website for more information.


NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project – Apply by June 15, 2012

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school girls. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from women working at NASA. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications are due June 15, 2012. The NASA G.I.R.L.S. website and social media accounts will be updated when application submission is opened! For more information on how to follow along on Twitter or Facebook, go to http://women.nasa.gov/get-involved.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasa-g-i-r-l-s/.

Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar – June 12, 2012

NASA Explorer Schools Program

Human Physiology in Space Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 12, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The seminar focuses on human physiology. Obtain information about the effect microgravity has on the physiology of astronauts and learn about the countermeasures NASA uses to help overcome these effects when they return to Earth.

Outer space is an exciting part of our lives and promises to be an even more exciting part of the future for your students. It provides scientists with a unique laboratory, allowing scientific studies never possible in the history of civilization. Future space missions will continue to involve sending humans into space. But after extended stays in microgravity, astronauts must return safely to Earth and lead normal, healthy lives.

This seminar will provide instruction on how to integrate the Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space lesson into your curriculum. There are two classroom activities in this lesson focusing on the effects of spaceflight on human physiology.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar26.aspx.

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

Free NASA Education Webinar Series – June 2012

NASA Educators Online Network

Free NASA webinars for educators available through NEON

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Understanding Earth, Moon and Sun Connections (Grades K-8)
June 12, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonja Williams will introduce cultural perspectives related to the phases of the moon and the solar system. Attendees will participate in an activity based upon a Native American/Western science story. Participants will receive culturally relevant materials related to stars and constellations that they can share with their students.

NASA in the Classroom (Grades K-12)
June 12, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will introduce K-12 teachers to various NASA education resources. Participants will learn how to find science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, lesson plans, current teacher/student opportunities and NASA videos for classroom use. Teachers will also be shown how to use local NASA-related resources.

The Real Lord of the Ring (Grades K-4)
June 13, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Alexis Harry will introduce teachers to a set of lessons that enhance basic communication skills through scientific exploration based on the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Throughout the lessons, participants practice a variety of language arts skills, including descriptive writing, note-taking, poetry, illustration and oral communication.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
June 18, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades 2-8)
June 20, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will present sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon, and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity Kinesthetic Astronomy will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.

I’m Signed up for NEON — Now What?? (Grades K-12)
June 20, 2012, 6- 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Anne Weiss will introduce participants to basic features of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, professional/collaborative learning community. Participants will also learn how to use NEON to find appropriate NASA standards-aligned activities that satisfy state-specific teaching standards.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
June 25, 2012, 3 – 4 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through August 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

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