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ATTENTION EDUCATORS: SIGN UP TODAY for NASA DIGITAL WORKSHOPS!

NASA STEM Spanish Immersion  Educator Professional Development Workshop SeriesFree Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: NASA STEM Spanish Immersion. Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible to receive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network and the Aerospace Education Services Project are presenting a series of professional development workshops tailored to elementary Spanish immersion educators. These free workshops are designed to enhance curriculum activities with NASA-inspired lessons. These professional development workshops will provide hands-on, interactive and engaging activities in Spanish.

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 15, July 17, July 23 and July 25, 2013. Each session is 75 minutes long.

For more information, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GsOzqrJP0veopQRkZbb54jSDBbG02OZ6n9w6hKHumhE/pub.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

NICE_Patch_200x200NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series is seeking teacher participants! Join NICE on April 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th from 4:00 – 5:20 pm EST. One-way or two-way virtual participation options available.

From greenhouse effect to Earth’s rising temperatures and resulting impacts on plants, bugs and birds, increase your understanding of these timely topics and more at the NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop. This workshop is a four-part series featuring climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists. It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-12 teachers. The content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade band.

For more information visit the NICE website at: http://nice.larc.nasa.gov/node/129

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Over 50 Years Running – AESP: Aerospace Education Services Project

Connecting NASA with K-12, AESP is NASA’s longest running K-12 education project. AESP Education Specialist based at NASA field centers travel throughout the states to deliver pre-service and in-service professional development at no cost to the host. Go to http://aesp.psu.edu/ for more information or to request a visit to your school.

Educators will have access to NEON or NASA Educators Online Network, a professional learning community that will allow educators to expand their learning resources. Discover NEON at http://neon.psu.edu/

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Celebrate World Space Week October 4-10, 2012

World Space Week 2012Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2012. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. The theme for 2012, “Space for Human Safety and Security,” has been chosen to celebrate the many ways in which mankind’s activities in space improve our daily lives.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit www.worldspaceweek.org.

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Bag of Bones Classroom Activity – Grades K-8

Student and Skeleton

Let’s crunch some bones!

Students test bone density using plastic snack bags, corn puff cereal and a heavy book. They apply the scientific method to determine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Bag_of_Bones_Activity.html

Objective:

Following this activity, the student will be able to

  • Identify the effects of decreased bone mass (osteoporosis)
  • Describe why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth

National Science Standards:

  • Unifying Concepts and Processes in Science
  1. Evidence, models, and explanation
  2. Change, constancy, and measurement
  • Science as Inquiry
  1. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  2. Understanding about scientific inquiry
  • Life Science
  1. Structure and function in living systems
  2. Diversity and adaptations of organisms
  • Science in Perspective
  1. Personal health
  • History and Nature of Science
  1. Nature of science

National Mathematics Standards:

  • Mathematics as problem solving
  • Mathematics as reasoning
  • Mathematical connections
  • Computation and estimation

Materials Needed:

  • Corn puff cereal (approx. 4.5 oz. per group)
  • Ziplock snack bags (6 5/8 inch x 3 ¼ inch) – 5 per group (larger bags holdtoo much cereal to count in a reasonable amount of time)
  • Permanent markers for labeling bags
  • Heavy books (one per group)
  • Student Activity Guide (one per student)
  • Broom and dustpan (for clean-up)

Time Required:

This activity may be spread out over a two- or three-day period. You maywish to use the first day for discussion and baggie preparation, and the second and third days for experimentation, data collection, and discussion.

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New Bookmarks From NASA – Free K-12 Teaching Materials

Microgravity Bookmark

Printable Microgravity Bookmark

Microgravity Square Bookmark – Grades K-12

The uniquely shaped bookmark highlights the microgravity resources for K-12 educators found on the Microgravity education website. The website offers lesson plans, research information, opportunities for educators and students, and multimedia highlighting NASA’s microgravity research.   http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Microgravity_Square.html

Rocketry Bookmark

Printable Rocketry Bookmark

Rocketry Bookmark – All Grade Levels

Blast off to the exciting world of rocketry! The downloadable bookmark has the Web address for NASA’s Rocketry education site. Visit the site to explore incredible rocketry resources for educators and students.  http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Rocketry_Bookmark.html

STEM on Station Bookmark

Printable STEM on Station Bookmark

STEM on Station Bookmark – All Grade Levels

Think beyond textbooks and use the International Space Station as a teaching resource. The bookmark has the Web address for NASA’s STEM on Station education site. Visit the site to download videos, access lesson plans and find space station opportunities for students and educators.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/STEMStation_Bookmark.html

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Free Space Nutrition Storybook Available – Grades 5-8

Space Nutrition

Space Nutrition
by Scott M. Smith, Janis Davis-Street, Lisa Neasbitt & Sara R. Zwart

Space Nutrition, a storybook

by Scott M. Smith, Janis Davis-Street, Lisa Neasbitt & Sara R. Zwart

This book is available for free download on your iPad with iBooks 2 or on your computer with iTunes. To read this book, you must be using an iPad with iBooks 2.

This new book, published through NASA’s Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory, is a fun look at space food and the nutritional needs of humans who work in space.  It also provides an overview of previous space missions (including videos and photos from some of the programs) and lessons about different kinds of research and why they matter to NASA and the space program.

The book has some excellent STEM content for educators looking for space related content at appropriate grade levels.  The book includes a glossary, a science content standards map, and classroom ideas packaged in an educator’s guide.

This free book is a perfect addition to any educator’s digital library.  Learn more here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/space-nutrition/id515790608

 

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Resources for the Mars Rover Landing

Mars

The Curiosity rover will land August 5-6, 2012.

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover!

In a few weeks, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That’s 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to http://www.nasa.gov/mars.

Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

  1. Basic Information on Mars:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars
  2. Mars Image Collection:   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/
  3. 3-D Images of Mars:   http://mars3d.jpl.nasa.gov/

Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

  1. Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT:   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3852
  2. Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth:   http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15292-Fig2.html
  3. National Parks as Mars Analog Sites:   http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/mars-and-mojave.htm

The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a “sky crane” will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.

“Seven Minutes of Terror” video:   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
  2. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

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