Category Archives: Workforce Development

Applications Now Open for NASA 2008 Explorer School Program

Applications are now available for educators interested in joining NASA Explorer Schools during the 2008-2009 school year. Schools from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands may apply for the NES 2008-2009 school year. NES offers unique opportunities designed to engage and educate the future scientists who may someday advance U.S. scientific interests through space exploration.

Teams composed of full-time teachers and a school administrator develop and implement a three-year action plan to address local challenges in science, technology and mathematics education for grades 4-9. Schools that are selected are eligible to receive funding during the three-year partnership to purchase technology tools. The project also provides educators and students with content-specific activities that can be used within the curricula to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math.

Applications are due Jan. 31, 2008. For more information, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov/portal/site/nes/menuitem.3a9dc5f6e0302a448258f708c41a5ea0/

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Ames Education Associates Project Accepting Applications

The Ames Education Associates Project is a unique experiential learning project that provides university students and faculty the opportunity to experience NASA. Selected applicants participate in and contribute to an effort at a NASA facility. Academic credit for the experience is available.

This project is open to students and faculty members at accredited U.S. colleges and universities, active K-12 educators, and postdoctoral students. Most positions are open to applicants with backgrounds in science, engineering and technology, but opportunities are also available for those with social science, business, communications, arts and humanities backgrounds.

Opportunities are available year round. For more information, visit:
http://server-mpo.arc.nasa.gov/Services/eap/About/associate.tml

MS PHD’S in Earth System Science Initiative

The MS PHD’S in Earth System Science Initiative provides minority undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for increased exposure to, interaction with and participation in the Earth system science community. The Professional Development Program was carefully crafted utilizing community input, insight gained from the 2003 Ocean Sciences Program, as well as other efforts designed to engage minority students in science and engineering fields.

The Professional Development Program will engage 30 minority undergraduate and graduate student participants in a series of activities (conducted in three phases) designed to:

  • Increase exposure to the Earth system science community, via participation in scientific conferences, mentoring relationships, virtual activities, and fieldtrips
  • Enhance professional skills, grantmanship, oral and written communication
  • Provide resources regarding future funding, education and career opportunities
  • Facilitate networking opportunities with established researchers and educators
  • Provide on-going interaction, communication and support via membership within a virtual community comprised of peers, junior- and senior-level researchers, and educators committed to facilitating the full participation of minorities in Earth system science.

Applications for 2007 are currently being accepted.  Phase I of the 2007-2008 MS PHD’S Professional Development Program will occur December 8-14, 2007, in San Francisco. The deadline for completed student participant application packages is September 2, 2007.

Find out more and submit your application here:
http://www.msphds.usf.edu/app-opp.html 

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National Girls Collaborative Project Webcast Announced For April 25

The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) Webcast will be held on April 25, 11AM-12PM Pacific. The Webcast will include an overview of the project and an update from each of our new regional collaboratives. Learn how the NGCP can connect you to other girl-serving organizations in your area and across the country, both in person and though innovative online methods. We encourage anyone working with girls in STEM or interested in this issue to participate.

NGCP Webcasts are presented by the Education Development Center (EDC), to provide project updates and resources relating to informal learning and evaluation and assessment. Two weeks before the webcast, all registrants will receive the webcast URL, a toll-free call-in number, and a technical systems check link.
To register for the webcast, please RSVP to Bethany Carlson, BCarlson@edc.org

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Links to Science Resources from the Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education has a wealth of information and links on their website. Information provided includes curriculum, standards, assessment, and links to other sites with interesting or useful content.

List of Subjects and Links to More Information:
http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=54

Misc Science Links:
http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=248

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The Second Annual Women in Aviation Careers Conference – Eugene, OR

When: Saturday, April 14, 2007 9am-1pm
Where: Lane Flight Technology Center – Eugene Airport Eugene, Oregon

This free three-part conference will focus on women in aviation and the future of the space industry. Guests include former WASPS, 99’s, and Rosie the Riveters as well as women involved in contemporary aviation. An open forum will provide opportunities for photos and one-on-one discussions with guests. Advance registration is not required.  For more information please visit:
http://www.lanecc.edu/flight

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Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Part 7 in a Series from NSTA Reports

The seventh installment in NSTA Reports’ series is titled “Formative Assessment Improves Student Learning”. Written by Karen E. Irving, the piece begins “A fundamental tenet in the school accountability debate assumes that high-stakes testing will improve student learning. But the purposes of assessment depend on who is doing the assessing and what they intend to use the data for. Groups outside the classroom such as politicians, principals, or parents often use assessment to compare student scores on one-time tests. These data can be used in auditing schools; monitoring achievement; comparing groups by age, ethnicity, and gender; appraising teachers; evaluating curricula; and exerting pressure for improvement. Besides one-time summative assessments, teachers regularly conduct assessments within their classrooms and analyze them to make decisions that guide their instructional practices. This article describes the information that teachers gather during instruction, the use of that information to guide decisions, and the role of classroom technology in formative assessment.”

This series offers opinion pieces by many of the leaders in science education today. To read the seventh installment in the series, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=53559 .

To find out more about the book by the same name that inspired the series, visit
http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB195X

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NASA Astrobiology Institute Research Scholarship

The NASA Astrobiology Institute maintains a variety of funding opportunities. These support the NAI mission objectives of interdisciplinary and collaborative research, the training and establishment of young astrobiologists, and the development and advancement of the overall astrobiology community. One of these opportunities is the NAI Research Scholarship.

The NAI Research Scholarship Project offers research-related travel support to enable graduate or postdoctoral students to circulate among two or more NAI teams or participating institutions of the NAI. Requests are limited to $5,000 and are accepted on a continuous basis.

For more information, visit http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/funding/index.cfm#nrs

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