Applications Open for 2015-2016 GPM Master Teacher Cohort

GPM is gearing up for the upcoming school year! We are ready to accept applications for the 2015-2016 GPM Master Teacher Cohort. NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is looking for a small cadre of “GPM Master Teachers” to help develop and pilot STEM lessons to be used with elementary, middle, and high school audiences. Preference will be given to GLOBE teachers who are actively using GLOBE protocols with their students.

Selected teachers will earn a stipend of $2,000 for their participation, which will run from Sept.1st 2015 through June 30th 2016. All of the training and participation will be conducted online. It is anticipated that teachers will spend approximately 10 hours per month working on this collaborative project.

If you or any teacher you know might be interested in joining us, please see the information and application at http://1.usa.gov/1KcIQZd. Deadline for application is August 17.

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NASA and SciStarter Enlist Citizen Scientists for Nationwide Research

NASA scientists are on a mission to map global soil moisture, and through SciStarter, they’re teaming up with citizen scientists to gather valuable data from the ground to complement and validate what is seen from space. Known as the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission, the research will help scientists understand links among Earth’s water, energy and carbon cycles. Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES.org) has announced a $50,000 grant to SciStarter (SciStarter.com) to recruit, train, and equip teams in all 50 states to measure and report soil moisture measurements at regular intervals.

Science enthusiasts, people who are concerned about their environment and our global water resources, teachers, athletes, families, civic groups, gardeners – anyone who will commit to taking regular soil measurements – can become part of this important research. Indicate interest by completing a brief online form. Teachers of students from grades 3-12 are encouraged to visit SciStarter.com/SMAP for ideas and tools for incorporating this SMAP project into their lesson plans.

To read more about the importance of citizen science, click here.

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New York Space Grant Community College Partnership Program Workshop

The New York Space Grant Community College Partnership Program is presenting a workshop for community college and technical school faculty from New York State to encourage student engagement in research activities. The workshop will take place July 20-24, 2015, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Workshop attendees will gain insight into implementing a Methods of Scientific Research course. This innovative course has engaged dozens of research students at the City University of New York. The course has sharpened their skills in scientific, analogical and proportional reasoning; basic computer skills; and general research skills (e.g., data quality judgment, experimental design and data analysis, statistics). Ideally, it also immerses them in the research environment, building their sense of belonging. The MSR course, which is 100 percent hands-on, and courses like it have been shown to improve STEM retention, particularly for students from underrepresented groups.

Faculty participants will receive a $250 stipend and breakfast and lunch. Participants are eligible for travel support. Attendance at all sessions of the five-day workshop is required.  For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/1HDUne0

Email Professor Tim Paglione at paglione@york.cuny.edu for any questions.

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Teacher PD Opportunity at the Science Museum of Western Virginia

Join the Science Museum of Western Virginia for two workshops about the NASA GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) curriculum. Teachers will learn hands-on activities and astronomy content to bring back to their classrooms, and will be provided with NASA curriculum materials.  These activities are best suited for upper elementary and middle school classrooms, but teachers of all grade levels are welcome to attend. Best of all, both workshops are free! The details are below:

–      July 8, 9:30am-4:30pm:  The Solar System

–      August 5, 9:30am-3:00pm:  The Universe

To register for one or both workshops, or for more information, email Miriam Musco, Director of Education, at mmusco@smwv.org.

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NASA Wavelength Blog Post: Summer Reading

We’ve all experienced it as students and teachers, that loss of contact during the summer months, and the cobwebs that need to be shaken loose at the beginning of a new school year. Summer reading programs are one great tool to encourage continued learning, and numerous studies have shown how effective they are for building life-long learners. NASA Wavelength has compiled summer reading lists highlighting some valuable resources you can use to establish summer reading programs with your students, no matter what their age. From graphic novels to textbook chapters, there’s a broad range to choose from on Wavelength. See the lists here.

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New on the SciJinks Web Site: Wild Weather Jobs

Imagine controlling a satellite orbiting Earth. Much like a remote-controlled airplane, you send messages and tell it what to do. That’s what weather satellite controller Tom Boyd gets to do every day for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Find out how Boyd keeps an eye on weather satellites and monitors their health and safety by visiting http://scijinks.gov/satellite-controller.

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Webinar: Exploring Strange New Worlds – Blue Marble Matches, July 20

Come and see how scientists and engineers work together to gather and interpret data from satellites exploring the solar system. In this 60-minute webinar lesson participants will identify common geologic characteristics to describe planetary features in images, identify geologic features on Earth and other planetary bodies, create a list of criteria to identify these features, list observations and interpretations, and draw conclusions about processes that shape the surface of other planetary bodies. This webinar will take place on July 20, at 9:00 am. EST and is suitable for grades 3-12 educators. To learn more and to register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/1LUGlYH.

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Lunar Workshops for Educators, July 6-10 & July 13-17

Are you a grade 6–9 science teacher? Do you teach your students about the Moon? Would you like to learn exciting, interactive ways to bring lunar science and exploration into your classroom? If you answered yes then you are invited to participate in a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is growing and changing. Using new data from current and recent lunar missions, teachers will participate in activities specifically designed to address one or more of the NGSS. In-service and pre-service grade 6–9 science teachers are encouraged to apply.

The 2015 workshops will be held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, from 8:30am – 5:00pm on Monday through Thursday, ending by 2:30pm on Friday. Teachers who complete the training will be awarded certificates of participation as well as letters of completion. Maryland teachers will also receive continuing professional development credits from the Maryland State Department of Education. The workshops are sponsored by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and are offered to teachers free of charge. To apply, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/.

LRO has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the Solar System, map the surface of the Moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the Moon – and its potential effects on future lunar explorers, and more! Read more at http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission.html.

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Educator Workshop: Aeronautics ‘Things That Fly’, July 18

Bring the fun of “Things That Fly” into your classroom! Construct aircraft models (kites, helicopters and gliders), use questioning strategies and engineer redesigns to make these activities educationally challenging links to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. This free workshop is offered through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Educator Resource Center, which provides formal and informal educators with NASA resources and materials that support STEM learning.

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Target audience: Formal and informal educators for grades K-12
Location: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Von Karman Auditorium, Pasadena, Calif.

Call the Educator Resource Center at 818-393-5917 to reserve your spot.

For more information, visit the Educator Resource Center.

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Intrepid Museum’s Space and Science Festival, July 23-26

Join us at the Intrepid Museum for the fourth annual Space & Science Festival! Hear an astronaut’s stories about flying into space, experience the movement of satellites in real time, and glimpse into the future of space exploration, all during this four-day celebration of science, art and innovation! Throughout the festival, enjoy displays and activities by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Final Frontier Design, FIRST Robotics and our other partners, as well as special Tour Guide Talks and demos from the Museum’s stellar team of educators! And don’t forget to check out HUBBLE@25 in the Space Shuttle Pavilion, an exhibition celebrating 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope. There is also an opportunity for professional development on July 25 as well the chance to visit NASA’s Orbit Pavillion from July 21 to August 25. To purchase tickets and learn more about programs and events, visit http://bit.ly/1JvcHsK.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution based in New York City that features the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Learn more at http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/.

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