August 2012 Education Update


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Programs & Events

New in this Issue

  • MSL Curiosity Rover Landing Resources
  • GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinars
  • Galileo Goes to Mars – Astronomy Workshop for Teachers Grades 3-12 (Aug. 4-5)
  • Pajama Party to Celebrate Curiosity Landing on Mars (Aug. 5)
  • Mars and Beyond at the Museum of Science, Boston (Aug. 18-19)
  • Online Climate Research Applications Course with Tuition Stipened for K-12 Educators (Apply by Aug. 20)
  • MS PHD’s Cohort IX: 2012-2014 Professional Development Program for Undergraduate/Graduate Students (Apply by Aug. 31)
  • NASA GEN Professional Development Institute for Teacher Educators (Apply by Aug. 31)
  • Mars Rover Celebration Teacher Workshops (Register by Sept. 6)
  • Opportunity for Middle and High School Students to Publish Climate Research (NOI due Nov. 30)

Previously Broadcast

  • ASP Annual Meeting – Communicating Science: A National Conference on Education and Public Outreach (Aug. 4-8)
  • Satellites and Education Conference XXV (Aug. 9-11)
  • 2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop for Scientists, High School, and Undergraduate Educators (Sept. 2012)
  • Mars for Earthlings – Faculty/Postdoc Workshop (Apply by Oct. 1)
  • Center for Astronomy Education Introductory Astronomy and Space Science Workshops for Higher Education Educators (Jan. 5-6)
  • Planet Hunters – Help Find Planets Using Kepler Data
  • IceHunters Invites the World to Find New Horizons Future KBO Destinations
  • Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education
  • Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Ambassador in the Classroom
  • A Day At Goddard: Opportunity for DC Metro Teachers – Grades 8-12

Educational Resources

  • Explore: Jupiter’s Family Secrets – Informal Education Activity Guide for Ages 8-13
  • SatCam iPad/iPhone/iTouch App
  • NASA iPad App – NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery


Programs & Events

New in this Issue

MSL Curiosity Rover Landing Resources

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover is set to land on Mars at 10:30 pm PT/11:21 pm MT on Aug. 5, 12:31 am CT/1:30 am ET on Aug. 6.

Get the latest information at:

  • Mars: NASA Explores the Red Planet website: http://www.nasa.gov/mars. Resources, recent and archived videos, updates and news, images, podcasts, and more can be found here.
  • MSL pages: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl. Get the latest about the rover and its onboard laboratory through news, images, and video. Find out where the rover is now, and follow Curiosity on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Solar System Exploration’s Curiosity: A Big Rover on a Bold Mission website: http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/msl_landing.cfm. Videos, press kits, and fact sheets, links to relevant Mars and NASA websites, social media, images, interactives, and resources for teachers and students are all available through this page.

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GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign Phase 2 Webinars

The second phase of the Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) will launch in September 2012, with a focus on students developing and conducting climate science research projects using GLOBE data and other long-term data sets. Participate in the upcoming webinars to learn the latest news about Phase 2:

  • Webinar 1: SCRC Phase 2: Using the New GLOBE Website to Participate in the SCRC (Aug. 1, 01:00 UTC)
  • Webinar 2: SCRC Phase 2: Using GLOBE Protocols and Data to Study Local Climate (Aug. 21, 12:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC; Aug. 22, 02:00 UTC)

To determine for time for the webinars, please use this Time Zone Converter. To participate, login to Adobe Connect as a “Guest” and enter your first and last name. Questions may be sent to climatecampaign@globe.gov.

Galileo Goes to Mars – Astronomy Workshop for Teachers Grades 3-12 (Aug. 4-5)

(Aug. 4-5; 8:30 am-5:00 pm; DoubleTree Hotel Reid Park, Tucson, Ariz.)

In this workshop, participants will explore classroom-tested, standards-based astronomy activities, with a focus on the solar system. Participants will learn about the development of students’ understanding of science and science reasoning skills, and explore historical and multicultural perspectives on astronomy. Discussion will also cover how astronomy and space science fit into the new science framework and standards, and how to teach about recent developments in the exploration of the universe.

Registration is $75 (a limited number of scholarships are still available), and includes the new Universe at Your Fingertips DVD, which contains a collection of 133 classroom-ready activities. A certificate of participation will be awarded to participants, for proof of professional advancement. For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/IbX6is.

Pajama Party to Celebrate Curiosity Landing on Mars (Aug. 5)

(Aug. 5, 9:30 pm-12:30 am; Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, Colo.)

On behalf of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), you are invited to a night of talks and activities surrounding the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity landing. Dr. Bruce Jakosky and Dr. David Brain will discuss Mars science and the MSL mission. The landing will be shown on NASA TV, with landing narration by Mr. Bill Possel and Dr. Jeff Parker. A NASA press conference will follow. Enjoy cake and coffee, bring your friends and family, and remember to wear your pajamas. For more information, please contact Marisa Lubek or visit http://bit.ly/O579ee.

Mars and Beyond at the Museum of Science, Boston (Aug. 18-19)

(Aug. 18-19, 10:00 am-4:00 pm ET)

Join the Museum of Science for “Mars and Beyond.” Adults and kids alike will enjoy displays and demonstrations about Mars, the Moon, the Sun, and many other bodies within and outside our Solar System. Try a Mars Rover simulator game and get the latest updates about the Curiosity rover expected to land on Mars on Aug. 6. Immerse yourself in a special exhibit about the International Space Station, meet NASA-funded scientists and engineers, talk to a NASA astronaut, and participate in panel discussions and hands-on activities. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/NCdBtJ.

Online Climate Research Applications Course with Tuition Stipened for K-12 Educators (Apply by Aug. 20)

( Apply by Aug. 20)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be offering K-12 science educators the opportunity to take part in the development of a new online Masters level course in Climate Research Applications funded by the NASA NICE program. Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally-oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data, and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their community. Dr. Russanne Low encourages educators to utilize this opportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as their available tools for educating students and their local communities. Participants will earn 3 graduate level credit hours through UN-L, as well as a stipend to cover tuition costs. Please contact Christine Haney Douglass for more information.

MS PHD’s Cohort IX: 2012-2014 Professional Development Program for Undergraduate/Graduate Students (Apply by Aug. 31)

(Apply by Aug. 31)

The Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success (MS PHD’S) Professional Development Program facilitates mentoring and networking activities for minority undergraduate and graduate Earth system science and engineering (ESSE) majors and provides a supportive environment in which participants develop strategies and professional skills necessary to excel in Earth system science and engineering fields. Space is also available for those interested in being mentors. To learn more, visit http://www.msphds.org/.

NASA GEN Professional Development Institute for Teacher Educators (Apply by Aug. 31)

(Apply by Aug. 31; Sept. 29-30; Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Ill.)

Managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), the NASA Galileo Educator Network (GEN) is a new teacher professional development program, employing a “train the trainer” model, and launching its first national Professional Development Institute (PDI). Become a NASA Galileo Educator Fellow through this 15-hour PDI for teacher leaders, teacher educators, and PD providers. Participants will learn how to deliver their own GEN professional development to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science. Participants will be able to receive reimbursement of travel expenses and a stipend upon delivery of their own 15-hour GEN professional development program for in-service or pre-service K-12 teachers in their home region. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/MugSXL.

Mars Rover Celebration Teacher Workshops (Register by Sept. 6)

(Register by Sept. 6; Sept. 15 & 22, 9:00 am-4:00 pm); University of Houston, Houston, Texas)

These workshops are meant to prepare teachers who plan to enter their students in the 2012-2013 University of Houston Mars Rover Celebration. The first workshop covers the basics of Mars science. The second workshop is split into two sections – the morning section will cover effective methods for teaching the engineering design process, while the afternoon session will focus on details of the Mars rover celebration, newly revised beta test versions of curriculum materials, and proven methodologies for supervising the projects. Participating teachers will receive print and electronic copies of the curriculum, as well as one solar model kit. The fee for participating is $25/workshop or $40 for both workshops. To learn more and to register, visit http://bit.ly/N6TTRY.

Opportunity for Middle and High School Students to Publish Climate Research (NOI due Nov. 30)

(Notice of intent to submit due Nov. 30)

Harvard University’s Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI) has formed a collaboration with the Institute for Earth Science Research and Education to publish a series of peer-reviewed climate-related papers authored by middle- and secondary-school students.

JEI is an open-access peer-reviewed online journal whose mission is to encourage and publish authentic student research. In addition to stand-alone research papers, JEI also encourages students who are developing science fair projects to submit journal articles based on those projects. Instructions on how to submit and guidelines for articles, including some practical suggestions for converting a science fair project into a journal article submission, can be found here: http://bit.ly/LYXdDx. For more information and questions, please contact David Brooks.

Previously Broadcast

ASP Annual Meeting – Communicating Science: A National Conference on Education and Public Outreach (Aug. 4-8)

(Aug. 4-8; Doubletree by Hilton, Tucson, Ariz.)

The 124th annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific welcomes education and public outreach perspectives from astronomy, space, Earth and biological sciences, journalism, film, and social media, with a particular focus on effective communication of science and scientific ideas. There will be professional development sessions, hands-on workshops, special interest group meetings, talks, panels, poster papers, tours and lots of time for networking. Special hotel rates have been arranged for participants. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/vSpJa6.

Satellites and Education Conference XXV (Aug. 9-11)

(Aug. 9-11; Los Angeles, Calif.)

Join the Satellite Educators Association for their annual conference! This conference is for educators interested in discovering ways to use satellites and related technologies in the classroom. Participants learn ways to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies, and the environment. Conference attendees learn to develop and apply inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems. In conjunction with this year’s conference, a two-day training session for The GLOBE Program will take place on Aug. 10-11. For more information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/N4rzle.

2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop for Scientists, High School, and Undergraduate Educators (Sept. 2012)

(Sept. 2012, Exact dates TBD)

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 visualizations 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, or visit http://1.usa.gov/M9Hyi7 for more information.

Mars for Earthlings – Faculty/Postdoc Workshop (Apply by Oct. 1)

(Apply by Oct. 1; Nov. 3; GSA Annual Meeting, Charlotte, N.C.)

Mars for Earthlings will be conducting its first faculty/postdoc half-day workshop 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://bit.ly/JUR5uG.

Center for Astronomy Education Introductory Astronomy and Space Science Workshops for Higher Education Educators (Jan. 5-6)

The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) announces a series of workshops for higher education astronomy and space science educators. The goal of these workshops is for participants to become familiar with research-validated, active engagement teaching strategies and assessment material, as well as how to implement them in their college courses. Participants will learn how to create productive learning environments, beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Participants will spend time in the role of student, instructor, and critical friend, in order to practice implementing active engagement strategies. Advanced workshops are available for participants who have taken part in previous CAE Tier I workshops. The next workshops in the series are:

  • Jan. 5-6, 2013 – Long Beach, Calif. – Improving the College Introductory Astronomy and Space Science Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop (Workshop Fee) http://bit.ly/QbOPhP
  • Jan. 6, 2013 – Long Beach, Calif. – A CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom (Workshop Fee) http://bit.ly/Mr54WZ

Planet Hunters – Help Find Planets Using Kepler Data

Planet Hunters is a citizen science project where site visitors can help to sieve through data taken by the NASA Kepler space mission. These data consist of brightness measurements, or “light curves,” taken every thirty minutes for more than 150,000 stars. Users search for possible transit events – a brief dip in brightness that occurs when a planet passes in front of a star – with the goal of discovering a planet. The project’s first paper, Fischer, et al. 2011, ‘Planet Hunters: The First Two Planet Candidates Identified by the Public using the Kepler Public Archive Data‘ was published in September, and two more papers have recently been submitted: Schwamb, et al. 2012, ‘Planet Hunters: Assessing the Kepler Inventory of Short Period Planets‘ and Lintott, et al. 2012, ‘Planet Hunters: New planet candidates from the first year of analysis.‘ So far, over 10 million light curves have been classified by more than 100,000 users. To join the hunt, visit http://bit.ly/xh9kit.

IceHunters Invites the World to Find New Horizons Future KBO Destinations

The world is invited to help discover a potential new, icy follow-on destination for NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft through the IceHunters website. New Horizons is currently en route to make the first flyby of the Pluto system, and is then capable of making additional exploration of bodies still farther out in the Sun’s Kuiper Belt. Through this citizen science project, the public can help scientists search through specially-obtained deep telescopic images for currently unknown objects in the Kuiper Belt. Along the way, they will also discover variable stars and asteroids. For more information, visit http://www.icehunters.org/ or visit the project blog at http://blogs.zooniverse.org/icehunters.

Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education

Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education is a project to establish professional learning communities (PLCs) of high school teachers aimed at implementing effective teaching of climate change in existing courses. PLCs are identifying the best resources to use, comparing course outlines, and are hearing/seeing webinars by climate scientists, both live and as archived presentations. PLCs are having real-time telemeetings, as well as asynchronous communication through shared websites, wikis, and other techniques to achieve the most effective ways to communicate without petroleum-fueled travel. If you are interested in joining a Lifeline PLC, or forming a PLC (becoming a PLC Leader) please visit: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/gss/lifelines/.

Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) Ambassador in the Classroom

Let NASA take over your classroom for the day! Teachers in the DC Metro area and southern Pennsylvania are eligible for a visit from an SDO educator or scientist. Your students will learn about solar clocks, Earth’s place in the solar system, electricity and magnetism, the electromagnetic spectrum, and the Doppler effect. Visits are free, include all supplies for the activity, and can be customized for each teacher. Register at http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/epo/educators/ambassador.php.

A Day At Goddard: Opportunity for DC Metro Teachers – Grades 8-12

Teachers in the DC Metro area are invited to bring their students to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a day spent learning what it is like to work for NASA. Field trips include a meet-and-greet at the visitors center featuring a scientist and engineer, a demonstration of the Science on a Sphere program, a tour of the satellite testing facility, and an inquiry-based science lab activity. Programs are highly customizable, teacher-friendly and are designed for grades 8-12. Contact Aleya Van Doren with your desired date and class information to reserve your spot. Slots fill up quickly, so register today!


Educational Resources

Explore: Jupiter’s Family Secrets – Informal Education Activity Guide for Ages 8-13

This module showcases how the Juno mission will unveil Jupiter’s deepest secrets, including clues about how our solar system formed and Jupiter’s unique traits. Activities included are hands-on, and include additional selections of deeper investigation for children ages 11-12. These activities may be flexibly implemented in summer camps, after-school programs, public science events, and more. They rely on inexpensive, easy-to-find materials to investigate science concepts like weather, magnetic fields, density, gravity, solar system formation, and the process of science. The module also includes correlations to the National Science Education Standards, background information for facilitators, and resource lists. To download the PDF, visit http://1.usa.gov/MWOi1U.

SatCam iPad/iPhone/iTouch App

This new app for iOS devices allows users to collect observations of local cloud and surface conditions, coordinated with an overpass of the Terra, Aqua, or Suomi NPP satellites. When users capture a SatCam observation, it helps to check the quality of the satellite readings. In return, users will receive a satellite image that is captured at their location, anywhere in the world. To download the app, visit http://bit.ly/LYSeSf.

NASA iPad App – NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery

NASA has released a new iPad app, which provides users with the latest information on NASA’s science missions, including spacecraft, their instruments, data, and what NASA scientists are learning from the missions. The app is available for free at http://bit.ly/QZEjNH.

Calendar

August 2012

Aug. 4-8 – ASP Annual Meeting http://bit.ly/vSpJa6
Aug. 4-5 – Galileo Goes to Mars – Astronomy Workshop for Teachers Grades 3-12 http://bit.ly/IbX6is
Aug. 5 – Pajama Party to Celebrate Curiosity Landing http://bit.ly/O579ee
Aug. 9-11 – Satellites and Education Conference XXV http://bit.ly/N4rzle
Aug. 18-19 – Mars and Beyond at the Museum of Science, Boston http://bit.ly/NCdBtJ
Aug. 31 – Application Deadline – MS PHD’S Cohort IX: 2012-2014 Professional Development Program for Undergraduate/Graduate Students http://www.msphds.org/
Aug. 31 – Application Deadline – NASA GEN Professional Development Institute for Teacher Educators http://bit.ly/MugSXL

September 2012

Sept. 6 – Registration Deadline – Mars Rover Celebration Teacher Workshop http://bit.ly/N6TTRY

October 2012

Oct. 1 – Applications Due – Mars for Earthlings Faculty/Postdoc Workshop http://bit.ly/JUR5uG
Oct. 14-20 – Earth Science Week 2012: Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences http://bit.ly/MUeCcd

November 2012

Nov. 30 – NOI Due – Opportunity for Middle and High School Students to Publish Climate Research http://bit.ly/LYXdDx

Acknowledgements

NASA Science Mission Directorate: Stephanie Stockman and Jim Lochner

Editors: Theresa Schwerin and Brandi Bernoskie, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

Writer: Morgan Woroner, IGES.

Contributions From: Edgar A. Bering, III, University of Houston; David Brooks, Institute for Earth Science Research and Education; Joseph Paul Cohen, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Andrew Fraknoi, ASP; Keliann LaConte, LPI; Russanne Low, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Marisa Lubeck, LASP; Lois Riccardi, Institute for Broadening Participation; and Greg Schultz, ASP.

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