NASA and JAXA are about to launch a new satellite that can see through storms, tracking rain and snow around the globe better than any previous observatory. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory is scheduled to lift off from Japan on Feb. 27th.
The GPM mission can be used enhance the NES resources:
NES Lesson: Weather and Climate: Satellite Meteorology – Students use authentic data from geostationary satellites to detect and monitor forest fires and biomass burning. Students use the data to monitor the planet and identify urban heat islands.
NES Lesson: Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars – Students analyze data collected by Mars spacecraft using three different forms of electromagnetic energy — visible light, infrared, and gamma rays — to investigate the composition and distribution of ices at the high-latitude regions of Mars.
NASA Now: Climate Change: Sea Level Rise – Learn about the connection between oceans and global climate change. Find out why NASA measures greenhouse gases and how we detect ocean levels from space.
In this NASA Now classroom video, introduced by Danielle Schwan, NES educator at Lake Metroparks in Kirtland, Ohio, Walter Bruce, a thermal engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, explains how a Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD, works and he describes some possibilities for future planetary exploration that HIAD presents.
Look for the full-length video on the Virtual Campus website beginning Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014.
Date: Feb. 20, 2014 Time: 1:00 p.m. EST Topic: International Space Station: Experiments in Microgravity
Former NASA astronaut Gregory H. Johnson and Dr. Michael Roberts of the Center for the Advancement of Space In Science, or CASIS, will answer student questions about experiments on board the ISS.
Join this exciting video chat for students by going to the video chat login page 15 minutes prior to the start time and submit your student questions via Twitter, email or chat. Selected questions will be answered during the broadcast.
In this web seminar for educators of students in grades 9–12, participants will learn how to guide students in using authentic mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices at the high latitude regions of Mars. Mar. 20 at 6:30 p.m. EST. For more information and register online visit the NSTA Learning Center.
Take part in NASA STEM Mania and discover how sports and NASA have a lot in common. NASA STEM Mania combines the passion of sports with the enthusiasm for learning. During each Web seminar in the series, participants learn how to incorporate sports into various aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Learn NASA content and how topics such as robotics, Newton’s Laws of Motion, the radiation budget and a host of other topics, integrate into your curriculum.
Attend one or more sessions in this unique educator professional development series.
Target Audience: K-12 Educators Subject Category: Earth Science, Physical Science, Mathematics Unit Correlation: Exploring Earth, Engineering and Technology, NASA Missions, Space, and Special Programs Delivery Dates: Feb. 24 – Mar. 20 Delivery Time: 60 – 90 minutes