NASA Education Express — May 5, 2011

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 6, 2011

NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Date: May 9, May 17 and May 25, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Course Dates: June 8 – July 12, 2011

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Space Lunch — Grades K-4
Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12
Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12
Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12
Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12
NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat about careers at NASA. Two chat events will take place live from the 2011 NES National Student Symposium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 6, 2011. Chats will occur from 1:15 – 2 p.m. EDT and 2:15 – 3 p.m. EDT. Each chat with feature a panel of NASA scientists, engineers and specialists working on various projects at KSC. Students watching the chat over the Web are invited to submit questions to panelists through a chat window.

Go to the
chat page on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate in the webchat. You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

To learn more about the panelists participating in each webchat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/career-panel-chat.html.

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NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center

NASA Explorer Schools has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, to offer Web seminars featuring NASA educational resources. Tech support is available during each of the Web seminars. To register, click on the link below each seminar description. If you do not already have a free Learning Center account, you will be prompted to create one.

Satellite Meteorology: Monitoring the Global Environment — May 9, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
The Satellite Meteorology Web seminar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data taken from satellites in NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational, Environmental, Satellites) and POES (Polar Operational, Environmental, Satellites) program.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar10.aspx

Earth Climate Course — May 17, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
In this Web seminar, you will learn the answer to the question, “What factors have the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet?” The featured lesson is “Modeling Hot and Cold Planets” from the educator guide, where students design an experiment to determine the factors having the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet. Students test their hypotheses using physical and computer models.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar2.aspx

The Virtual Lab — May 25, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
This Web seminar focuses on using a free, downloadable computer program that simulates a scanning electron microscope. Selected specimens from life sciences, physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences related to current NASA research will be featured. With this virtual tool, your students have access to high-powered simulated scientific instrumentation with 90 different specimens and three different virtual tools: atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope and fluorescence light microscope.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar7.aspx


Please email any questions about these Web seminars to
webseminars@nsta.org.

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Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to offer the ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

The application is now open for the following course:

Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom (June 8 – July 12, 2011)
Learn how podcasts can be integrated in classroom lessons to engage students in STEM disciplines. In this course the benefits as well as obstacles to podcasts will be discussed and participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts. Participants will finish by creating their own podcasts using NASA resources. This course is designed for beginners who have little or no experience with podcasts.

To learn more about this free course and to apply online, visit
https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/certificates/technologyintegration.php

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit
www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Sponsler at
fran.sponsler@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available.

Space Lunch — Grades K-4

Learn about nutrition and space food at the same time. In this “collapse-type” game, match foods and food groups to beat the clock and reveal a picture of astronauts and their space food.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Space_Lunch.html

Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12

In this activity, students
Compare surface features on the nucleus of two comets.
— Explain some possible causes for differences between the two nuclei.
— List questions that you have about the surface of comet nuclei.

The student pages include images of comet Wild 2 (pronounced “Vilt-2”) and comet Tempel 1 for students to compare the nucleus of each. The student pages also include a digital image analysis procedure for high school students.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Comparing_Comets.html

Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12

A globular cluster is a tight-knit collection of many thousands, sometimes even millions, of stars born at almost the same time and place. The image of NGC 5139, a globular cluster, is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about Omega Centauri is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution,” in which students research the variety of colors of stars.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Core_Omega_Centauri.html

Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12


Carina Nebula Pillar is an active, three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the southern constellation Carina. The image of the pillar is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about the “Mystic Mountain” is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Star Formation,” in which students research how stars form.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Carina_Nebula_Pillar.html

Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12

Earth’s heat engine does more than simply move heat from one part of the surface to another; it also moves heat from Earth’s surface and lower atmosphere back to space. This flow of incoming and outgoing energy is Earth’s energy budget.

The front of the Earth’s Energy Budget Poster depicts incoming, reflected, absorbed and emitted solar radiation. The back of the poster is divided into eight parts with background information, a lesson plan, a vocabulary matching activity and career information.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Earths_Energy_Budget.html

NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

This flier describes how teachers can access the NASA and You (NASA y Tú) website. The bilingual site is designed to inspire Latino students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA y Tú consists of 30-second educational video segments, interview clips with Hispanic researchers and educational resources for parents and teachers.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/NASA_and_You_Flier.html

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub