Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

 

March 30, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Virtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX): Part 1 – Curriculum Overview (Grades 6-12) – Learn how to engage students in the study of exoplanetary systems through hands-on experiences, scenario-based problem solving, and 3-D multi-user virtual world simulations with the Virtual Missions and Exoplanets curriculum. This webinar provides an overview of exoplanetary system resources that build upon the use of NASA data. These resources are organized for a one-week experience for middle school students but are flexible for any formal or informal audience and time period. It is suggested that participants also attend the vMAX Technical (Part 2) webinar for a complete understanding of how to implement these resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/166705

 

March 31, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Virtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX): Part 2 – Technical Overview (Grades 6-12) – Learn how to engage students in the study of exoplanetary systems through hands-on experiences, scenario-based problem solving, and 3-D multi-user virtual world simulations with the Virtual Missions and Exoplanets curriculum. This webinar addresses technical requirements to download, install, and navigate the virtual world as an avatar in preparation for using the vMAX virtual world with students. It is suggested that participants also attend the vMAX Curriculum (Part 1) webinar for a complete understanding of how to implement these resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/166714

 

April 4, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Air and Space — Airplanes and Rockets: Exploring the Extreme (Grades 5-8) – Participants will get an overview of NASA’s Exploring the Extreme educator guide. Discussions will focus on hands-on activities to teach about force and motion. The activities presented in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard PS2. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/166371

 

April 5, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Air and Space — Airplanes and Rockets: Principles of Flight (Grades K-12) – Participants will learn about the principles of flight and the four forces of flight while using NASA's Museum in the Box curriculum. Participants also will learn about current research going on at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/161525

 

April 6, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Virtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX): Part 1 — Curriculum Overview (Grades 6-12) – With the Virtual Missions and Exoplanets curriculum, learn how to engage students in the study of exoplanetary systems through hands-on experiences, scenario-based problem solving, and 3-D multi-user virtual world simulations. This webinar provides an overview of exoplanetary system resources that build upon the use of NASA data. These resources are organized for a one-week experience for middle school students but are flexible enough to be used for any formal or informal audience and time period. It is suggested that participants also attend the vMAX Technical (Part 2) webinar for a complete understanding of how to implement these resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/167829

 

April 7, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Virtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX): Part 2 — Technical Overview (Grades 6-12) – With the Virtual Missions and Exoplanets curriculum, learn how to engage students in the study of exoplanetary systems through hands-on experiences, scenario-based problem solving, and multi-user virtual world simulations in 3-D. This webinar addresses technical requirements to download, install and navigate the virtual world as an avatar in preparation for using the vMAX virtual world with students. It is suggested that participants also attend the vMAX Curriculum (Part 1) webinar for a complete understanding of how to implement these resources. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/167830

For the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to: http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/

 

NASA / Texas Instruments mISSion imaginaTIon Design Challenge

The @Space_Station plays an important role in preparing us for a #JourneyToMars. Want to help us get there? Students can join NASA and Texas Instruments to put science, technology, engineering and mathematics to work. It’s time to take the next big leap! The mISSion imaginaTIon design challenge is a national STEM challenge in collaboration with NASA and Texas Instruments. The challenge is open until May 2, 2016: www.missionimagination.com

 

Message to US Educators 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity 

Call for Proposals 

Proposal Window: February 15 – April 15, 2016

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between January 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. 

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2016. For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to http://www.arrl.org/hosting-an-ariss-contact.

Please direct any questions to ariss@arrl.org.


Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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