Summer of Innovation
NASA has launched an initiative to use its out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning, particularly for underrepresented students across the nation. NASA's Summer of Innovation supports President Obama's Educate to Innovate campaign for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. >> Click here for more information
Education Supported Event(s):
NASA's BEST Project / Astrobiology Lesson - October 23, 2013
Kindergarten students in Sunnyvale, CA are introduced to astrobiology through the book, "Life is All Around Us" written by Madeline Kotowicz and Susan Ewing and illustrated by Alexandra Black. The book is designed to help children aged 3 through 8 understand the most basic concept of astrobiology: What it means to be alive. The book was created by Montana State University's Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and in partnership with Hopa Mountain's early literacy program. The interactive and California Common Core Standard based lesson included a discussion of how life is defined, and the students generated a list of qualities all things must possess in order to be alive. The engaging lesson concluded with the students sharing their drawings of something that is living, proving that you are never too young to begin learning about astrobiology.
NASA's BEST Project / Rover Lesson - October 4, 2013
As part of NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Mission, 4th grade students at Ellis Elementary School in Sunnyvale, CA have fun making a car model for motion based activities. Model cars teach students about motion along inclined planes, friction, gravity and momentum. The lesson included science vocabulary such as potential energy vs. kinetic energy, axle and chassis. The model cars consisted of a simple chassis and straw-based axle system that produces minimal friction and allows the cars to roll with little energy input, making them ideal learning tools for students of all ages. This exciting hands-on experience directly supports the California Common Core Standards of knowledge of simple machines and helps to prepare students for 21st Century skills through collaboration, creativity and communication.
Flying High with S.T.E.M.
Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin recently visited the AERO Institute in Palmdale, Calif., where he was updated on education outreach efforts at the Dryden Flight Research Center. The Dryden education team earned Melvin's praise, as did the Institute for its recent founding of the Palmdale Aerospace Academy, a school devoted to excellence in science, technology, engineering and math. Both the AERO Institute and its academy are operated by a consortium that includes NASA, the city of Palmdale, and its local school district.
Programs for Educators and Students:
Free, Self-Directed Online Course - Earth System Science
NASA is studying and learning more about earth science processes such as earthquakes through airborne research vehicles, particularly a specially modified Gulfstream III. This free, self-directed course provides access to all educators to participate in the design of a NASA flight mission, which may eventually help scientists predict earthquakes and other earth system science processes...