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Bring NASA Science Into Your Classroom!. John Ensworth, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Denise Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute. Who We Are . Aeronautics Exploration Systems Space Operations Science. Exploring the Moon, Mars, & Beyond…. Science Mission Directorate.

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Bring NASA Science Into Your Classroom!

John Ensworth, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Denise Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute

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Who We Are

  • Aeronautics

  • Exploration Systems

  • Space Operations

  • Science

Exploring the Moon, Mars, & Beyond…

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Science Mission Directorate

From our home planet to the most distant reaches of the universe…

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Our Commitment to Education

We want to

  • Communicate our missions and discoveries

  • Involve you in the journey

  • Inspire the next generation of explorers… as NASA can

This involves scientists and educators

working together!

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Engage & Educate Your Students

Classroom resources

  • Reinforce fundamental science concepts

  • Support national education standards

Professional development

  • Workshops, online courses, summer programs

  • Research opportunities

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Why NASA Studies Earth Science

  • Global population exceeds 6 billion; we added 3.5 billion -- more than doubling the population -- in the last 50 years

    Over the same period, world economic output grew seven fold, and grain yields nearly tripled

    Still, over 1.2 billion still live in severe poverty, and 1.1 billion do not have access to clean drinking water

  • Can the Earth sustain this pace of development in the future?

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Atmospheric Composition

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Aura 2004


CloudSat 2005


Aqua 2002 1:30

OCO 2007 1:15

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Limiting Factors to Net Primary Production

Pink / Red = Water

Blue = Heat

Green = Light

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Arctic Ozone ConcentrationMarch 2002

Dark Blue = Low Ozone Concentration

26 April 2005

Large scale ozone losses have occurred above the Arctic this past winter with over 50% of the ozone destroyed at altitudes around 18 km.

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Polar Stratospheric Cloud


February 4, 2003

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Staying Up To Date with NASA Earth DATA

Newsletter 

NASA Earth Observatory

Earth Observing System

MODIS Rapid  Response Data

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Mission Highlights at NSTA






Landsat Program


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Earth Science Missions featured in Workshops

  • Aquarius Helps to Understand

  • April 6 12:30-13:30

  • Elementary-High School

  • Hilton Anaheim, Manhattan

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Earth Science Missions featured in Workshops

  • NASA CloudSat Mission Worldwide Network of Schools: Collect Cloud And Other Atmospheric Data and Interactions with NASA Mission Scientists

  • April 6 15:30-16:00

  • Informal Education

  • Anaheim Convention Center, Room 304C

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Earth Science Missions featured in Workshops

  • Landsat ProgramInvestigating Local Environmental Resources from the Vantage of Space

  • April 6 08:00-12:00

  • Middle School to High School

  • Garden 4, Hyatt

  • Tickets Required $15

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Earth Science Missions featured in Workshops

  • Satellite Share-a-Thon: Seven NASA Satellite Missions, NASA CONNECT, and the GLOBE Program Team Up to Provide Teachers Nationwide with Numerous Resources and Opportunities to Participate in Their Missions

  • April 6 09:30-10:30

  • General – All Grade Levels

  • Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom E

  • Aquarius, Aura, CALIPSO,TRMM

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Earth Science Missions featured in Workshops

  • NASA Teaching Strategy for Earth Science: The MY NASA DATA Project

  • April 9 09:00-12:00

  • Middle School to High School

  • Location TBD$13.00 fee onsite

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Heliophysics: The Sun-Earth Connection

Solar changes affect the Earth and our lives.

What’s New:

Solar Minimum

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Solar Climate Forecast

Scientists predict the next solar activity cycle will be 30 to 50 percent stronger than the previous one and up to a year late.

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Science and Literacy

Skill Areas:

  • Illustrating & Writing

  • Reading & Questioning

  • Making Models

  • Observing & Drawing

Eye on the Sky

Target Grades: K-4

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Inquiry-based Activities

Target Grades: Middle School

Skill Areas:

  • Engage students in direct experience & experimentation

  • Introduce essential, standards-based principles and concepts

Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)

In development: GEMS Space Science Sequences

* Grades 3-5, available fall 2006

* Grades 6-8, available fall 2007

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Problem Based Learning

Target Grades: Middle School and beyond

Skill Areas:

  • Inquiry-based learning

  • Make your own observations & compare them with NASA data

  • JigSaw, journaling, predictions, prediction reflection, & peer review

Student Observation Network

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Stay Tuned!

New Missions for 2006

  • ST-5 - studying Earth's magnetic field

  • STEREO - 3-D imaging of the Sun

  • Solar-B - solar eruptions, solar wind, solar magnetic fields

  • AIM - middle atmosphere and noctilucent clouds

  • THEMIS - studying the causes of aurora


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Education Resources

Upcoming Opportunities

  • Sun-Earth Day

  • International Heliophysical Year

Visit Sun-Earth Day

  • Click on theme, select multimedia

  • Sun-Earth Viewer

  • Podcasts, webcasts, and videos


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SMD : Planetary Science

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Planetary Science:Exploring the Solar System

Rovers keep going!

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A New Mission Reaches Mars

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Mars in the Classroom

Mars Student Imaging Project

How does the type of terrain or soil affect the impact of a meteor and does the terrain determine if it causes a regular ejecta crater to be formed?

Target Grades: Grades 5 and up

Skill Areas: Authentic research experiences

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Language Arts & Science

K-4 Literacy Program: Reading, Writing, and Rings


Target Grades: K-4

Skill Areas: Reading, Writing, & Oral Communication

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Pluto: New Discoveries

New Horizons launches

2 Moons Discovered

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Solar System Images & News

Target Grades: K-12

Skill Areas: Solar System


Classroom Use

  • Research

  • Scavenger Hunt

  • Describe an object

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Astrophysics: Origins of Galaxies, Stars, Planets, & Life

Messier 101

The Orion Nebula

Hubble Space Telescope Continues Spectacular Views of the Universe

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Hubble In the Classroom: Amazing Space

Target Grades: K-14

Skill Areas:

  • Content Reading

  • Process Skills

  • Light & Color

  • Telescopes

    Teaching Tools:

  • Misconceptions

  • Graphic Organizers

  • Astronomy Basics

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The Universe Through Spitzer’s Infrared “Eyes”…


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Infrared in the Classroom

Active Astronomy

Target Grades: 6-12

Skill Areas: Inquiry, Electromagnetic Spectrum

Infrared Zoo

Target Grades: 5-12

Skill Areas: Scientific Investigations, Technology

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Are We Alone?

Planets Around Other Stars:

  • 163 planets so far

  • Least massive: 5 times the mass of the Earth

  • Stay tuned: Kepler and more!

NASA Astrobiology Institute

Seeking to understand life on Earth and elsewhere…

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For the Classroom


Target Grades: 5-8

Skill Areas: Inquiry (observe, experiment)

Target Grades: 5-12

Skill Areas: Interdisciplinary Studies, Inquiry (questioning, drawing conclusions)

Planet-Finding Resources for Everyone:

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Astrophysics: The Great Mysteries of Space & Time

Chandra X-Ray Observatory - finding black holes everywhere!

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Chandra in the Classroom

Target Grades: 5-12

Skill Areas:

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • Stellar Evolution

  • Stars

  • Imaging

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The Birth of Black Holes


Swift - Gamma-ray bursts signal

the birth of black holes

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Gravity Probe B: In the Classroom


Target Grades:

High School

Skill Areas:

  • Gravity

  • Spacetime

  • Gyroscopes

  • Telescopes

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How to Learn More

Earth Science Education Catalog

Find space science classroom resources with this searchable on-line directory

Professional Development: Find workshops with your NSTA Science Mission Directorate Education at NSTA at a Glance handout!