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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

Bring NASA Science Into Your Classroom!

John Ensworth, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Denise Smith, Space Telescope Science Institute

who we are
Who We Are
  • Aeronautics
  • Exploration Systems
  • Space Operations
  • Science

Exploring the Moon, Mars, & Beyond…

science mission directorate
Science Mission Directorate

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

our commitment to education
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!

engage educate your students
Engage & Educate Your Students

Classroom resources

  • Reinforce fundamental science concepts
  • Support national education standards

Professional development

  • Workshops, online courses, summer programs
  • Research opportunities

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?


Atmospheric Composition






Aura 2004


CloudSat 2005


Aqua 2002 1:30

OCO 2007 1:15


Limiting Factors to Net Primary Production

Pink / Red = Water

Blue = Heat

Green = Light

arctic ozone concentration march 2002
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.


Polar Stratospheric Cloud


February 4, 2003


staying up to date with nasa earth data
Staying Up To Date with NASA Earth DATA

Newsletter 

NASA Earth Observatory

Earth Observing System

MODIS Rapid  Response Data

mission highlights at nsta
Mission Highlights at NSTA






Landsat Program


earth science missions featured in workshops
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
heliophysics the sun earth connection
Heliophysics: The Sun-Earth Connection

Solar changes affect the Earth and our lives.

What’s New:

Solar Minimum

solar climate forecast
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.

science and literacy
Science and Literacy

Skill Areas:

  • Illustrating & Writing
  • Reading & Questioning
  • Making Models
  • Observing & Drawing

Eye on the Sky

Target Grades: K-4

inquiry based activities
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

problem based learning
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

stay tuned
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


education resources
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


planetary science exploring the solar system
Planetary Science:Exploring the Solar System

Rovers keep going!

a new mission reaches mars
A New Mission Reaches Mars

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

mars in the classroom
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

language arts science
Language Arts & Science

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


Target Grades: K-4

Skill Areas: Reading, Writing, & Oral Communication

pluto new discoveries
Pluto: New Discoveries

New Horizons launches

2 Moons Discovered

solar system images news
Solar System Images & News

Target Grades: K-12

Skill Areas: Solar System


Classroom Use

  • Research
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Describe an object

astrophysics origins of galaxies stars planets life
Astrophysics: Origins of Galaxies, Stars, Planets, & Life

Messier 101

The Orion Nebula

Hubble Space Telescope Continues Spectacular Views of the Universe

hubble in the classroom amazing space
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

infrared in the classroom


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

are we alone
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…

for the classroom
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:

astrophysics the great mysteries of space time
Astrophysics: The Great Mysteries of Space & Time

Chandra X-Ray Observatory - finding black holes everywhere!

chandra in the classroom


Chandra in the Classroom

Target Grades: 5-12

Skill Areas:

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Stars
  • Imaging


The Birth of Black Holes


Swift - Gamma-ray bursts signal

the birth of black holes


Gravity Probe B: In the Classroom


Target Grades:

High School

Skill Areas:

  • Gravity
  • Spacetime
  • Gyroscopes
  • Telescopes

how to learn more
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!