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A unique opportunity for teachers to plan and implement high fidelity Moon/Mars analog exploration research

Spaceward Bound

Pilot Program 2006

For Teachers

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Spaceward bound program overview
Spaceward Bound Program Overview fidelity Moon/Mars analog exploration research

  • Field experiences for teachers and post K-12 students

  • Website with background information and curriculum that ties to the field expedition and provides links to background material

  • A blueprint for how a continued Spaceward Bound Program could be implemented

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Do you
Do you … fidelity Moon/Mars analog exploration research

Have a passion for exploration, science and scientific research?

Find planetary science fascinating - particularly the utilization of places here on earth to investigate what it might be like on other planets?

Like the outdoors and exploring new, remote places?

Like working with teacher peers, scientists, and informal educators?

Like discovering and developing new and novel ways to bring authentic science and scientific research into your classroom?

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Then we invite you
Then we invite you … fidelity Moon/Mars analog exploration research

To apply to join a science expedition

to explore and study the Atacama Desert in Chile

with the

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006

Sponsored by the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate in partnership with the NASA Explorer Schools

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Who are we
Who are we? fidelity Moon/Mars analog exploration research

We are NASA planetary scientists and educators who are passionate about our work and fervently believe that engaging students in the excitement, intrigue and fascination of exploration in the field will inspire them to become explorers themselves and join our quest to learn more about our earth and the universe beyond.

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


What is the atacama research

Of all the deserts we’ve worked in, the Atacama is the driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

Extreme arid conditions have persisted for over 10 million years - it is one of the oldest deserts on earth

We are conducting studies along a line from the dry (“current Mars”) to the moister areas (“analogous to early Mars”) influenced by fog

We are looking for the border between sterility and life

If we can recognize it on Earth, we may be able to recognize it on Mars

What is the Atacama Research ?

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Spaceward bound is a nasa program that

Immerses driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth teachers in authentic NASA exploration research by challenging them to plan and implement a field research expedition

Develops cohorts of teachers located throughout the country who have significant experience in NASA field research

Supports the strategy of “go forth and multiply” by facilitating the training of peers by program graduates and dissemination of NASA science throughout the Explorer School system and beyond

Spaceward Bound is a NASA program that…

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Spaceward bound is a nasa program that cont

Utilizes the infrastructure of the NASA Explorer Schools to driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

Identify highly qualified program participants with established interest, motivation and pre-requisite experience with NASA science and education

Infuse Spaceward Bound teacher learning and experience throughout the nationwide Explorer School network and beyond

Connects with other NASA programs to establish a matrix of programs covering multiple applications of field research in NASA exploration and science, e.g.:

Spaceward Bound - Moon/Mars analogs

SON Winter Story - hydrothermal science and astrobiology

Phoenix MARSFEST - mission centered exploration

Spaceward Bound is a NASA program that… (cont.)

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Spaceward bound teachers will
Spaceward Bound Teachers will: driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

  • In conjunction with NASA scientists and educators, plan and conduct a field research expedition to the Atacama Desert in Chile.

  • Work with NASA scientists to perform ground-breaking scientific research in the field

  • Learn and apply current planetary exploration an science concepts, theories and ideas

  • Utilize experience, knowledge, and creativity to determine how to develop pedagogical content knowledge and methods for bringing field research into the classroom in an authentic, relevant and educative manner

  • Actively support and provide training on PCK and methods to peer teachers within the NASA Explorer School program and beyond

  • Mentor subsequent cohorts of Spaceward Bound teachers

  • Utilize their learning and experience to support the evolution of the Spaceward Bound Program

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Teacher learning content
Teacher Learning Content driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

Processes of exploration in the field

Logistics and transportation

Energy and life support

Human factors

Exploration and EVA activities

Science content and processes

Atacama science

Concepts and theories of Moon/Mars analog research

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Requirements
Requirements driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

Be a full-time credentialed teacher with significant teaching responsibilities in science and at least 3 years teaching experience

Graduate degree in either science or science education preferred

Strong interest in thinking about and developing pedagogical content knowledge and methods for bringing NASA field research into the classroom

Experience working in teams and leading teams of teachers

Experience in developing and delivering professional development to peers and beginning teachers

Strong connections with science education and science community (e.g. science teaching organizations, local museums/science centers, etc.)

Significant outdoor experience, e.g. Camping in remote areas with few amenities; enjoy “roughing it”

No significant health problems that would preclude full days of moderate to strenuous activity

Passport valid through the end of December 2006 (Chilean requirement) - non US citizens must acquire any necessary visas to enter Chile with passport from home country

Current on all recommended immunizations for travel to Chile

Hold valid international driver’s license

Be available for five interactive training sessions, led by NASA Ames and broadcast through the DLN system

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Spaceward bound 2006 activities
Spaceward Bound 2006 Activities driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

Applications due midnight January 31, 2006

Selections announced February 15, 2006 (6 teachers will be selected)

One 1 1/2 hour pre-trip session per month (February, March, April, May, June dates TBD) via DLN; will cover topics such as:

Past and current Atacama research

Moon/Mars analog theory and science

Field research - design, preparation and conduct

What to bring, logistics

Note: all members of the Spaceward Bound 2006 team will communicate frequently via email/phone during expedition preparations

Airfare, transportation, room, board paid by NASA

There will potentially be opportunities for exploration into the interior of the Antofagasta region as time permits

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Spaceward bound expedition calendar
Spaceward Bound Expedition Calendar driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

  • Trip dates: June 20 - July 1, 2006

    • June 20: fly to Santiago, Chile

    • June 20 - 21: drive to Yungay Research Station (south of Antofagasta); overnight in Copiapo

    • June 22 - 28: field work

    • June 29: drive to Santiago

    • June 30: fly home

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Post expedition requirements
Post Expedition Requirements driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

Journals of field expedition experiences to be posted on website

Plan for leveraging of field expedition experiences into classrooms

Plan for outreach to all NASA Explorer Schools via DLN network

Written reflection on personal learning, program strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for inclusion in final Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006 report

Spaceward Bound Pilot Program 2006


Application
Application driest - it’s the most Mars-like environment on earth

General information form

Recommendation letter from Principal

Essay questions

Why are you interested in participating in Spaceward Bound?

What experiences have you had that have prepared you for the Spaceward Bound expedition? (see Requirements list)

What Explorer School activities have you directly participated in?

How do you envision leveraging the Spaceward Bound experience in your classroom, school, and throughout the Explorer School system?

??? Should we limit to teachers from Explorer Schools in their 2nd or 3rd year?

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