If you plan to use this hands-on lunar activity in your STEM Discovery classroom and you have video access, NASA’s demonstration is a perfect addition to get the exploration started.
Thanks to NASA JPL for their continued support for teachers and curious future scientists in the classroom!
The Reality of Technology in Our Classrooms
Our students were born in a world with satellites and cell phone towers. But the policy in the school yard has that technology tool held hostage in their backpack or back pocket. I bet if I took a survey tomorrow morning, more of my students would have their cell phones in their backpack and less would have a pencil or pen. From the vista of my discovery lab classroom, I see cell phones as an immediate solution to a contagious interest in science and engineering for our students.~Kay Borglum (2011)
NASA Office of Education invites local schools and organizations to apply for grants that would enable existing summer & after-school programs to incorporate NASA-inspired science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content and activities for middle-school (grades 5-8) students. Application deadline is June 17, 2011.
During the two-week program students have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, engage in hands-on activities and integrate NASA content into standards-based curriculum.
I had the honor of meeting some very dedicated teachers, engineers, educators and NASA Astronaut Jon McBride today at the Florida Engineering Education Conference, sponsored by The University of Central Florida College of Engineering and Computer Science in Orlando, FL. This year’s conference focus was Engineering Space Education .Conference teachers requested some of the STEM Space Science Resources after the panel presentations today. I have included three of the resources mentioned during my presentation today. I will follow up this weekend with the Science and Math Lab grading rubric and Science Literacy Cafe’ student worksheet
“This truly amazing process will give students and the general public a unique inside view to behind the observatory scenes, while presenting to the viewers how science is being done – all in real time.”