Thursday, March 29, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 2, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
April 2, 2012, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton's Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Mass Versus Weight: A Heavy-Duty Concept (Grades 5-8)
April 3, 2012, 3 - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss mass and weight and how these words that have a big difference in meaning often get used incorrectly by students. This workshop will explore these terms using inquiry activities and NASA resources, including a NASA video filmed on the International Space Station.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
April 5, 2012, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton's Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Color Spinners: Understanding Light and Color (Grades 4-8)
April 6, 2012, 6 - 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Christina Comer will explain light and color by constructing color spinners and observing the effects of rapid movement using colors. This webinar will be a fun introduction illustrating how different colors can be made and then changed.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
April 11, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will explain NASA's mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about K-12 educational materials created by each of the directorates and how educators can access these materials free of charge. Learn about citizen science opportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resources that educators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Messenger's Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 - 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will provide an overview of the Messenger mission to the planet Mercury and will share lessons and activities connected with the mission. Participants will learn where to find online resources to bring the excitement of exploring Mercury into the classroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes and create a labeled illustration of lava layering.

Start a Space Garden (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will share how to start a school garden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Space project and the Canadian Space Agency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10 years, Tomatosphere has evolved into a regular component of the curriculum for more than 13,700 classrooms in Canada and the United States. At the end of the workshop, a NASA space seeds surprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.

For more information about the webinars listed above, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through May 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.