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Teaching with Space and Astronomy in your Classroom"The Teaching with Space and Astronomy in your Classroom course will train and empower you to successfully teach space-related topics. It aims to educate teachers how to introduce and attract more and more young people to careers in space. The method through which you will be able to achieve this objective will be via inquiry-based science education teaching practices, the effective use of ICT tools, managing diversity and obtaining a gender balance in the classroom."

More NASA has selected 11 educator teams for its 2016 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. The program is a professional development opportunity for educators designed to improve teaching methods and to inspire students. As part of the preparation, the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors complete a graduate credit astronomy course and are partnered with professional astronomers to participate as the scientists conduct research on board NASA's flying telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

SOFIA is a highly modified Boeing 747SP jetliner fitted with a 2.5-meter (100-inch) telescope that uses a suite of seven instruments to study celestial objects at infrared wavelengths during 10-hour overnight science missions. SOFIA flies at altitudes between 39,000 and 45,000 feet (12-14 kilometers) above more than 99 percent of the water vapor in the Earth's atmosphere that blocks infrared energy from reaching ground-based observatories.

NASA Awards Grants to Expand STEM Education"NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected nine universities for cooperative agreement awards totaling $3.6 million to create and operate a NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy. The universities will receive as much as $160,000 per year for two years and up to $100,000 for a third year. The Aerospace Academies will engage historically underserved and underrepresented students in grades K-12 through hands-on activities that reflect each of NASA's four mission directorates: Science, Aeronautics, Space Technology and Human Exploration and Operations."


Coming Soon: NASA's Summer Institute for Science Teachers"Maryland teachers will soon embark on NASA's mission to enhance science learning in elementary schools across the state. During the month of July, educators will study the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding area alongside scientists and engineers who will provide an insider perspective on scientific study. This is just one part of NASA's Summer Watershed Institute, organized by education specialists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. One of the greatest benefits of the institute will be the opportunity for teachers to learn from scientists and engineers, said Dorian Janney, education and public outreach specialist at Goddard and project lead for the institute. "They will get a feel for what the scientists and engineers do, how they do it and what their career paths were like to share with students," she said."


Registration for NASA 2015 History of Winter Program Workshop

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Office of Education and Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory invite you to participate in the upcoming 2015 History of Winter professional development "teacher-as-scientist" workshop. This week of training, to be held February 15-21, 2015 in Lake Placid, NY, places teachers in the role of scientists, working side-by-side with professional scientists and technologists from NASA, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, and partner universities. Click here to learn more about the workshop and download the registration form. Interested applicants should apply no later than December 31, 2014. NASA History of Winter Program

SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747SP aircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diameter telescope. The SOFIA project is now accepting applications for the Cycle 3 -- 2015 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors, or AAA, program. The AAA program is an exciting and unique opportunity for teams of two educators to receive online astronomy instruction and a trip to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California to participate in two SOFIA science flights. The science flights offer educators interaction with astronomers, engineers and technicians aboard the aircraft and a view to the collaboration that leads to astronomical data collection and the research papers that follow.

Interstellar Lesson Plans Now Online

"Great art pushes our thinking in new directions. Robert J. Goddard became fascinated with space flight after reading War of the Worlds. Martin Cooper's ideas for the cell phone were inspired by Captain Kirk's Star Trek communicator.

Starting on November 5, the new film INTERSTELLAR from director Christopher Nolan will spark the imaginations of millions of future scientists. That's why Google Play for Education is teaming up with Paramount Pictures and Google Certified Teachers to help middle and high school classrooms explore the mathematical, scientific, and literary concepts discussed in the film.

Schools can plan field trips now to see INTERSTELLAR, with group tickets available for screenings starting as early as November 3. When the film is released on November 5, we'll introduce an INTERSTELLAR webpage for educators containing lesson plans related to the movie (tied to educational standards, of course)."

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Creating Digital Badges for NASA Education

Penn State to build digital education credentials for NASA, Penn State

"Penn State will be receiving a $500,000 subcontract from Texas State University, the recipient of a larger grant from NASA to provide professional development for teachers using NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content. Based on its success leading the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, Penn State will contribute by building and developing a digital badge system."

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