On Earth Day, NASA asked the world to submit selfies in response to the question, “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” The response was overwhelming, with over 50,000 photos submitted from 113 regions and countries!
Engaging students in real-world research opportunities can be a challenge. This week, we explore Zooniverse - an online citizen science project offering many space science research opportunities for budding scientists or those interested in learning more about our universe!
In part one of our three part series on citizen science, we feature CosmoQuest - an online resource allowing students and the general public to participate in real-world research of our Moon, Mercury, and the asteroid Vesta. CosmoQuest also features resources for educators and links to weekly online programming via Google Hangouts.
Students and teachers around the world are invited to participate in a celebration of Earth Day with NASA's #GlobalSelfie event! On Earth Day (April 22), take a moment to go outside and capture a selfie of either yourself, your friends, or your entire class, and submit it using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie - these images will be used by NASA to create a mosaic image of Earth, starring you!
To accomplish NASA satellite mission objectives, scientists and engineers must find a synergy between their disciplines. With the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), educators need to do the same. NASA Wavelength can help you appreciate the distinction between the two, how they work together, and how they relate to NGSS.
Are you ready for a fun-filled week of science education at the 2014 NSTA National Conference in Boston? We are! From April 3-6, NASA will be at the conference, presenting sessions covering Earth and space science. A handy Google calendar shows all the NASA sessions and workshops, with times and locations. Sessions will include activities, lesson plans, and other educational resources and projects – most available online. Stop in to see what’s available to liven up your science lessons!
We know from educational research that all students develop learning style preferences. SciGirls is a PBS show that features bright, curious middle school girls solving everyday problems using science and engineering. The producers have created a list of proven strategies for engaging girls in STEM called The SciGirls Seven. NASA Wavelength’s search capabilities enable you to select educational resources that employ instructional strategies demonstrated to motivate girls. Some of these instructional strategies include hands-on learning, cooperative learning, problem-based learning, and open inquiry.
Do you know your solar flares from your sunspots? How does solar energy actually work? Why is the Sun so important to life on Earth? Learn all about the Sun with Solar Week! This bi-annual celebration (in Spring and Fall) encourages students in grades 5-9 to explore the wonders of our nearest star. This week features daily games and activities, as well as curriculum for educators, to allow students to follow along for a week of solar study!
Women’s History Month is a great time to encourage girls to consider careers in STEM. Seeing women who work in science and engineering inspires and motivates girls because it's easier for them to identify with female role models who have interests and backgrounds similar to their own. However, getting girls to consider STEM careers needs to overcome not only gender stereotypes they share about scientists and engineers, but also the social pressure they face in middle and high school. They need to see cool, smart women in STEM jobs in order to visualize themselves in these careers.