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Stepping Into STEM with NASA Resources

  1. 1. Presented by Jennifer Williams and Julie Kenter Isidore Newman School LACUE Conference 2012
  2. 2. Who Are We??? Jennifer Williams Lower School Science Coordinator at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, LA Julie Kenter Second Grade Lead Teacher at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, LA
  3. 3. The Philosophy of LS Science Program at Newman Discimus Agree Agendo “Learning to do by doing” Our department believes in hands-on, constructivist teaching. Our teachers believe and teach science as a verb, not a noun. The more the students DO science, the better they will understand their world and the nature of science.
  4. 4. NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Program andNewman School In 2010 school year, Newman School became involved in NASA Explorer Schools Program. NES gives educators access to NASA’s people, missions, research and facilities. NASA has assembled a comprehensive set of free classroom materials to help you teach dozens of STEM concepts. Since 2010, we have been part of pilot program testing NASA educational materials with early elementary grades.
  5. 5. NASA Explorer Schools Website The Starting Point For TeachersNASA ‐ NASA Explorer Schools
  6. 6. NASA’s 50th AnniversaryA Multimedia Perspective of NASA’s Past, Present and FutureNASAs 50th Anniversary website
  7. 7. NASA’s Rocketry SiteLearn About the Basics of Rocket Design, the Space Shuttle, and the Future of Heavy Lift Rockets NASAs Rocketry
  8. 8. 3…2…1…PUFF!Building and Testing a Simple Soda Straw Rockets
  9. 9. Rocket Engineering at NASA Remember you can not have success without having failures.This video shows some of our successes and failures inrocket construction: NASAs Famous First.mp4
  10. 10. Your Mission’s Objective Construct a simple paper rocket. Test your rocket to see how far it will travel. Collect data on your rocket and far it travels. Redesign to improve your rocket’s performance. Graph your results. Carter F. rocket launch
  11. 11. Collecting Data on Your Rocket
  12. 12. NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast NASAs Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts doing experiments on the International Space Station or NASA experts explaining scientific concepts. NASA provides a set of audio and video clips along with links to images and information about a STEM-related topic.
  13. 13. NASA’s Do-It-Yourself PodcastNewman Made Podcast •NASA’s DIY Podcasts provides modules that help you to create your own podcast on various topics. • Our students selected to create a podcasts about a topic not addressed in the DIY Podcast section. •Students selected images from NASA Images site for their movie. •NASA Images and Great Images inMars by the Swamp Class  NASA are repositories for photographs, animations, videos, and animations from NASA’s past and future.
  14. 14. Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars ScienceLaboratory In the “Participate” section, teachers can find professional development, curriculum and projects about the Red Planet. The site updated daily with new images from Curiosity and news releases from JPL and NASA. Mars Exploration Program
  15. 15. NASA and LEGO’s Bricks in Space Program Join the astronauts onboard the International Space Station as they  perform scientific experiments with various LEGO products. Videos, available on the site,  transmit their results back to Earth. Accompanying worksheets are able so the activities can be  performed in classrooms and compared with the results from the  astronauts. Home
  16. 16. NASA and LEGO’s Bricks in Space Program ..VideosEmma C, Whitney G, and  Graces robot.MPG
  17. 17. NASA’s Spaced Out Sports Challenge Spaced Out Sports” is a national student design challenge geared toward grades 5-8. The purpose is for students to apply Newtons Laws of Motion by designing or redesigning a game for International Space Station (ISS) astronauts to play in space. As students design a new sport, they will learn about Newtons Laws of Motion and the effect of gravity on an object. Students will learn to predict the difference between a game or activity played on Earth and in the microgravity environment of the ISS. Can be used with NASA’s DIY Podcasts on Microgravity and Space Sports and/or Spaced Out Sports curriculum.
  19. 19. Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Planet Quest Simulations, blogs, videos, podcasts, and opportunities to interact with the scientists and engineers at JPL. Planet Quest
  20. 20. NASA Apps for iPad, iPod and iPhone
  21. 21. In closing… NASA has many STEM resources available for educators that are entirely free to you. Start with one this school year and incorporate more as you explorer the NASA sites mentioned in this presentation. Happy exploring!
  22. 22. Websites used in this presentation…NASA Explorer Schools (NES) ProgramNES gives educators access to NASA’s people, missions, research and facilities. NASA has assembled a comprehensive set of free classroom materials to help youteach dozens of STEM concepts.’s 50 YearsThis interactive, multimedia site gives students a perspective of NASA’s past, present and future. This site gives students insight to history of the space agency andspace travel, news of the day, music of the time, and national trends. Great links found at this site to learn more about the people, missions, and events.’s Rocketry SiteIncludes educational lesson plans and activities to help students understand how rockets are constructed and function. Learn about past rockets used in spaceexploration and get updates on the future of the heavy lift rockets that will take humans back to the moon and on toMars.’s Do-It-Yourself PodcastNASA provides sets of audio and video clips along with links to images and information about a STEM-related topic, so students can create their video and audiopodcasts.
  23. 23. Websites used in this presentation… continuedNASA and LEGO’s Bricks in Space ProgramLEGO® Education has partnered with NASA to create an educational program designed to inspire the exploration of science, technology, engineering, andmath! Join the astronauts onboard the International Space Station as they perform scientific experiments with various LEGO products. Lesson plans, building instructions, and student worksheets are available at the site. http://legospace.comNASA’s Spaced Out Sports ChallengeNational student designed challenge for students in grades 5th – 8th. Teachers will find a curriculum guide available that teaches students about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Propulsion Laboratory’s Planet QuestSimulations, blogs, videos, podcasts, and opportunities to interact with the scientists and engineers at JPL. ImagesRepository for NASA images, animations and videos.
  24. 24. Websites used in this presentation… continuedJet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mars Science LaboratoryLearn the latest information about the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) including Curiosity. Students can learn about all aspects of therover through videos, blogs, and fact sheets. Teachers can find lesson plans, simulations, and design challenges to teach about therovers and Mars. Images in NASA (GRIN)GRIN is a collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest scanned at high-resolution in several sizes. Kids’ Club Space Place
  25. 25. No matter where you are in the universethank you for attending today… If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at Jennifer Williams Julie Kenter
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