Jul 2009: Teachers Attend Summer Workshops

Solar System Exploration Across the Curriculum Through Investigations

Ms. Brown ventured into a fun-filled, investigative field trip through the solar system connecting national standards for literacy, science, mathematics, technology and history. She engaged in integrated solar system investigations that will be easily implemented within classrooms. She gained knowledge about solar system concepts and the interconnections between literature, mathematics, science, technology and engineering. Along with these activities, Ms. Brown had the opportunity to visit world-class research facilities, meet NASA experts, and learn about the solar system and NASA's exploration of the solar system.

Exploring Physical Science through NASA Missions

Ms. Nguyen: Discover exciting and creative ways to engage your students in learning about the physical science behind NASA missions and research. NASA experts will facilitate hands-on and interactive group activities that will enable you to increase student understanding about forces and motion, light, heat, electricity and magnetism, and simple machines. You will learn activities that use the Hubble Telescope to teach students about light, lenses and mirrors, and that teach electricity through lunar habitation. Concepts of forces and motion and simple machines will be demonstrated through the robotic exploration of Mars, NASA's New Spacecraft: Ares and Orion, wind tunnel testing, building models, crash testing airplanes and rocketry. You will learn about Earth budgeting and NASA's missions to study Earth's atmosphere, including heat and light. Along with these activities, you will have an opportunity to visit world-class research facilities, meet NASA experts, and learn about the physical science of aerospace exploration.

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Mathematics in Action: Spaceflight Applications for Middle School

Mathematics is the language of science and engineering so NASA needs people who understand math. Mr. Ponder and Ms. Villeneuve went to NASA's Johnson Space Center to learn how to increase student understanding about problem solving, measurement, data analysis and probability from NASA experts. They made heliocentric and traditional linear models of the solar system to see how the differences will enhance their teaching. They made parabolic ear antennas. They studied the glide path of an aircraft and then got to fly the shuttle simulator that astronauts use to practice landings. It was a great workshop and they came back with several activities to be used in every level of mathematics taught at Edward Harris Jr. MS.

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Ms. Villeneuve in the pilot's seat of the shuttle simulator. The number of switches and buttons and displays is overwhelming.
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Ms. Villeneuve in front of a Saturn V engine. You can compare its size to the rocket on the left which took the first American into space.

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