PATT-23 Call for Papers
Theme: Research on STEM Education for Green Technology
The PATT sessions at the Annual ITEA Conferences are meant to bring together those technology educators who are interested in two things: (1) educational research as a support for developing standards, curriculum, and materials and (2) an international orientation on technology education developments.
You are invited to submit papers for the PATT sessions that have a research orientation and deal with the main theme of the conference (Green Technology and the way STEM education can contribute). Your paper need not have an international orientation per se, because it is the combination of papers presented during the PATT sessions and the resulting discussions that will bring the international orientation.
This call is open to everyone. PATT has no membership; its only aim is bringing together researchers, teachers, and others interested in technology education developments. Papers will be reviewed and published in the electronic Proceedings that will be posted on the ITEA website, where you will find Proceedings of previous conferences (http://www.iteea.org/Conference/pattproceedings.htm).
Please send your abstracts before December 1, 2009 to:
Dr. Marc J. de Vries
Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
You will be informed about acceptance within a few days.
Registration for PATT includes the International Luncheon, where Dr. John Williams, well known in PATT circles, will deliver the presentation. Look for the PATT package on the ITEA registration form at http://www.iteea.org/Conference/registration.htm.
EbDLabs™ Back by Popular Demand
EbDLabs™ at the ITEA Conference in Charlotte
The Engineering byDesign Labs™ (EbDLabs™), having been sell-out successes in Louisville last year, are being continued this year in Charlotte. These labs are an excellent opportunity for teachers and other educators to experience one of the EbD™ courses in a workshop environment. Foundational professional development is provided for each course or instructional component. A small fee ($25) is requested to cover supplies and can be paid through the conference registration form. Whether you are in a Consortium state or not, whether you are currently teaching an EbD™ course or just want to find out more—these workshops are not to be missed. These hands-on and minds-on sessions are for teachers and administrators, with the fundamentals necessary to implement the units or courses.
Thursday, March 18 – 1:00pm–4:50pm
- Engineering byDesign™ – Invention, Innovation, and Inquiry (I) Lab (Grades 3–5)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Technological Systems Lab (Grade 8)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Foundations of Technology Lab (Grade 9)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Advanced Technological Applications Lab (Grades 11–12)
Friday, March 19 – 2:00pm–4:50pm
- Engineering byDesign™ – Exploring Technology Lab (Grade 6)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Technological Design Lab (Grades 10–12)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Advanced Design Applications Lab (Grades 10–12)
Saturday, March 20 - 9:00am–11:50am
- Engineering byDesign™ – Technology Starters Lab (Elementary)
- Engineering byDesign™ – Engineering Design Lab (Grades 11–12)
CTTE Research Incentive Grant/Request for Proposals
ITEA’s Council on Technology Teacher Education (CTTE) annually sponsors an applied research grant for technology education graduate students, full-time technology teachers, technology teacher educators, and administrators. For the year 2010, the committee will endeavor to award up to $1,000 of financial support for a research proposal that examines the teaching and learning process in technology education.
Completed proposals should be submitted electronically by December 18, 2009 in the form of a Microsoft Word (.doc) file or a Rich Text Format (.rtf) file. All inquiries about the grant proposal process, as well as proposal submissions, should be directed to Dr. Charlie McLaughlin, Chair/Research & Scholarship Committee at CMcLaughlin@ric.edu.
Criteria and the application form are available at http://www.ctteonline.org/activities/awards.shtm.
Call for Nominations: The Silvius-Wolansky Award
The Silvius-Wolansky Award for the Outstanding Scholarly Publication in Technology Education is cosponsored by the G. Harold Silvius Foundation and the Council on Technology Teacher Education. The award is presented annually by CTTE to an author (or coauthors) whose scholarship has enhanced the technology education profession.
The manuscript being nominated must be an article, research report, chapter, monograph, or book published within the two calendar years preceding the nomination deadline and should make a significant contribution to Technology Education in areas such as research, curriculum development, methodology, etc. The nominee(s) must have held membership in CTTE for at least the two years prior to the administration of the award, and must have a record of professional involvement in Technology Education.
Contact Charlie McLaughlin for additional information at CMcLaughlin@ric.edu. Deadline for material submission is December 18, 2009.
2009 CTTE Yearbook Now Available
Hardbound copies of the 2009 Council yearbook, Essential Topics For Technology Educators are available for purchase. They make an excellent textbook for introductory or special methods classes at your institution. Plus, every TTE student should have a copy of this publication for his or her professional library. The cost is $25.00 per book; all S/H fees are included. For availability, contact CTTE President Richard Seymour at email@example.com or 765-285-5652.
ITEA Members on the Move
Rawlings Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award
Mary Annette Rose, Associate Professor of technology at Ball State University, has won the Rawlings Outstanding Distance Education Teaching Award in the School of Extended Education. The award, established in 2002, honors a full-time professor who has proven to be the most dedicated to teaching continuing education courses at off-campus sites. Rose received the award for her ongoing commitment to distance education and her concern for developing and improving instructional materials. In 2009, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Rose orchestrated a Web-based seminar series for practicing teachers across the country. This professional development experience, EnviroTech, enabled 20 technology teachers and more than 400 students to examine the environmental and health impacts of their technological decisions. The award was named after Joseph Rawlings, Dean Emeritus of the School of Extended Education. Rawlings worked nearly 20 years to create and develop the university's distance learning program.
Garner Dewey Becomes Associate Dean at Appalachian
ITEA member Dr. Garner Dewey has been named Associate Dean for Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts, effective January 1, 2010.
Dewey is an associate professor in the Department of Technology. In his role as Associate Dean, Dewey will oversee student records, coordinate the college’s scholarship program, maintain contact with college alumni, organize college functions and increase international programs in the college.
Read the full article at: http://www.news.appstate.edu/2009/10/07/garner-dewey-to-become-associate-dean-at-appalachian/
Action Needed: Letter to President Obama in Support of STEM Education Initiatives
On April 27, 2009 in a speech before the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama said he would make it a national imperative to dramatically improve student achievement in math and science and to move U.S. students from the middle of the pack to the top on international benchmarks over the next decade. He challenged all Americans to dramatically increase support for math and science education.
During his speech, the President specifically called on scientists and engineers, educators, business leaders, and other stakeholders to adopt an “all hands on deck” approach to take action that will help achieve his goal and make STEM education a top priority.
A few weeks ago the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the WH Domestic Policy Council reached out to the STEM Education Coalition and other groups in our community to work with STEM professional societies and build “communities of support” between educators, schools, and STEM professionals by the end of 2010 and beyond.
ITEA will cosign a letter to President Obama that was developed by a cross section of representatives from education, science, and engineering over the last few weeks and signed by many professional STEM societies that have already committed their support to engage their members to form partnerships with educators and schools and work toward the two central projects outlined in the letter.
Einstein Fellowship Application Now Open!
Teachers: Are you ready to share your passion for STEM education at the Federal level?
Are you an experienced educator who is ready to make a difference on education policy at a national level? If so, consider applying for an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship and prepare for a year of unique opportunities.
This prestigious fellowship program brings outstanding K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators to Washington, DC for a school year to share their practical insights and real-world perspectives in offices of Federal Agencies or Capitol Hill. As an Einstein Fellow, you will receive a monthly stipend, a moving allowance, and a travel budget.
The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Energy and is managed by Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship for the 2010-2011 school year, apply and submit three letters of recommendation by January 13, 2010. Apply online at http://www.einsteinfellows.org/application.html.
For more information about the Einstein Fellows program visit www.einsteinfellows.net or contact Program Manager Kathryn Culbertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Grants for Public School Teachers
Green Grants for Public School Teachers
With $150,000 in new grant funding designated for projects that integrate green-related topics and experiences into the classroom, the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation is growing its Learning and Leadership and Student Achievement grants program for individuals and teams of educators. Public school teachers are eligible to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching green concepts. The first grants are slated to be awarded in January 2010, and the NEA Foundation will award two more rounds of green grants in 2010, with deadlines for applications falling on February 1 and June 1. For more information, visit the NEA Foundation website.
Source: NSTA Express, Week of September 21, 2009
By Kids for Kids Announces "Invention Dimension"
Did you know JENGA® was invented by an 11-year-old British girl? Or that the trampoline was invented by a teenager? Young people have been responsible for some of the most astonishingly successful and useful inventions. To unleash innovative ideas for new toys, games, and sporting goods, By Kids for Kids (BKFK), in collaboration with sponsors Toys“R”Us, The World’s Greatest Toy Store®, and leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, as well as presenting sponsor Edison Ventures, has announced “Invention Dimension,” a new competition that honors this rich history of inventiveness in young people.
Open to youth ages 6 through 19, young inventors are encouraged to submit their own concepts for future toys, indoor and outdoor games, board games, and sporting equipment. No purchase is necessary, and all entries must be received online at www.bkfk.com/inventiondimension/states by January 29, 2010, noon EST. More than one toy concept can be submitted, and up to three media uploads are allowed in support of each. Official rules for the “Invention Dimension” challenge are available at www.bkfk.com.
Buzz Lightyear Mission Patch Design Challenge
Disney Parks and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced they are celebrating Buzz Lightyear’s historic 15 galactic months on board the International Space Station (ISS) with a Mission Patch Design Challenge for children 6–12 years of age at www.DisneyParks.com/Buzz. The 12-inch action figure returned to Earth in September aboard NASA space shuttle Discovery mission STS-128.
For nearly 40 years, NASA astronauts have designed patches to symbolize their individual space missions and flight accomplishments. Carrying on this tradition, Disney Parks and NASA have launched a search for the most creative mission patch design to honor Buzz Lightyear as America’s first and longest-serving space ranger. Through November 6, children and parents can go online and download materials to design a custom Buzz mission patch. Kids can choose design templates and artwork inspired by previous NASA badges as well as NASA and Disney Parks creative elements and other fun add-ons. Along with their patch, children must also submit a brief essay (up to 100 words) discussing the inspiration for their design. The winner, parent, and two guests will receive a three-day, two-night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL as well as a VIP tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.
The Mission Patch Design Challenge commemorates Buzz Lightyear’s achievement and builds on NASA’s educational goals of encouraging students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. As part of the Buzz Lightyear Mission Patch Design Challenge, children will get the opportunity to learn about the requirements of space flight and the science surrounding NASA programs, helping to create a strong understanding about the importance of space exploration. Children and parents can visit www.DisneyParks.com/Buzz for official Mission Patch Design Challenge rules, templates, and examples of elements required for each design as well as judging criteria.
JASON's New Home
Visit www.jason.org to see dramatic changes to our homepage. Take a moment to explore the new site and see all the wonderful programs JASON offers. The JASON Mission Center has not changed from the online educational site you know and love, but our public site has sure caught up!
The JASON website now also includes new access to JASON curriculum, easier access to teacher materials, free curriculum downloads, and Transform It!, JASON’s newest Digital Lab that invites players to harness energy in its various forms to put a farm, a city, or even a giant robot to work.
Source: News from JASON, September 2009
Free Weekly Environmental Tips Newsletter
Join the Greenovation Nation social network today and receive weekly news and tips about how to be more environmentally responsible in your schools, communities, and homes. The Greenovation Nation is a group of dedicated teachers and facilities managers who are greening the schools of America through innovation, education, and awareness. Once you have become a member of the Greenovation Nation community, you will receive the free weekly newsletters directly to your designated email.
To sign up for the newsletter simply visit www.greenovationnation.com/network, then create a log-in name and password. Once you receive your confirmation, you will gain access to the site and be able to communicate with other educators in classrooms nationwide. Opening the walls of our schools through the Greenovation Nation helps more schools create energy-efficient, sustainable classroom environments.
ITEA to Partner in Underwater Robotics Curriculum Project
ITEA will be one of the partners in a new NSF-sponsored grant that will aim to reach between 6,000-11,000 middle and high school youth over five years with the Build IT underwater robotics curriculum. The first two years will focus on getting four regional hub sites up and running, and in Years 3, 4, and 5, the grant will support ITEA participants to attend the ITEA conference, participate in professional development, and learn the Build IT curriculum.
The Build IT Underwater Robotics Scale-Up for STEM Learning and Workforce Development (BISU) Project is based on evidence of demonstrated success in increasing students’ learning of science and engineering concepts, their practice of new century engineering, their enjoyment of science, and their engineering career interest in 36 socioeconomically and academically diverse middle and high schools in New Jersey and New York City, through ITEST Strategies Grant ESI-0624709 (Build IT: Using Underwater Robotic Vehicles to Build IT and Pre-Engineering Skills).
Inspiring New Science and Engineering Movie Now Available to ITEA Members
“Imagine it!² The Power of Imagination” Connects Science and Engineering with Imagination and Creativity
Imagine it!² The Power of Imagination is an entertaining and educational film about the importance of science and technology that inspires the next generation of innovators. The film is completed and immediately available for ITEA members. A preview is available at http://www.imagineitproject.com/2009/08/06/start-join-the-conversation/
Imagine it!² is designed to provide a forum for discussion around the importance of science, engineering, and innovation to solve global challenges. The film features dozens of “visionaries” from the arts, science, technology, and education. These “visionaries” are among many others plus dozens of enthusiastic students who all make the case that we need to inspire the next generation to imagine the world a better place and then engage in making that happen.
The film is targeted at “leaders” such as adults, parents, and teachers. There are versions of the film available for ITEA members, specifically for junior high and high school students, as well as college-age students. The film’s messages include:
- Challenges are positive opportunities for people to change the world
- Educators and parents can win the battle for the imagination of our youth
- The role of technology in solving big global problems
- The connection between art and science
- One person can make a difference
How to access Imagine it!²:
Students, Parents, and Teachers Speak Up!
Students, Parents, and Teachers Can Share Their Opinions on Schools with Local and National Leaders
The 2009 Speak Up Survey is open now at http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/.
More than 300,000 surveys are expected to be completed online by students, teachers, parents, and administrators during Speak Up 2009. The national survey is available to all schools around the country. The results provide important insights about education, technology, and student aspirations to individual schools, state departments of education, and national leaders.
The 2009 online survey—open now through December 18th for all K-12 students, parents, teachers, preservice teachers, and administrators—offers the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered input on education and technology from those "on the ground" in the schools. For the first time, the survey will ask students about their interest in teaching careers and will include preservice teachers to get a sense of how the next generation of teachers may differ (or reflect) the opinions of current educators.
In addition to sharing their insights, schools and districts that participate in Speak Up gain free online access to their own aggregated quantitative data—with national benchmark data for comparison. National data findings will be released during two Congressional Briefings in spring 2010.
EIA Releases New Energy Education Resource for Teachers and Students
Energy Explained, a new website recently launched by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), celebrates Energy Awareness Month with the most comprehensive energy education resource available from the U.S. Government.
Energy fuels life, economies, and the entire solar system, yet few students understand the importance of energy and its role in our lives. Energy Explained clearly conveys the facts and latest data about energy. The site is full of graphs, data, and scientific information that can add depth to high school curricula in Science, Math, or Social Studies. The site explains where gasoline comes from, what determines the price of electricity, how much renewable energy the United States uses, and hundreds of other energy topics.
Visit www.eia.doe.gov/energyexplained to use Energy Explained in your classroom.
Resources From the ITEA Blog
FREE Engineering Curriculum
Winning engineering curriculum is available as a free download on the Engineering Education Service Center’s website. The Engineering Education Service Center’s 2009 Curriculum Contest was sponsored solely by the Engineering Education Service Center in an effort to reward teachers that are tackling this challenge. http://www.engineeringedu.com/contestcurr.html
Westinghouse Grant Opportunity
This grant is awarded to schools that exhibit creativity in science, technology, and mathematics education of middle and high school students. Five schools total (middle and high) will be awarded $1,000 each for any creative project dealing with energy, mathematics, technology, or science. The project must be completed during the 2009-2010 school year. http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/docs/n_vision_grant.pdf
Maryland TE Teacher Wins Award
Newspaper article about a Maryland teacher who has found his niche in technology education and has recently been named "Educator of the Month" by his school system. http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/nbh/2009/09/14-36/Technology-is-education-for-South-River-teacher.html
Have you ever considered a career in the energy industry? There are many reasons why you should. With the right education and training, you can make great money and do something that benefits millions of people every day. http://getintoenergy.com/
The University of Cincinnati hosted the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summit Wednesday, September 30 to showcase new methods of instruction for local educators.
The STEM program is a progressive education plan in which teachers are targeted and introduced to ways of integrating technology into their curriculum, such as allowing students more access to computers while in school. All educators were able to attend the summit, as STEM is attempting to target teachers of all grades and levels. We need businesses on board,” said ITEA Member Brian Lien, a Princeton High School technology education teacher. “If you're not close to a university, utilize a two-year college.”
This video segment from Teachers' Domain, adapted fromThinking Big, Building Small, demonstrates each part of the engineering design process, which is fundamental to any successful project. http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/phy03.sci.engin.design.desprocess/
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21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times
(Jossey-Bass; 978-0-470-47538-6; October 2009) by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel.
Imagine a classroom where students are exploring the question, “Is nuclear power a good alternative to fossil-fueled power?” One group of students studies Marie Curie’s and others’ early discoveries in the physics of radioactivity, while another group researches how modern nuclear fission and fusion work, and a third analyzes current French politics and policies on nuclear power, including an online discussion of the issues with students in France.
This is what the authors of 21st Century Skills contend are the key positive directions where 21st century learning is headed. Students need to acquire skills necessary for everyday life and its success through the application of their knowledge of traditional core subjects (math, language, etc.) to global, health, economic, environmental, and technological issues.
21st Century Skills serves as a comprehensive, practical, and useful guide to what educators, parents, and policymakers need to do to help prepare students for success in school, work, citizenship, and a lifetime of learning. Complete with video mini-documentaries of learning in 21st century schools (on the DVD included with the book), international examples, research summaries, and schoolwork samples, 21st Century Skills provides an exciting overview of the global movement toward 21st century teaching and learning.
NBPTS Event on Tuesday, December 8
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will hold a national event to announce the National Board Certification for Educational Leaders. This new and innovative program of national standards and voluntary certification for accomplished principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders will be announced to the public on Tuesday, December 8 in Washington, DC. Please direct questions to Joni Henderson, vice president, development and external relations, at email@example.com or 703-312-6256.
From NASA Education
NASA Invites Young People to Take Virtual Space Station Spacewalks
Imagine the thrill of floating out of the International Space Station and into the emptiness of space and what it would be like to work on the orbiting science laboratory. NASA has developed a new video game, Station Spacewalk, to give young people an "out of this world" virtual opportunity to experience the thrill of working on a mission to the International Space Station from their computers.
This new video game is based on actual work astronauts performed during the course of several NASA missions. The game is part of NASA's broader educational outreach effort to engage and inspire students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As an astronaut, players visualize a detailed virtual mock-up of the International Space Station that was created for NASA's space station program. Players participate in four critical spacewalks that provide power to the station to keep it operating at full capacity. Players must complete their tasks quickly and carefully, before the air supply runs out.
To take a virtual spacewalk in the Station Spacewalk game, visit:
For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:
For more information about the International Space Station, visit:
NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project to Begin Accepting Applications for Cohort 2
The NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project awards one-year fellowships each year to over 40 current and prospective teachers. The project is administered by U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Inc. Funding authorization for the project is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund as a tribute to the dedicated crew of the space shuttle Challenger.
In partnership with state departments of education, Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, online format from the comfort of their home or school. In these courses, participants will learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) content to their classroom contexts while becoming part of a special network of like-minded educators across the nation.
Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, 15 graduate credits are awarded from other regionally accredited partners in higher education.
Applications for Cohort 2 will be accepted through November 10, 2009.
For more information, visit http://www.us-satellite.net/nasa/endeavor/index.cfm.
Additional questions about this opportunity should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASA Undergraduate Student Research Project Summer 2010 Sessions
NASA’s Undergraduate Student Research Project is currently accepting applications for 10-week summer 2010 internships. These internships offer students the opportunity to work alongside NASA scientists and engineers at NASA's field centers, laboratories, and test facilities.
Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a 3.0 GPA. They must have an academic major or course work concentration in engineering, math, computer science, or physical or life sciences. Participants work on practical problems that will be applied in aerospace or on future NASA missions. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
The application deadline for the summer 2010 session is January 22, 2010. For more information and to apply online, visit http://usrp.usra.edu.
2010 RASC-AL Competition for College Students
NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2010 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage Competition. RASC-AL is a design project competition aimed at university-level engineering students.
The RASC-AL contest challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA projects. These design projects could then potentially be implemented by NASA.
Student teams must submit an abstract for their proposed project by February 5, 2010. Their work must be based on one of four themes: lunar outpost to settlement, technology-enabled human Mars mission, bringing the world along with participatory exploration, and common lunar sortie/near-Earth object mission design. The RASC-AL Steering Committee of NASA and industry experts will evaluate the proposals and select as many as ten undergraduate and five graduate teams to compete against each other at a forum in June 2010 in Florida.
The RASC-AL Program is open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited university. University design teams must include one faculty or industry advisor with a university affiliation and two or more undergraduate or graduate students. A group of universities may also work in collaboration on a design project entry. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.
For more information about this competition, visit http://www.nianet.org/rascal/index.html.
If you have questions, please contact Audrey Staples at Audrey.Staples@nianet.org.
Applications Available for NASA Programs
NASA FIRST Robotics Grants Available
NASA sponsorship grants are available for teams participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Three types of grants are available: Regional Challenge Grants, Program Growth Grants, and Sustaining Grants. These sponsorships are not tied to any particular competition event. The grants will provide $6,000 funding to cover the registration costs for a team to attend one Regional Competition event, along with a kit of parts. Applications for this grant opportunity are due November 2, 2009.
To learn more about the NASA FIRST Robotics Growth Grants, visit http://frc-grants.arc.nasa.gov/frc/app/directions.php. Questions about this sponsorship should be directed to ARC-FRC-Grants@mail.nasa.gov.
2010 Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program is a free interactive online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning experience highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers, and technologists. Participating students earn up to four college credits.
The VAST Scholars program is open to high school juniors throughout Virginia. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and have access to the Internet. The application deadline is November 6, 2009.
For additional information on the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program and to apply online, visit www.vasts.spacegrant.org. Questions about this opportunity should be directed to email@example.com.
2009-2010 NASA Education Resource Showcase Series
NASA's Digital Learning Network presents a series of videoconferences to assist educators in staying current on NASA education resources and related products. During each event, product producers, authors, and experts will demonstrate their materials designed to optimize awareness and understanding of science concepts. Instructional objectives, accessing the materials, and primary contacts for the materials will also be discussed. During the videoconferences, participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter that will be addressed during the presentation. In the coming months, the following topics will be covered:
- NASAimages.org and eClips: November 18, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
- Exploring Space Through Math: December 16, 2009, 4-5 p.m. EST
- STS-131 Robotics: January 27, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EST
- NASA Fit Explorers: February 24, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EST
- NASA eProfessional Development Network—Robotics Course: March 31, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EDT
- MoonWorld: April 28, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EDT
- On the Moon: May 26, 2010, 4-5 p.m. EDT
For more information about these videoconferences and to sign up online, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/content/webcast/. Questions about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASA Education Launches New Careers Web Page
NASA Education has launched a new Web page that serves as a starting point to learn about jobs at NASA. Visit the site to learn more about scientists, technical experts, engineers, mathematicians, physicists, accountants, attorneys, astronauts, educators, pilots, astronomers, and experts in many other fields.
Career information on the site includes the following:
- Opportunities for students to intern at NASA
- Programs for visiting faculty
- Profiles of NASA employees
- Descriptions of jobs at NASA
- Posters and resources with career information
- Descriptions of NASA education programs
- Career pages with content sorted by grade levels.
Visit the new NASA Education Careers Web page at http://www.nasa.gov/education/careers.
Verizon Foundation Grants
Elementary and secondary schools (public and private) registered with the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as eligible nonprofits, may apply for grants of up to $10,000. Verizon awards grants to innovative, technology-based approaches to literacy and K–12 education. See http://foundation.verizon.com/grant to apply; deadline is October 31.
Engineers Week Future City Competition for Students
Themed “Providing an Affordable Living Space for People Who Have Lost Their Homes Due to a Disaster or Financial Emergency,” this year’s Future City Competition aims to encourage middle school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Participating seventh and eighth graders will design a model of their “city of tomorrow” using SimCity software, then build a physical model of the city using recycled materials. Students will also write a research essay describing their design and a second narrative outlining their city’s key features.
National Finals grand-prize winners receive a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Second- and third-prize winners receive $5,000 and $2,000 scholarships for their schools’ technology programs. Register by October 31 at www.futurecity.org.
Lego Children’s Fund Grants
The Lego Children’s Fund provides grants to organizations for collaborative programs involving early childhood education and development; technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities; or athletic programs focused on underserved youth. Typical awards range from $500 to $5,000. Proposals are due November 1. Visit www.legochildrensfund.org/Guidelines.html.
American Honda Foundation Grants
The foundation awards grants of up to $100,000 to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs benefiting youth and scientific education. Grants will go to programs with these characteristics: scientific, dreamful (imaginative), creative, humanistic, youthful, innovative, and forward thinking. Apply by November 1; see http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf.
Target Field Trip Grants
Target will award grants of up to $800 each to K–12 educators across the United States. Funded field trips may involve museum visits or environmental and science projects; artistic and cultural experiences; and civics or community service projects. Apply by November 1 at http://sites.target.com/site/en/corporate/page.jsp?contentld=PRD03-002537.
And More Resources
Nanotechnology resources – Introduce K–12 and college students to nanotechnology with materials from the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). Visitors to www.nnin.org/nnin_edu.html will find nanotechnology curriculum materials for all grade levels and information about nanotechnology outreach programs, Research Experiences for Teachers programs, and teacher workshops, as well as links to articles and other nanotechnology resources.
Engineering careers brochure – Promote engineering careers among middle level and high school students (and undecided undergraduates) with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) brochure, “Choosing Engineering as Your College Major.” The brochure describes several types of engineering and how engineering can answer some of life’s “intriguing questions,” such as how it can rain when the Sun is shining. Read the brochure at www.acec.org/engineeringcareers.
Source: NSTA Reports, Vol. 21, #2, October 2009.
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