Education Programs
 

Get certified to check out actual lunar and meteorite samples form NASA for use in your classroom! Sign up for the "Rocks in Space" session in Education Track 1.

There are two Education Tracks at ISDC 2007.  Education Track 1 consists of very hands-on and project oriented activities presented by Angelo Casaburri which is limited to 30 participants per session and requires prior signup to assure attendance.  Education Track 2 consists of presentations on education topics by various speakers.  Some details of the two education tracks are shown below.

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Education Track 1

All presentations by Angelo Casaburri, Aerospace Education Specialist with NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Program.  Each session is presented twice on different days (60 total participants/30 per session).

Friday, May 25 & Sunday, May 27 (2 PM –2 :50 PM both days).
Title of Presentation:  "Engineering Design Challenges 1:  Spacecraft Structures"

Brief description of presentation:
Using simple and inexpensive materials, students design, build, and test models that meet specified criteria using simple, inexpensive and locally obtainable materials.  Spacecraft Structure Challenge:  Design, build, and test a Spacecraft Structure that will withstand the forces encountered during liftoff.  Thermal Protection Systems Challenge:  Design, build, and test a Thermal Protection System that protects the model design for the longest possible time.  Educator Guides downloadable from Engineering Design Challenges website.

Friday, May 25 & Sunday, May 27 (3 PM –3 :50 PM both days).
Title of Presentation:  "Robonautics: Humans and Robots"

Brief description of presentation:
Learn about the robotics features on NASA’s Space Shuttle and International Space Station.  Explore design challenges for making and using robotic components such as robotic arms, hands, and fingers from inexpensive and locally obtainable materials.  NASA Education Briefs included.

 
Friday, May 25 & Sunday, May 27 (4 PM –4 :50 PM both days).
Title of Presentation:  "Engineering Design Challenges 2:  Thermal Protection Systems"

Brief description of presentation:
Using simple and inexpensive materials, students design, build, and test models that meet specified criteria using simple, inexpensive and locally obtainable materials.  Spacecraft Structure Challenge:  Design, build, and test a Spacecraft Structure that will withstand the forces encountered during liftoff.  Thermal Protection Systems Challenge:  Design, build, and test a Thermal Protection System that protects the model design for the longest possible time.  Educator Guides downloadable from Engineering Design Challenges website.

Friday, May 25 & May 27 (5 PM –5 :50 PM both days).

Title of Presentation:  "Exploring the Solar System:  Mars and Beyond"

Brief description of presentation:
Increase your student’s background knowledge on Mars and space science by having fun, inexpensive, hands-on, easy to do student activities. Scale model the solar system (both linear and radial), conduct activities dealing with Mars, construct a Planisphere and use it to identify seasonal and circumpolar constellations.  Educator Guides and Websites included.

Saturday, May 26 (2 PM – 4:50 PM) and Monday, May 28 (9 AM – 12 PM).
Title of Presentation: "Rocks From Space" (a.k.a. Lunar and Meteorite Science and Certification)

Brief description of presentation:
Experience the geological approach to understanding the moon.  Learn the history of the moon and the clues it provides scientists as they investigate the formation of the earth and moon.  Explore meteorites and how scientists use them to tell the story of the solar system from the formation of the planets to catastrophic impacts on Earth.  Become certified to borrow the lunar and meteorite samples from NASA. Educator Guides included.

Special Requirements for Education Track 1:
• Limit each individual session signup / attendance to 30 participants.  (Each topic is offered once a day on two different days period, so actual number of participants is 60).
• Eligible participants:  K – 12 Educators, Informal Educators (this includes Museum educators and other informal leaders, e.g. scout leaders), Higher Education educators (elementary and secondary science and mathematics methods), and Home School teachers. 
• NO students please.

Overall Interactive Approach for Education Track 1:
• Co-operative, hands-on minds-on, inquiry-based learning emphasized with individual, group, and teacher guided aerospace activities.
• Thematic.  Each session is focused on a curriculum subject or subjects.
• Integrate the curriculum through the use of math, science, technology, and geography with aerospace topics to supplement existing curriculum.
• Modeling teacher strategies to help implement getting comfortable with the use of aerospace topics to enhance existing curriculum.
• Materials needed for activities are inexpensive, low-cost materials that can be mostly obtained from local resources.
• Modeling use of instructional education technology with the use of multi-media materials.

Due to the limited number of slots, please use the contact email below to sign up for a specific session, to obtain additional information about the topics and for information on special teacher registration rates:     >TeacherInfo@isdc.nss.org
Education Track 2

This track will consist of presentations from various speakers.

Friday, May 25 (2 PM – 5:50 PM).
Presentation Topics:

“Teaching From Space:  Utilizing the ISS as the Ultimate Platform for Education”

“ARISS:  Inspiring Youth through Direct Connections with the ISS Crew”

“NASA Glenn Research Center and Hathaway Brown School Collaborative MISSE Experiments”

“Past, Present, and Future ISS Research for Educational, Commercial and Basic Science Purposes”

“Developing the Future Leaders of the Global Space Community:  International Space University at 20”

“Teachers in Space”

Sunday, May 27 (2 PM – 5:50 PM).
Presentation Topics:

 “Spacey CDs for Education”

“An Educational Computer Game Effectiveness Study”

“World Space Expo 2007:  Educational Programs”

“Playing in Space:  Interactive Education with the Orbiter Space Flight Simulator”

Special Requirements for Education Track 2:
•  Each individual session attendance limited to 100 participants.
• Eligible participants:  K – 12 Educators, Informal Educators (this includes Museum educators and other informal leaders, e.g. scout leaders), Higher Education educators (elementary and secondary science and mathematics methods), and Home School teachers. 
Session signup is not required, but please use the contact email below to obtain additional information about the topics and for information on special teacher registration rates:     TeacherInfo@isdc.nss.org