ΣSTEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

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EDU 692:

Title: Teaching Elementary & Middle School Science Utilizing NASA Research and Technology [Methods; Science & Math]

This course is designed to provide elementary and middle school teachers with the tools to broaden students’ skills in STEM. At the end of this course participants will be familiar with hands-on activities developed by NASA scientists and educators. Activities are based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards and developed with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approach (math, science and technology), and in many cases they are connected to everyday life.
Major topics to be addressed include: 1. The Sun - the nearest star: Students learn about the Sun as the nearest star. Students make outdoor observations during the day and then can continue all year around. At night, they observe and record the motion of the moon and stars. Students learn these bodies move in regular and predictable ways. 2. Electricity & Magnetism - From your classroom to the Sun: Students investigate electricity and magnetism in the classroom and see large scale examples of these concepts on the Sun’s surface, interplanetary space, and the Earth’s magnetosphere as revealed from NASA space missions. 3. Solar Energy: The Sun is the primary source of energy for Earth’s climate system. Students learn about wavelength and frequency and develop skills to do scientific inquiry, including how to use math as a tool. They use optical, UV, EUV, and X-ray images to trace out the energetic processes of the Sun.




Copyright 2010 Ekaterina Verner.