Full Spectrum of NASA Science Search and Discovery Tools
NASA Wavelengthis a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water. Students then practice drawing conclusions based on graphed data of cloudy versus clear sky observations. In another, multiday activity, upper elementary and middle school students use infrared and visible images of animals and sort them into broad categories based on the own reasoning and observations of the images. Teachers can browse the collection by topic, resource type, or instructional strategies. NASA Wavelength was developed by a team from the Space Science Laboratory and Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley; the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago
Back to school may look a little different this year, but one thing hasn’t changed: teachers are still finding innovative ways to improve student learning and they need funding in order to execute their ideas. To help you fund your classroom dreams this year, we’ve compiled a list of funding opportunities for the classroom:
The PBS/NOVAweb seriesThe Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers provides humanizing snapshots of scientists who are shaping our world. Students will learn about cutting-edge science and engineering, the amazing people who do that work, and the activities they engage in when their lab coats come off.
The US Departmentof Education has launched CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to inspire high school students to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. Students from across the country are invited to design and build prototypes of CubeSats (cube satellites), or satellites that aid in space research, bringing space missions out of the clouds and into the classroom.