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NASA Workshop Attracts Educators From Maryland

By SpaceRef Editor
July 15, 2008
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NASA Workshop Attracts Educators From Maryland
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NASA’s Langley Research Center hosted its fourth annual MY NASA DATA workshop June 22 to 27 attracting 21 educators from regions across America.

Jim Evans, a biology and environmental science teacher at Cardozo High School, Washington, selected the MY NASA DATA (MND) workshop for professional development because the training included using real data collected by NASA satellites, weather balloons and other sources.

The MND program offered educators in math and science relevant tools for teaching that are both standards-based and challenging for students. This year’s workshop goals allowed teachers to access and explore NASA Earth system science data and develop lesson plans to share these data with their students.

“The MND workshop helped me understand how to make connections for the students between NASA and what we do in the classroom,” Evans says. “The satellite data supports our activities in monitoring the environment and the atmosphere.”

Even more important to Evans is that students are very receptive to lessons applying directly to their world.

“The MND material ties directly into the DC science standards, and we can use this information to study local topics, such as water quality in the Chesapeake Bay,” Evans says.

“There is an educationally effective blend of content lectures, tours, directed practice, and self-guided exploration of the technology,” says Susan Moore, a member of the MND team. “Enthusiastic about their profession, our team of teachers have developed networking opportunities and lesson collaborations among one another.”

The importance of scientific inquiry and reflection to advancing student knowledge was a common thread in this year’s discussion. These processes are important skills in scientific studies and are not techniques children learn from a textbook. Scientific inquiry and reflection motivate students to think in deeper levels.

Lin Chambers, an atmospheric scientist at NASA Langley who developed the MND program, is pleased with the growth and progress she sees in the program.

“Being the fourth workshop, we have definitely learned from past experience,” Chamber says. “We can provide a quality experience for our teacher participants.”

To find out more about MY NASA DATA and workshop availability, go to:

http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/

SpaceRef staff editor.