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Applications Open for NASA’s Free Electronic Professional Development Network Courses

By SpaceRef Editor
July 22, 2010
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NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, a new initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for courses starting this fall:

Observations, Experiments & Two Variable Data — This course will help teachers implementing the new Common Core high school math standards to brush up on statistics content. Participants will examine two-variable data relationships using scatter plots, time series and two-way tables. Attention will be given to measuring the strength of association, modeling of associations and explaining variability. The target audience is high school mathematics teachers without AP statistics backgrounds.

Getting Started in Robotics — During this first course in the Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning, participants will learn how to program the LEGO NXT Mindstorms robot. Participants will become familiar with LEGO vocabulary and parts of the LEGO Mindstorms kit as they build structural components of a robot and use math, science and engineering principles to design, build, test and operate their robots.

Vodcasts — In this course, participants will learn how to use audio and video editing tools to create new content for vodcasts that can be used in classroom lessons or created by their students. Participants will create vodcasts using NASA materials and resources.

Apply Here

For more information on the ePDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit

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