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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout February 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades 1-6)
Feb. 4, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

What Is the Effect of Clouds on Earth’s Climate? (Grades 4-8)
Feb. 11, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will present the CERES S’COOL Project. S’COOL involves students in real science, making and reporting ground observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERES satellite instruments. Participants will practice a simulated cloud-observations and review sample student activities and lesson plans.

Engineering Design Challenge: Spaghetti Tower (Grades 5-8)
Feb. 12, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Angelo Casaburri will compare the scientific method and the engineering design process. Participants will use the design process to identify the problem and brainstorm, design, build, test, redesign and share solutions about constructing the tallest skyscraper using uncooked spaghetti noodles.

NASA Envisions “Clean Energy” From Algae Grown in Waste Water (Grades K-12)
Feb. 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will discuss the process proposed by NASA scientists to produce “clean energy” biofuels. The process cleans waste water, removes carbon dioxide from the air, retains important nutrients and does not compete with agriculture for land or freshwater. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinar series.

I Want to Hold Your Hand (Grades 2-5)
Feb. 19, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Beth White will lead participants in an activity to construct a simple robotic-like hand using low-cost materials. Participants will demonstrate how data is collected when using robotic technology.

Climate Time Machine (Grades K-12)
Feb. 20, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will help participants get to know NASA’s climate website. Learn how to find resources for teaching or learning about what we know and how we know about what’s happening to Earth. This webinar is part of the Department of Education Green Strides webinar series

Quantifying Changes Over Time (Grades 4-10)
Feb. 25, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will discuss the Landsat missions, one of the longest running Earth observation missions. Participants will compare remote sensing images of Earth taken across periods of time to reflect changes to the observed areas that are both natural and influenced by humans.

Blue Marble Matches: Comparing Earth’s Features to the Other Planets (Grades 4-12)
Feb. 26, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EST and 6 – 7 p.m. EST
Aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler will present an activity designed to introduce students to the geologic processes on Earth. In the activity, students take on the roles of geologists and planetary scientists as they observe and interpret satellite photography and use data to explain the features on distant planets.

For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through March 2013, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.

The U.S. Department of Education has Green Strides webinars scheduled throughout 2013. To see a full list of Green Strides webinars, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/webinar.html.

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