NASA/NSTA Symposium: Living and Working in Space: Energy

Submitted by NASA and NSTA
2006-09-11 10:05:37

NASA/NSTA Symposium: Living and Working in Space: Energy
National Science Teachers Association is partnering with NASA to present an exciting Symposium for grade 4–9 educators on the topic of living and working in space! The Symposium will be held at NSTA’s Area Conference on Science Education in Baltimore, MD. This event is part of a blended professional development experience that includes this face-to-face learning opportunity at the conference as well as several online experiences—a discussion listserv and two NSTA Web Seminars—that extend the interactivity between the participants and NASA. Register today!

Program Overview
This half-day symposium focuses on the topic of energy as it relates to living and working in space. How does NASA provide energy to the International Space Station? How will NASA provide energy for research habitats on the Moon and Mars? These questions provide an engaging context for students to learn about energy, power, electrical circuits and solar panels. The student investigations and design problems provide opportunities for extension and evaluation of fundamental concepts. NASA scientists, engineers, and/or education specialists will share their expertise and assist participants in linking this content to engaging, hands-on, and inquiry-based classroom activities. Educators will walk away with a wealth of materials, ready to launch students into new worlds of learning.

All participants will receive educational materials and information regarding NASA resources that are available electronically. A raffle of fantastic prizes will take place at the end of the program, and refreshments will be provided.

Graduate credit may be available at an additional cost to participants. To receive graduate credit, participants must pay a nominal fee and complete an action plan, and a lesson plan, All Symposium participants will receive a certificate from NSTA stating the number of seating hours (4.5 hours).

Saturday, November 4, 2006
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the face-to-face Symposium at the Conference, two Web Seminars featuring the presenters of Living and Working in Space: Energy will be held in following weeks. Participants are also invited to join with the presenters in a moderated discussion listserv.
STS-114 Picture of ISS

The Symposium will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, Room 303 in Baltimore, MD. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing where necessary.

Participants will pay a $44 advance registration fee or $49 onsite at the Conference. This fee covers the cost of the refreshments and folder materials. Travel, meals, lodging, general conference registration, and graduate credit fees (where applicable) are the responsibility of participants. Register today!

Meet the NASA scientists and educational specialists who will be presenting at the NASA/NSTA Symposium: Living and Working in Space: Energy:

* Don Boonstra
* Steven E. Johnson
* Dr. Therese Kucera

The Symposium agenda, including learning outcomes for the program and alignment with the National Science Education Standards will be available no later than October 15, 2006.

Web Seminars
Two Web Seminars featuring the Symposium presenters are scheduled to take place after the face-to-face program in November. The Web Seminars begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Web Seminars are free, interactive, live sessions of online professional development. The 90-minute sessions feature NASA, FDA, and NOAA scientists, education experts, and NSTA Press authors. You do not have to attend the Symposium in order to participate in the Web Seminars.

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