Joining the 45 percent estimated who make new year resolutions, below are my NASATalk resolutions for 2014. Let's hope I can be among the 45 percent who hold to their resolutions for at least 26 weeks!
1. View NASA Image of the Day, Every Day
Image of The World's Tallest Mountain: Fourteen mountain peaks on Earth stand taller than 8,000 meters (26,247 feet). The tallest of these “eight-thousanders” is Mount Everest, the standard to which all other mountains are compared. The Nepalese name for the mountain is Sagarmatha: “mother of the universe.”
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data from the NASA EO-1 team, archived on the USGS Earth Explorer.
It’s unlikely that I’ll ever climb Mount Everest, but today, January 2, 2014, NASA scientists have given me the chance to look down from above on the highest mountain on Earth. The caption of this image (written by Adam Voiland) explains that at its highest point Mount Everest consists of marine limestone—sedimentary rock formed by oceanic creatures that lived millions of years ago. This makes the climb to the top of Everest a double victory: the hiker reaches the top of the highest land formation and from there gets to stand upon geological fossils from Earth’s remote deep sea history. View more NASA images…
Read about how to use NASA/USGS images in your classroom teaching…
2. Connect NASA and Global Earth and Space Discoveries to STEM Teaching.
NASA Physics is a new, free online curriculum for high school physics. NASA Physics was created to encourage more high school students to gain some exposure to this most fundamental science. The course was designed for the two-thirds of American students who usually don't take any physics. It is a one-semester elective course, just as Astronomy, Earth Science and similar science topics often are. In one-semester, only the most important topics typically covered in a yearlong physics course can be included. Read more about this excellent physics education resource...
3. Build More Local, Regional, National, and Global STEM Connections
The International Space Station Support Health and Technology Benefits stretch from a small town in Mexico to the wide open spaces of farmland in Crookston, Minnesota where A.W.G. Farms Inc. is leveraging images from the International Space Station Agricultural Camera (ISSAC) to grow sugar beets, spring wheat, sunflowers and soybeans.
Read more about Space Station Benefits…
Space Station fosters sustainable agriculture activities. See how starting a community garden at your school can lead to links with other schools in your state, across the U.S., and even offer global space station partners.
4. Explore Public Policy, Science and Technology Issues in Greater Depth
Read the reports and evidence-based advice provided by the National Academy of Sciences in their reports designed to inform U.S. citizens on timely science, technology, and health policy matters. The National Academies convene experts from multiple and complementary disciplines to discuss various challenges that our democratic society faces in regard to Energy and the Environment, Health and Safety, Education and Social Issues, and Science and Technology Policy.
Select and download free National Academy of Sciences Reports…
Read about the recent Academy Report, Abrupt Impact of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises from an educator perspective...
5. Use NASA Tools To Help Students Visualize Earth Changes
Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet. Now, with NASA’s Images of Change iPad application, users can get an interactive before-and-after view of these changes.
The app presents pairs or sets of images of places around the world that have changed dramatically. App users can look at the images side-by-side or overlay them using a slider bar to travel from past to present. Each image set includes background information on what the viewer is seeing and its location on a map.
The Images of Change iPad app is available as a free download at: http://go.nasa.gov/1bE3osn .
For more information on NASA’s contributions to climate science, visit: http://climate.nasa.gov
The Exploring the Environment – Global Climate Change (http://ete.cet.edu) problem-based learning web site also includes a component in the Ice Caps and Sea Levels module where students compare the physical evidence through photos where can compare and contrast changes in ice caps, ice sheets, and ice shelves as physical evidence of climate changes. See more...
6. Encourage More STEM Educators to Share Their Stories and Lessons
The web-based collaborative called NASATalk (http://www.nasatalk.com) was established four-years ago with funding to the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future Program from the NASA Learning Environments and Research Network (LEARN), led by Dr. Robert Starr. Like NASA’s exploratory missions, the NASATalk project has a life cycle. The NASATalk team says thank you and farewell to its readers and collaborators at NASATalk.
Find out more about NASA STEM educator opportunities available for K-12, higher education, and informal education teachers.