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Mathematics, Rockets, and Physical Science--Hablamos español!

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17 Jun 2013
rocket carReal-World Mathematics with Rockets 2 Racecars Virtual Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

Teachers from across the nation connected to NASA Langley’s Aerospace Education Services Project Specialist (AESP) via the Digital Learning Network (DLN) to learn how to engage students in real-world mathematics through the excitement of racing and the thrill of aerospace science into their classroom. Each session incorporated standards-based hands-on activities to make mathematics challenging with the "Rockets 2 Racecars", R2R, educational materials. The four-part professional development workshop series was held between April 23rd through May 1st.

Teachers learned about tires and air pressure by calculating the effects of temperature on regular tires as well as Space Shuttle and racecar tires in the session "Measure Up and Calculate"; used mathematics to interpret air pressure and air flow data on airplane wings and racecar spoilers in "May the Force Uplift You...or Not!” tested the variables that affect cars' stability to travel by constructing a balloon-powered race car and maneuvered through different angles to see force in action in "Newton's Angle on Force and Motion"; designed a capsule to land on Mars and tested its effectiveness by calculating speed or rate of descent in "Drag Race to Mars Engineering Design Challenge." Participants who registered and completed all four workshops received five workshop hours towards continuing education units. The workshop and the development of math-focused R2R activities were developed in collaboration between NASA’s AESP and DLN. To further expand STEM Professional Development opportunities for teachers, and rev up rocket and racing fans, R2R will be expanding beyond interactive virtual workshops to include asynchronous course offerings to be launched in Summer 2013 in conjunction with the upcoming workshop series to be held in July. Stay tuned for additional info! 

For more information contact: LRC
POC:  Marilé Colón Robles

Spanish-language Teachers Integrate STEM into their Spanish Curriculum

374396 487225687991514 1820718085 nOn Saturday, May 5th Spanish-language teachers connected virtual with NASA Langley’s Aerospace Education Services Project Specialist (AESP) to learn about hands-on NASA-inspired activities that are easy to include into the Spanish curriculum perfect to inspire and engage students in conversations and language arts – all in Spanish. The connection was part of this year’s Spanish Immersion Weekend held by the University of Virginia-Wise Spanish Division and the Center for Teaching Excellence. NASA’s partnership program with Univision communications, NASA y Tú (NASA and You), was highlighted during the connection. Activities presented included learning about NASA’s Hispanic community of astronauts, engineers and scientists, comparing the size of the planets in our solar system to fruits and vegetables, understanding the importance of clouds in our climate and learning how to identify cloud types, and about life in the International Space Station and how to select the right foods for astronauts in space that will remind them of home. The collaboration between NASA’s AESP and UVA-Wise is just a start on how STEM can be fun and engaging and used to inspire students in their language development. Teachers participating of the program earned three college credit hours that may be used toward recertification. 

For more information, contact: LRC
POC:  Marilé Colón Robles

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