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Sustainable Learning Systems, Ltd. (1) renewable
Mark Swiger - Co-Founder/Director - Sustainable Learning™ Systems
John Marshall High School Geography Teacher
John Henry - Co-Founder/Director - Sustainable Learning™ Systems
Sustainability Consultant – New Jersey School Boards Association, Trenton, NJ
 Mike Skelly
- Sustainable Learning™ Systems

Chuck Wood (10)

Chuck WoodCharles A. "Chuck" Wood is executive director of the Center for Educational Technologies and NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future.

Laurie Ruberg (112)

Laurie RubergLaurie Ruberg, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Adjunct Faculty
Center for Educational Technologies (CET)
Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU)

Debbie Piecka (104)

Debbie Piecka
Instructional Designer/Educational Researcher
Center for Educational Technologies
Wheeling Jesuit University

Dynae Fullwood (53)

Dynae_FullwoodDynae Fullwood
Teaching From Space Office
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway, Mail Code CB
Houston, TX 77058
Office: 281-244-7426
Fax:  281-244-7026

Brandon M. Hargis (2)

Brandon M. Hargis Brandon Hargis, M.Ed
Aerospace Education Specialist
NASA Langley Research Center
17 Langley Blvd. MS 400
Bldg 1216, Rm. 119
Hampton, VA 23681
Office: (757)864-9570
Cell: (814)933-6489

Chris Ruckman (1)
Christopher RuckmanChristopher L. Ruckman
Programmer/Web Developer
Center for Educational Technologies
314 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003
Eileen Poling (1)

Eileen PolingEileen Poling
Teacher of Gifted
Tucker County Schools

Robert Starr (0)

Robert StarrRobert Starr
NASA LEARN Project Manager
Langley Research Center

Daniel Laughlin (0)

Daniel LaughlinDaniel Laughlin
NASA Learning Technologies (NLT) Project Manager
Goddard Space Flight Center

Guest Columnists (0)
NASA STEM Educators Conference (40)
Georgia nasa education initiatives (0)
Let's Do Launch (23)
Practical Physical Science Connections (0)

GarrisonHall_BlogGarrison Hall
8th Grade Science Teacher
L.E. Gable Middle School
Roebuck, SC

New NASA Product Announcements (37) NewArrowThis blog will provide a monthly summary of new products approved by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future Product Review Team.
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robotics (24) NXTRockerBogieRoverLow
Jane Neuenshwander (5) JaneNJane Neuenschwander
Instructor, School of Education
Wheeling Jesuit University
(304) 243-2221
ETE - Global Climate Change (34)

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Manetta Calinger (16)


Manetta Calinger
Curriculum Writer II
Global Climate Change
Center for Educational Technologies
Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 243-4323
WV FLL Robotics Tournament (79) robot-01This blog is for our robotics tournament participants to talk about tournament logistics, activities, questions, and suggestions.
Ralph Seward (8)

RJSRalph Seward
Programmer, Webmaster
Center for Educational Technologies
Wheeling Jesuit University  

Kendyl Morris (18)

Blog-PicSocial Media Writer/Researcher

Center for Educational Technologies

Wheeling Jesuit University


WaterBotics (18) waterbotics

WaterBotics ( is the National Science Foundation-sponsored underwater robotics curriculum with the goal of providing hands-on experiences to middle and high school age youth in engineering design, information technology tools, and science concepts, and to increase awareness and interest in engineering and IT careers.

The curriculum, which can be used either in traditional classroom settings or in after-school and summer-camp situations, is problem-based, requiring teams of students to work together to design, build, test, and redesign underwater robots, or “bots” made of LEGO and other components. Students use the NXT and LEGO MindstormsTM software to program their robots to maneuver in the water, thereby gaining valuable experience with computer programming. Teams must complete a series of increasingly sophisticated challenges which culminates with a final challenge that integrates learning from the prior challenges.

WaterBotics has also been used with undergraduate engineering students and adult learners as well. The curriculum can be used in intensive, one-week summer camps or as a sequence of science or technology classes in school.

The huge variety of LEGO pieces available allows for a nearly infinite amount of solutions to a given task. This enables students to be highly creative and innovative, and results in an amazing variety of bots by the project's end.

Engineers are increasingly called upon to deal with complex, non-traditional, and previously unforeseen challenges. The underwater environment of the WaterBotics program gives students a sense of both the known and unknown challenges that real engineers face every day. And for those students who have participated in land-based robotics projects, the complexities of the underwater environment present unique demands that challenge even the most experienced robot designers.

Tasks such as getting the bot to float or sink, keeping it upright, compensating for the effects of water pushing against it, and getting it to move in three-dimensions, are novel challenges that correspond to specific science topics, such as buoyancy, drag, stability, and three-dimensional movement.

Participants in the Aug. 1-5, 2011 NASA WaterBotics Workshop at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University range from Middle School students to adults (including college student, a science teacher, and a Girl Scout leader). Each of them are blogging from their own points of view.

Storm's ePDN Robotics (9)


Norman "Storm" Robinson, III
Education Outreach Manager for Engineering and Robotics Center
for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC)
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30332-0282
(404) 385-4088




Robotics and Engineering ePDN Collaborative

Innovation In Inquiry (14)

Project-based Inquiry Learning - ePDN

Astronaut Andrew Feustel reenters teh space station after completing an 8-hour, 7-minute spacewalk, Sunday, May 22, 2011.This blog will offer ideas for teachers about how to design and implement Project-Based Inquiry Learning (PBIL) to improve student achievement in STEM areas.  Many of the topics that will be discussed in this blog will be directly applicable to classroom instruction.    This blog is primarily a tool for previous and present participants of the Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Science Teaching & Learning in the 21st Century Certificate Program; however, this forum is open for all STEM educators interested in learning more about PBIL.

Go to Project-Based Inquiry Learning - ePDN Collaborative

Tyra Good (16)

Tyra GoodAmerican Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Intern (AEA-GEDI)

Doctoral Student, Duquesne University, Foundations of Leadership, School of Education

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

AEA-GEDI at Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University, Oct-Jun 2011-2012


Data Is Everywhere (0)
dataData has immeasurable impact on our lives. We will discuss what types are data are accessible and how that data is being collected, uniquely displayed, analyzed and applied in our daily lives. In addition, we will discuss innovative ways of educating citizens (students, in particular) about the role of data and becoming critical analysts of statistical studies.

ePDN Turn Your Classroom Digital (0)

My collaborative will provide readers with information on how to put their class online. There will be discussions about what Web 2.0 tools will work best for an online class. There will also be discussions on the best practices of online teaching and learning. There will be discussions on pedagogy, tools, online course management and online course design. As the STEM teachers create their own online courses, I hope that they will be able to help each other by sharing what worked and what did not. In this way, the other teachers will not make the same mistakes and will create robust online courses that lead to student and instructor success.

Go to ePDN Turn Your Classroom Digital Collaborative

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Cassie Lightfritz (3)

cassieCassie Lightfritz
Graphic Designer
Center for Educational Technologies
Wheeling Jesuit University

STELLAR Awards Blog (1)
Bonnie Murray, NASA Education Specialist (6)

Join a Rockets to Race Cars Shuttle Tire Activity Workshop at the Intrepid SpaceFest

This blog features info about Rockets to Race Cars Shuttle Tire Activities and Workshops featured at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum as well as other venues throughout the U.S.

Look for future live USTREAM R2R events on this site

r2r NASA imageClassroom Activities, Teacher Professional Development, and Live Raceway Educational EventsBonnie J. Murray

Email: Bonnie.Murray @

Follow R2R on twitter @NASAR2R

Find Rockets to Race Cars (R2R) educational activities at www.NASA.Gov/r2r


Guest Blogs (2)
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Easy Tools for the 3D Teacher (1) Jenkins, LLC
Roy Jenkins, Principle


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Food Production in a Changing Climate (11) HomeGardenFoodCrops1This blog examines issues and initiatives related to adapting plant growth and food production to climate changes. For example, how how can crop planning help growers respond to greatly increased or decreased precipitation in an area? How should crop schedules and crop selections be revised based on steadily rising temperatures?

Additional questions to be discussed include:
  • How can we apply what we've learned about ways to optimize plant growth in non-optimal growing areas?
  • How can we get students involved in sustainable agriculture projects in K-12 settings?

Go to the ETE - Global Climate Change Collaborative

Badges for NASA Activities (1)
NASA Badges certificateThis is the place to come to submit evidence of having completed a NASA activity on your own (when their isn't a teacher or youth group leader available to request these badges for you).
Evidence – images, engineering design sheets,  video links, etc. will be submitted through either a badge-titled "Group Articles" or a Blog entry. See the "Group Files" to see how to insert images into your article.
Stay tuned for directions and an example…
The NASATalk Team for Badges for NASA Activities

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