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altExploring the Environment - Global Climate ChangeA NASA INNOVATIONS IN CLIMATE EDUCATION (NICE) PROJECT.

The Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University has received funding from NASA Innovations in Climate Education to update, enhance, and expand the Exploring the Environment® (ETE) problem-based learning modules.  The updated Exploring the Environment-Global Climate Change modules provide an authentic, problem-based context for students to explore climate science issues. Improvements to the existing modules include teacher and student use of NASA satellite images and remote sensing data to investigate these climate change topics—Global Temperatures, Drought, Ice Caps and Sea Levels, Human Health Effects, Volcanoes, and Biodiversity.
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Developers at the center incorporate resources provided by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education project, the Earth System Science Educator Association (ESSEA), and teachers who have agreed to help pilot test the new modules.  View Climate Education Resources, Data, Project Portfolios, For educators, Partner Links, and Climate Education News on the NASA INNOVATIONS IN CLIMATE EDUCATION (NICE).
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  • Exploring the Environment Joins the ESSEA
    The Exploring the Environment Through Problem-based Learning project funded by NASA Global Climate Change Education to expand and update Exploring the Environment (ETE) web site is now officially part of the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) network.


  • Science Takes Over the National Mall October 23-24, 2010
    Can science be funny, magical, singable or just plain cool? Brian Malow, the “science comedian,” one of the many performers at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the first national science festival, thinks it can.

    This October, the week-long USA Science & Engineering Festival arrives in Washington, D.C., culminating with a colossal Expo on the National Mall October 23-24th with more than 1500 interactive exhibits including the science of Harry Potter, NASCAR, Thanksgiving dinner, baseball, and virtual reality simulators. Even Albert Einstein and Marie Curie will be resurrected from the past by trained actors relaying first-hand accounts of their discoveries.

    The entire Festival is free to all.

    More than 550 federal agencies, trade associations, corporations, colleges and universities and other science-related organizations have signed on to help. Partners and sponsors include Lockheed Martin, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, AAAS, American Women in Science, Boeing and Northrop Grumman.

    Additionally, the first-ever You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube tournament will be held on the National Mall in Washington D.C. as part of the festival on October 23rd. The initiative aims to teach students valuable math and 21st Century skills like algebra, geometry, problem-solving, teamwork and perseverance. More than 60 schools are already registered to compete. To-date, more than 1,600 schools and hundreds of afterschool programs in the U.S. are using the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube math education kit to teach fundamental math disciplines like area, perimeter, volume, angles, and algorithms in the classroom.

    To learn more about the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program, please visit . Details on the USA Science & Engineering Festival can be found at .

    You can also connect with us at

    Gloria Patterson
    The EdVenture Group
    1290 Suncrest Towne Centre
    Morgantown, WV 26505
    304-296-9021 x10
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  • Webinar Opportunity - "Can Carbon Capture and Storage Clean Up Fossil Fuels?"
    Dear Colleagues:

    We wanted to alert you to a new Climate and Energy Webinar and Book Club Series launching on Friday, Nov. 12, 1pm ET, with an hour-long webinar entitled, "Can Carbon Capture and Storage Clean Up Fossil Fuels?" Presented by Dr. Geoff Thyne of the University of Wyoming, the goal of the webinar is to assist educators of climate and energy science in better understanding the challenges and potential of Carbon Capture and Storage to offset global carbon emissions and in developing ideas for how to incorporate these concepts into classroom learning. Dr. Thyne has a background in geochemistry, petroleum geology, and hydrogeology, and is a senior research scientist at the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute, which resides in the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming.

    Registration is free, but required due to a limited amount of space. There are only 8 seats left for the webinar, so register ASAP at

    For more information on the series, visit:

    Morgan Woroner
  • Geographic Information Systems Course Offered at Fairmont State University
    If you are interested in taking a course that you can apply in the real world, Geographic Information Systems is being offered again this spring after a year on sabbatical. This course counts a general science course.

    This is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to spatial thinking and its application through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Students will be introduced to basic concepts in cartography including and the role of other spatial technologies (aerial photography, remote sensing, and Global Positioning Systems - GPS) as they relate to GIS applications. Students will also learn how to find data to answer specific questions by using GIS software and complete a semester project using GIS to address an issue of interest to them, and applicable to their fields of endeavor.

    Course Information

    Sponsoring Institution: Fairmont State University
    Course Title: Geographic Information Systems
    Course Code: 2854 SCIE
    Credits: 4.00
    Course Start Date: Jan 17, 2012
    Course End Date: May 11, 2012
    Course Meeting Day/Time: Thursdays
    01:00 pm - 04:20 pm
    Building Location: HH; Room: 101
    Dr. Phillip E Yeager
    Fairmont State University - Dept. of Biology
    1201 Locust Av., Fairmont, WV 26554
    Tel: 304.367.4168

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