2018 CSUN/NASA/NGSS Institute

NASA, NGSS, and the Health of Planet Earth
for science teachers
July 16-20, 2018


Introduction
: This NASA funded grant opportunity provides professional development opportunity to help teachers develop techniques for engaging their students in NGSS science and engineering practices using data collected by NASA earth-observing satellites, to better understand issues related to the health of their planet.    

The adoption of NGSS requires a paradigm shift in science teaching and learning.  In particular, NGSS requires
  • Students to engage in NGSS practices to build deeper understanding of science and engineering content and make sense of phenomena and design solutions. 
  • Students develop models of systems within the natural world and use them to explain phenomena or solve problems.
  • Students investigate to investigate real world problems and problem-solve using critical thinking.
In this institute, teachers will learn how employ NASA data to help their students develop scientific questions and develop models about the interactions of the hydrosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere.  Participants will learn how to engage their students in the analysis and interpretation of data, using  mathematics and computational thinking to construct explanations from evidence.  Using NASA datasets and free online analytical tools such as CODAP, Google Sheets, and image processing software,  teachers will learn how to address real issues regarding the health of our planet, and will learn techniques to help their students apply NGSS Engineering Design standards

Benefits to participating teachers
  • Learn from CSUN professors doing cutting-edge research monitoring the health of planet Earth 
  • Tour NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the "center of the universe" for Earth Science and planetary research
  • Meet and learn from the NASA scientists and engineers who are developing missions to monitor our planet's health 
  • Work with CSUN science educators to develop grade-appropriate NGSS-based lessons
  • Develop skills in data analysis and interpretation using powerful free online tools and NASA data 


Monday, July 16 - Institute for Sustainability at CSUN
  • Faculty:  Norm Herr, Susan Belgrad, Erica Wohldmann, Bill Sullivan, Maria D'Orsogna, Helen Cox, Jeanine Minge’
    • Arrive by 8:15 AM at the Institute for Sustainability (see map, Building SB, section F4). 
    • Download NASA Eyes onto your laptop and bring your laptop, if possible
    • Pick up your parking permit at Info Booth #3 on Prairie Street  (see map, section G4).  
    • Park in lot G4 (see map, section G4).  
  • 8:30 Introduction and Welcome (Susan, Norm, Community Involvement) - 
  • 9:00 Concurrent activity
    •  Introduction to the Institute for Sustainability and research on Interacting with Nature.  (Erica Wohldmann) 
    • Sustainability tour (Bill Sullivan, PPM)
  • 10:30 Break
  • 10:45  Dr. Maria D'Orsogna - Saving Italy from Big Oil:  A Case Study of Education, Activism and Community Outreach
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:45 Dr. Priya Ganguli – Mercury from Land to Sea.
  • 1:50 World Climate Change Negotiations Game  (Helen Cox) 
  • 3:30 Adjourn

 


Tuesday, July 17 - Keck Science Education Labs, CSUN  3118 


Wednesday, July 18 - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Faculty:  Norm Herr, Susan Belgrad, Heinrich Sartin
  • 7:45 Arrival
  • 8:15-10:15 Tour, David Seidel
  • 10:15-10:30 Break 
  • 10:30-11:30  GRACE -FO Talk, Dr. David Wiese
  • 11:30-12:40 Lunch in Cafeteria
  • 12:45-1:45 Orbiting Carbon Observatory Project Talk, Karen Yuen (or someone else, TBD)
  • 1:45-1:50 Stretch Break
  • 1:50-2:50 ECOSTRESS - The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) will measure the temperature of plants and use that information to better understand how much water plants need and how they respond to stress. Talk, Dr. Christine Lee
  • 3:00 Departure

Thursday, July 19 - Keck Science Education Labs, CSUN
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

Friday, July 20 -  Keck Science Education Labs, CSUN
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence



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