2019 JPL-CSUN NGSS Institute

NASA, NGSS, and the Health of Planet Earth
for science teachers
Introduction - May 4
Week 1 - July 22-26 @ JPL
Week 2 - July 29-31 @ CSUN
One day, Fall 2019

CSUN is pleased you will be attending our NASA-JPL funded opportunity for educators to develop their knowledge in environmental science. We have an active day planned for you this Saturday, MAY 4th and look forward to your attendance throughout the day. 

The CSUN Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room (mapis located nearest to Etiwanda so purchase your parking permit ($8) at the Kiosk or parking structure off Prairie and Darby. Please plan to carpool to reduce fuel and carbon emission.

: 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 


May 4 (CSUN Institute for Sustainability) Location: CSUN Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room

8:00 -  8:30           Continental Breakfast 
8:30 - 9:00 AM  -   Welcome, Susan Belgrad
                             Opening Remarks, David Seidel, NASA JPL                          
9:00 -10:00 AM –  Climate Change Basics, Overview of Best Practices in Sustainability,  
                              State/Local SUST Policy, Erica Wohldmann and Misha Kouzeh
10:00 -10:45 AM – Energy and Buildings Presentation - talk delivered by CSUN Facilities Planning  (Nikhil, Colleen)
10:45-11:00 AM –  Break
11:00 -12:30-PM – CSUN Energy & Sustainability Tours
12:30-1:30 PM –    Lunch Speakers, 
                               Ota Lutz, NASA JPL
                               Jeanine Minge’, CSUN 
                               Norm Herr, CSUN, Dates and Instructions, JPL Weeks and NGSS 
1:30-2:15 PM –       Food and Waste Presentation @CSUN Dr. Erica Wohldmann 
2:15-2:45 PM –      Water @CSUN Presentation - Dr. Erica Wohldmann
2:45-3:30 PM –      Garden Tour (ES);  NGSS & NASA (MS & HS) | quickwrite

July 22 (JPL)
  • Talks with leading scientists,  engineers, and project managers involved in NASA-designed earth-observing missions.

July 23 (JPL)
  • Talks with leading scientists,  engineers, and project managers involved in NASA-designed earth-observing missions.

July 24 (JPL)
  • Talks with leading scientists,  engineers, and project managers involved in NASA-designed earth-observing missions.

July 25 (JPL) - 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
Heinrich Sartin - CODAP

July 26 (JPL)
  • 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


July 29 (TBD)

1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

July 30 (TBD)
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
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

July 31 (TBD)
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
  • Survey

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