“What a great week!” Susan Moore facilitated several S’COOL and MY NASA DATA sessions during the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 28 to April 1, 2012. “So many of our MY NASA DATA and S’COOL participants stopped by. It was so good to see them and to hear about all of their recent activities!”
MY NASA DATA was presented at the NASA Exhibitor Workshop, facilitated by the Aerospace Education Services Program (AESP), where an overview of the MY NASA DATA project and two sample lessons, “Hurricanes and Heat Engines” and “How Much Water Is Available in the Atmosphere for Precipitation?” were presented. The group asked great questions about the Live Access Server (LAS) and how it could be used at different grade-levels.
Susan also presented an exhibit as part of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate Share-a-thon. The exhibit, “NASA Satellite Data in the Classroom: S’COOL and MY NASA DATA,” provided information and a demonstration of both the S’COOL and MY NASA DATA websites. The S’COOL, CloudSat, and GLOBE exhibits were side-by-side during the share-a-thon, which provided teachers an excellent opportunity to see the common themes and opportunities within the three programs. “We were a very popular corner! NESTA works very hard to see that teachers can visit as many tables as possible within the allotted time.”
In collaboration with Dr. Todd Ellis and Ms. Deanna TeBockhorst of the CloudSat EPO team, Susan also facilitated a “Clouds in the Classroom” workshop, addressing using best science practices (inquiry) to study content and data-analysis related to “clouds.” The workshop included content, data-implementation, and hands-on activity stations. One teacher commented, “I’m so glad I came to this session!” followed by “Me, too! Me, three!”
Susan helped staff the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) exhibit during the Exhibit Hall hours. “One of my favorite parts of helping with the NSTA NASA exhibit is networking with EPO team members from other programs, projects, and NASA centers. Each staffer must be somewhat familiar with the products from the other programs, so that the resource can be presented to exhibit visitors.
NASA Langley Research Center’s participation also included a virtual presentation on “Engaging Communities in NASA Airborne Campaigns through GLOBE” at the GLOBE North America Regional Meeting during NSTA.
Jessica Taylor, GLOBE Training Coordinator at Langley, talked about upcoming plans for SEAC4RS and Discover AQ airborne campaigns. She shared how NASA is reaching out to local communities under the flight paths in Thailand, California, and Texas through the GLOBE program.