The NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) at Stennis Space Center announces professional development workshops for educators. K-12 teachers can receive CEUs for these free workshops. Home school educators are welcome, too! Topics include physical science, life science, biology, mathematics, technology, engineering and much more. Workshops are available for all grade levels and are held on-site at Stennis Space Center.
|Saturday, November 16, 2013||CEUs: 0.5||Grades: K-6|
|Have you ever wondered how something works? Well wonder no more! This workshop is designed to excite your students and engage them in the wonders of science while increasing their science knowledge. Using NASA curriculum and other science activities, this workshop will include experiments, hands-on activities, space-related projects, and simple engineering. This workshop will address national and state education standards in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CEU certificates will be issued at the end of the workshop.|
|"Weather and Climate: What's the Big Difference Anyway?"|
|Thursday, November 21, 2013||CEUs: 0.5||Grades: 4-9|
|Too often, students do not correctly understand the difference between "weather" and "climate." The difference is important. This workshop will explore NASA's role in our understanding and forecasting of weather, exploring climate, climate changes and their effects on Earth's systems. NASA resources, data and curriculum will guide us through a "storm" of classroom learning strategies and activities (that address selected Next Generation Science Standards; Earth System Sciences performance expectations). Also presenting in this workshop, will be an Air Force "Hurricane Hunter" pilot, as seen on TV, who will share his experiences and expertise in the study of hurricanes and other major storms (his attendance is subject to change, due to his duties). Join us, rain or shine.|
|Other Opportunities for Teachers:
Teachers at Sea
|Are you an educator interested in doing research on a ship?|
|If so, we encourage you to explore the opportunities offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program, accepting applications October 21 - November 18, 2013. For further information and to preview a sample application visit: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/|
|About NOAA's Teacher At Sea Program|
|The mission of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program is to provide teachers a hands-on, research experience at sea, giving them unique insight into oceanographic, hydrographic, and fisheries research by facilitating partnerships between educators and world-renowned NOAA Scientists.|
|Since 1990, NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program has enabled over 600 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea by working on research ships. Teachers have enriched their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world's body of scientific knowledge. No matter which type of cruise our teachers embark on, they are bound to learn an array of new things.|
|Monday, November 18, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time|
|NOAA's Teacher at Sea program accepts applications from currently employed, full-time educators in these categories: K-12 teachers and administrators; community college, college, and university teachers; museum and aquarium educators; and adult education teachers. We regret that we cannot accept applications from part-time, substitute, or pre-service teachers. Teachers will be selected to fill approximately 25-30 openings available per appropriation.|
|Types of Cruises|
|Participants are assigned a cruise aboard one of NOAA's 17 ships (or a chartered partner ship). NOAA conducts three main types of cruises. Fisheries research ships perform biological and physical science studies in support of fisheries research. Oceanographic and atmospheric research ships perform physical science studies in support of scientific studies to increase our understanding of the world's oceans and climate. Hydrographic survey ships scan the coastal sea floor with side-scan sonar and sophisticated bottom sounding systems to locate submerged obstructions and navigational hazards for the creation or update of the nation's nautical charts.|
|Participants can expect to be at sea anywhere from one week to one month, with the average cruise lasting 12-14 days. Most participants try to sail on cruises offered during the summer vacation, but cruises take place throughout most of the year on a space-available basis.|
|All necessary travel costs associated with teacher participation in the program are covered by the program, including transportation to and from the ship, lodging, and per diem allowance. While airfare is paid for up front by the government, all other costs are reimbursed, including non-airfare transportation costs, lodging, and per diem allowance.|
|More information about NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program including eligibility requirements, expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov.|
How to Register For Free Workshops at Stennis Space Center
To make a reservation, call the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) at 800-237-1821 and select option 2, or call 228-688-3338. Please call between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Unless otherwise noted, all 0.5 CEU workshops will be held 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break. Please bring your lunch, some workshop locations do not provide food services.
To register for GLOBE workshops:
Visit the GLOBE website at http://www.globe.gov/events/workshops. Under "Search for a workshop in your area," select "United States" in the "All Countries" dropdown list. Then select "Mississippi" for the state and click the "Search" button. Look for the location name "Stennis Space Center."
Educator Resource Center (ERC) Workshop Policy and Security
Educators may register for no more than three (3) workshops per semester and may only make reservations for themselves. Educators must call the ERC at 228-688-3338 as soon as possible to cancel attendance. Failure to notify the ERC of a cancellation will affect educator's ability to participate in future workshops and programs.
For security purposes, you may be required to check in at the reception center located at either the north or south gate upon arrival at Stennis Space Center. You must be a US citizen with a valid photo ID. Please allow sufficient time for this process when you arrive..
The use of cell phones is prohibited while driving on site at Stennis Space Center.
Mississippi and Louisiana educators are able to renew their teaching certificates with CEU credits from approved workshops. Unless otherwise noted, educators will receive 0.5 CEU credits for each five-hour workshop conducted on site. You must be present for the full workshop to earn CEU credit. The ERC maintains all CEU records. The ERC issues a certificate of attendance when the educator completes a five-hour workshop. This certificate, along with any other CEU documentation, should then be mailed by the educator to the State Department of Education at the time of renewal. To obtain a copy of your CEU credits, a written request must be sent to the ERC.
Visit the ERC for Free NASA Materials
The NASA ERC at Stennis Space Center (SSC) is located in building 3101, adjacent to the guard station on Mississippi Route 607. The ERC is open from 9-3 Monday-Friday for educators to pick up free NASA materials. To reach the ERC take I-10, Exit 2 and north on Hwy. 607. The SSC I-59 entrance is no longer an option for the public visiting the ERC.