IV&V Education Educators

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IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC)
Through a partnership with Fairmont State University, the NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC) provides resources and training opportunities to prepare thousands of excellent new K-12 STEM teachers by 2020, and support the existing STEM teacher workforce;.. The ERC provides in-service, pre-service, and informal educators with an easily accessible source of materials that reflect NASA’s current research and technology in Earth and Space sciences.

Educational Publications and Products
Educators are encouraged to visit the ERC to explore the many NASA educational publications available, including posters, lithographs, curriculum guides, briefs, educational activities, CDs, DVDs, Podcasts, and more.

Educator Workshops
The ERC staff provides free workshops both on-site and partner hosted (at your location) as well as annual summer institutes for educators on a variety of topics to supplement the curriculum and help meet national and state educational standards. Topics include Aeronautics, Astronomy, Engineering Design Challenges, Mars, Moon Rocks and Meteorites, Planetary Geology, Podcasting, Rocketry, Robotics, or any NASA educational product. The ERC is also the WV Partner for the GLOBE Program and provides teacher certification workshops in the areas of Hydrology, Soils, Atmosphere, Land Cover, and Seasons, as well as training in Global Positioning System (GPS), remote sensing, and the latest Geographic Information System (GIS) tools. Once an educator has completed training, they are certified to borrow one of our 50+ classroom kits including portable planetariums, GPS units, robots, engineering challenges, and much more to increase the number of youth who have an authentic STEM experiences.

Download the ERC Catalog

View scheduled Workshop Calendar Request a Workshop
View scheduled Equipment Loan Calendar Request a Classroom Kit

Learn about upcoming workshops, new additions to the equipment loan program, NASA careers, the latest educational products, and much more.

Newsletter Featured Articles
Nov 2014 New NASA book, RWDC Winners, State FLL tournament
Oct 2014 Year End Review, Robots, Rockets
Aug-Oct 2013 Interns, STEM, Boys and Girls Club
July 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree, Persieds
April-May 2013 Women in science, Summer opportunities, ING Day
March 2013 Aeronautics Workshop, TARC, RCBI, MARSl
Jan-Feb 2013 Rocket Launches; Engineering; Preschool

Newsletter Archive

West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (WVSPOT)
Supported through a joint partnership between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and NASA, the West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) recruits and trains college presenters to bring presentations about current West Virginia space science, technology, and engineering to West Virginia K-12 classrooms, museums, and youth programs.

The interactive SPOT presentations utilize slides, videos, animations and an inquisitive approach to relay the excitement of new discoveries in space science. NRAO and NASA research and careers here in West Virginia are highlighted in each show. Presentations can be conducted in a classroom or assembly setting and last approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the age of the audience. To request a WVSPOT presentation, visit http://www.wvspot.org or contact us via email at wvspot@ivv.nasa.gov or phone at (304) 367-8355.

Program Evaluation
If you require assistance or have any questions about a survey, please contact the project principal investigator, Dr. Deb Hemler at deb.hemler@fairmontstate.edu or (304) 367-4393.

Contact Us
To request a teacher workshop or request a classroom kit, or for information on the use of NASA educational publications and products, contact us by email at erc@ivv.nasa.gov or by phone at (304) 367-8438.

Page Last Updated: January 30th, 2015
Page Editor: Michael Asbury