IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC)

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IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC)


Thanks to a grant with Fairmont State University, the NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center (ERC) provides resources and training opportunities to make a significant educational impact in the classroom. 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. These materials relate to curriculum areas such as Human Exploration, Development of Space, Earth Science, Space Science, Aerospace Technology, and Biological and Physical Research.

Educational Publications and Products

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

Teacher Workshops

The ERC staff provides FREE workshops 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 other 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.

Workshop Registration

Student Programs

The ERC now hosts in-house workshops for groups of public, private or home-school students. These FREE workshops are available for groups of up to 18 students and last for 3 hours. Topics include: Robotics, Rocketry, Living and Working in Space, Planetary Geology, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Students will be led through engaging, hands-on activities by our education specialists and enjoy interacting with a NASA scientist via video conferencing or by a personal visit.

Student Workshop Calendar

Educational Equipment and Classroom Kits

The ERC provides FREE training on educational equipment and classroom kits including: STARLAB Portable Planetarium, GPS, Kindernauts, GLOBE Protocol Kits (hydrology, soil, surface temperature, etc.), NEED Program Energy Kits (Science of Energy, Kid Wind, Solar, H2 Educate and Fuel-Cell Cars), Video iPod preloaded with NASA Podcasts, Mars THEMIS planetary geology, Making the Invisible Detectible, Robotics kits (LEGO NXT), Engineering Design Challenges (Thermal Protection System, Launch Platforms), Echo the Bat, Rocketry (Soda Bottle, Air, and Estes Rockets, and RockSim software), Pasco GLX Probeware and My World GIS, and much more.

Activity Calendar

To keep West Virginia educators aware of our many opportunities, the ERC publishes an Annual Calendar of Workshops, a schedule of Online Webinars, and maintains an online Activity Calendar (external site) that displays all ERC training, conferences, and events.


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

Newsletter Featured Articles
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

Contact Us

To request a teacher workshop or equipment loan, or for information on the use of NASA educational publications and products, contact us by email or by phone at (304) 367-8438.

Program Evaluation

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

Workshop Evaluation
Using NASA Resources Survey
Equipment Loan Evaluation

Page Last Updated: January 10th, 2014
Page Editor: Michael Asbury