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Educator Resource Center (ERC) at NASA Glenn
February 21, 2014


[image-51]Looking for the latest in NASA content and resource materials for your classroom?  The Educator Resource Center (ERC)/Professional Development (PD) Institute offers free resources and engaging, hands-on trainings connected to current learning standards.  Educators can expect to find a wide range of services to help them integrate NASA instructional materials that are aligned to education standards and frameworks, as well as NASA content into their curriculum. 

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Free ERC Local Professional Development Workshop Offerings for 2014 

Presenter:  Susan Kohler, NASA Glenn Education Specialist
Bring your lunch!
Space is limited, so register today!

Workshop Times:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

(Please note below the time difference for the April workshop)
To register or for questions, contact Monica Boyd 
Email:  Monica.L.Boyd@nasa.gov
Phone:  216-433-2004


2-Day Workshop:  Exploring Astrobiology and Radiation Challenge

Dates:  May 13 and 14, 2014:  Registration Deadline:  May 2, 2014
Location:  Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
***Please Note:  Educators may attend either or both days

Day 1:  Are Microbes Alive?  NASA presents Defining Life and exploring Astrobiology
Date:  May 13, 2014
Target Audience: Grades 4 - 9

This problem-based learning (PBL) workshop connects the concept of requirements for life and serves as a bridge to activities in which participants speculate on the possibilities of life (possibly microbial life) on other planets in our solar system

Discover life as astrobiologists. Learn about the diversity of life in the microscopic world. . Explore the microbes in your kitchen and in extreme environments using hands-on activities and demonstrations. This workshop will include a full downloadable educator guide with background materials, readings, activities, and student challenges.


Day 2:  NASA presents: The Radiation Challenge
Date:  May 14, 2014  
Target Audience: Grades 6 – 12

Radiation biology is an interdisciplinary science -- biology, physics, astrophysics, planetary science and engineering -- that examines the effects of radiation on living systems. The Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge educator guide links these disciplines in the context of a lunar outpost by providing background, discussion and research questions, objectives, and inquiry-based activities to introduce radiation biology to middle school students. The two separate guides (Middle School and High School) include a pretest, lessons, student sheets and answer keys.


NASA Rocks: Lunar and Meteorite Certification Workshop
Date:  Tuesday, June 24, 2014:  Registration Deadline:  June 17, 2014
Location:  Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)
Target Audience:  Grades K – 12

NASA brings the moon to your students.  Participants will be qualified to use lunar as well as meteorite samples in their classrooms providing an enriching learning experience for their students.  The activities in this workshop will ignite and motivate students in science through the use of inquiry-based science activities relating to the moon.  The NASA educational websites introduced will provide the educators new curriculum ideas to assist in reaching learning outcomes standards for science.

The following activities may be included:

  • Moon Dance- Space School Musical
  • NASA e-Clips web page as a resource - Rock Cycle e-Clips video
  • Rock ABC’s Activity
  • Accretion and Differentiation Activities
  • Lava Layering Activity
  • Meteorite Blues – Space School Musical
  • Meteorite Impact Activity
  • Searching for Meteorites Activity


The NASA Glenn ERC serves Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  If you live outside of these areas, you can find the ERC that serves your region at http://www.nasa.gov/education/ercn

Lunar/Meteorite Sample Loan Program:

[image-78]The lunar/meteorite sample loan program makes rocks from space available as science teaching aids in a classroom environment.   Educators may qualify for the use of a disk in their classroom by attending one of the many workshops.  For information on certification and scheduling, call the Educator Resource Center at 216-433-2017.  Requests for lunar/meteorite samples are now managed by NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.  Educators who are certified disk users may borrow the sample disks by sending their request to the e-mail or mailing addresses below.  Please make requests at least 6 weeks prior to use date.  NASA will pay shipping in both directions.

E-mail Address:      Jsc-curation-education-disks@mail.nasa.gov

Mailing Address:   Mary K. Luckey
Houston, TX  77058

[image-51]Easy Ways to Obtain NASA Educational Materials:

]The NASA Office of Education works with NASA experts to promote education as an integral component of NASA research and development missions. These efforts result in innovative and informative educational materials that engage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. NASA makes these resources available by contacting the NASA Glenn Educator Resource Center or downloading educational resources from the NASA Portal

NASA Portal:

The NASA Portal serves as the gateway for information regarding content, programs, and services offered by NASA for the general public and, specifically, for the educational community. Providing educators access to curriculum support materials that may be downloaded and printed from the following websites:


Educator Guides, Lithographs, Posters, Brochures, Bookmarks


Themed Collections of Online Resources (All grade levels)


Subject Matter Topics (All grade levels)


NASA e-Clips (All grade levels)


DIY Podcast


NASA Education Express Mailing List (All grade levels)

Sign up for announcements about NASA activities and products



Other ERC’s in the Glenn Six-State Region:


University of Cincinnati

College of Education Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) Library
400 Teachers College
Cincinnati, OH  45221-0219
Phone:  513-556-1758
Fax:  513-556-2122
E-mail:  Cheryl.ghosh@uc.edu


Museum of Science and Industry
NASA Educator Resource Center
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL  60637-2093
Phone:  773-684-9844, ext. 1393
Fax:  773-684-1591
E-mail:  pam.barry@msichicago.org


Science Central
1950 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, IN  46805
Phone:  260-424-2400, ext. 442
Fax:  260-422-2899
E-mail:  erc@sciencecentral.org or jenny@sciencecentral.org


Central Michigan University
132 EHS Building
Mount Pleasant, MI  48859
Phone:  989-774-4387
Fax:  989-774-2188
E-mail:  perry1pj@cmich.edu

Northern Michigan University
The Glenn T. Seaborg Center
1401 Presque Isle
Marquette, MI  49855-5394
Email:  cstander@nmu.edu
Phone:  906-227-2092
Fax:  906-227-2013
Website: http://www.nmu.edu/seaborg/


Minnesota is currently served by the following Location:

NASA Glenn Research Center
NASA Educator Resource Center
21000 Brookpark Rd.  MS 8-1
Cleveland, OH  44135 – 3191
Phone:  216-433-2017
Fax:  216-433-3601
E-mail:  erc@grc.nasa.gov


Wisconsin is currently served by the following Location:

NASA Glenn Research Center
NASA Educator Resource Center
21000 Brookpark Rd.  MS 8-1
Cleveland, OH  44135 – 3191
Phone:  216-433-2017
Fax:  216-433-3601
E-mail: erc@grc.nasa.gov


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