DLN Professional Development
NASA DIY Podcast: Sports, Mon. March 10th, 4-5pm EDT: NASA's Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity sets the stage for students to host a show that features astronauts doing experiments on the International Space Station or NASA experts explaining scientific concepts. REGISTER
The Natural World vs The Design World - NSA's Exploration Design Challenge - March 11th, 4-5pm EDT: Explore ways to integrate two or more content areas, and encourage students to use critical thinking skills to create solutions to real-world problems. During the session, participants will acquire knowledge and “hands on” experience using the Engineering Design Process. REGISTER
Eyes on the Earth/Solar System/Exoplanets, Wed. Mar. 12th, 4-5pm EDT: A live demonstration of how to install and use NASA’s “Eyes on the Earth”, “Eyes on the Solar System” and “Eyes on Exoplanets” software will be given by one of its Executive Producers, Kevin Hussey of NASA/Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. REGISTER
How is Bowling Connected to Mars?, Thur, Mar. 13th, 4-5pm EDT: Have you ever had a student say to you, "When am I ever going to us this stuff?" This presentation links the principles of an everyday sport - bowling - to scientific principles used in the development of the Mars rovers and landers. REGISTER
Wash Out or Game On: Predicting Weather with Clouds, Mon. Mar. 17th, 4-5pm EDT: Discover how to use cloud types to predict weather through NASA’s S’COOL program. Use NASA satellite data to plan sporting events in outdoor or indoor arenas depending on weather, climate and air quality. REGISTER
Jump on Math: Stay Balanced - Tuesday, March 18th, 4-5pm EDT: Jump On Math - How does the mass of each planet in our solar system relate to gravitational force? Is there a difference between mass and weight? Jump on Earth and use math to calculate simulated jumps on each planet. REGISTER
Mass vs Weight: What's the Big Difference Anyway? - Wednesday, March 19th, 4-5pm EDT: Do you know the difference between mass and weight? In this workshop, learn to use Newton’s Laws of Motion to investigate how objects with different masses behave and explore the difference between ‘mass’ and ‘weight’ on Earth and in Space. Do you know the difference between mass and weight? REGISTER
Engineering in Your Classroom - Thursday, March 20th, 4-5pm EDT: Join us for an introduction to Engineering Design and ways to integrate it into your classes as both stand alone and integrated lessons. We will discuss adaptations and a challenge to engineer basketball as a classroom example. REGISTER
Sequence of Events:
- 3:30 - 4:00 pm EST - Pre-conference Activities - Join the Pre-Game connections. Before each educator professional development virtual session, learn about NASA resources and unique NASA center highlights. Chat and ask a NASA education specialist questions about education opportunities.
4:00-5:00 EST - Virtual Educator Professional Development Workshops: Virtual workshops require registration to actively participate with the NASA Education Specialist. Connections are via Adobe Connect.
Connection requires a web camera/microphone and speakers.
Adobe Connect provides an online Connection Test for troubleshooting connection problems with your Adobe Connect Meeting. This utility tests the four key components for a successful meeting experience:
- Flash Player version
- Network connectivity to the Adobe Connect Server
- Available bandwidth
- Acrobat Connect Meeting Add-in version
You can access this utility inside the meeting room by choosing Help > Troubleshooting. You can also access the test at the following URL: https://admin.acrobat.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.
Upon registration, you will be given the Professional Development Workshop link
to access on the date of the workshop.
Teachers earn professional development certificates for all workshops completed.
- Post Conference Activities: Opportunities to engage students are offered Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes can join live to interact with NASA STEM professionals; spaces are limited. (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST)
Ongoing Opportunities for Educators
Online courses helping educators integrate NASA content into their learning environments.