The purpose of a NASA Educator Resource Center is to help teachers learn about and use NASA's educational resources. Personnel at ERCs located throughout the United States work with teachers to find out what they need and to share NASA's expertise. The ERCs provide educators with demonstrations of educational technologies such as NASA educational Web sites and NASA Television. ERCs provide inservice and preservice training utilizing NASA instructional products. Educators also have the opportunity to preview, copy and receive NASA instructional products.
The Field Center ERCs are located on or near NASA centers. These ERCs service educators from states within their geographical region. These ERCs have a close association with NASA specialists, scientists and engineers who often act as resources for workshops and special events.
NASA Field Center Educator Resource Centers
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The Educator Resource Centers by State listing include the Field Center ERCs, along with ones that are located in planetariums, museums, on college or university campuses, or other nonprofit organizations. These ERCs often have partnerships with their state's education department or regional educational organizations. They also may be part of a resource center that offers educational resources in addition to NASA related ones. Most states have one ERC, but a few have more than one.
Educator Resource Centers by State
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NASA RECOMMENDS DISCONTINUATION OF STUDENT ROCKET ACTIVITY
Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA's Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at email@example.com. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.