Teachers can sign up for a free newsletter from NASA featuring the "first A in NASA", aeronautics. The newsletter highlights educator professional development sessions and features new lessons and activities.
The mention of NASA may make us think of other planets, however the fact is that many NASA missions are satellites that are looking down on our planet and helping to study processes and track changes around the Earth.
Citizen science projects enable anyone to become part of a scientific research project. The projects can be community-based or part of a global or even galactic study. Participation ranges from gathering data and observations in the field to allowing your computer to become part of a data-processing super computer. here are several resources to help you get started:
NISE, the National Informal STEM Education Network, is a community of informal educators and scientists. They offer resources to support STEM education in informal settings in communities around the country. The newsletter is available to informal STEM educators and contains many activities, programs, and development opportunities each month.
The activities from the Nantucket Science Festival, hosted by the Maria Mitchell Association, are available online. These are at-home friendly activities covering a variety of topics.
Libraries, youth-serving organizations such as Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, and out of school organizations such as afterschool and summer programs are all eligible for free membership in NASA's Museum and Informal Education Alliance. members have access to NASA materials, some of which are not open to the general public, as well as news and programming surrounding NASA missions and activities. Many other types of organizations are also eligible, check the site for details.
In a CryptoClub, students explore cryptography through games and informal activities that involve secret messages. Cryptography provides and engaging, real-world hook inot concepts taught in the middle school math curriculum.
CryptoClubs can be offered as afterschool programs through organizations such as YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and 4H. The curriculum is flexible, so the length of programs varies, ranging from a few times a week for about 10 weeks to weekly all year.
CryptoClub uses mathematics from the middle school curriculum as students explore cryptography through games and informal activities that involve secret messages.
The resources can be used by teachers in elective classes or afterschool activities. The resources include an interactive website.
The National Museum of Mathematics offers virtual field trips for K-12 classes. Topics include geometry, probability, and cryptography.