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About the Solar Eclipse Competition for In-Service Teachers

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

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PROGRAM CONTACTS

Pam Knab
knab@csr.utexas.edu

voice: 512-232-5781
fax: 512-471-3585

3925 West Braker Lane, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78759

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GET MOONED

Solar Eclipse Competition for In-Service Teachers

GET MOONED! At the 2017 Solar Eclipse, seen in the contiguous USA on August 21, 2017

The 2017 Solar Eclipse provides a spectacular opportunity to help our students more fully understand the relationships between the Earth, Moon and Sun, their ‘behaviors’ and their characteristics. In other words, "Get Mooned" will make perfect sense!

Prior to the final selection, teachers will have created lessons on the Earth, Moon, Sun and the Eclipse. Semi-finalists will be interviewed via Skype about their lessons, their scope, and the range of their impact. Ten teachers, selected by the NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium, will be flown from Dallas to Nashville to view the Eclipse.


REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit a unit (3 lessons minimum) about the Sun, Earth, Moon, and Eclipses by February 28, 2017
  • Lessons matched to grade level and educational standards.
  • Include details on how you will prepare students and the community to safely and successfully view the eclipse.
  • Must have principal’s permission to attend this professional development opportunity August 20-22, 2017.

DIRECTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A UNIT with a MINIMUM of 3 LESSONS

  • The unit must be about the Sun, Earth, Moon, and Eclipses.
  • What is the title of your unit?
  • Explain improvements in intellectual process skills (scientific, critical, and reflective thinking) that you expect your students to exhibit at the conclusion of your unit.
  • Explain briefly the improvements in scientific dispositions that you expect your students to exhibit at the conclusion of this unit and state how you could assess it.
  • Note and characterize the student population in your course.
  • How does this unit fit the abilities, needs, interests, and backgrounds of all students in your class(es).
  • Explain how your unit addresses the general needs of society.
  • Explain how your unit addresses the needs of the science professions.
  • How will you engage your students regularly and effectively in science inquiry and facilitate understanding of the role inquiry plays in the development of scientific knowledge associated with your unit?