Beginning in the summer of 1990, the NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated weeklong professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information, materials, and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.
Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth . . . home. - Edgar Mitchell, USA
There is nothing more spectacular that seeing images of our planet Earth from space. The current fleet of earth observing satellites gives us unprecedented ways to study Earth's land, air, oceans, ice and life using the latest space technology. When combined with powerful computer software tools, the data from these orbital observers give us valuable new scientific knowledge about how these pieces of the environment fit together into an incredibly complex, interlocking system.
NASA and other government agencies have launched satellites that track, map, or image Earth. The majority of these satellites are to keep track of various elements, such as weather or continental drift. The images that come back are fascinating, often answering questions on why some phenomenon is occurring, or how far something is spreading.
By using NASA satellite data and models you will explore cycles in the Earth System, the complex interactions occurring between matter and energy, and interactions among solar, weather and ocean systems. We will predict the results of modifying the Earth's nitrogen, water, and carbon cycles while studying climate change. All, during LiftOff 2011: Earth's Reflections: A View from Above...
- Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers
- Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston
- Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities aligned to educational standards
- Career Exploration
- Teacher Feature (sharing of ideas and activities)
- Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space Missions
- Currently employed as a 5-12 grade classroom educator
- Minimum one year teaching experience prior to workshop
- Demonstrate willingness to share information with others
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Texas Participants: FREE- All expenses paid by TSGC upon selection
- Out-of-State: $650 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas
- Applications: Must be submitted online