Day 1: Langley Summer Experience

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We had a great day at Langley Research Center today. It was full of introductions, guest speakers and a tour of their DLN studio (pictured above). The day began with introductions by our workshop leader Rudo Kashiri, we were given the opportunity to meet Roger Hathaway, Director of Education Langley Research Center. His enthusiasm and support showed immediately for us and the workshop. He explained that one of the most important things to take from the workshop was the knowledge that NASA had many resources that we would obtain for STEM teaching. Langley is  one of the several  NASA learning centers that teachers can access during the year for help and resources about different STEM topics. We also met, Dollie McCown, K-12 Program Manager, Langley Research Center and the leader of the Summer of Innovation program at Langley. This program gives college students a chance to do internships during the summer at a NASA center. Something I think I will be talking about with my students.

Karen Ricks, Learning Environments and Research Network orLE&RN Education Specialist/ Digital Learning Network or DLN Coordinator, took us into the DLN (Digital Learning Network) learning center. Here broadcasts and video conferencing are done with schools around the area.  She explained how we could connect with Langley and scientists in classroom. This is a tool I’ve been wanting to use during the school year. Karen Ricks talked about the different ways they work with schools schools to connect them to the learning network. You first need to log into the DLN website before you can start scheduling conferences.

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After lunch we worked with Susan Moore and Preston Lewis from S’COOL. They introduced us to Atmospheric studies by doing an ice breaker with Cloud terminology. This is similar to the activities I use in class with whiteboarding. The last two speakers were Atmospheric scientists who worked with climatology and climate change. The first speaker Dr. Taylor talked about how clouds influenced climate data. He has worked with different satellites and data to help him in his research about climate. Basically, he introduced us to the instruments used on satellites such as CERES and Aqua. After questions, Dr. Bruce Wielicki gave us a talk on climate change and the evidence presented by scientists at IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). His talk was very informative, he took the time to explain some the graphs within the IPCC report and summarized the information behind the report.

It was a great day, I obtained a ton of information about the topics in class. Day 2 will bring a laser demonstration and My NASA Data, which I’ve used before but can’t wait to see the new information I can bring back to the classroom.

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About rippie77

Science Teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh NC.

Posted on July 24, 2012, in Class Ideas, NASA, NASA explorers school, STEM, Teacher Workshop and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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