NASA Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students (AREES)
The Aerospace, Education, Research, and Operations Institute in Palmdale, CA, and California State University, Fullerton, in partnership with NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston,
is recruiting Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and Language Arts pre-service and in-service (grades 6-9) educators to participate in a three-day experiential workshop in Palmdale, CA, from July 13 - 15 or July 27 - 29, 2011. Participants will learn how NASA conducts airborne science and flight research via a NASA interactive, technology-rich learning module for teachers and students.
The workshop is designed to:
1. Increase educators' core scientific and research knowledge bases
2. Model and promote use of scientific inquiry through problem-based learning
3. Provide STEM teachers with a variety of alternative instructional strategies
4. Increase commitment and competency to teaching interactive, technology-rich curricula
5. Foster use of inter-disciplinary teams
The AREES workshop anchors pre- and in-service educators in a community of scientific practice through interactions with NASA engineers and scientists, and visits to the Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA, and Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, CA. Further, educators will engage in professional development activities in problem-based learning, use of technology in the classroom, and instructional strategies for inter-disciplinary instruction and team design. Educators will receive NASA content-based resources, and will learn how to participate in an innovative, emergent teacher-student design challenge: Plan a Flight Mission - Improving Earthquake Monitoring. Select individuals and teams who participate in the challenge may be able to participate in a real airborne research experience in 2012!
The application window for the AREES workshops is closed.
Email questions regarding the workshop to Shaun Smith, AREES Project Manager, at
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