NASA Glenn Research Center’s Office of Education will be hosting an Educator Professional Development Workshop to share NASA resources for all grade levels. Participants will receive details on NASA’s middle school Engineering Design Challenges (EDCs) and high school capstone projects based on NASA research and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Middle School EDCs – Students work in engineering teams to design, build, and improve a stand-alone, solar-powered, pumping system that transports water from a storage tank to a habitat tank.
Engineering Design Process model and accompanying text adapted from 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/scitech/2016-04.pdf).
What is it?
A curriculum enhancement guide featuring:
o Facilitator instructions and tips
o Challenge problem & supporting science investigations
o Background scientific information
o Student journal and data sheets
o Learning objectives
For use in any science, technology, engineering classroom, club, camp, or out-of-school time STEM learning program.
High School Capstone Projects – The Office of Education provides opportunities for students from Ohio High schools to pursue research in support of capstone projects based upon real NASA science and engineering mission content. NASA Glenn has currently developed five High School Capstones in the areas of Acoustic Damping, Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms, Simulated Lunar Operations, Power Management and Distribution, and Hydrology.