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North Ridge Elementary School students participating in a teleconference with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and astrophysicists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Image courtesy of David Bauman / The Press-Enterprise.
The NASA and STEM Resources for K-4 Learners Collaborative provides several contributions for elementary educators.  First, it assists to identify NASA and STEM resources to supplement and compliment curriculum.  This will include lesson plans as well as current articles, standards, websites, books, and other sources of information.  
What I know about Saturn.
What I know about Saturn.  Image courtesy of NASA JPL.

Second, it fosters discussion about modification and implementation ideas for these NASA and STEM resources to meet the needs of educators.  Third, it provides a forum to discuss STEM curriculum needs for elementary learners.  Last, it is hoped that this forum can contribute to public policy implications for STEM issues for K-4 learners.

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  • ExploraVision Deadline Feb. 1-Webinar Jan. 18
    ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages teachers to make science a part of their curriculum. As a teacher sponsor, you will lead your students as they work in groups of 2 – 4 to simulate real research and development. You will guide your students as they study a technology of interest and predict what that technology might be like 20 years from now. Teams will explore what is necessary to make their visions a reality. Past winners have envisioned technologies ranging from a self-cleaning toilet to a new method of treating diabetes.

    ET Webinar-How to Avoid Disqualification - Jan. 18, 2012 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    The deadline to submit Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision projects is just around the corner on February 1. That's why it's the perfect time to make sure your hard working students understand how to submit a qualified project. Our final webinar titled "How to Avoid Disqualification in ExploraVision" was created to make sure you can help them as they get ready to submit their projects.

    Copy and paste the entire link below to register for the Jan 18 webinar:
  • Join us!
    Welcome to NASATalk's new collaborative! During the past year, we've noticed an increased interest in NASA and STEM resources for elementary students. We want to hear about how you are using NASA resources in your learning setting. Below, you will find a growing list of resources. Please add to it, be sure to introduce yourself, and let's start a discussion about what works and what's missing. Thanks for stopping by!
  • What are your favorite apps for young children?
    The Early Technology Education Technology list (ECETECHW-L) just put up an "iPad Idea Space" page in their wiki "sandbox". . Please help the group develop a list of iPad applications and ideas for ECE and elementary school.

    Have you been interested in the potential of the iPad as a learning tool for young children? Are you using, or planning to use iPads with young children ? (at work and/or at home?) If so, would love to hear from you, and find out more about what you are doing. In particular:

    -What criteria are you using to evaluate apps for young children?
    -Have you found good review sites for apps/resources you like to help with finding and evaluating apps for young children?

    Please share your resources and stories, so that the NASA and STEM Resources for K-4 collaborative and ECETECH-L can "put heads together" and begin to explore the potential of these mobile devices as learning tools for young children.


    Other recommended links for iPAD apps for ECE:

    - blog and Kyle Tomsen's story

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