In partnership with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, we are kicking off the MONTHLY Surprisingly STEM career awareness series that includes: pre-recorded career episodes (5 minutes long), Associated STEAM Activities, and Monthly live Sessions with NASA experts to answer Student Questions.
First Woman Camp Guide and Set of Hands-on Activities
As NASA prepares to put the first woman on the Moon in the next few years through the Artemis Missions, join us in an opportunity to imagine the possibilities of future lunar exploration with your upper elementary and middle school students. This set of hands-on activities accompanies NASA’s “First Woman” graphic novel series, which tells the story of Callie Rodriguez, the first woman to explore the Moon. While Callie is a fictional character, the first female astronaut and person of color will soon set foot on the Moon. Intended for uses in afterschool and summer settings, this First Woman Camp Experience Guide will bring the excitement of NASA’s science and technology. Read the fictional story of Callie, the first woman and person of color on the Moon. Download the interactive graphic novel and mobile apps.
- Access the Guide and Graphic Novel
- Register for Live Professional Development Webinar:
- Use the Materials with Your Students
- Register for a Live Q&A with Scientists and Engineers working on the Artemis Mission
Surprisingly STEM Video Series
Surprisingly STEM is a video series that highlights exciting and unexpected careers at NASA. This series is designed to inform students about the broad range of career opportunities at NASA – outside of the typical associations of rocket scientists and astronauts – and to break down perceived barriers for working at the agency.
- Monthly Release of new pre recorded 5 minute career episode
- Associated STEAM Activities
- Monthly Live Session with NASA expert to answer Student Questions
November 2023 – Wind Tunnel Engineers
We’re big fans of Sam Zauber and Frank Quinto – two wind tunnel test engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center! You’ll be blown away as you learn how NASA uses its 14-foot by 22- foot subsonic wind tunnel. See some of the fascinating things Frank and Sam have tested there, and learn what propelled them into their exciting STEM careers.
December 2023 – Marine Biologists
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is known for its launch pads, rocket launches and cutting-edge technology — it’s also a national wildlife refuge! NASA has a team of biologists whose mission is to protect and preserve threatened and endangered species living near launch sites. Biologists Eric Reyier, PhD, and Bonnie Ahr share how their ecological work contributes to the agency’s larger mission and how they personally ended up on a boat in the Florida wetlands doing exciting work for NASA.
Mondays: 11/6/2023, 11/20/2023, 12/4/2023 3 – 5pm EST / 11 am – 1pm PST
How do you help youth recognize their role in STEM? How do you help youth learn about STEM careers? Participants experience several easy-to-implement strategies, including a photo-elicitation activity that can help youth form STEM identities, and then learn how to conduct related activities with youth.
*The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend. Completion of the Asking Purposeful Questions module is a prerequisite for this module. REGISTER HERE Code: AC323ID
Asking Purposeful Questions
Tuesdays: 11/28/2023, 12/12/2023, 12/19/2023 11:30am – 1:30pm EST / 8:30 – 10:30am PST)
Questions begin a path toward discovery, imagination, and STEM exploration. How can we help youth expand and clarify their thinking and develop their reasoning through the questions we ask them? This module is a great way to train staff on how to facilitate STEM learning. Experienced educators also love being part of a cohort as a way to connect with other educators across the country, to learn new lesson plans, and to reflect on practice. This is our introductory module and a prerequisite to other opportunities. *The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend.
Choose the cohort AC344PQ (Coach Becky T)
Register for this cohort at https://acrescoaching.org/modules/asking-purposeful-questions/
ACRES Coaching: Make Math Engaging
Mondays: 11/13/2023, 11/27/2023, 12/11/2023 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PST
Are you looking for fun ways to help youth build number sense and problem-solving skills? Math can take on new meaning when it is integrated into daily routines in our afterschool programs. In this module, afterschool educators will explore and practice strategies for making math engaging and accessible.
*The expectation is that you will be live at all three sessions and an active member of this coaching cohort. Recordings are not available if you are unable to attend. Completion of the Asking Purposeful Questions module is a prerequisite for this module. REGISTER HERE Code: AC343MP
Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum Training
Tuesdays: November 28th and December 12th at 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
REGISTER FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TRAINING SESSION HERE
|Date and Time||Afterschool Math Plus Curriculum Topic Areas|
|MusicMath: Discovering Music Fractions
Identify and represent parts of fractions using music and explore combinations and permutations, or ways of creating variety while still using the same elements.
Use fractions to create musical compositions, then perform the compositions using found instruments (pans, boxes, pencils, whistles). Create new combinations and permutations for the music fractions.
Note: Each webinar will include strategies to support a positive Math Identity (e.g., role models, career connections, family connections, literacy connections).