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Aero Institute Announces Robotics at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
Register NOW for the 2013-2014 School Year
Harmful Algal Blooms
Presentation by COSEE's Rachel Kennison and Anita Leinweber
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
February 16-19, 2013
Ocean Literacy Relates to ALL Subjects -
Here's How
Communicating Science to Informal Audiences (COSIA)
University of California at Los Angeles
Spring 2013
Coastal Erosion Field Experience for Teachers
Satellites & Education Conference XXVI
August 1
Satellites & Education Conference XXVI
and Pre-Conference Activities
California State University, Los Angeles
August 1-3
M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.
12th Annual Conference and Reasearch Report
at Satellites & Education Conference XXVI
July 30-August 3
Satellite Educators Association
Annual Business Meeting
California State University, Los Angeles
August 1
Tour Aerospace Corporation Spacelift Telemetry Acquisition & Reporting System (STARS) lab for Satellites & Education Conference Attendees
August 1
SEA and NOAA-CREST West to Present a Block of Training Session at California Science Teachers Association Annual Science Conference
October 25-27
Report
12th Annual NOAA-CREST Day Rated a Great Success
April 16




Communicating Science to Informal Audiences

COSEE's Rachel Kennison will be teaching the first class at UCLA in Spring 2013 in partnership with Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The course originated with the Lawrence Hall of Science. The goals are for students to improve their ability to communicate their scientific knowledge by teaching ocean science in informal center and will combine instruction in inquiry-based teaching methods and learning pedagogy with sex weeks of supervised teaching experience in the Aquarium. There is great excitement as this course is launched for both undergraduates and graduates across multiple disciplines. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.

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Harmful Algal Blooms

COSEE's Rachel Kennison and Anita Leinweber will present a session at the annual meeting of the Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)on harmful algal blooms in New Orleans, February 17-22, 2013. "There is SuperBowl, there is Mardi Gras, then there is... ASLO 2013 Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Learning for the Future." For detailed information about the conference, please visit:

http://www.aslo.org/meetings/neworleans2013/

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Aero Institue Announces Robotics at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

FIRST LEGO Robotics Using LEGO Mindstorm Kits, a program for students grade 4-8 (ages 9-14) produced by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in partnership with NASA to promote interest in future engineering and robotics career possibilities. According to Aero Insitute, "LEGO robot competition consists of three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL (FIRST LEGO League) Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament, hosted by a FIRST Operational Partner." There are several opportunities to explore robotic topics related to such things as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. The FLL web page at FIRST states these objectives for student involvement:

  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today's scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

  • Don't miss out in 2013.

    For more information about FIRST Robotics activities, please visit:

    http://aeroi.org/node/57   and   http://www.usfirst.org/roboticprograms/fll

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    Ocean Literacy Relates to ALL Subjects - Here's How

    From COSEE West...
    Ocean Literacy relates to all subjects according to a team of Texas A&M University. Daniel Baden, Wolf Berger, Penny Chisholm, Ted Moore, George Philander, Gary Thomas, and Bob Stewart (editor) wrote a standards-like document for ocean literacy called, "What Every Student Ought to Know About the Ocean A Compilation of Key Concepts." The article is introduced with a statement about the national education standards and the apparent lack of guidance found there for teaching about the ocean and atmosphere. NASA and NOAA have led the global science community in using space-based remote sensors to study the the complex interaction of Earth processes and biogeochemical cycles. Nearly all of them involve the ocean and atmoshpere and the diversity of life found there. Even though the ocean stabilizes our climate and makes the Earth habitable for humanity, humans inhabitants have developed technologically to a point where we are now geologic agents capable of interfering with the very processes that make Earth habitable.

    The article specifically relates ocean literacy to each of these fields:

  • Earth System Science
  • Physical Geography
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Economics
  • Law
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • The Role of the Ocean in Weather and Climate
  • Coastal Processes
  • Technology
  • Fisheries
  • For more about this article or to scan through it and its list of references for yourself, please visit:

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    Coastal Ocean Ecology Field Trip for Teachers

    Unforseen circumstances have resulted in cancellation of this unique field experience this year.
    Satellites & Education Conference XXVI is pleased to invite teachers of all grade levels to join a one-day tour of the southern California coast line on Thursday, August 1 led by Dr. Steve LaDochy and Dr. Pedro Ramirez of California State University, Los Angeles. The majority of the California coast is eroding. Climate change and associated sea level rise will likely accelerate coastal erosion leading to removal of beaches, increased cliff retreat and damage to buildings. Teachers will examine first-hand coastal features and processes including landforms, erosion, and evidence of sea level change as well as contribute to discussion of efforts to mitigate coastal erosion. Classroom resources package for each participating teacher. Participants must be registered for the Satellites & Education Conference. Field trip cost is free for conference registrants. Bring your own lunch and bottled water.

    For more information, please visit:

    http://SatEd.org

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    Satellites & Education Conference XXVI - August 1-3

    The 26th annual Satellites & Education Conference will be held August 1-3 at California State University, Los Angeles. This outstanding and intimate conference brings together higher education, government agencies such as NASA and NOAA, and aerospace industry to promote STEM education by directly enhancing K-12 teacher knowledge and resource connections. Founded in 1989 in response to an overwhelmingly positive turn out for the first Satellites & Education Conference, the Satellite Educators Association is a non profit, professional organization of educators and others working to enhance the education environment to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math through space-based technology -- satellites and satellite data. The conference is Friday-Saturday, August 2-3. Pre-conference activities on August 1. Mark your calendars now. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity!

    For more information, please visit:

    http://SatEd.org

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    Satellite Educators Association Annual Meeting

    The Annual Meeting of the Satellite Educators Association (SEA) will be August 1, 2013, at California State University, Los Angeles. The meeting is open to all; only currently active members may vote. The business meeting is annually scheduled during the pre-conference activities of the Satellites & Education Conference. Founded in 1989 in response to an overwhelmingly positive turn out for the first Satellites & Education Conference, the Satellite Educators Association is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation, a professional organization of educators and others working to enhance the education environment to excite students about science, technology, engineering, and math through space-based technology -- satellites and satellite data. SEA President Mark McKay hopes to see you all of you there.

    For more information, please visit:

    http://SatEd.org

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    M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. International Meeting at Satellites & Education Conference XXVI

    Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications of Climatic Events (M.Y. S.P.A.C.E.) student research teams and their teachers from high schools around the globe will meet at prior to and during Satellites & Education Conference XXVI July 31 to August 3 at California State University, Los Angeles. These school teams have been studying the impact of large scale, regional and global movement of aerosol particulates on their local school areas for the past year. Interspersed with team-building, M.Y. S.P.A.C.E., and just plain fun activities, the teams will share their research during the conference, work together to identify global trends and decide on the direction for their research in the coming year. They will present their combined findings at the closing session of the Satellites & Education Conference. Team members learn and practice techniques of scientific investigation; methods of data processing, analysis and interpretation; leadership; and effective communication. They work with NOAA and NASA scientists and engineers and experience university campus life.

    For more information please visit:

    M.Y. S.P.A.C.E. page   and   http://SatEd.org

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    NOAA-CREST West Partners to Present a Block of Training Session at California Science Teachers Association Annual Science Conference

    NOAA-CREST West informal education partners will present a block of workshop sessions at the California Science Conference October 25-27 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. PLAN!T NOW will guide teachers through the Young Meterologist Program, an online game conceived by the National Weather Service, developed and maintained by PLAN!T NOW. This amazing severe weather adventure was developed with grades 3-8 in mind, but it can be used K-12 as an all inclusive lesson or a focus setting activity to springboard to other lesson content.

    The Satellite Educators Association will present pedagogical demonstrations based on the lesson plans appearing in its monthly online Newsletter emphasizing the use of satellite technology in the K-12 classroom with standards-based acivities. "Fishing via Satellite" uses sea surface temperature to determine the best place to find marketable fish; "Tracking Hurricane Sandy" demonstrates easy to use free resources to track a devastating North Atlantic cyclone and assess its impact on living and non-living environments. "Electromagnetic Spectrum and Satellites" guides learners to inquire about the relationship between frequency, wavelength, and the size of a radio receiving antenna.

    Sessions will be presented by Dr. Paula Arvedson, SEA Conference Coordinator; Donna Lee, Director of PLAN!T NOW's Young Meterorologist Program; and Pete Arvedson, SEA Educational Consultant.

    For more information about the California Science Conference, please visit:

    http://cascience.org/csta/csta.asp

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    The 12th Annual NOAA-CREST Day, April 16

    The 12th annual NOAA-CREST Day was held at the City College of New York, Grove School of Engineering on April 16, 2013. Since 2001, the spring forum has hosted over 200 attendees, including students, faculty, industry leaders, and is the school's largest annual gathering of environmental and Earth scientists and engineers. Participants discussed current environmental challenges, such as global warming, climate change, ocean and atmospheric pollution, and extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy, and the role of remote sensing science and engineering applications in addressing these global environmental issues. Notable guests included Dr. Ernest McDuffie, Dr. Al Powell, Dr. Marlene Kaplan.

    For more information about NOAA-CREST (parent organization of NOAA-CREST West) and its activities, please visit:

    http://crest.ccny.cuny.edu

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    Tour Aersopace Corporation STARS Lab, August 1

    The Aerospace Corporation has opened its doors for a private tour of their Spacelift Telemetry Acquisition & Reporting System (STARS) lab faciility for satellite and launch vehicle controls and operations in El Segundo at 2 PM on Thursday, August 1, for up to 25 adult attendees of Satellites & Education Conference XXVI. Required for ALL tour members: U.S. citizenship, photo ID such as driver's license, pre-registration for Satellites & Education Conference XXVI, pre-registration for the tour. A background check will be done before your arrival. Only a few spots remain. Tour registration closes July 20.

    For registration information for both the conference and the tour (separate registrations), please visit:

    http://www.SatEd.org

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    California State University, Los Angeles