My students need 8 items such as a celestial globe, star maps, peat pellets, and Lunar Soil Simulant.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Hooray! This project is fully funded
"As a teacher I am here not to control, but to empower-
Not to belittle, but to build up-
Not to impart knowledge, but to help create lifelong learners-
As a teacher I am here to make a difference....."
This has been my saying for almost my entire teaching career. This is the approach I take with my gifted Hispanic urban middle school students.
NASA is planning on building a lunar colony within the next twenty years. The astronauts of that mission will be the students I am teaching today. I want my students to learn the skills that will help them reach that goal. I want them to dream big and know they can be there on the moon and look back to the Earth in the darkness of space and smile.
The materials listed below will help me make that vision a reality. I want to do this project, but like so many others I am having less and less of my money available. I already have to provide copy paper, printer ink, and other essentials for my classroom which I did not have to before. The current economic situation has seriously affected my ability to provide the extra "OOOOH AAAAAH" factor in my classroom - that is the hook I use to get them excited about science.
The first four items will be used to teach several hard concepts of stellar navigation. The depth of this concept is a new science standard for my state. Kids understand constellations, but understanding that these stars are not on a flat plan, but are varied in distance to the earth and can actually look slightly different from other locations earthly and not - is a hard concept to teach. 1. Transparent Celestial Globe, 2. Star Theater, 3. Star Maps, and a 4. moon map.
"Exploring the Earth Moon System" is a book on various lunar labs that will be added to the collection of NASA's free lesson plans and videos, along with other scientific resources I have gotten for free.
The Lunar Soil Simulates will allow student to make comparative soil studies while learning that NASA scientists have been able to lunar dust stimulants an put it under extreme pressure and heat and got water, Something that we would need in great supply if a permanent colony where to be established.
The following items will be used with several sets of NASA SPACE SEEDS packs. These packs have 1. spaced exposed seeds and 2.earth bound seeds. Students from my six classes will grow a set from each type of seeds and then make observations as to whether or not astronauts will have to protect the seeds on the journey to the moon and while living on the moon - Jiffy Peat Pellets. The 2 Spout Grow Windows will allow students to make comparative observations of each set of seedlings.
I can and will teach my students what they need to know, but I am constantly seeking to find ways to make their learning experience - just that - AN EXPERIENCE. Please help me put the "OOOH AAAH" factor in my students learning experience.
Thank you so much for investing in America' Future – my students..
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