HR: 11:35h
AN: ED22A-06    [Abstracts]
TI: Magnetic data in the classroom using a sustainable Education and Outreach program
AU: * Peticolas, L M
AF: Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley 7 Gauss Way, MC 7450, Berkeley, CA 94720-7450 United States
AU: Craig, N
AF: Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley 7 Gauss Way, MC 7450, Berkeley, CA 94720-7450 United States
AU: Odenwald, S
AF: Astronomy Cafe, 9717 Culver Street, Kensington, MD 20895 United States
AU: Walker, A
AF: Cornerstone Evaluation Associates LLC, 205 Peddler Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-1975 United States
AB: The NASA mission called Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms (THEMIS) has an Education and Outreach Program (EPO) that brings THEMIS space science directly into the classroom. For this program, we have outfitted ten schools with research-grade magnetometers, i.e. instruments that measure local magnetic fields, and provided intensive and sustaining professional development on Earth's magnetosphere and space weather to a main teacher at the school. These schools are mostly high schools with a few middle schools participating as well. The program began in the fall of 2003 when teachers were selected. In June 2004, we had our first teacher professional development (PD) workshop. Five of the teachers had magnetometers installed in the fall of 2004 and began working on how to include the data into their classroom lesson plans. In the summer of 2005 we had our second PD workshop where we worked through activities the teachers could use in their classroom and received feedback from the teachers, some of whom had done a few of the activities with their students in the spring of 2005. In the fall of 2005, the remaining five magnetometers were installed. The THEMIS project has a variety of ongoing evaluation activities to monitor participating teachers' responses to the yearly professional development workshops and their use of THEMIS-related curriculum/activities/materials in their classrooms, schools and communities. The methods used to gather THEMIS teacher data-both quantitative and qualitative in nature-include questionnaires, intensive telephone interviews and focus groups. We will present how all the magnetometer data is shared with the teachers via the web, our plans and difficulties in bringing research into the classroom, and the ways we hope to tie the data in with the Student Observation Network (SON) at NASA. We will discuss how our close and sustained collaboration with the teachers helps to get the NASA data and products in their classroom and the difficulties that arise with such a project. In addition we will show how this small program is beginning to balloon into a project that includes many more teachers than the original ten. This increase in participation occurs by helping the ten teachers to be teacher leaders, sharing the work with other teachers, creating materials that other teachers around the country will find useful and exciting for their classrooms, and partnering with EPO missions and another institution which was awarded funding to participate in the THEMIS project.
DE: 0825 Teaching methods
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 2784 Solar wind/magnetosphere interactions
DE: 2788 Magnetic storms and substorms (7954)
DE: 7904 Geomagnetically induced currents
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: Fall Meeting 2005