Our Solar System Through the Eyes of Scientists K-6 science and language arts curriculum

Overview
Program Element / Activity Title:
Our Solar System Through the Eyes of Scientists K-6 science and language arts curriculum
E/PO Project Name:
Solar System Thematic Education and Public Outreach
Contact Information:
Mail Stop 230-260
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
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Short Description:

Our Solar System - Through the Eyes of Scientists (TES) is a solar system thematic science and language arts based curriculum for students and teachers in grades 1-6.  Students read biographies of current NASA scientists and view scientists’ notebook pages, while learning about planetary features such as canyons, volcanoes, and ice.  Curriculum is distributed on CD-ROM and made available on the Solar System Exploration website.  Teacher professional development is included.  Major costs have been to get a science writer and three educators (80%) to rewrite most of lessons to keep internal voice of lessons coherent and consistent, plus 10%K for audio visual time to create videos of scientists to accompany lessons plus travel for three scientists and three E/PO personnel (10%) to a teacher workshop to beta test the product.  

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Evaluation
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM