MMS: Student and Teacher Computational Thinking Resources for NASA's MMS Mission
Greenbelt, MD 20771
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will partnet with the MMS mission to develop 3 resources related to the MMS Mission and student learning around the magnetosphere, space weather, and data manipulation.
The first resource will repurpose the previously created iBook for teachers, a companion to the student MMS Transmedia book (TBook), into other e-formats such as mobi and epub so they are accessible across the spectrum of e-readers in Kindle, Nook, and Android e-formats. While the TBook, developed by David Slykhuis and Troy Cline, focuses on experiments that help students understand the foundational scientific principles of the magnetosphere and engineering principles of the MMS satellite design, the companion resource currently is in iBook format, a mobile e-book with multimedia embedded. ISTE will make this same iBook resource available in other e-reader formats (see above) that provide an instructional guide for teachers to align these activities to both ISTE Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, and demonstrate how to modify TBook activities for students based on their age, background, and experience.
The second resource will be a Computational Thinking Student Activity e-book that teaches students how to collect data sets, analyze the information, and present their findings to create authentic, real-world application activities, known as citizen science, that can be applied to data streams coming down from the MMS mission or other related activities.
The third resource will be a companion teacher guide iBook that provides an instructional guide on how to teach students with the Computational Thinking Student Activity e-book, which again, will align to Next Generation Science Standards and the ISTE Standards; and digital age tools that teachers can use with the Computational Thinking Student Activity book to create meaningful interpretations of the data streaming from the MMS mission or similar types of activities and encouraging students to post their findings through social media channels.
The most relevant audience for the iBook and other e-readers, as well as the teacher companion to the Computational Thinking Student Activity books is educators preferably in the middle and high school levels teaching STEM topics. Students are the primary audience for the Computational Thinking Activity e-book that will give them an opportunity to interact with real data streaming down from the MMS mission to collect, analyze, and report out findings about when the mission reaches the magnetosphere and help determine when magnetic reconnection happens. Through these resources, ISTE will transfer the understanding and skills embedded in the design challenges to activities that can be done without fabricators allowing for any math, science, engineering, and computer science teacher to use these resources to apply their content to authentic, digital age learning activities. The Computational Thinking Student Activity book and teacher companion iBook will also serve as an example of how science teachers can convert their own lab or inquiry activities to build their students’ ISTE Standards for Students skills.
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