Strand Maps - Making Your Path Through Wavelength

Wavelength has a great feature that you may not know about - strand maps. Strand maps are not intended to prescribe a particular curriculum or instructional strategy, instead, they offer a framework to inspire creative curriculum design. Using the strand maps in this way first requires a quick primer on reading the strand maps, which is what this blog post is all about.

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Created 2014.11.14
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Read All About It: Science News for your Class

NASA science can provide students of all ages with a front-row seat to some of the most exciting, important and breaking news about our Earth system, Sun, solar system and universe. These science stories can range from events that happen seasonally and cyclically to breaking news on unexpected or surprising science discoveries from the latest NASA missions. Find out ways NASA science stories can be used to support STEM instruction and literacy in science.

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Created 2014.10.30
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Inspiring Wonder in Our Universe

“The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA), a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is currently accepting applications through October 15, 2014. Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning January 1, 2015.”

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Created 2014.09.23
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Your Students Can Fly Along With NASA Scientists

When you ask students about the work done by NASA, they will tell you about scientists exploring the moon, planets, stars, and galaxies, but often will never mention exploring planet Earth. The fact that NASA studies our home planet from space, from airplanes, and from the ground is often surprising to students. As an education specialist for the NASA Airborne Science Program, my job is to get this message out and to connect students directly to our airborne missions around the world.

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Created 2014.09.09
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What's STEM Got To Do With It?

STEM learning is among the most powerful initiatives to invigorate schools in recent years. While the acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, the excitement comes from vitalizing connections across those fields. In STEM, students engage in real-world problems—and solutions. STEM learning creates a context for the development of a deeper set of skills and new ways of thinking. It shows kids how they can make a difference.

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Created 2014.09.01
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Soar Through Earth Science with NASA Airborne Campaigns

3…2…1…Liftoff! NASA is well known for its missions that begin with the blast of a rocket launch, but did you know that NASA also has missions that stay within Earth’s atmosphere? The many Earth-observing satellites orbiting our home planet provide a broad perspective when it comes to gathering data, but the NASA Airborne Science Program provides a different point of view. Using aircraft that stay relatively close to Earth’s surface, these campaigns study phenomena within the Earth’s system on an up-close-and-personal level.

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Created 2014.08.20
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Happy Anniversary, Aura!

On July 15, NASA’s Aura atmospheric chemistry satellite celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its launch in 2004, Aura has monitored the Earth's atmosphere and provided data on the ozone layer, air quality, and greenhouse gases associated with climate change. Initially scheduled for a five year mission, Aura has gone on to double it’s lifespan, and shows no signs of slowing down!

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Created 2014.08.06
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IBEX: Mission Science for Students with Dyslexia

Here at NASA Wavelength, one of our priorities is to provide resources to accommodate learners of all kinds. We understand that many students have unique learning needs, and some students require specialized resources catering to their strengths. One collection that we are particularly proud of comes from the education and public outreach (E/PO) team for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission.

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Created 2014.07.28
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School's Out!

School’s out, but education doesn’t stop! The excitement of informal science programs is ramping up for the summer. NASA Wavelength provides access to posters, lithographs, videos, puzzles and games that can support summer STEM explorations for students, as well as captivating activities that students can do in an informal science setting or even on their own at home. And some of the activities are just plain fun.

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Created 2014.07.03
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Exploring Earth with Citizen Science - The GLOBE Program

This week, we’re focusing on a major environmental education initiative, The GLOBE Program. As the name suggests, this is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program focused on the environment. GLOBE promotes and supports the collaboration of students, educators, as well as professional and citizen scientists on inquiry-based investigations of the Earth system. The program currently operates in 109 countries, 45 States, and two U.S. territories. NASA serves as lead agency, NSF is joint sponsor, and NOAA and the U.S. Department of State play supporting roles.

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Created 2014.06.22
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