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Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students Academy

Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, program is recruiting science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators of students in grades 5-12 to participate in a two-week residential Academy in Palmdale, Calif. The Academy will be offered June 18-29, 2012. The dynamic training program provides research-based experiences for educators using NASA’s unique flight platforms. Participants will engage as science practitioners by becoming involved in a NASA earth science mission.

The workshop is designed to combine research-based opportunities for educators with NASA content-based curriculum and student-focused design challenges in a program that focuses on three education goals:
1. Engage participants in NASA's unique, airborne research-based missions.
2. Increase educators’ core scientific and research knowledge bases.
3. Develop NASA's airborne research-based curriculum and student activities.

Experiences will include technical content instruction by scientists and engineers, hands-on learning of airborne data collection methods and operations, and a field site investigation to collect ground truth data from the Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, Calif., for comparison to data collected from NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude airborne science aircraft. Further, participants may attend pedagogic workshops in problem-based learning, engineering design, inquiry-based instruction and integration of technology and data-focused curricula into the classroom. Experiences will be translated into classroom practice through the development of STEM action plans utilizing NASA thematic, curriculum modules based on the foundation that AREES provides and in context with on-going research.

Applications are due April 16, 2012.

For more information, visit Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at

The AREES program is sponsored by NASA's Teaching from Space project, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and NASA’s Airborne Science Program, and administered through a partnership with the Aerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research and CNL World in Nebraska.