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Resource: NASA Webinars

NEONNASA is providing several new webinars for educators, which include hands-on activity demonstrations for specific grade levels. Additionally, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is offering an online course on climate research applications with funding from the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program. Applications for the course are due August 20, 2012.

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Free Courses for STEM Teachers

Johns HopkinsJohns Hopkins University’s Engineering for Professionals (EP) program, part of the Whiting School of Engineering, will provide free tuition beginning with the summer term to Maryland public and private high school teachers who want to further their professional development in STEM disciplines.

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PBS Offers Early Engineering Online

PBS TeacherLinePBS has introduced an online course to strengthen elementary teachers’ STEM strategies. Called Inspire Elementary Students with Engineering, it was developed at Purdue University to provide an early foundation in engineering.

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Courses: Teachers Learn with NASA

Taking OffNASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, a new initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM subjects through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources. Teachers wanting to enhance their instructional skills, meet professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in learning environments can apply to one of the free courses.

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NASA and George Tech Offer Distance Learning

Distance Learning (NASA Image)NASA and Georgia Tech have set up a series of distance learning courses for K-12 science teachers called the Electronic Professional Development Network, which is a free online set of courses designed to hep educators do a better job at teaching STEM subjects.

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Resource: Free Online MIT Course Materials

MIT OpenCourseWareHighlights for High School is an MIT initiative providing free, open source teaching and learning materials to high school teachers and students. These materials include video lecture clips, lecture notes, practice problems, exams, and other resources from MIT’s introductory physics, biology, and calculus courses; mini-courses for high school students developed by MIT students; and an introduction for students to the college-level MIT curriculum and course materials on OpenCourseWare.

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Upward Bound Math Science Regional Center at TRIO – Upward Bound Math Science Regional Center

UPBWichita State University, a Kansas Board of Regents institution with a yearly enrollment of over 15,000 students, proudly hosts the Upward Bound Math-Science Center, commonly referred to as the “Galaxy Experience”. The Center serves high school freshmen-seniors who have the potential for success and demonstrated talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Services and activities undertaken by the Center are designed to increase post secondary education persistence and the capacity for students to pursue majors in STEM. It is the hope of program staff that emphasis on such courses of study will lead to careers in these areas.

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Curriculum: Developing Cybersmarts

Cybersmart! provides free online curriculum for grades K-12 addressing issues of Web safety and ethics: Safety and Security Online; Cyberbullying and Ethics; Authentic Learning and Creativity; Research and Information Fluency; Twenty-First Century Challenges.

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ITL Program at University of Colorado, Boulder

ITLThe ITL K-12 Engineering Education program offers academic year and summer enginering programs for K-12 students and teachers. Aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented students who enter the engineering pipeline, the ITL Program offers hands-on — and minds-on — opportutnies for students of all ages.

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