New Stuff for NASA

Our varied efforts for the NASA-funded Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project have been newly added to PBS Learning Media.

We have a charming interactive story with Peep:

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A fun shadows and light game with Ruff:

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A cool, 3D Earth for an interactive, shadows exploration:

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And an interactive tool that lets you map the scale of the solar system to any point on the map:

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What a great team! Lizzy, Dan, Gentry, Jeff, Kennedy, Colin, Becca, Kal, Marnie, Jim and Bill. Thanks also, as always, to Pegeen, Rachel, Caitlin, Paula, Anne, Jake and the many others in the Education group.

And what a great legal notice! The material contained in this product is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

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At SXSW Edu

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WGBH Children’s Media and Education is in Austin, Texas this week participating in three sessions at the 8th Annual South by Southwest Education Conference and Festival. A component of the South by Southwest family of conferences and festivals, SXSWedu “cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning.”

·      Integrating 2018 Space News Events into Your Curriculum: Rachel Connolly (WGBH Education STEM Director); and C. Alex Young (Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

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Photo: @thomascmurray

·      The Best Internet Filter is Between a Child’s Ears: Bill Shribman (WGBH Children’s Media Senior Exec Producer and Director of Digital Partnerships); and Kerry Gallager (Connect Safely, and a past PBS Massachusetts Digital Innovator)

·      Bringing the Science: Teaching with Authentic Data: Rachel Connolly (WGBH Education STEM Director); C. Alex Young (Associate Director for Science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center); and Javier Montiel (Educator, Brazosport Independent School District and WGBH Teacher Advisor)

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Plum’s Island Explorer: a Classroom App

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Our latest app for Plum Landing is a bit different.

Designed for classroom use and built in Unity, it features a navigable island in which players explore Land and Water (with a grade 2 curriculum.)

Journey around the island and pick up trash to unlock information about specific landforms and water bodies which includes videos and ground-level and aerial images. Students use the game and associated supports to observe, identify, and record characteristics of common landforms and water bodies as they navigate and represent the landscape from an aerial perspective on a map.

Support materials are at PBS LearningMedia where you can find a desktop version of the app that’s suitable for Chromebooks as well as a Background Essay, and Teaching Tips.

This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.

App Team: Dan, Lizzy, Bill, Jeff, Sophie, Gentry, Alan, and Mariee with game design advice from Nicolas and tremendous support from Rachel, Laura and the rest of this project’s education team.

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The material contained in this product is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

More for NASA

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Evidence of Weather – a K-2 Activity

Observe and annotate various images of weather phenomena in this interactive drawing tool produced by the Kids team at WGBH. Weather is the combination of various factors—snow or rain, wind, sunlight and clouds, and temperature—that happen in a specific location at a specific time. As the combination of factors constantly shift, the condition changes and leaves behind evidence that shows how the weather has changed. Students can use the images in this interactive tool to observe weather conditions and document evidence of weather that happened earlier in the day.

This activity is funded by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Plum Meets NASA

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Plum’s Island Explorer: Land and Water – a Classroom Activity for Grades K-2

Navigate around the island to explore various landforms and water bodies in this interactive Unity game from PLUM LANDING.

Journey around the island and pick up trash to unlock information about specific landforms and water bodies which includes videos and ground-level and aerial images. Students use the game and associated supports to observe, identify, and record characteristics of common landforms and water bodies as they navigate and represent the landscape from an aerial perspective on a map.

For best results, play this game in full-screen in Chrome or Firefox.

This activity is funded by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Ruff Meets NASA

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Ruff Ruffman’s Ring of Fire Travel Guide: A Classroom Activity for Grades 3-5

Learn about volcanoes in the Ring of Fire and their relationship to earthquakes and mountain ranges with this game featuring PBS Kids character Ruff Ruffman produced by WGBH. Students help Ruff verify information about volcanoes that he has presented in a travel guide for his grandmother’s vacation. The game includes visual and text-based reference materials that students use as they progress through the game and learn about the relationships between volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountain ranges.

This activity is funded by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.