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Road trip to NASA

We got to visit the Goddard Space Flight Center in Baltimore and visit with their Scientific Visualization Studio and Conceptual Image Lab. The trip was part of our work for “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms.”

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We also got to look in on construction of the new James Webb Space Telescope and its massive folding gold-plated mirror array.

For more: http://www.jwst.nasa.gov/

Funded by NASA*, WGBH’s “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms” project will develop an extensive collection of K-12 digital resources infused with NASA and WGBH multi-media content to support STEM instruction. These resources will be distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia, reaching millions of students and teachers nationally. 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.

Parent’s Tech Survey

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Do you know what your kids are doing on Instagram, or who follows them? Does a typical night in front on the TV include an array phones and tablets that are also in use? Do your kids text you from their rooms? Do you resist looking at your phone when you are driving? No, honestly, can you resist looking at your phone when you are driving?

We’re all wrestling with how to fit the abundance of new technologies into our lives. We’re working on a new media & technology project for PBS KIDS starring Ruff Ruffman as a Humble Media Genius. We’d love to hear from you, especially those of you that are parents. Please take a few minutes to take this anonymous survey: it will really help inform what we’re doing! Thank you!

Please take the survey.

Next Gen Goes Shopping

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Next Generation Preschool Science (NGPS) is kicking off the first pilot study — with a whole bunch of iPads! The team will be finding out how preschoolers and teachers use the NGPS simulations and digital toolkit to explore plants in the preschool classroom.

Next Generation Preschool Math just finished a randomized control trial to measure the efficacy of the intervention, so findings are on their way soon! The team will get the results and modify the apps one last time before publish the apps in the Apple App store.