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Title: NSUs Space Science Group http:www'spacesciencegroup'nsula'edu ssgnsula'edu LACUE 03

NSUs Space Science Group http//www.spacescience
group.nsula.edu/ssg_at_nsula.eduLACUE 03
  • Dr. Karen McFerrin mcferrin_at_nsula.edu
  • Mary Nell Lott lottm_at_nsula.edu
  • Dr. Bob Gillan gillan_at_nsula.edu

Space Science Group
  • Why?
  • Low achievement interest in science
  • math with middle school science students
  • More than the typical read the chapter,
  • answer questions, take a test often used

Space Science Group
  • When?
  • Formed in 1992 to develop present programs that
    promote an understanding of positive attitude
    toward basic science, mathematics, engineering
  • What?
  • All SSG programs use technology to relate the
    value of understanding enjoying science to
    reaching life goals.

Space Science Group
  • How Many?
  • Over 35,000 students teachers have participated
    in Space Science programs
  • Motivational learning activities for students
    models for teachers to use in the development of
    additional activities lessons at their schools.

Science Out of This World
  • Primary activity of the SSG for the last
  • 5 years.
  • Began with 400 students taking a one
  • semester pilot course via satellite TV
  • Has grown to a full year science course
  • taught to 7,004 students this
  • past year.

Science Out of This World
  • Award-winning distance-learning course
  • Addresses Louisiana national middle school
    benchmarks teaches basic scientific principles
    in a way that is attractive motivational.

Science Out of This World
  • In addition to the videocassettes, a teacher
    instruction manual a student book is free to
    Louisiana school teachers.
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/sootw.asp
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/tosootw.asp
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/lessons/stu

Science Essentials
  • Home school program based on the award winning
  • The lessons supplemental materials are derived
    from the same curriculum, but adapted to meet the
    needs of home school students parents.
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/se.asp

Camp Discovery
  • Summer camp offered for students between the ages
    of 8 to 18.
  • Each year Camp Discovery campers participate in a
    week of activities designed to give the
    opportunity to train like NASA astronauts.

Camp Discovery
  • Campers select from three camps according
  • to age groups
  • First Camp deals with children between the ages
    of 8 to 10 with a parent. It is offered once
    during the summer is shorter than the other
  • Basic Camp is for students between the ages of 10
    to 14 has two summer sessions.
  • High School Camp involves grades 9 through 12
  • is held once during the summer.

Camp Discovery
  • Program is affiliated with NASA
  • Able to provide real life hands on activities
    based on actual NASA procedures.
  • Campers participate in alternating missions
    Terrestrial Odyssey, Lunar Odyssey, and Martian

Camp Discovery
  • Activities take place in CENTREX
  • Mission Control
  • Space Lab
  • Simulated Shuttle
  • Flight Deck
  • Other activities include robotics, aviation,
    rocketry, Challenge Ropes Course.
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/cd.asp

Practice Run
  • A LEAP/GEE test preparation program developed by
    the SSG for 8th grade LEAP science math.
  • Offered in two forms online CD.
  • Includes over 1,500 sample math science LEAP test
    questions, test standards, test taking tips,
    test dates.

Practice Run
  • SSG is currently working on Practice Run versions
    for the same areas of the 4th grade LEAP test
    the GEE.
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/practicerun

  • A weeklong day camp of computer-based activities
  • Experience in using various computer programs to
    design web sites graphics.
  • NSU faculty staff teach classes on HTML, ASP,
    Paint Shop Pro, Animation Shop Pro, Microsoft
    Excel Microsoft Power Point.

Science Out of This World Website
  • SOOTW website is the central source for all the
    Space Science Group products services.
  • Links information on all programs, products,
    services are provided on the website. Over 1,000
    science space related content pages on our

Science Out of This World Website
  • Pages are designed to help teachers, students,
    parents, the general public understand the
    basic concepts of science space related topics.
  • It uses the latest in web technology including
    streaming audio video active server pages
    designed to make it run efficiently enhance its
    effectiveness as an instructional resource.

Science Out of This World Website
  • The video version of this course won several
    national international awards for instructional
  • The website has been selected for an Excellence
    in Education award by the ALIVE! GLOBAL NETWORK
    the KEY RESOURCE award from LINKS2GO.
  • This year, it received additional awards from
    StudyWeb.com for outstanding online educational

Science Out of This World Website
  • Through the Teach With Technology link,
    registered teachers can find numerous resources
    to help them incorporate the Internet into their

Teach With Technology Link
  • Bank of educational resources
  • Keys for quizzes lab activities
  • Teacher guide pages that correspond to the
    content pages on the website.
  • Online training to teach educators the basics of
    using the site in their lessons.
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu/twt.asp

Map a Visit Website
  • Offers teachers the opportunity to directly link
    the Internet to their lessons.
  • Teachers can find content pages for use in their
    lesson map these pages for their students.
  • When students login to the lesson, the pages are
    ready to use with no searching or wasted time!

Why Website Over Video?
  • More versatile than video
  • Much less expensive to deliver
  • Allows teacher more flexibility in designing
    lessons selecting content that best suites the
    needs of students.

Website Technology
  • New methods of storing accessing content for
    web pages being tested developed.
  • Methods for designing online, individualized
    instruction being implemented.
  • Results of this research will have long-term
    value for future developers of educational web

Website Technology
  • The Space Science Group is committed to fully
    exploring developing cutting edge applications
    for schools.
  • For more information, please visit
  • http//www.spacesciencegroup.nsula.edu
  • or e-mail ssg_at_nsula.edu
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