For Educators

Programs 

ASSET, Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers - Would you like to learn more about the interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology?  Are you looking for a contemporary thematic science curriculum that is standards based?  Are you in search of an exciting professional development opportunity? Are you ready to share your enthusiasm for science teaching with others?  If so, we invite you to become an ASSET teacher. The ASSET experience will be intense and exciting, interactive and content rich, with presentations by leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and the California Academy of Sciences.  Scientists will share the latest in astrobiology research on the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems around Sun-like stars, and the search for life in the universe. The workshop features a combination of cutting edge science, inquiry-based teaching and learning, and leadership skills development to support you as a teacher and teacher trainer. Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum and complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms.

STAR, STEM Teacher and Researcher  The SETI Institute participates in the California State University and the Department of Energy national research laboratories' STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program for aspiring and early career science teacher summer research program.

SOFIA, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy  Airborne Astronomy Ambassador (AAA) Program.

Girls Go To Mars — Girls Go to Mars targets an underrepresented audience in science—especially in the physical sciences: girls. The project builds on existing Girl Scout science, math, and technology projects by focusing on the theme of Mars exploration and the science of MAVEN. This new addition to the Cadette Girl Scouts arsenal is designed to increase girls’ and adults’ understanding of and interest in solar system exploration in general, and Mars specifically. The project will also provide opportunities for girls to discover diverse career options.

The Girls Go to Mars project is comprised of a set of activities available as PDF files that teaches Cadette Girl Scouts about MAVEN-related Mars science. We expect the files to be available at conferences and to download electronically in early 2015. When Cadettes finish the activities and requirements, they will be able to obtain an event patch. The project also includes training for troop leaders via webinars.

For more information about the project, or if you would like to add your name to our troop leader professional development distribution list, please email pharman@seti.org with “Girls Go to Mars inquiry” in the subject line.

Lessons and Resources

Life in the Universe (LITU) — The Life in the Universe curriculum is a unique set of resources, for elementary and middle school teachers, designed to bring the excitement of searching for life beyond Earth into the classroom. The SETI Institute, with funding from NSF and NASA, developed these award winning classroom materials with a team of educators, curriculum developers, and scientists. The Life in the Universe curriculum explores many facets of how scientists are trying to answer the questions: Where did life come from? What is its future? Are we alone?

Voages Through Time (VTT)  The SETI Institute, the California Academy of Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center, and San Francisco State University have developed standards-based curriculum materials for a one-year high school integrated science course centered on the unifying theme of evolution and delivered on CD-ROM. Scientists, teachers, curriculum writers, and media specialists have created six modules that integrate astronomical, geological, and biological sciences. The sequence of lessons in each module is designed to promote students' understanding and skills as defined by the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

Mysteries of Science  Welcome to Mysteries of Science, a national standards-based educational website for students, teachers and the general public hosted by the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute that is designed to demonstrate how scientists use spectroscopy to learn about the surface composition of the cold worlds in our solar system.    

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