June 8th, 2010
Moon and Mars Geology
the Moon | Exploring
Aerospace Education Mentor (AEM) program was established by the Florida
Space Research Institute (FSRI) to plan, implement, and evaluate professional
development activities with K-12 teachers in support of the Florida Aerospace
Workforce Pilot Project. This program provided mentoring, modeling,
coaching, professional development, and technical assistance to improve
classroom instruction in mathematics, science, and technology education.
Robert S. Smith (Bo) was the AEM for Duval, Nassau, and St Johns counties
in northeast Florida for the school year 2005-2006. This one year
grant was supported by the Department of Sponsored Research and the College
of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida (UNF).
Dr. Marianne Barnes was the
Principal Investigator for the program at UNF.
Workshops: Part of the
AEM program was to conduct workshops with K-12 teachers. One workshop was
a two day Earth Systems and Space Science workshop for Duval County Elementary
Teachers during the Fall of 2005. Day One consisted of activities and instruction
on geosphere and atmosphere topics. Day Two connsisted of hydrosphere
and space science topics. Click on Workshops
to see details concerning these workshops. A one day workshop was
also developed called 'Exploring Planetary Geology'. This was first
conducted in February, 2006 as a part of Brevard County's Science
Day at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Rocklidge, Florida on February
20th, 2006. This workshop was also conducted for Duval County Middle School
teachers April 1st, 2006. Check the Workshops
for more information about these workshops. The final workshop for
the school year was a workshop/tour conducted at the Kennedy Space Education
Center for 22 Duval County elementary and middle school teachers on Friday,
May 26th, 2006. Although the AEM program is no longer funded for
northeast Florida, the Planetary Geology workshop is available. For
more information about this program and to request the Plaentary Geology
one day workshop, contact
Presentations: A presentation
was conducted at the Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference
in Orlando entitled 'Exploring Moon and Mars Geology' in November, 2005.
This presentation not only updated attendees on the status of NASA's Vision
for Space Exploration, 'The Earth, Moon, Mars, and Beyond', but also included
several inquiry activities involving Lunar and Mars geology.
Science Fair Project: Part
of the program was and continues to be to provide mentoring for student
science fair projects when requested.
Click on Science
Fair Project to see an expample of one of these science
The New Horizons (Pluto-Kuiper
Belt) Mission launched from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V rocket
afternon of Thursday,
January 19th, 2006.
New Horizon Website
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