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Paper: Engaging Teachers and Students in the Rio Grande Valley in Earth and Space Science: Chapter II
Volume: 457, Connecting People to Science
Page: 335
Authors: Ries, J. G.; Baguio, M.; Ramirez, S.
Abstract: In the summer of 2010, we received a NASA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education Cooperative Agreement Notice to prepare teachers in the Rio Grande Valley to become certified to teach the new fourth year capstone courses in astronomy and earth and space science. During the 2010 ASP conference, we reported on the earth and space science resources provided, guidance in curriculum development, and training in classroom activities. This two-year project began with the two 2010 summer workshops that concentrated on earth and space sciences, and were then followed up with two weekend training sessions, on-line training, and a Family Science Night during the school year. An important requirement of the new fourth year courses is a field investigation conducted by students. We offered mini-grants for proposing teachers to support a field investigation. Here we highlight the outcomes of these follow-up programs and the two weeklong astronomy workshops in June 2011 in Edinburg, Texas.
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