Exploring the Environment

Target Audience: Teachers in Grades 5-12 Exploring the Environment is a NASA-initiated program that began during the early days of the Internet. The goal was to show how the Internet could be used to deliver STEM materials – in the form of satellite imagery – and to provide instructional materials for teachers.  The program featured summer workshops for teachers on…

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Teaching American History

Target Audience: Teachers of U.S. History in Grades 5-12 In 2004, team members began presenting problem-based learning professional development workshops for teachers of U.S. History.  The program was offered to teachers in the states of Washington, Montana, Utah, and Idaho through two Teaching American History grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Traveling to various sites in the northwest,…

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The Earth System Science Education Alliance

Target Audience: University Faculty and K-12 Teachers In 1997 team members responded to a request from a NASA program to create courses that would increase teachers’ content knowledge in Earth system science and their ability to use PBL. This led to the creation of the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) that now includes approximately 45 universities and non-profit organizations. …

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PBL Workshops for Higher Education

Target Audience: University Faculty In 1999 our team members had the opportunity to design and implement a series of problem-based learning workshops for the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM).  Based in Monterrey, Mexico, the Institute has 31 campuses in 25 cities.  Our team members provided 10-day workshops to train university faculty on designing, implementing and assessing PBL…

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