National Center for Earth and Space Science Education - great resources

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The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education has a great motto "Inspire...then Educate." The NCESSE is a great resource for STEM teachers as it creates and oversees different initiatives, projects, and educational resources in these areas, with a focus on Earth and Space.

There are a lot of different resources, from professional development, to community projects, to science news and research.

There are also free Education Modules for grade K-12 that are very comprehensive and include full lesson plans, background information, activities, assessments, inquiry based hands-on activities, rubrics, handouts and more. There are 5 modules available right now and each module is broken up into three (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) or four (K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12) grade levels. The modules are on topics such as the solar system, earth science, extreme environment of space, human space exploration, and the search for life in the universe.

You can download any of the lessons. There is also a Lesson Layout with descriptions of each section that you can download: Lesson Layout (PDF, 490 kb).

At a time when there is a great disparity in educationalpreparedness for students across America…
At a time when it should be the birthright of all students to an educationthat allows them to successfully enter the job markets of the 21st century…
At a time when America must inspire its next generation of scientists and engineers ifwe as a nation are to compete in the technology markets of the 21st century…
We need to improve STEM education. NCESSE can help.