Engineering - astronomy

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ITEST Projects Shine in the NSF 2015 Teaching & Learning Video Showcase

In May 2015, seventeen ITEST projects presented videos in the 2015 National Science Foundation Teaching and Learning Video Showcase. Organized by TERC, the showcase contained 112 videos produced by NSF-funded projects associated with one of these resource centers: ARC, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, CS10K, MSPNet, and STELAR.

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Science students get stars in their eyes

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, built in 2000 and named for the late West Virginia senator, is the world's largest fully steerable telescope. Its 100-meter-wide surface area gives it the ability to pick up extremely faint signals from the distant reaches of space. But in 2007, the 16-million-pound telescope was frozen in position. For 2 1/2 months, the telescope recorded data from 70,000 "pointings" that no astronomer had asked for.  It would have been a shame to waste it.

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Design-Based Information Technologies Learning Experiences (DITLE)

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Expired
More than 180 rural and suburban youth, grades 9-12, and 25 pre-service and in-service teachers are engaged in hands-on Information Technology education activities.
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Innovative Technology-Enabled Astronomy for Middle Schools II (ITEAMS II)

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Expired
ITEAMS II is an online learning community using the Harvard Observatory's research-grade robotic telescope to increase the interest of middle-school youth, especially girls and underserved students, in information and communication technology careers.
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West Virginia student discovers new pulsar

A West Virginia high-school student has discovered a new pulsar, using data from the giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT).  Shay Bloxton, 15, a participant in The Pulsar Search Collaboratory, an ITEST project in which students analyze data from the radio telescope, spotted evidence of the pulsar on October 15. Bloxton, along with NRAO astronomers observed the object again one month later. The new observation confirmed that the object is a pulsar, a rotating, superdense neutron star.

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High school student discovers strange astronomical object

A West Virginia high-school student has discovered a new astronomical object -- a strange type of neutron star called a rotating radio transient. Lucas Boylard, a sophomore at South Harrison High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., made the discovery while participating in the Pulsar Search Collaborative, an ITEST project, in which students are trained to scrutinize data from the National Science Foundation's giant Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT).

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Action at a Distance

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Expired
The Action at a Distance project aims to serve the needs of students and teachers in the most remote rural areas of the state of Nebraska through fostered participation in a cosmic ray observatory experiment.
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PAC-Involved: Engaging Students in PAC (Physics, Astronomy, Cosmology) Learning through Repurposing of Popular Media

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Expired
Thirty high school students, in grades 10-11 are engaged in structured informal physics learning through popular media such as Sci-fi films and TV shows. The program also has a website, and students are doing some of the activities online.
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Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry Scale-Up Project (ITSI-SU)

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Expired
More than 235 teachers in 4 research states (AK, IA, KS, & VA), 39 non-research states and 21 international sites have around 7500 students engaged in STEM activities with integrated use of technologies that include modeling and data acquisition/analysis.
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Middle School Science Readiness Program

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Expired
This project focuses on the critical drop-off point between elementary and middle school, often identified as the first major roadblock to the success and interest of students in STEM.
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