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FINESSE - NASA Institute

Faculty Institutes for NASA Earth and Space Science Education (FINESSE) will be offering four, three-hour workshops designed, to engage teachers and teacher educators in the use of NASA data while conducting scientific investigations with pre-service and in-service teachers. The workshops will combine earth and space science content reinforcement, data rich student activities, and a focus on funds of knowledge shared by traditionally underserved student populations. The concluding session will focus on redesigning your curriculum from an NGSS perspective using Understanding By Design techniques. All workshops are appropriate for teachers at grades 5-16.

Tickets: You may purchase tickets for workshops #1, 2, and 4 for $10 each, or all four for $45.

The first 25 full time in-service teachers and college faculty who register for and complete all four FINESSE workshops will be eligible for a $250 stipend.

 Friday, October 25, 2013, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FINESSE #1 – Using Data to See Beneath Earth’s Surface
Using compilations of NASA data, including geochronology, topography, seismology and volcanology, participants will engage in a set of jig saw classroom activities designed to help them identify and classify earth’s features and describe plate tectonic activity at various around the earth. Participants will analyze data, develop models, create explanations and communicate observations and findings. Participants will receive digital copies of all workshop materials.
Rick Pomeroy, Lecturer, UC Davis

 Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

FINESSE #2 – Promoting Inquiry: Backward Faded Scaffolding
Participants will engage in two complete sets of activities designed to demonstrate effective strategies for engaging students in authentic inquiry. Topics will include exploring the models Galileo used to develop his heliocentric theory of the structure of the solar system. The second activity will investigate weather, climate, and the techniques teacher can use to engage their students in identifying and investigating real world problems. Backward Faded Scaffolding (BFS), a strategy that teachers can use to engage their students in authentic, data driven, investigations of natural phenomena will be the instructional format for both sets of lessons. Participants will receive a collection of nine additional activities written in the BFS format.
Rick Pomeroy, Lecturer, UC Davis

 Saturday, October 26, 2013, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

FINESSE #3 – Wind Farm Field Experience
Participants will travel to local wind farms to learn about wind energy, wind technology and the unique features that make the Palm Springs area a locus for wind and alternative energy production. This field experience will be tied to the content of FINESSE #2. FINESSE #3 is only open to participants of FINESSE #2 who have registered for the four workshop sequence.

 Sunday, October 27, 2013, 9:00 am - 12:20 pm

FINESSE #4 – Re-Designing Your Curriculum Using NGSS and “Understanding by Design”
In this capstone workshop, participants will explore the NGSS both for content (DCI) and Science and Engineering Practices as the guiding principals for redesigning their existing curriculum. Participants will collaborate on revisions to traditional activities and instruction, and develop their own activities to meet the Performance Expectations described in the NGSS. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing instructional strategies that address the specific learning needs of students who have traditionally been underserved by the current instructional landscape.
Debra Stork, University of Dubuque