Month: June 2016


The Truth About the Apollo Lunar Samples

In October of last year NASA released the findings of a study that examined the Apollo lunar samples taken during the Apollo missions of the late 1960's and early 1970's. Despite the belief that there was no life on the moon, the Apollo mission soil samples taken over four decades ago contained traces of amino acids – the building materials of proteins. At the tim...

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Machine Learning and the Future of Programming

What if you could program a computer without using any coding? What if you could program it the way you might teach your dog to roll over? With a technology called machine learning this has become possible. What is Machine Learning? Machine learning was defined in 1959 by Arthur Samuel, creator of one of the world’s first self-learning programs, as a “field ...

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Integrating NASA Resources into Your Busy Classroom

In these days of high stakes testing and standards adoptions it can be difficult to see space (pun intended) for NASA in your busy curriculum. I promise you that there are ways to bring in NASA resources and not lose your mind. The following are some suggestions for you to consider as you prepare for the next school year. Take Whatever You Need Remember that a...

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Providing Enriching Opportunities for STEM and Beyond

CSUN work on NASA MEI explores how NGSS standards promotes K-12 teacher scientific literacy and advancement of understanding of the principles of global warming and climate change. Over the past year, PIs Susan Belgrad and Norm Herr have worked with educational partners at NASA JPL (David Seidel and Dr. Ota Lutz) to prepare engaging events for K-12 educators and CSU...

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