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Record 6 of 2377
Project LAUNCH: Bringing Space into Math and Science Classrooms
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Author and Affiliation:
Fauerbach, M.(Florida Gulf Coast Univ., Whitaker Center, Fort Myers, FL, United States)
Henry, D. P.(Florida Gulf Coast Univ., Whitaker Center, Fort Myers, FL, United States)
Schmidt, D. L.(Florida Gulf Coast Univ., Whitaker Center, Fort Myers, FL, United States)
Abstract: Project LAUNCH is a K-12 teacher professional development program, which has been created in collaboration between the Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), and the Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI). Utilizing Space as the overarching theme it is designed to improve mathematics and science teaching, using inquiry based, hands-on teaching practices, which are aligned with Florida s Sunshine State Standards. Many students are excited about space exploration and it provides a great venue to get them involved in science and mathematics. The scope of Project LAUNCH however goes beyond just providing competency in the subject area, as pedagogy is also an intricate part of the project. Participants were introduced to the Conceptual Change Model (CCM) [1] as a framework to model good teaching practices. As the CCM closely follows what scientists call the scientific process, this teaching method is also useful to actively engage institute participants ,as well as their students, in real science. Project LAUNCH specifically targets teachers in low performing, high socioeconomic schools, where the need for skilled teachers is most critical.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2005
Document ID:
(Acquired May 12, 2005)
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 6; (LPI-Contrib-1234-Pt-6); (SEE 20050167736)
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Lockheed Martin Corp.; NC, United States
Brevard Community Coll.; Cocoa, FL, United States
Organization Source: Florida Gulf Coast Univ.; Whitaker Center; Fort Myers, FL, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution under U.S. Government purpose rights; under Cooperative Agreement NCC5-679
Miscellaneous Notes: Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of Education, and the Florida Hydrogen Partnership
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