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No. 60 - Winter 2003

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New Spanish Language Astronomy Resources

Editors Note: Readers may have noticed that the ASP depends on volunteers to translate this newsletter into a variety of languages. This issue is about a focused effort by two astronomy education providers, the ASP and NASA, to make their most popular resources available in both English and Spanish.

Part 1: NASA Resouces in Spanish
Part 2: ASP Resources in Spanish

NASA Resources in Spanish

by Teresa J. Kennedy, Ph.D., NASA OSS Idaho Broker Facilitator, Space Science Network Northwest (S2N2)

Many resources translated in the Spanish language can be found online, at NASA Space Centers and at NASA Educator Resource Centers scattered across the United States. These resources, many of which have been aligned with national standards, appropriate state frameworks and inquiry guidelines, are available online or at NASA Education Resource Centers found nationally.

Ciencia@nasa, the Spanish-language companion to NASA's award-winning science@NASA site, features stories from all fields of science, aeronautics and aerospace (http://ciencia.nasa.gov). This site contains information regarding space sciences, astronomy, living in space, earth science, as well as physical and biological sciences. It also contains a site called Thursdays Classroom http://www.thursdaysclassroom.com. Educators can subscribe to a mailing list and receive regular lessons, also posted online in Spanish at http://ciencia.nasa.gov/.

Many NASA Centers have provided Spanish-language translations of their educational products. Below is a listing of available resources by Center.

AMES Research Center (Moffett Field, California)

Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland)

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California)

Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas) has some collaborative projects in Texas.

Kennedy Space Center (Cocoa Beach, Florida)

Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia)

Marshall Space Flight Center (Huntsville, Alabama)

Stennis Space Center (South Mississippi)

NASA Core manages the distribution of many educational materials that can be purchased http://core.nasa.gov/index.html and a complete catalog can be viewed at http://catalog.core.nasa.gov/core.nsf/f402529750e8ecca8625670b007b1dce/5e69d814409bbec786256bea006da480?OpenDocument Titles translated in Spanish include:

NASA also has many International Programs that provide educational materials in many languages:

Summary

Visit NASA's ERCN website at http://spacelink.nasa.gov/ercn to find a complete listing of all Educator Resource Centers by state as well as those located on or near NASA Field Centers or at planetariums, museums, colleges, universities, and other non-profit organizations around the United States where you can obtain free NASA educational materials for your classroom as well as information regarding educational training workshops. As additional NASA sites go online, they'll be added to a comprehensive list of Spanish-language Websites being managed on the agency's primary homepage at: http://www.nasa.gov/hqpao/espanol.html

Also visit the Idaho NASA Educators Resource Center website at http://www.uidaho.edu/ed/imtc/nasa_rerc for a listing of NASA materials, including materials that have been translated into many languages. Many of the lessons currently being translated are from NASA Explores http://www.nasaexplores.com where free weekly K-12 educational articles and lesson plans on current NASA projects can be easily accessed through an internal search engine. Printable and downloadable, these supplemental curriculum resources meet national educational standards in science (NSTA), mathematics (NCTM), technology (ISTE, ITEA), and geography (NGS).

Author's Footnote:

Dr. Teresa Kennedy, NASA OSS Idaho Broker Facilitator for S2N2 (Space Science Network Northwest) has been assembling a collection of NASA materials translated into Spanish from the various NASA centers since 1996 and is currently translating selected NASA educational materials into the Spanish language with her translation team, representing Spain, México, Ecuador, Colombia and Perś. Many of the lessons currently being translated and enhanced are from NASA Explores http://www.nasaexplores.com that provides free weekly K-12 educational articles and lesson plans on current NASA projects that can be easily accessed through an internal search engine. Printable and downloadable, these supplemental curriculum resources meet national educational standards in science (NSTA), mathematics (NCTM), technology (ISTE, ITEA), and geography (NGS). For links to selected translated materials visit the Idaho website at http://www.uidaho.edu/ed/nasa_rerc Contact Dr. Kennedy at tkennedy@uidaho.edu

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