SITES (Space Imaging Technology to study Earth and Sun) is supported by NASA Grant NNX10AC56G for The Catholic University of America. Dr. Ofman is the PI and Dr. Verner is the coordinator for this project. This project is a multi- component project that develops NASA educational resource materials and provides training for pre- and in-service elementary school teachers in STEM disciplines needed in Washington, DC area.
CUA pre-service teachers training has been provided during PHYS240 course (Sun and Earth: Concepts and Connections), also students used information from NASA websites for their children book projects. EDU 692 (Teaching Elementary & Middle School Science Utilizing NASA Research and Technology) is designed to provide elementary and middle school teachers with the lesson plans, children book stories, activities, vocabulary (all focuses in heliophysics) to broaden students’ skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our teachers-participants became familiar using Solar Education hands-on activities and solar images for education purposes in grades PK-8.