The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative

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NASA Educators Page
A comprehensive website of resources for educators in the formal and informal setting.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
NASA Wavelength
Formal and Informal Education Resources - Including Data, Activities, Visualizations and more!
https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength
PBS Learning Media 
Bringing the Universe to America's Classroom
Products by NASA SMD Collective Partner WGBH - These Instructional Modules provide K–12 teachers with high-quality, supplemental digital media resources for teaching about Earth’s systems—from weather phenomena to the development of land and water features. Resources include videos, images, data visualizations, interactives, and games from WGBH’s signature programs, such as NOVA and PEEP and the Big Wide World, as well as trusted content partners, including NASA and NOAA. Resources are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, emphasize student engagement with core ideas and practices, and include contextual information to support integration into core curriculum and instruction.
https://unctv.pbslearningmedia.org/universe/
We've also determined which PBS Learning Media activities align with NC Science Standards! 
You can see how they match up in this document (opens in new window): PBS Learning Media NC Alignment.
NASA's BEST Students
NASA's Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) students is a collection of activity guides geared towards teaching the engineering process to a young (K - 8) audience.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/best/
Space Math
As I tell my students, if you want to make something 100% cooler in an instant; put it in space!  Putting the "M" in STEM, Space Math @ NASA provides realistic and relevant problems appropriate for a wide-range of ages.
https://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/
NASA Eyes
Visualization Products of Earth, Solar System, and Exo-Planets!
https://eyes.nasa.gov/
Solar System Trek
Map and 3-D viewers of Moon, Mars, Vesta, and more!
https://trek.nasa.gov/
NASA eClips
Short videos engaging students to think about science.
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/
GLOBE
A student and citizen science program for all ages focused on earth science.
https://www.globe.gov/​​​​​​​

Climate Science for the Classroom
A resource created by a partnership with NASA SMD and the University of Washington aimed at High School students that looks at Earth Science from the stand point of climate change.  In addition to ready-made dual-enrollment courses there are free resources you can incorporate into your classroom.
https://pcc.uw.edu/education/curriculum/


Seeking Paths in Nature (SPiN)
An effort by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee Central Schools to integrate Cherokee culture and history into curriculum lessons for middle schools.  Subjects include genetics, hydrology, phenology, and more!
http://seekingpathsinnature.org/


NASA Spinoff 
A closer look at how NASA technologies impact your daily life through commercially available products.  As they put it, "there's more space in your life than you think!"
https://spinoff.nasa.gov/


Fontana Regional Library
NASA resources at your local library!  
This link provides educator resources, many of which include NASA content. http://fontanalib.libguides.com/teachers
For information regarding planetarium shows and more, follow this link. http://fontanalib.libguides.com/explore-space
Apollo 50th Student Challenge
Qualify to win a chance to go to Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX! 
Click here to learn more!

The material contained in this document is based upon work supported by NASA under grant award No. NNH15ZDA004C. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.