MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project
The MAVEN Educator Ambassador (MEA) project focuses on topics that are fundamental to space science. This national project provides inspiring material on magnetism and spectroscopy for middle school and high school students. The project relies on a train-the-trainer approach: MAVEN personnel train teachers in the project, and those teachers go on to train a second tier of teachers.
Our MEA project has provided:
- Week-long workshops, one in the summer of 2013, 2014, and 2015
- Follow-on support for the teachers as they present hour-long to daylong workshops to additional educators in the year following their training
- Community-building between all the MEAs in the project through social networking and a weekly MEA email newsletter
As part of the project, we have developed new lessons and video interactives that are targeted toward a middle school audience. We are piloting these lessons with interested schools, in addition to the MEA professional development outlined above.
MEA lessons and interactives
|Lesson name||Teacher’s packet||Student handout||Other materials|
|Planet Designer: What’s Trending Hot? (MS)||PDF (2.9 MB)||PDF (340 KB)|
|Planet Designer: Kelvin Climb (HS)||PDF (4.4 MB)||PDF (360 KB)|
|Planet Designer: Martian Makeover (MS)||PDF (630 KB)||PDF (300 KB)|
|Planet Designer: Retro Planet Red (HS)||PDF (640 KB)||PDF (310 KB)|
|Planetary Magnetism (MS, HS)||PDF (922 KB)||PDF (926 KB)|
|Can you modify Mars to support liquid water? Find out with the Planet Designer: Martian Makeover interactive (for middle schoolers).||Can you modify Mars to support liquid water? Find out with the Planet Designer: Retro Planet Red interactive (for high schoolers).|
|Explore planetary surface temperature with the Planet Designer: What’s Trending Hot? interactive
(for middle schoolers).
|Explore planetary surface temperature with the Planet Designer Kelvin Climb interactive
(for high schoolers).
MEA MAVEN launch webcast
On November 18, 2013, in the hours after the MAVEN spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, four MAVEN Educator Ambassadors (MEAs) conducted a webcast for teachers across the country. MEAs are trained in key MAVEN and Mars science concepts (specifically magnetism and spectroscopy) and how to incorporate these concepts into your existing curriculum. The webcast features MAVEN science and classroom activities to share with middle school students, but can be scaled up for high school.