UL Xplorlabs™ Unveils Fire Forensics Investigation to the Classroom

Interactive, STEM-based module for middle school teachers aligns with Next Generation Science Standards
 
NORTHBROOK, Ill., (October 24, 2017) – UL, a global safety science organization, introduces the newest module to UL XplorlabsFire Forensics: Claims and Evidence. The second innovative module to be added to the UL Xplorlabs™ learning platform takes students up close and personal with the science of fire and the role of fire investigation. Through this interactive module, students learn to read a fire scene, build a claim for the fire’s location of origin and cause, and gain an understanding of fire, fire dynamics and fire behavior.
 
“Our goal is to put science and engineering in the hands of students and provide educators an easy-to-use, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned, free resource that can be incorporated into middle school science, engineering, math and technology curricula,” said Cara Gizzi, UL’s Vice President, Education & Outreach. “Xplorlab modules encourage inspired thinkers to find extreme solutions for today’s engineering challenges. Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence will open students eyes to the vast science behind Fire Investigation and Fire Protection Engineering.” 
 
In the module, students work alongside fire research engineers as a fire investigator-in-training, to learn how claims, evidence and reasoning play into an investigation. Their skills are put to the test when they conduct their own independent investigation into the origin and cause of a fire, utilizing a dynamic, 360⁰ view of a kitchen burn scene. 
 
As in Module 1, Portable Electrical Power – Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence elements are also aligned with NGSS and incorporate active participation and integrate hands-on experiences. Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence goes a step further by challenging students to compare their independent investigation results with those of their peers from around the world.
 
“The module was created with flexibility in mind so it can be used in a variety of educational settings and by students with all types of learning styles,” said Gizzi. “It is essential for students to have the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and solve real-world problems through active participation and hands on learning.”
 
UL Xplorlabs™ was created to take science outside the classroom and put it in the hands of a new generation of problem solvers and help them to solve through science.  The first learning module, Portable Electrical Power, explores the science of lithium-ion batteries and the products that depend on them.
 
To find out more about this free, high-quality educational resource, visit ULXplorlabs.org or follow @ULXplorlabs on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Star Chart App now free!

Star Chart, an Augmented Reality (AR) astronomy application for iPads and iPhones, is a point-and-view app! Simply point your AR-enabled device at the sky, and Star Chart tells you exactly what you are looking at. Targeted for middle and high school educators and astronomy buffs of all ages, the app uses Global Positioning System technology, an accurate 3D simulation of the visible universe, and technical “wizardry” to calculate (in real time) the current location of every star, planet, and moon visible from Earth, day and night. Tap on anything in the sky to learn facts about what you are looking at, or view an illustrated overlay of 88 constellations (as envisioned by 15th-century astronomer Johann Hevelius). Additional features enable users to view the sky beneath the horizon, so the Sun can be “seen” even at night. Teachers can easily incorporate the app into astronomy or space units: Have students use the app at home to learn more about stargazing and the nighttime sky, or use it at school to remind students that space is still there, even when it’s light outside.

NOAA Planet Stewards: 2018 Stewardship Community Application

This opportunity from NOAA Planet Stewards is too good to wait for the next newsletter. Please consider applying!
Do you want to put want to put knowledge into action with your students or your community and make positive impacts on your local environment?
Then you need to join
the NOAA Planet Stewards
2018 Stewardship Community!
Selected educators meeting project requirements will be eligible for:
  • Up to $2500 to carry out an environmental stewardship action project.
  • Travel reimbursements to attend select workshops and/or national conferences following the successful completion of a planet stewardship project.
Applications will be accepted until midnight November 27, 2017.
 If you are a current member of the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project Stewardship Community (and have previously received funding to carry out a stewardship project) and are interested in extending your project or conducting another/related stewardship project during the 2018/2019 academic year, you MUST reapply to the Planet Stewards Education Project this year.
Questions? Contact:
…NOAA Planet Stewards
NOAA Climate Stewards is now NOAA Planet Stewards!
The NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project is now the NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project. We are expanding our scope to include a wider range of NOAA topics related to understanding and protecting our environment. This means we will focus on a larger number of subjects such as decreasing the impacts of marine debris, conserving and restoring natural resources, and understanding and responding to severe weather events. We will continue our programmatic emphasis on climate as a driver of environmental impacts to humans and natural ecosystems.
This change will allow us to better serve many educators looking to engage their students in citizen science and hands-on stewardship activities that relate to the broad range of NOAA’s mission programs.
If you have engaged us through our distance learning efforts i.e. webinars, book club meetings, at our face-to-face workshops, or through the development and implementation of a stewardship project – we thank you for your support over the last seven years and look forward to bringing you exciting opportunities this year. For those who are new to this program, welcome!