Integrating STEM into Your Camp Activities with NASA

Add to your camp’s lineup of activities — or enhance existing strands — with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources from NASA. Hear how one camp enhanced its summer program to include astronomy. Explore NASA’s new online catalog for resources that will have your campers making scientific instruments out of common materials, harnessing the energy of the Sun to roast s’mores, exploring nature, and more! Learn how to bring local expertise into your camp for stargazing. 

Through this webinar participants will:
Participants will become aware of tested strategies for integrating STEM resources into camp activities. Participants will have an increased awareness of the resources and planning tools available on the NASA Wavelength online catalogue and to be disseminated at the ACA conference. Participants will have the opportunity to adopt strategies for contacting a local astronomy club to plan potential camp activities relating to telescopes and other hands-on experiences. 

CECs: 
1.5
Presenter: 
Keliann LaConte, Lindsay Bartolone, Ryan Rosen, and Suzanne Gurton

Cost

ACA members FREE; Nonmembers $40

Presenter Bio(s)

Lindsay Bartolone, Chair, NASA Science Mission Directorate Informal Education Working Group
L. Bartolone serves as the Education and Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer Mission. She manages a national team of partners to share the exploration and discovery aspects of the mission in ways which make the science relevant to the learner. She leads a number of activities related to this mission including the creation of a nationally field tested integrated space science curriculum guide for grades 6-8 (with GEMS at Lawrence Hall of Science), teacher professional development, an internationally distributed digital planetarium show, a kit of educational materials to support the show in museums, the creation of materials for people with visual impairment and a website and social media effort. L. Bartolone is also Co-I on two of NASA’s Science Education and Public Outreach Forums: Astrophysics and Heliophysics. These teams of Education and Public Outreach Professionals are formed to increase the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of scientists, researchers, engineers, technologists, educators, product developers, and dissemination agents of best practices, existing NASA resources, and community expertise applicable to E/PO. By coordinating and supporting the NASA E/PO community, the NASA SEPOF partnerships will lead to more effective, sustainable, and efficient utilization of NASA science discoveries and learning experiences. L. Bartolone was a part of Adler Planetarium’s Education Dept for 14 years, and participated in a number of museum project and program teams.

Suzanne Gurton, Education Manager, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)
After many years writing, producing and presenting planetariums shows and education programs in planetariums in Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Boulder, New York City and Santa Fe, Suzy has spent the last 14 years at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific developing outreach materials and the networks of amateur astronomers, park rangers and museum educators to use them.

Ryan Rosen is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in graphic design and has been involved with Camp Kinneret for 19 years dating back to his early days as a CILT & lifeguard. After 3 years as the Camp Kinneret Pool Director followed by 3 years as the lead assistant camp director, Ryan spent two summers as co-director of Sunny Skies Day Camp. He returned to Camp Kinneret as a director following the 2007 camp season. Ryan is active in professional camp directing circles, having served on the board of the Western Association of Independent Camps. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Heschel Day School and for Friends of Oak Park Schools. Follow Ryan @campk_ry

Keliann LaConte, Informal Education Lead, Lunar and Planetary Institute
Keliann LaConte leads the Lunar and Planetary Institute's informal education efforts, including developing NASA educational materials for use in out-of-classroom learning experiences and conducting training events. Through her work, Keliann has the opportunity to support professionals in a variety of settings — including libraries, camps, and parks — as they bring STEM into their programs. Keliann received her B.S. in chemistry from the University of Denver and her M.S. in environmental science and engineering from Caltech. She began helping others connect to the wonders of the natural world during her previous work as a park naturalist and museum and aquarium docent.