NASA Highlights CLACE!

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Please see below Key Activity Posting on our Translation work for NTD posted by our NASA NICE Project Manager Monica.H.Barnes@nasa.gov

photo copy 5Major Translations for MUREP NICE Project Expand Resources for the Hispanic Community!

The typically monolingual world of science in the U.S. is beginning to change. The world wide web offers a huge range of information on science, but only a small number of that spectrum is available in Spanish, despite the fact that many research scientists are fluent in both English and Spanish, it can be difficult for Spanish speakers to find what they need online in the way of educational materials on the Earth system and Space science in their native language.

Supported by a 3 year grant, the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Project Principal Investigator (PI) for Nuestra Tierra Dinámica, Marina La Grave, has translated a total of 52 resources and 74 NASA online activities/educational materials into Spanish. La Grave is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) translator and former University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR/NCAR) Chief translator and cultural specialist, and is currently CEO for CLACE (Latin American Center for Arts, Science and Education). The resources chosen for translation derive from a number of directorates that they felt were a cluster of resources that would be especially valuable to the NICE project community, and are also the Earth science contributions to NASA Goddard’s Space Math series. In doing the translations, they have been sure to adapt many of the resources so the investigations are suitable for younger audiences. Marina and her team have also included a cultural connection to all developed program units. The result is a great deliverable that will undoubtedly benefit the NICE community of scientists and educators who work with K-12 students who crave additional background to help them convey scientific concepts to students across the Spanish-speaking world as well as in bilingual U.S. classrooms. The following link provides access to all translated resources that are contained in developed 4 units and 44 lesson plans, these are currently being translated and will be submitted for review in the Fall 2013. All resources are contained in below URL for easy access and review process: http://www.clace.us/nasa-translations.

For more information, please contact NICE Project Manager Monica.H.Barnes@nasa.gov at 864-3983.

 

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