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Pennsylvania NASA ERC (Educator Resource Center)

The PA NASA ERC is an affiliate of the PA Space Grant Consortium.
The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) was established in 1989 as a component of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The PSGC is comprised of fourteen public and private universities and colleges working together with industry and precollege partners to increase Pennsylvania's participation in the economic, educational, and scientific benefits of our nation's space program.
 
The PSGC is part of a national network of 52 state-wide Consortia. The Space Grant mission is to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research, and outreach programs.

The PA NASA ERC provides professional development workshops for K-12 teachers, offering:
  1. Topic Workshops (ex. Exploring the Moon and Mars)
  2. GLOBE Protocol Workshops (ex. atmosphere, soils, hydrology, phenology, and land use)
  3. Elementary GLOBE Workshops for K-4
The role of the PA NASA ERC is pivotal in bringing outstanding and free resources to teachers for use in the curriculum. Weekly requests for materials and support are received from throughout the state.

NASA programs and connections to space scientists are available through the PA NASA ERC working in collaboration with the PA NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Goddard Space Science Center. The resources can be accessed through the PA NASA ERC website at http://www.pitt.edu/~nasa/.

PGSC funded in part through a NASA Training Grant