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|Space Studies Board Annual Report 2010|
The SSB provides an independent, authoritative forum for information and advice on all aspects of space science and applications, and it serves as the focal point within the National Academies for activities on space research.This volume reviews the organization, activities, and reports of the SSB for the year 2010.
|Report of a Workshop of Pedagogical Aspects of Computational Thinking|
Report of a Workshop of Pedagogical Aspects of Computational Thinking focuses on pedagogical considerations for computational thinking. The workshop was structured to gather pedagogical inputs and insights from educators who have addressed computational thinking in their work with K-12 teachers and students. It illuminates different approaches to computational thinking and explores lessons learned and best practices.
|An Interim Report on NASA's Technology Roadmap |
For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to achieve many of its space science and exploration goals over the next several decades, dramatic advances in space technology will be necessary. NASA has developed a set of 14 draft roadmaps to guide the development of such technologies under the leadership of the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). In this interim report, the NRC provides several initial observations that will be expanded on in the final report to be released in 2012.
Report in Brief (PDF)
New Worlds, New Horizons Available as Booklet
A richly-illustrated 30-page booklet, titled 2020 Vision: An Overview of New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, is now available. The booklet describes the science and the high-priority projects discussed in the 2010 astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Survey chair Roger Blandford, executive officer Lynne Hillenbrand, and members Michael Turner and Debbie Elmegreen worked closely with NRC staff and consultants Hugh van Horn, Michael Specian, and Shannon Thomas to produce the booklet. The booklet is intended for policymakers, the general public, the media, and young students interested in science, and astronomy, in particular. It will be distributed to high schools across the country and made available for free.
To order a booklet, please conact Teri Thorowgood.
Making Solid State Lighting a Bit Clearer
In early August, Jonna Hamilton, John Holmes and members from the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems' (BEES) solid state lighting committee toured and received demonstrations at a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) color laboratory. The lab is used to test various solid state and other light technologies within a controlled environment to compare how different lights impact different colors.
Read more and watch the video!
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