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Weekend Walk on the Moon - An Apollo 11 Moon Landing Celebration, July 19-21, 2019

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Interactive STEM Center Opens at Palmyra Cove Nature Park

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2017 Solar Eclipse Event at Palmyra Cove  Aug. 21, 2017

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'Space station' lands in Mount Laurel, wows visitors.

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STEM: Rowan College Takes Science To-Go With New Mobile Classroom

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A space station on wheel rolls into Burlington County.

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Palmyra Cove grows from a park to an Education Center.

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Decoding the Next Generation Science Standards

K-12 STEM Education

Friday, October 25, 2013
8 AM - 1:30 PM
Dreyfuss Auditorium, College at Florham
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Avenue, Madison NJ  07940

PCNP's Director of Geoscience STEM Education, John Moore, to present on "Making the Move: Enabling STEM Education in ALL Science Classes"

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A New Era of Observations: BLUECUBE

Presentation to American Meteorological Society, 93rd Annual Meeting, 1/7/13

Over the past five decades information and data collected from satellites in space and other remote sensors, have generated volumes of information, data, satellite imagery and now computer visualizations that, for the first time in the history of Planet Earth, allows for scientists, educators, and students alike to gain a new and unique perspective of our planet. With pressing issues, both national and internationally, such as sustainability and climate change, BLUE CUBE has potentially transformative opportunities for international student/teacher collaborations and open new innovative pathways in science education and workforce development.

The BLUECUBE Project (Build, Launch, Utilize, and Educate using CubeSats) proposes altering current educational practices by using CubeSats as a disruptive technology. Just as current scientific research reflects a new era of multidisciplinary studies, so should the preparation of students reflect crosscutting experiences, knowledge, and critical thinking skills through the establishment of a national network of geographically represented instructional nodes. CubeSats allow educators and students to experience authentic science, conduct relevant research, and acquire marketable skills for the 21st Century workforce. Research shows that students are better engaged by hands-on instruction and learn through experience. Project Based Learning and Systems Engineering allow students to apply the Scientific and Engineering Methods to real world problem solving.

BLUECUBE supports the student construction, flight, and tasking of CubeSats to image the Earth and/or other data for classroom applications. This effort will advance precollege STEM education and broaden student participation through the development of hands-on training for students and teachers to assemble functioning spacecraft and to utilize in the classroom imagery collected by these low Earth orbit (LEO) pico-sized satellites. This effort seeks to benefit students from four distinct educational groups: K-12, Career and Technical Education (CTE), Community Colleges, Undergraduates, and Graduate school students.

This presentation will highlight activities underway that focus on developing and applying Geoscience and Earth Systems Science applications in the classroom, applications of GLOBE Program protocols and investigations, image analysis, participation in a NSF CubeSat Forum, a "BalloonSat" event in collaboration with Drexel University Space Laboratory, and the development of GeoSTEM, the Geoscience approach to STEM Education.


Moore Brings More to Institute for Earth Observations at PCNP

John Moore, Director for Geoscience STEM Education, has been busy at Palmyra Cove Nature Park, presenting at the American Meteorological Society’s national meeting, teaching teachers for various weather education related programs, publishing articles, and appearing on educational television shows.

A presenter at the Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Austin, Texas this month, Moore spoke about BLUECUBE as a vehicle for teaching the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum.

BLUECUBE (Build, Launch, Utilize, and Educate using CubeSats) is an authentic science STEM initiative that through the use of CubeSats examines the design and construction of payloads for Geospatial Intelligence gathering and interpretation. BLUECUBE advances precollege STEM education and broadens student participation through hands-on training for students and teachers.

Mr. Moore appeared in a segment on BLUECUBE, taped on site at PCNP, which recently appeared on “Classroom Closeup NJ” on the NJTV Network.  He facilitated the multigenerational lessons with middle school students from Moorestown, high school students from Burlington County Institute of Technology, and college students from Drexel who gathered last September to tape the segment called “CubeSat.”  CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite used to perform space science and exploration. The segment can be viewed at (click on “current show” or Show #8, and advance to the 8-minute mark).

On the faculty of Burlington County Institute of Technology for 28 years, Moore remains a teacher---as the NJ GLOBE Program Partner Director, he now teaches GLOBE certification workshops. In January, he’ll travel to Lourdes Regional School in Edgewood Coal, Pennsylvania to conduct a GLOBE workshop for 22 Lourdes teachers.

He recently held an AMS DataStreme meeting (climate & atmosphere) in PCNP’s classroom for 24 teachers from Moorestown, Burlington, and throughout the region.  John is a Local Implementation Team Leader for AMS DataStreme Online graduate precollege teacher courses.

Mr. Moore has also had an article published in The Earth Scientist, the quarterly publication of the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).  The article, Making the Case for GeoSTEM Education, can be accessed online at The Earth Scientist provides exemplary state-of-the-art tested classroom activities and resources focused on K-12 Earth and Space Science educators.

PCNP Joins CBS3 for 2012 WeatherFest at Franklin Institute

Palmyra Cove Nature Park, in conjunction with CBS Channel 3 and WeatherBug Schools, sponsored 2012 Philly WeatherFest, a STEM-Based Workshop for Educators at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on November 13th.  Kathy Orr, Channel 3 meterologist, and John D. Moore, PCNP’s own Director for Geoscience/STEM Education, presented to approximately 120 teachers who participated.

John D. Moore gave a comprehensive overview of the American Meteorology Society’s DataStream courses and GLOBE Certification Teacher Training Programs offered at Palmyra Cove Nature Park while Kathy Orr and her Weather Team gave a presentation on severe weather forecasting in Philadelphia. A representative of WeatherBug discussed the WeatherBug weather station which is central to the collection of weather data for WeatherBug Schools.

The weather station, which is mounted on school grounds, measures via sensors 27 different parameters that students can monitor in real time including wind, rain, temperature, and lightning.  This information can be connected to the internet for easy transmission and with an LCD display installed in the school, the entire school community can benefit.

Sponsors look forward to making WeatherFest an annual event, thereby contributing to the knowledge of weather and climate for educators, students, and the general public.