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Berkshire Waldorf High School Wins NASA Climate Change Internship
01:48PM / Friday, March 02, 2018
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Waldorf High School life science teacher Lee Magadini has been awarded a year-long internship with the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, working with the Climate Change Research Initiative.

Magadini is one of four interns chosen from among thousands of applicants. As a NASA GISS CCRI intern, she will work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curricula. As an associate researcher at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a STEM education expert, Magadini will integrate NASA education resources and content into her classroom while improving STEM education within her community.

During the fall and spring terms of CCRI, the research team of NASA Principal Investigators will lead graduate-level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area related to climate change. High school and undergraduate students will join the teams during the summer session.

Participating high school STEM educators will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio that integrates components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan utilizing NASA education resources and aligning NASA Science and STEM curricula to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teachers will then incorporate the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community STEM outreach and engagement events related to their NASA research study.

As the primary life science teacher at Berkshire Waldorf High School for the past five years, Magadini has taught biology and earth science and led annual trips to study tide pool zoology on Hermit Island, Maine. She holds a master of arts degree from New York University in high school life science education, and also teaches at the Secondary School for Field Research, in partnership with the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and participating New York City public schools.

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