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Erich Landstrom
Erich Landstrom
Erich Landstrom
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Seminole Ridge Community High School
Loxahatchee, FL
Erich Landstrom is Florida's NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory "Solar System Educator," offering teacher training and classroom activities highlighting NASA missions of discovery and exploration. Erich teaches physical science classes(including Physics, Astronomy, and Integrated Science) at Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee, and taught at Boynton Beach Community High School from 2001 to 2007. Erich was the Palm Beach County School District Science Teacher of the Year for 2002-03, SECME School Coordinator of the Year for 2006-07, and received a RadioShack National Teacher Award in 2004.

From 1997 to 2001, Erich was Director of Astronomy Education at the South Florida Science Museum. He oversaw the Dr. Buzz Aldrin Planetarium Theater, the portable Quantum StarLab planetarium, and the Henry C. Gibson Sr. Observatory's 14" telescope. Previously (1995 - 1997), he was the planetarium director of the Savannah Science Museum, and volunteered at the Oatland Island Education Center Observatory in Georgia.

Erich volunteers at the Children's Schoolhouse Museum and Learning Center in Boynton Beach, and at the Children's Science Explorium in Boca Raton.

The "Pioneers to the Planets" astronomy program prepares children to live and work in a world that is increasingly scientific and technical in nature. Just as the museum exhibits provide visitors with a broad view of the history of our region, the astronomy program opens the new frontier, the final frontier: space. The pioneers of the 21st century who will go to the Moon and Mars are more similar to the pioneers who settled Florida, with a minimum of resources and living from what would be able to find on their new home.

"Warming to Global Warming: Sunspots and Sea-Surface Temperature" by Erich was published in The Science Teacher, the National Science Teacher Association's journal volume 75, number 4, pages 62-67. It describes how students are assigned a problem-based laboratory activity to evaluate the causality of changes on the solar surface, with climate change and a warming in the Earth's environment. They use real-time data from the Internet and graphing calculators to research the possible effects of sunspot activity on ocean temperatures in the Atlantic.

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