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Mission Directorate-Funded Programs

Florida Middle School Students Experience Hands on STEM Activities at KSC Exploration Station
KSC
POC:  Birdette Brown,
birdette.s.brown@nasa.gov
CC:  eEducation
MD:  Science, Space Operations
KSC Educator Resource Center/Exploration Station (ERC/ES) specialists conducted student programs for 14 middle school students attending a Florida Space Academy interdisciplinary program designed to prepare middle school students for a future in a space-related field. ERC/ES specialists partnered with Space Florida and the NASA / Florida Space Grant Consortium for this event. Students participated in hands-on activities that engaged the students through STEM standards and guided students to the understanding of space propulsion, living and working in space, Newton Laws, Solar System and Moon Mars and Beyond activities.
 

Center Funded Programs

Vacancy Announcement: Supervisory Education Program Specialist
MSFC
POC:  MSFC Staffing,
msfc-staffing@msfc.nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
If you are looking for an exciting customer service-oriented career, consider the Office of Human Capital at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. In this job, you will have the opportunity to strategically inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to engage the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery.

Incumbent will serve as Manager of the Academic Affairs Office and principal advisor, spokesperson, and liaison for educational outreach activities. Responsibilities include the development and maintenance of effective working relationships and the accomplishment of Agency and Center objectives with the education community including institutions of elementary, secondary, higher and adult education; associations of professional and academicians; local, state, and federal education agencies; and non-governmental organizations such as publishing houses, producers of audiovisuals, industries, and nonprofit organizations.
http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=59043825&aid=41032018-2067&WT.mc_n=MKT000125
 

NASA Explorer Schools

Comprehensive NES Summer Workshop Schedule
GRC
POC:  Rob LaSalvia,
robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
NASA Centers will be hosting Orientation workshops for 2007 NES team members, content workshops for 2006 NES educators, and a sustainability conference for 2005 teams members. In addition, content workshops will be available to all NES educators, including alumni. The complete summer schedule follows. June 10-15: Technology Immersion (LaRC); June 15-20: VisioNES (Center for Image Processing) at ESRI Education User Conference; June 17-22: Team Orientation (LaRC, MSFC); June 17-22: Human Space Flight (JSC); June 17–22: Robotics (JPL); June 24-29: Team Orientation (GRC); July 8-13: Team Orientation (DFRC); July 11-12: GEMS Space Science Sequence (GEMS, Lawrence Hall of Science); July 15-20 Team Orientation (ARC, GSFC, JPL, KSC, SSC); July 22-27: Mathematics (GRC); July 22-27: Team Orientation (JPL); July30-Aug2: Sustainability Conference (US Space & Rocket Center)
 

Education Flight Projects

Russian ARISS Contact Successful
HQ
POC:  Frank Bauer,
bauer@axp745.gsfc.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
On Thursday, June 14, an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was made between the International Congress of Slavic States Conference in Sochi, Russia and the ISS. Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI participated in the event.
 

ARISS Technical Interchange Meeting
HQ
POC:  Frank Bauer,
bauer@axp745.gsfc.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) team is planning a Technical Interchange Meeting during the week of July 9 in Houston. The team plans to discuss radio system hardware, software and the SuitSat-2 project.
 

ARISS International Team Meeting
HQ
POC:  Frank Bauer,
bauer@axp745.gsfc.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The next Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) teleconference will be held on Tuesday, June 19. Agenda items to be discussed include the next ARISS face to face meeting, SuitSat-2 and the Columbus Module.
 

Miscellaneous

Space Center Houston Robotics 101
JSC
POC:  Sandy Peck,
sandy.s.peck@nasa.gov
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Johnson Space Center's Robotics Systems Technology Branch is assisting Space Center Houston's Education Division with their Robotics 101 camps this summer. Students will visit the robotics facilities at JSC and learn from engineers about the projects currently in progress. They will see Robonaut, Spidernaut, Centaur, and watch training simulations with the ISS robotic arm. They will also see a presentation about the careers associated with these robotics as well as learning about the robotics programs available for use in middle schools and high schools. There will be 5 different groups participating throughout the summer.
http://usfirst.org
http://www.bestinc.org
http://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov
 

 
 
 

eEducation

 
Center Funded Programs

STS-118 and Future Space Exploration Workshop
KSC
POC:  Birdette Brown,
birdette.s.brown@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Science, Space Operations
KSC Educator Resource Center/Exploration Station Specialists conducted a STS-118 and Future Space Exploration Workshop for 19 Florida in-service educators from the University of Central Florida. The STS-118 mission was discussed as well as ways for educators to become involved with post-mission activities in the classroom. Workshop participants designed and built plant growth chambers and learned about the Plant Growth Chamber Design Challenge that will be implemented by NASA after the STS-118 mission. Participants constructed end effectors just like the one Barbara Morgan will be operating on STS-118. Participants also learned about future plans for space exploration, including the Constellation Program.
 

Florida Educators Focus on The Real Reasons for the Seasons and STS-118 Activities
KSC
POC:  Birdette Brown,
birdette.s.brown@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Science, Space Operations
KSC Educator Resource Center/Exploration Station and Aerospace Education Specialists partnered to conduct multiple workshops. A Real Reasons for the Seasons Workshop focused on hands-on STEM based activities that address common misconceptions and aid in understanding the causes of seasons - and how to help students better learn this subject. In addition, the 51 Florida educators participated in an STS-118 and Future Space Exploration Workshop. The STS-118 mission was discussed as well as ways for educators to become involved with post-mission activities in the classroom. Workshop participants designed and built plant growth chambers and learned about the Plant Growth Chamber Design Challenge that will be implemented by NASA after the STS-118 mission. Participants constructed end effectors just like the one Barbara Morgan will be operating on STS-118. Participants also learned about future plans for space exploration, including the Constellation Program.
 

Digital Learning Network (NES)

NES School honored
KSC
POC:  Clarence Bostic,
bostic@aesp.nasa.okstate.edu
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
2006 NES Conyers Middle School will be honored with the Lighthouse Award at the Third Annual National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C. The Conference will take place June 21-23 and is sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. For more information www.schoolstowatch.org/new.htm
 

DLN Event Honors AOL/NASA Space Pennant Winner
JSC
POC:  Don Caminati,
don.caminati-1@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
The Digital Learning Network at JSC worked with Joan Broadfoot of the Spaceflight Awareness Office to honor Harford / Mt. Laurel Schools in New Jersey on June 14 for their student who took first place in the AOL/NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge. Two subject matter experts presented and answered questions live with nearly 50 5th & 6th grade students. Students posed intriguing and insightful questions to our hosts and received answers firsthand from the experts.
http://kids.aol.com/homework-help/nasa-pennant-gallery
 

KSC DLN partners with AESP
KSC
POC:  Damon Talley,
damon.talley@aesp.nasa.okstate.edu
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
Kennedy Space Center’s Digital Learning Network hosted one of the Aerospace Education Specialist Program’s Specialists in the studio to present “Living In Space” to several groups of K-4 students attending a Summer Camp at Franciscan University in Ohio.
 

NASA DLN-GRC conducts session with School in the home town of Astronaut Clayton Anderson (STS-117)
GRC
POC:  Mazza/Storm,
dln@grc.nasa.gov
MD:  Space Operations
The GRC DLN met with K-2 students in Omaha, NE., to discuss Humans in Space. Aerospace Engineer Tom Benson discussed living and working in space with the students and possible future engineers and/or astronuats. The students discussed and learned about the STS-117 mission and Astronaut Clayton Anserson's role in replacing Astronaut Suni Williams on the International Space Station. Comments were positive as shown here; Thank you so much for the great teleconference. You guys are a BLAST! The kids loved it, and the media did as well. Footage was shown on 3 Metro TV stations. I have participated many teleconferences and feel Glenn has really done the best- you guys went out of your way! Thanks! Rhonda Rodriguez Industrial Technology Facilitator King Sci-Tech Lab NASA National Middle School Aerospace Scholars Instructor King Science and Technology Magnet Omaha Public Schools
 

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Coordinator Co-presents with Huntsville Educator at Alabama Educational Technology Conference
MSFC
POC:  Scott Anderson,
scott.c.anderson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Space Operations
The Digital Learning Network (DLN) Coordinator at the Marshall Space Flight Center co-presented a professional development workshop with a Huntsville City Schools educator at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference; utilizing the videoconferencing technology of the DLN. The June 12 presentation was hosted from the DLN studio at the Marshall Space Flight Center and facilitated on-site at the conference in Birmingham, AL, by a classroom teacher. The presentation provided an overview of several NASA Education resources while demonstrating specific classroom activities aligned with the theme of Living and Working in Space: NASA's Return to the Moon. Workshop attendees participated in several classroom activities reflecting NASA vision for Space Exploration and creating an interest in NASA careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Alabam Educational Technology Conference was attended by two-three thousand Alabama K-12 teachers, administrators, media specialists, technology specialists.
http://www.aetc.cc
 

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents Living and Working in Space to Educators Attending Space Camp
MSFC
POC:  Scott Anderson,
scott.c.anderson@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education
MD:  Space Operations
June 12-13 the Digital Learning Network (DLN) Coordinator at the Marshall Space Flight Center presented a professional development workshop to educators attending Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The workshop featured educator resources available from NASA Education connected with the theme of Living and Working in Space: NASA’s return to the Moon. Some of the resources featured included NASA Educator Guides, videos, NASA websites, education programs available from the DLN, NASA Educator Resource Center Network, NASA Central Operations of Resources for Educators, and resources connected with STS-118. Approximately one hundred educators, technology facilitators, and school administrators attended the presentation at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center provided all attendees digital copies of the resources highlighted.
http://www.spacecamp.com
 

 

Under-Represented

 
Mission Directorate-Funded Programs

Marshall and Oakwood College Host Pre-Service Institute
MSFC
POC:  Marilyn Lewis,
Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education
MD:  Space Operations
Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), in partnership with Oakwood College is hosting its annual Pre-service Teacher Institute (PSTI) June 17-29. Participants include students majoring in elementary education from Alabama A&M University, Oakwood College, Miles College, Tuskegee University, Bethune-Cookman University, and the University of Central Florida. Highlights of the Institute include workshops by NASA education specialists on STS 118, the Digital Learning Network, and the use of NASA Education Resources. Participants will also engage in a joint workshop with NASA Explorer School teachers.
http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/MUREP/psti.html
 

 
 
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