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What is PSTI?

The NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) is a professional development activity for higher education students studying to become STEM teachers. Targeted participants will include but are not limited to underrepresented and underserved students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) nationwide. The activity affords participants the opportunity to gain pedagogical and content-based training in a blended format to include online and face to face meetings. Online instruction will be delivered via a learning management system preceding the face to face meeting. The face to face meeting will occur in a one-week session at NASA Johnson Space Center to take place October 19th-24th. All exercises will incorporate the use of NASA Education resources, the use of evidence-based teaching practices, the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the use of authentic teaching experiences unique to understanding human space exploration. Participants who complete the institute will produce a comprehensive electronic portfolio qualified to support a professional profile and/or academic studies; resulting in an increase in marketability for positions in teaching STEM subject areas.

Important Dates

Activity Dates:

  • Online Course for all participants
    September 22 - October 27, 2014
  • Face to face workshops at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX
    October 19 - October 24, 2014
  • Post Online Course for all participants
    October 27, 2014

Application Deadline: September 10, at 12:00 pm noon, CT, 2014

Application and Eligibility Info

Activity Goals

  • Utilize NASA Education Resources related to human space exploration that demonstrate true integration of STEM.
  • Provide content-based training in order to enhance pre-service PK-12 teachers' knowledge, skills and strategies for teaching STEM.
  • Provide opportunities for authentic teaching experiences.
  • Demonstrate the delivery of instruction in the virtual and traditional fashions.
  • Equip participants with an end product useful for marketing their acquired skills.

The PSTI institute is designed to increase your skills in STEM areas. Pre-Service Teachers will practice teaching mathematics and science while incorporating technology into their STEM classroom curriculum. During PSTI, pre-service teachers will develop an e-portfolio (online collection of work) containing the resources shared during the activity, daily journals, create lesson plans to use in your classroom at your grade level, develop a final presentation, and participate in online collaboration before, during and after the institute.

Participant Benefits

Travel – Students traveling under 300 miles to NASA Johnson Space Center are expected to use ground transportation and will be reimbursed at the federal mileage reimbursement rate from their home address. The activity will not reimburse for personal travel while you are participating in the face to face portion at NASA Johnson Space Center. Air travel will not be provided.

Hotel – Hotel accommodations are covered by PSTI for participants only.

Ground Transportation – Transportation to and from NASA, including field trip sites is covered by PSTI.

Meals – Meals are provided for PSTI participants only.

Resource Materials – Access to NASA Education Resources will be demonstrated during the course of PSTI. Participants should have access to a personal wireless laptop computer and a digital camera during the face to face portion of PSTI.

Stipend - A stipend of $300 will be given upon successful completion of online requirements (pre/post and face to face) and successful completion of the onsite experience.

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