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Elementary and Secondary Education

 
Learning Technologies Program

New KSC Education Technology Project Manager
KSC
POC:  Berta Alfonso,
Berta.A.Alfonso@nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems, Space Operations
Theresa Schroeder has been selected as the new Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Education Technology Project Manager. Theresa will manage the KSC Learning Technologies Project (LTP) Virtual Lab, as well as the current Space Operations Mission Directorate projects KLASS and the LSP Website. She will also be the contact for the KSC Education Portal Migration. Theresa is a computer engineer with 17 years work experience at KSC. KSC education is very fortunate to have Theresa join their group.
 

High School High Tech
JSC
POC:  Dr. Robert Shelton,
robert.o.shelton@nasa.gov
CC:  Informal Education, eEducation, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
The learning technologies team gave the keynote presentation for the kickoff of the High School High Tech program in Houston. High School High Tech Encourages students with disabilities from the local Houston/Galveston area to pursue academic studies and explore careers in science, engineering, and math. The program is a collaborative project of United Cerebral Palsy of Texas, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston, and NASA, JSC. The event was attended by approximately 150 students and 30 adults including parents and teachers of disabled students from the greater Houston area. Dr. Robert Shelton, a blind mathematician from the Learning Technologies Project at the Johnson Space Center spoke on tools and techniques for people with disabilities to support education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
http://www.high-school-high-tech.com/pubs/19_47_228.CFM
 

Team Invited to Present at California Research Conference
GSFC
POC:  Yolanda Gayol,
yolanda.gayol@gsfc.nasa.gov
CC:  Higher Education, eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems
Learning Technologies (LT)-LEARNERS team member will present to two sessions of the Regional Research Conference in Education at Fielding Graduate University. One presentation will be on information technology fluency based on evaluation of 2005 Fundamentals of Lunar
Exploration activity funded by Exploration Sysystems Mission Directorate. The second is on quantitative research methods.
 

 

Higher Education

 
Mission Directorate-Funded Programs

ESMD's ICPI for Education Projects
KSC
POC:  Shannon Potter,
Shannon.W.Potter@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
KSC competed in the ESMD's ICPI for Education Projects. The ESMD has<br>selected to fund the Spaceflight and Lunar Science and Technology Program<br>(SLSTP) as a result of this competition. This funding will leverage Office<br>of Education and SOMD funding for SLSTP.
 

Miscellaneous

World Year of Physics Flight Program Postponed
JSC
POC:  Donn Sickorez,
donn.g.sickorez@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
The flights to celebrate the 2005 World Year of Physics have been postponed due to maintenance issues with the reduced gravity aircraft. All parties concerned were consulted about the action, and all concurred that it would be best to postpone the flight week. The teams, plus all cooperating partners have been notified. We are discussion re-flight options with Ellington Field's Reduced Gravity Office and HQ decision makers.
http://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov
 

Electronic Field Trip May Reach 12 Million Students
JSC
POC:  Donn Sickorez,
donn.g.sickorez@nasa.gov
MD:  Exploration Systems
The Electronic Field Trip (EFT), scheduled in conjunction with the World Year of Physics flight week will still be held. Thanks to our partner's excellent forward planning and alternate flight footage sources, some 12 million students will tune in to the September 29 broadcast. Ball State University (producers of the EFT) and Space Center Houston have received registrations from 48 different states, some 485 individual classrooms, 35 different educational broadcasting stations, and 3 foreign countries. The total number of classroom registrations for this one event exceeds the sum total of last year's classroom registrations. Congratulations are in order to Ball State for seeing the potential for this interest, and making this happen, despite many challenges. The broadcast will contain 3 hour-long, live segments on Thursday morning: physics concepts, physics of the airplane, and gravity, orbits and freefall.
http://www.bsu.edu
 

 

Informal Education

 
Mission Directorate-Funded Programs

ESMD Projects
HQ
POC:  Jerry Hartman,
jerry.g.hartman@nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Higher Education, eEducation
MD:  Exploration Systems
The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate awarded 16 projects under its FY 2006 Intramural Call for Project Ideas (ICPI). ESMD awarded six projects related to Informal Education, six related to Higher Education, and 10 for the K-12 program. The total value of the awards was $4.6M. Most awards were for one year. Funding will begin in October 2005. <br><br>POC: Jerry Hartman, 202-358-1451.<br><br>
 

 

eEducation

 
Center Funded Programs

CORE and ERCN Highlighted on NASA Portal
HQ
POC:  Kathy Kaiser-Holscott,
nasaco@leeca.org
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Informal Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Three Feature stories are on the Educator Pages of the NASA Portal with soon to be added a feature on the NASA ERCN. Please watch the pages for the upcoming article!

NASA Takes Orders From You!
NASA's CORE is your source for ordering a wide variety of educational materials.
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NASA History Hits the Road
A partnership with Southeast Missouri State University and NASA takes exploration to schools.
+ Read More

Blast Back to School Extra
It's time to Blast Back to School!
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http://www.nasa.gov/education/ercn
http://www.nasa.gov/education/core
 

Digital Learning Network (NES)

Exciting Students About Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
LRC
POC:  Bob Starr,
Robert.M.Starr@nasa,gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education
MD:  Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
What is the best way to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? Have the students talk to NASA.

Through the Digital Learning Network, students in Phenix City did just that. Every class in this NASA Explorer School is paired with personnel from NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Every class has conducted research about the career and developed interview questions. In late August and mid September, the children met and interviewed their NASA buddy through the Digital Learning Network. The students asked questions like “What courses should they take if they wanted to become an engineer?” and “How do you use math and science in your career?”

Throughout the months of September and October, each of the 32 classrooms will be developing presentations and displays that highlight careers in STEM. The students will present their displays to the community on Tuesday, October 25 at Phenix City’s NASA Family Night.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the NASA Family Career Night.


 

Launch into Learning
GRC
POC:  Ruth Petersen,
ruth.petersen@grc.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Three Glenn Digital Learning Network (DLN) events will support Launch into Learning, the 2nd annual Fall NASA Explorer Night at NASA Explorer School (NES) Pine Ridge Middle School in Florida. During the videoconferences, a NASA Pathfinder scientist will connect with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and the general public to discuss NASA's exploration of the solar system.
http://nasadln.nmsu.edu/dln
 

 
 

Upcoming Events

 
Digital Learning Network (NES)

Launch into Learning
GRC
September 27
POC:  Ruth Petersen,
ruth.petersen@grc.nasa.gov
CC:  Elementary and Secondary Education, Under-Represented
MD:  Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations
Three Glenn Digital Learning Network (DLN) events will support Launch into Learning, the 2nd annual Fall NASA Explorer Night at NASA Explorer School (NES) Pine Ridge Middle School in Florida. During the videoconferences, a NASA Pathfinder scientist will connect with students, teachers, parents, administrators, and the general public to discuss NASA's exploration of the solar system.
http://nasadln.nmsu.edu/dln
 

 
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Last Updated: January 11, 2012