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Title: NASA Education and the Marshall Space Flight Center Academic Affairs Office


1
NASA Education and the Marshall Space Flight
Center Academic Affairs Office
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
April 9, 2007
www.nasa.gov
2
Agenda Welcome and Introduction NASAs Education
Strategy Informal Education Elementary and
Secondary Education Education Technology
Products Higher Education and Minority University
Research and Education
3
NASAs Education Strategy
NASA's educational activities are designed to
Inspire, Engage, Educate, and Employ our Nation's
youth.
Higher Education
Outcome 1
Outcome 2
Elementary Secondary Education
Informal Education
Outcome 3
Outcome 1 Contribute to the development of the
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM) workforce in disciplines needed to achieve
NASAs strategic goals. Outcome 2 Attract and
retain students in STEM disciplines through a
progression of educational opportunities for
students, teachers and faculty. Outcome 3 Build
strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM
formal and informal education providers that
promote STEM literacy and awareness of NASAs
mission.
4
Role of MSFC within NASAs Education Strategy
Outcome 1 Employ/Educate
Co-op
Inclusion and application of MSFC-unique research
and technology requirements into
fellowships/internships/scholarships and
cooperative education experiences for students
and grant opportunities for researchers
facilitate learning and collaboration among the
future and current aerospace workforce.
Space Grant
NASA Administrators Fellowships
Outcome 2 Educate/Engage
Graduate Undergraduate Student Researchers
MSFC targets professional development and best
practices of inquiry-based learning through an
infrastructure and deployment of research-based
technology applications, products, and services
that enhance the educational process for formal
education.
Minority University Research Education
Moonbuggy Race
NASA Educational Technology Services
Outcome 3 Engage/Inspire
NASA Explorer Schools
MSFC assets support efforts with the ability to
highlight the amazing things that only NASA can
do through use of the Web and NASA TV and through
informal events that are exciting, interactive
and informative.
Educator Astronaut
Educator Resource Center
Central Operation of Resources for Educators
(CORE)
NASA Television (NTV) Education Schedule
NASA Explorer Institutes
5
Informal Education
Dawn Mercer, Lead Education Specialist Cheryl
Guilbeau and Julie Clift WILL Technology, Inc.
Education Support Contract
6
Workforce Coalition Education Task
Force Developing Partnerships for Workforce
Connections

Teachers Technology and Problem-Based
Learning Training
Business Personnel Pedagogical and
Communication/Connections Training
Interactions and Collaboration

Students Ethics and Life Long Learning
Skills Hands-on Team Activities and
Apprenticeships Problem-Based Learning and
Skills Application Skills Alignment for
Workforce Needs
Community
Media
Parents
7
Team America Rocketry Challenge Student Launch
Initiative University Student Launch Initiative
  • Student Launch includes teams from middle
    schools, high schools and universities. Middle
    and high school teams are selected from the top
    25 winning teams in the Team America Rocketry
    Challenge (TARC), a Nationwide rocketry
    competition.
  • The NASA Student Launch projects mentor student
    teams as they design, build, and launch a
    reusable rocket, with scientific payload, to
    one-mile in altitude.
  • A major component of our Student Launch projects
    is outreach to younger students. Some existing
    outreach plans include girl scouts, middle
    schools, local TARC teams, and aerospace/engineeri
    ng classes.
  • Current Partners include National Space Grant
    Consortium, the National Association of Rocketry,
    the Aerospace Industries Association, and Boeing.

8
Robotics Alliance Project
  • The Robotics Alliance Project actively supports
    three national robotics competitions FIRST,
    BEST, and Botball. These competitions aim to
    inspire students to pursue careers in
    engineering, science, and technology through
    participation in sports-like, science and
    engineering-based robotics competitions.
  • NASA supports robotics teams through grants and
    engineering mentorship. Teams are also
    encouraged to solicit sponsorship and in-kind
    support from businesses and organizations in
    their local area.

9
Engineering Design Challenges
  • Connect students with the challenges faced
    by NASA Engineers as they design the next
    generation of space vehicles, habitats, and
    technology.
  • Provide hands-on inquiry based challenges for
    middle and high school students to design, build,
    test, re-design, and re-build models that meet
    specified criteria.
  • Available Fall 2007 -- the newest challenge,
    designing a plant growth chamber, supports the
    STS-118 mission the flight of the first Educator
    Astronaut.

10
Elementary and Secondary Education Overview
and Selected Project Highlights
Vanessa Suggs, Precollege Education Officer and
Julie Clift
11
NASA Explorer Schools
  • Partnership promotes NASA content and
    inquiry-based activities relative to science,
    technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
    disciplines (with emphasis on grades 4-9)
  • With NASA support, schools develop strategic
    goals and implementation plans to guide their
    progress
  • 125 active NASA Explorer Schools nationwide (15
    in Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) six-state
    service region)

12
Digital Learning Network (DLN)
  • Videoconferencing for NASA Education (facilities
    at all 10 NASA centers)
  • Programming includes student modules, educator
    professional development opportunities, and
    special events
  • Highlight Science Across NASA
  • Special event presented from four NASA DLN
    facilities with general theme of science
  • Eight schools participated in two programs
  • Special NASA presenter guests included Educator
    Astronaut and Martian Robotics Scientist

13
Aerospace Education Services Project
  • Trained educators who serve the education
    community by providing professional development,
    student programs, content delivery for DLN, and
    significant support role in the NES project
  • Aerospace Education Specialists service NASA
    Centers as well as the Nation

14
Educator Astronaut
  • Barbara Morgan will fulfill her role as the first
    NASA Educator Astronaut on STS-118 (scheduled for
    June 28, 2007)
  • Educator Astronauts are former classroom
    teachers who are full-time, permanent astronauts
  • They help lead the Agency in the development of
    new ways to connect space exploration with the
    classroom

15
STS-118 Engagement
  • Many education related activities are being
    developed to use the excitement of STS-118 to
    highlight NASA Education and attract new students
    to STEM disciplines
  • Highlight Engineering Design Challenge Plant
    Growth Chamber
  • Standards based design challenge for K-12
    students
  • Students will be charged with designing a plant
    growth system for the moon
  • Challenge will be offered free through the NASA
    education website
  • www.nasa.gov/sts118
  • www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/STS-118_index.h
    tml

16
Student Volunteers
  • Provides an opportunity for students to work with
    NASA employees utilizing skills they have while
    learning first hand about NASA careers.
  • Most are high school students.
  • Length of service
  • varies usually 10
  • weeks.

17
Education Technology Products Projects
Jeff Ehmen Lead Education Technology and Products
18
eEducation Small Projects
Educational Media Archive

Educator Resource Center Network
Central Operations of Resources for Educators
19
eEducation Small Projects
20
NASA Educational Technologies Services (NETS)
21
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22
Educator Resource Center Network
  • The Educator Resource Center Network provides
    in-service and pre-service training utilizing
    NASA curriculum support products. We provide
    expertise and facilities/professional development
    workshops to help educators at all levels access
    and utilize science, technology, engineering, and
    mathematics and instructional materials which are
    aligned with national standards and state
    frameworks.
  • Available Resources
  • Educator Guides (lesson plans)K-12
  • Video Tapes
  • Lithographs
  • Wall sheets (posters)
  • NASA Portal
  • CD-ROMs
  • DVDs
  • How are resources requested?
  • Telephone
  • Mail
  • E-mail
  • Scheduled/Walk-Ins
  • Professional Development Workshops

23
Higher Education and Minority University Research
and Education Projects
Chrissa Hall, Mona Miller, Alan Chow, and Marilyn
Lewis Higher Education Project
Managers
24
Higher Education Opportunities
http//education.msfc.nasa.gov
Undergraduate (Work/Study and Internships)
Post-Doctoral
Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program
Undergraduate Student Research Project
Marshall Space Grant Research Project Society
for Hispanic Engineers Scholars Project NASA
Academy American Indian Higher Education
Consortium Research Experience Minorities
in Science and Engineering Student Volunteer
Services
NASA Post-Doctoral Project
Faculty
NASA Faculty Fellowships NASA Administrators
Fellowship Project Visiting Researcher Exchange
and Outreach Project
Competitions
Great Moonbuggy Race University Student
Launch Initiative
Graduate
Michael P. Anderson Summer Outreach Mi
Futuro (My Future) Motivating Undergraduates
in Science and Technology
Scholarships
Harriet Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Project Graduate Student Researchers Project
25
Cooperative Education (Co-op)
http//coop.msfc.nasa.gov
Co-op is a cooperative agreement between NASA
and an accredited university to allow qualified
students the opportunity to alternate
college-level academic study with full-time NASA
work experience (which leads to full-time
employment with NASA per a students successful
completion of the Co-op requirements and the
ability to hire by a NASA Center).
  • Requirements
  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be enrolled in the Universitys Co-op Program
  • Have a good scholastic standing (Cumulative GPA
    2.9)
  • Attend an Accredited University
  • Have completed at least 30 semester hours for
    undergraduate opportunities or 1 semester for
    graduate opportunities
  • Ability to work a minimum of three alternating
    semesters while a Co-op

26
Summer Student Internship Opportunities
  • Ten-week hands-on mentored internships for
    undergraduate and graduate students enrolled
    full-time at US colleges or universities.
  • Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)
    http//www.vsgc.odu.edu/Menu3_1_3.htm
  • Rising juniors and seniors with minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Marshall Space Grant Research (MSGR) Internships
  • http//www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/education/hig
    her_education
  • Collaboration between Marshall and NASA Space
    Grant Consortia to promote education and research
    in STEM disciplines.
  • ESMD (Exploration Systems Mission Directorate)-
    Space Grant Internships
  • http//education.ksc.nasa.gov/esmdspacegrant/i
    nternships.htm
  • ESMD-relevant research experience at NASA
    centers and
  • industry

27
Graduate Student Researchers Project (GSRP) http/
/fellowships.hq.nasa.gov/gsrp/nav/
  • Fellowships for graduate study leading to masters
    or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics, and
    engineering.
  • Goal Increasing the number of highly trained
    scientists and engineers in aeronautics and
    space-related disciplines.
  • Applicant Requirements
  • Currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time
    graduate student in an accredited U.S. college or
    university.
  • U.S. citizen.
  • Must agree to participate in a NASA Center-based
    internship.

28
Great Moonbuggy Race
  • 14th annual competition for high school and
    college students to be held April 13-14.
  • Encourages problem-solving in a team environment.
  • Students design, build, and race two-person
    powered buggies over simulated lunar terrain.
  • 35 high school and 25 college teams from 20
    states, Puerto Rico, Germany and Canada have
    registered for the race.

moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov
29
Michael P. Anderson Summer
Outreach
  • Intensive 3-week project for high school students
    that provides problem-based learning experiences
    in robotics, mechanical disassembly and assembly,
    electronics, space propulsion, surveying (GPS),
    optics, bridge building and engineering
    mathematics.
  • Developed by the AL AM University School of
    Engineering and Technology to encourage students
    to pursue careers in engineering. Instructors
    include NASA employees, AAMU faculty, NASA summer
    interns and AAMU engineering majors.
  • Tours MSFC and aerospace
  • industries.
  • Individual and team
  • awards.

http//engr.aamu.edu/outreach
30
Mi Futuro (My Future)
  • High school outreach program provided by Stillman
    College, Oakwood College and the Alabama Latin
    American Association to interest Alabamas
    Hispanic students in STEM careers.
  • Features annual statewide Hispanic Youth
    Conferences.
  • Two-week Summer
  • Academy offered.
  • Scholarships awarded
  • to high achieving
  • students.

31
Motivating Undergraduates in Science and
Technology (MUST)
  • Agency-wide scholarship and summer internship
    program designed to increase the number of
    minority students and women entering STEM fields.
  • 93 students enrolled.
  • Internships provided
  • at all 10 NASA
  • centers.

32
Minorities in Science and Engineering (MiSE)
  • Provides competitive internships to Oakwood
    College, University of Alabama at Huntsville, and
    Alabama A M University students majoring in
    STEM fields. (Fifty students selected since
    2001.)
  • Students participate in
  • on-going research,
  • career workshops and
  • mentor area high school
  • students during the
  • school year.
  • Goal is to train and retain
  • pipeline students.
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