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2015 NASA Academy

2015 NASA Academy

The NASA Academies offered at Armstrong Flight Research Center, Ames Research Center, Langley Research Center, Glenn Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center are soliciting applications from U.S. citizens majoring in STEM (including citizens of U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas). The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academies by following the following steps for students:1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at https://intern.nasa.gov.
2. Register and set up your account.
3. Select the “Search Opportunities” tab at the top bar.
4. Select NASA Center(s) of Interest under “NASA Center/Facility.”
5. Enter “Academy” in the “Keywords” block at the bottom of the screen.
6. Click the “Search” button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the “View” icon in the first column under “Action” to read about the Opportunity you are interested in, followed by comments on additional instructions for completing your application, including two requested essays.The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated documents is Feb. 15, 2015.

Questions about NASA Academy should be directed to NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov.


CIMS

The Florida Space Grant Consortium is participating in a statewide initiative to promote continuous improvement in math, science, and technology education (MSTE) in the state of Florida- CIMS. CIMS is a member of the National Association of State Science and Math Coalitions (NASSMC). The vision of CIMS is to achieve mathematical, scientific and technological literacy of all citizens in the state of Florida and to create a workforce that is prepared for the increasingly complex technological requirements of the 21st century. CIMS is drafting a strategic, comprehensive action plan to strengthen standards-based MSTE in schools, colleges, and universities in Florida. This action plan will take a systemic, statewide approach to securing support, commitment, and resources from all sectors.

The Florida Chapter of CIMS comprises of volunteers from business and industry, the federal government (NASA), the state legislature, the State University System Board of Regents, the Florida Department of Education, the Community College Board and school districts. FSGC is represented by its Associate Director, Dr. Penny Haskins.CIMS seeks to increase mathematical, scientific and technological literacy of all Floridians and to improve the academic preparation and education of students and teachers in order to develop a workforce that is prepared for the increasingly complex technological requirements of the 21st Century. It identifies specific opportunities to strengthen standards-based, accountability driven Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) at all levels of schooling. In 1999, CIMS was instrumental in forming a new task force to completely redo the Science and Mathematics Content Standards for Teachers and to allocate funds for this purpose. CIMS also advocated a critical teacher shortage for Mathematics and Science education. This paved the way to instituting special scholarship funds being made available to students seeking degrees in these fields. CIMS also initiated and co-sponsored a survey of elementary school teachers along with the Coalition for Science Literacy at the University of South Florida (CSL) and the Suncoast Area Center for Educational Enhancement (SACEE). Its purpose was to ascertain the effect the introduction of high-stakes statewide tests (i.e.FCAT) has had on the time devoted to science in our elementary schools. District selection was made to ensure representation of all size school districts from across the state.Out of 1800 surveys disseminated to 52 schools, 73% of the targeted schools participated (38 schools) with a 44% teacher response rate (804 teachers). There was an even distribution across grade levels (K-5). Survey results indicate:

This information is a vital component of the case for more and better in-service in Science and for better preparation.

Educators Aerospace Curriculum

The object of the project funded by the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium is to integrate NASA’s Stragetic Plan for Education into the Brevard County School System. The subject content includes Aerospace Technology, Space Science, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Biological and Physical Research and Earth Science.

As a part of the project, a web site (Educators Aerospace Curriculum) was designed to assist the K-8 classroom teacher in integrating aerospace into their curriculum by using the excitement of the space program to motivate their students as they teach their required subjects. The objective of the project is to utilize NASA’s Strategic Plan for Education and implement it into the Florida School System. Subject content includes Aerospace Technology, Space Science, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Biological and Physical Research and Earth Science.

Project Team

GE Foundation Teacher Workshops

1. Train The Trainer

The Train the Trainer program consists of series of workshops that are designed to instruct pre-college educators how to develop classroom environments in which students feel comfortable solving math & science problems. Research has shown that Inquiry-based instruction has been proven to improve student’s learning aptitude by providing hands-on activities that require cognitive thinking skills to solve problems. The National Science Teachers Association has made inquiry instruction a best practice in teaching and inquiry has been adopted as a teaching method in the National Science Education Standards. Although widely accepted as the most effective teaching method, many teachers are simply not aware of its advantages, even though they are encouraged by CountySchool Boards and the Florida Dept. of Education. A total of 10 workshops will serve 250 teachers from across the state in which they will learn how to implement inquiry methods in their classroom.

2. Engineering Connection

The Engineer-Teacher Connection program will be established to provide a mechanism whereby pre-college teachers and practicing engineers may connect for purposes of collaborating to strengthen science and engineering education. Teachers benefit from the engineers’ useful technical guidance they will provide for science and technology projects, as well their advisement on the implementation of engineering into pre-college curricula. Participating engineers are interested in promoting their field, fulfilling their employer’s corporate community responsibilities, and becoming positive role models fro young potential engineers and scientists.

3. GE Foundation Summer workshop at Kennedy Space Center

4. CPET Teacher Training Programs (CPET)

5. Digital Solutions for the Classroom (DSC)

Space Explorers

Florida Space Grant Consortium Initiative for Math, Science, and Technology Education The Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) has teamed up with Space Explorers for an educational initiative in the State of Florida to promote Space Education. Space Explorers offers Internet based science programs that motivate children to learn using methods of discovery, inquiry, and analysis. The Florida Space Grant Consortium Initiative for Math, Science, and Technology Education is a project to improve Earth and Space Science Education in Florida by connecting student’s and teachers with NASA’s unique resources. Through this initiative, 20 schools will be sponsored for a Space Explorers program. The primary focus is third through twelfth grade students. Space Explorer’s mission-based programs are grounded in National Science Standards. They are developed around actual NASA missions and allow students to receive spacecraft data, experience the excitement of the learning process, and become involved in the creation of new knowledge. The mission based programs include: Marslink, based on NASA’s Mars exploration program; NEARlink, based on the Near mission to the asteroid Eros; and Moonlink, based on the Lunar Prospector mission.

Marslink, based on NASA's Mars  exploration program Marslink, based on NASA’s Mars exploration program
NEARlink, based on the Near mission to the asteroid Eros NEARlink, based on the Near mission to the asteroid Eros
Moonlink, based on the Lunar Prospector mission. Moonlink, based on the Lunar Prospector mission.

Each of these programs contain three phases:

PHASE 1: Educational Materials and Mission/Research Preparation.

This phase of the program consists of two parts: the curriculum and mission team selection. The curriculum has been developed by classroom teachers and is modular in nature. This allows a teacher to customize the curriculum to provide the best fit for their class. Each module contains the curriculum framework, lesson plans, student activity and student study guides. The curriculum is based on the National Science Standards and are available for elementary, middle, and high school classes.

PHASE 2: The Student Internet Space Mission.

During the second phase, the students take on the role of the mission team, simulating the launch and control of the spacecraft via the Internet. The team interacts live with a Mission Controller who assists them in their mission.

PHASE 3: Research, Analysis and Reporting.

In the third phase of the program, students will be given access to the data accumulated by the spacecraft. They will receive the tools required to perform preliminary research on the information and have the opportunity to collaborate with student teams around the world.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jaydeep Mukherjee (jmukherj@mail.ucf.edu).

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