Education: March 2008 Archives

Challenger Center Webcast with Richard Garriott from Star City, Russia

"On April 21, 2008 at 12:00pm ET, Richard Garriott will hold an interactive live webcast with students and teachers. Students of all ages are encouraged to submit a question for Mr. Garriott on the Challenger Center for Space Science Education's website: http://www.challenger.org. Questions can be submitted in writing or by video. If a question is chosen for the webcast, Mr. Garriott will answer it during the live webcast. Student videos may also be used on the live webcast and posted on the Challenger Center YouTube site. Deadline is April 18th for submissions. All Challenger Center webcasts are free and open to the general public and archived for viewing post event."

Join The Challenger Center Student Art Contest Supporting Richard Garriott's Space Flight

"Students of all ages are encouraged to submit their design for a student patch or t-shirt that celebrates the educational aspect of Richard Garriotts upcoming flight. The student design should symbolize the adventure and discovery of spaceflight from the students point of view. The winning student design may appear on both a patch and a t-shirt. Challenger Center for Space Science Education plans to post some of the submitted students designs on their national website, and will award the winner with a certificate and t-shirt with his/her design later this year. The design may even get flown into space!"

Attention Gen Y

Editor's note: The following has been circulating around the web for a while - someone sent it to me today. I am not certain of the original source. While I am obviously a strong supporter of new ways to communicate and the need for today's leaders to better understand the generation that is working its way up the ladder, the dialog needs to be reciprocal. For all of you Gen Y folks demanding to be let into NASA programs and leadership: today's world did not just pop into existence. Someone had to create it - and the things that led up to it. And the people who did these things got the opportunity to do so based on their ability - not their age. We old folks are not going to just fade away either - and we're multitasking and adopting all of your nifty cyber tools faster than you might think:

Challenger Center and President George H.W. Bush award NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan with the President George H.W. Bush Award

"On March 19th at the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, Challenger Center for Space Science Education and former President George H.W. Bush presented NASA Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan with Challenger Center's top honor, The President George H. W. Bush Award. The award was first given to President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in 1995 for their support in continuing the mission of the Challenger 51-L crew that was tragically lost in 1986. Prior to the ceremony Barbara Morgan gave a brief presentation sponsored by the Marilyn Kent Byrne Student Success Center to students from Texas A&M."

Challenger Center News

Go For Launch! Challenger Center Heads to the International Space Station

"Richard Garriott is a preeminent game developer and son of NASA Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott. As the next civilian to fly into space, Richard plans to follow the lead of Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan, STS-118, through interactive lessons that will motivate and inspire students. His flight is currently scheduled for lift-off to the International Space Station on October 12, 2008. Richard is a former student of Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, the Founding Chairman of Challenger Center for Space Science Education and widow of that flight's Commander, Dick Scobee."

Michael Griffin Redux, Starstryder (Blog)

Grad Student: How do we convince the Government to get us money?

Griffin: We're not allowed to lobby Congress

Grad Student: NASA Produces great educational materials

Griffin: Yes we do, but ... Let me remind you that NASA is not the department of education. NASA spends $15 million each year on education - that's enough money for one more Discovery mission, and we can't do that mission because of the education we do. I'm not saying that is money badly spent, but ... NASA is the only thing in the domestic discretionary part of the Federal budget that hasn't received cuts.

Grad Student: I'm not trying to make fun of NASA - I'm trying to say I want to live in a world in 30 years where people are better educated in Science, Math, and Technology

Griffin: That's not NASA's job

Grad Student: (pause) Do you have any insights from your work with politicians on how we can get more science education?

Griffin: I don't generally get any insights from politicians

NASA chief addresses the Gen-Y problem. Does he care?, Houston Chronicle

"I've got to say that, yeah, young people are not as motivated by space as we would like. But I remember also when I was young and I was motivated by other things. I used to say when I was in college my primary career was golf in the daytime and girls at night, and if I had time I would attend class. I don't think I was atypical from young people then or today."

NASA's Gen Y Speaks Out, Wired

"At the recent NASA Next Generation Exploration Conference at NASA Ames, two young NASA employees, Nick Skytland and Garret Fitzpatrick gave a powerful presentation called "The Gen Y Perspective"-- a set of charts they had delivered to their center management the week before that made it all the way up to the Administrator's desk. Now they were presenting it at a conference of their peers, with special guest moon walker Buzz Aldrin listening."

NASA Generation Y Briefing 2.4 MB PDF

Next Generation Exploration Conference Convenes at NASA's Ames

Editor's update: While some portions of NASA are paying close attention to how the real world is using the Internet, including the 9th floor at NASA Headquarters, other parts of the agency are hiding their heads in the sand. One notable example: JSC and DFRC are blocking access to Twitter. Twitter is one of the fastest growing "microblogging" services in the world and is exceptionally popular with Gen Y. A growing number of NASA personnel use Twitter on a daily basis as tool in their job. I have an account and find it exceptionally useful. There is also a NASA Watch feed on Twitter as well. If you want to see the amazingly global aspect of Twitter check out Twittervision as the Earth moves and messages from all over the world appear in near real time.

However, if Twitter is such a treat that JSC, GRC, and DFRC see fit to ban it, why isn't the entire agency blocking it? What do the CIOs at JSC, GRC, and DFRC know that the rest of the agency does not?

Rather, as I suspect is actually the case, what is it that JSC, GRC, and DFRC's CIO's do not understand?

Editor's update: Curiously, NASA has its own official Twitter feed. Why put something like this online and then block your own employees from seeing it? Typical NASA.

Write Your Own VSE

Return to Luna: A Short Story Science Fiction Contest by the National Space Society

"WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Science Fiction stories that show the adventure of lunar settlement. We want to feel the romance of life there, the wonder of the lunar frontier, of its magnificent desolation. We prefer near future (50 to 150 years from now), realistic stories about human lunar settlement. We want good characterization and well-written, tight prose. We want to feel what it's like to live on the Moon."


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