Education: June 2008 Archives

Position Opening: Challenger Center for Space Science Education: President

"Challenger Center for Space Science Education (CCSSE), an international nonprofit education organization founded in 1986 by the families of the Challenger 51-L astronauts, seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve in the position of President.

Using space themed simulation experiences, CCSSE creates educational opportunities through our growing network of Challenger Learning Centers (CLC) and through web-based programming to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers."

Infinity and Beyond

Disney's Buzz Lightyear and Wall-E explore space for NASA, CollectSpace

"Everybody's favorite space ranger, Buzz Lightyear!" the sergeant restated, but Buzz was no where to be found. Instead, his creator, John Lasseter, jumped to the stage. "I forgot to tell you that Buzz blasted off on a special mission in outer space. Not toy outer space... real outer space," explained Disney-Pixar's chief creative officer."

Keith's note: (sigh) Once again, lets see if there is any actual substance to this or just "hey - look at the toy in space".

Editor's note: I just got back from a visit to the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival on the National Mall in downtown Washington, DC. The featured participants are NASA, Bhutan, and Texas. NASA has managed to cover a rather impressive amount of territory - both physical and topical - and the tents were already filled with people on this first day of operation. No doubt, as the 4th of July approaches and tourists flock to DC, this attendance will become even more impressive.

FWIW I will be speaking on 3 July t 2:15 pm about "new media". I am not exactly sure who I will be sharing the stage with.

Oh yes, by all means skip the Texas food tents and try the Bhutanese food. Yum.

Challenger Center Student Design Selected to Represent Richard Garriott's Educational Mission to the International Space Station

"This spring Challenger Center for Space Science Education invited students to use their creativity to design an original piece of art for a student mission patch for private space explorer, Richard Garriott. As the next civilian to fly to space, Richard plans to engage students around the world with his flight to the International Space Station planned for October 2008. The design was intended to symbolize the adventure and discovery of spaceflight. The winning design by Sarah Nakata, a student from the Brownsburg Challenger Center in Indiana, will appear on a special t-shirt that Richard will fly into space."

More Of This, Please

NASA and Disney Invite Kids to Explore Space With Wall-E

"An animated robot and his spacefaring companion are leading a campaign by NASA and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to promote interest among schoolchildren in science and technology. NASA and Disney have signed a Space Act Agreement for a series of educational and public outreach activities related to Disney-Pixar's new movie, WALL-E, opening in theaters nationwide on June 27, 2008. This collaboration highlights the similarities between the movie's storyline and NASA's real-life work in robot technology, propulsion systems and astrophysics."

Smithsonian's Folklife Festival Celebrates NASA's 50 Years

"Moon buggies, stardust and space food are a few of the things visitors will learn about at the "NASA: 50 Years and Beyond" program during this summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The program will showcase the role men and women of NASA have played in broadening the horizons of American science and culture, and the role they will continue to play in shaping the future through exploration and stirring the public imagination. The festival will be held outdoors on the National Mall between 7th and 14th streets from Wednesday, June 25, through Sunday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 2, through Sunday, July 6. Admission is free."

Space Education Update

Lockheed Martin Partners With Bay Area Teachers to Inspire Future Generations of Scientists and Engineers

"Lockheed Martin is hosting 20 elementary school, middle school, and high school teachers over the summer as part of the company's on-going partnership with the Bay Area-based Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME). The IISME organization works to foster a strong, highly skilled workforce in mathematics, science and technology."

Students Chosen as Cassini Scientists for a Day

"Four students have won the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest, with most choosing Rhea, Saturn's second-largest moon, as the best place for scientists to study using NASA's Cassini spacecraft."

Former NFL Player Ken Harvey Teams Up With Challenger Center and Richard Garriott

"Can you play sports in space? Challenger Center and Richard Garriott, the next civilian to fly into space, teams up with former NFL player and four time pro bowler, Ken Harvey and his company JAKA Consulting group to promote a series of fitness activities that students can do here on earth."

Editor's note: I came across this Tweet (a Twitter posting) from BoreholeGroup (conducts scientific research by lowering tools into oceanic boreholes). An interesting education and public outreach spinoff from NASA:

"NASA has had great success with Send Your Name to Space program. We should be able to come up with a Send Your Name to Ocean Depths program."



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