Education: July 2008 Archives

AIP FYI #83: Mickelson, Ride Bring STEM to the Hill

"On the subject of women in the sciences, Ride said, "the number of women are still lagging behind the number of men, particularly in physics, which is my field, and engineering." Ride noted that statistics indicate elementary school students are very interested in science, but female students somewhat less so. Explaining the importance of these figures, Ride said, "In fourth grade fully two-thirds of our kids still like science, the schools haven't beaten it out of them yet." She continued, "starting at about fifth grade, sixth grade, seventh grade, we start to loose both the boys and the girls, but we loose girls at greater numbers than boys." Ride suggested that the reason girls lose interest in science is because of the messages society sends to girls that they internalize and feel discouraged by."

Are Students Taking NASA's Place?, Next Generation

"Well, not really. But in terms of performing some functions that used to be the exclusive domain of NASA and some major aerospace contractors, they may indeed be filling a significant void. That's the gist of a story a few days ago on Space Review, called "Student satellites: encouraging trend or a sign of panic?"

Mickelson uses his inner spaceman to promote math, science education, USA Today

"Phil Mickelson, the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world, came to the capital to tell Congress that America is in trouble; its schools aren't producing enough math and science graduates to keep up with the world. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80% of the jobs in the next decade will require some form of math and science skills. "Everybody knows Phil as a golfer," Amy said. "But I think there's an astronaut trapped inside his body." Mickelson loves to talk about space exploration, but he stuck to golf to emphasize to a group of students, all members of local First Tee Chapters, how math and science is used in life."

Space Education Update

Teacher In Space Christa McAuliffe's Original Lessons Now Available Online at Challenger Center

"Challenger Center for Space Science Education is pleased to announce that Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe's original lessons are now available for teachers on Challenger Center's website."

Boeing Hosts Educators From Around the World for Week-Long Space Journey

Boeing Sponsors Local Teachers on Weeklong 'Space Mission'

"The Boeing Company this week sent more than 90 teachers from around the world to the 17th Annual Boeing Educators to SPACE CAMP(R) program at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala."

College Students Design Future Aircraft in NASA Competition

"Sixty-one students from 14 colleges and universities around the globe have imagined what the next generation of airliners and cargo planes may look like."

NASA ARC Solicitation: American Student Moon Orbiter ASMO Concept

NASA Considers Development of Student-Led American Student Moon Orbiter (ASMO) Initiative

"MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA is considering the development of a university-based, student-led satellite development initiative to begin passing the space exploration torch to a new generation. The American Student Moon Orbiter, or ASMO, concept invites students, faculty and industry leaders in the U.S. with experience in university-based, student-led spaceflight projects to respond to a Request for Information which is planned for release this month and will remain open for at least 90 days. The orbiter will be a small satellite that could orbit the moon and carry scientific instruments designed and developed by students. It is aligned with NASA's lunar exploration agenda."



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