Education: May 2009 Archives

 "How can we inspire today's science teachers and students to meet the challenge of the American science education crisis and reclaim the worldwide lead in science and technology? Northrop Grumman is flying teachers on the Zero G aircraft to experience weightlessness just like the astronauts -- for a start. This is the story of the adventure from teachers across the nation. A film for teachers, about teacher, but inspiring to us all!"

Keith's note: The next step (are you listening NASA?) is to leap ahead of just flying teachers - and to fly students - and not for just 20 seconds - but for much, much longer.

Video below

Frank's note: Imagine how it would ignite the passion for science if NASA announced, after Orion is fully operational, a seat first for a student experiment inside the Crew Module, then flying a student to the ISS to operate it him or herself! Yes, I know space is limited and there are risks. But...just imagine the possibilities! And I'll go even further (and risk being branded nuts)-pledging to bring a student and the student's experiment to the moon. And I have just the organization to work with NASA on all of this: The ShareSpace Foundation. Why can't students go into orbit just like tourists? It's time, don't you think, to start working in this direction?

Touching The Sky

Where Staring Into Space Is Actually Encouraged, Washington Post

"Since 1982, Wood Acres students have learned about astronomy by studying the night sky in the planetarium and through lessons in its classroom. The beige dome is suspended by chains from the ceiling over a carpeted circular pit in the retrofitted classroom. Through a program run by trained parent volunteers at Wood Acres, students in first through fifth grades visit the planetarium six times a year for 45-minute lessons. The program for kindergartners is more condensed; students attend one lesson each week for six weeks, said parent Eloise Keary, who is in charge of scheduling and training for the PTA's planetarium committee. During a class Friday, Jorgensen and John Adams, a parent and NASA aerospace engineer, taught the first-graders about the solar system before gathering the youngsters under the dome. Projecting colorful images of planets on a large screen, Adams talked about their characteristics."



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