Future STREAM Academy Educators Explore Lunar Samples and Connections for the Classroom
On June 2nd, an education specialist from the NASA Johnson Space Center conducted a Lunar Sample Disk Certification course for Trinity Lutheran School at Space Center Houston. Trinity desires to become a “S.T.R.E.A.M.” Academy and requested specific EPD targets to be presented to their in-service educators. (21) educators and administrative staff representing all grades levels K-12 and all subjects from Arts to Sciences, went on tours of NASA JSC, Space Center Houston, and the JSC Educator Resource Center Manager provided them with an overview of NASA resources.
The group engaged in highly productive discussions regarding the use of 5E and 7E lesson methods and participated in a presentation designed as a 5E lesson to become certified to check out lunar sample disks for use in the classroom. An attendee, organizer, and also Assistant Principal, Patricia Jackson remarked, “Thank you for all of this golden information…and for all that you have done to make our STREAM Program successful to date!” Future NASA STEM EPDC events will be conducted with Trinity Lutheran School as they continue to make strides toward becoming a STREAM Academy and some of their educators have already registered to attend the Educator Professional Development Institutes being held at NASA JSC in July 2015. The Lunar & Meteorite Disk Program can be found here:
This activity advances our goals to prepare 100,000 excellent new K-12 STEM teachers by 2020 and continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities.