Friday, April 14, 2017

Cubes in Space: Press Release - April 14, 2017

All FIVE science proposals, completed by seventeen 5th to 8th grade students in the "Cubes in Space/NASA Club", were accepted for flight into space! See the CIS press release below:

     Cubes in Space™ is a program by idoodledu inc., in collaboration with NASA’s Langley Research Center, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Colorado Space Grant Consortium, offers global design competitions for students 11-18 years of age to develop STEAM-based experiments for launch into space.

Used in formal or informal learning environments, students and educators are exposed to engaging online content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experiment to be integrated into a small cube. Throughout the experience, students develop key 21st century skills; communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

     Since 2014, Cubes in Space has flown nearly 400 experiments representing 1500 educators and over 20,000 students from 57 different countries. This year nearly 600 educators and thousands of students from 39 countries participated and proposed experiments for a space on a NASA sounding rocket or high-altitude scientific balloon mission.  A total of 160 experiments were selected and were designed by students from Australia, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Serbia, the United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, the and the United States of America.

     The experiments will be launched via sounding rocket in late June 2017 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia or by high-altitude scientific balloon in late summer 2017 from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

El Telgrafo Newspaper Article RE: EXA and Academia Cotopaxi (March 13, 2016)

El Tel├ęgrafo Newspaper elaborates on the 9 year relationship between the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) and three Ecuadorian schools; one being our Academia Cotopaxi. Mentioned are ways in which space education has been successfully used to engage students to pursue STEM, both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Space Exploration Educators Conference at NASA's Johnson Space Center - Feb. 2016Af

After my presentation (see slide in background), I had the honor of meeting the vice president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Dr. John Horack.

Sitting in Gene Krantz's historic flight director seat (Apollo 13)...amazing.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL).

Astronaut Alan Bean (Apollo 12 - second to man a lunar landing, and Skylab).

Kjell Lingren (Expeditions 44 and 45), Alan Bean and Mike Foreman (STS-123 and 129).

From my presentation on after school space clubs, educators get hands-on experience with the Design Process by creating landers, and then...

...have fun competing in teams.