Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
|Bill Nye the Science Guy |
takes a selfie
|Chairman of the Indian Space |
- K. Radhakrishnan
|Canadian astronaut |
|Space X: Barry Matsumori |
Business dev. & sales
|Canadian astronaut legend|
During a Global Networking Forum, NASA astronaut Kathryn Sullivan emphasized the importance of making connections between using NOAA satellites (which my students have used for several years now) & taking action to address world challenges. At an astronaut panel (I love the informality of learning from these pioneers), the topic of "sustainability" - in every aspect of our world - was given much weight.
|Astronaut panel: Michael Lopez-Alegria (NASA), |
Chiaki Mukai (first female astronaut from Japan),
John Bartoe (NASA) and Sandy Magnus.
They look serious here,
but it was actually a lighthearted and interesting audience exchange
|Student hands-on exploratory|
While students and their parents have always enthusiastically understood how space exploration can be used in the classroom to motivate students and teach authentic learning, there are often others who just don't "get it"; seeing the topic as limiting or not within the borders of curricular content. Let me clarify and say, the topic of aerospace is well beyond content (it's so broad that any aspect can be incorporated into the teaching standards and bring the subject matter ...to life), it's all about teaching a MINDSET. Listen to what is being said by the pioneers in the videos below, and maybe you'll have a better idea of why I continue to link aerospace activities within the classroom. Learning in the 21st century is about: "not knowing what you can't do", breaking perceived limits, drive, feeling the palpable energy like there's a "crackle in the air", resilience, only being limited by what one can imagine, innovation, managed risk-taking ... and being in an environment where one has the freedom and flixibility to practice and pursue these necessary skills. The Right Brothers Effect. Check these out:
(32:57-36:11) "Astronaut Event" Question and Answer Session at the IAC:
Friday, May 23, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Twenty-six parents and students - who enthusiastically arranged flights to Guayaquil, Ecuador with short notice - were not only able to witness this historical event in person, but also had access to the engineers and creative minds behind these innovative accomplishments. Undoubtedly, the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was impressed upon these 21st century learners.