ASE Europe, ISU to Partner on Education, Outreach


ISU PR — An historic partnership agreement has been signed by the European Section of the Association of Space Explorers representing Europe’s astronauts and the International Space University. The agreement was signed on February, 14th 2011, at the United Nations center in Vienna, Austria, by the president of ASE Europe, Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, and ISU president, Dr. Michael Simpson.


LEGO Shuttle Headed for Space Aboard Real Shuttle


A LEGO space shuttle headed to orbit helps mark the Tuesday signing of a Space Act Agreement between NASA and The LEGO Group to spark children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

To commemorate the beginning of this partnership, the small LEGO shuttle will launch with the crew of the space shuttle Discovery on its STS-133 mission, targeted to launch Nov. 30 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Take Your Class into Space with ESA

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, Expedition 20 flight engineer, floats through the Zarya functional cargo block (FGB) of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
ESA astronaut Frank De Winne, Expedition 20 flight engineer, floats through the Zarya functional cargo block (FGB) of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA


A Europe-wide education event will link the International Space Station with hundreds of schoolchildren in several European cities. In a live link-up with the ISS, scheduled for 21 September, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will perform a simple experiment in space to demonstrate the effects of freefall.

The event is enabled by ESA’s Directorate of Human Spaceflight and its Erasmus Centre and will be co-hosted by four European science museums. The ‘Take your classroom into space’ activity is one of several education activities planned during De Winne’s ongoing six-month OasISS mission on the International Space Station (ISS).


ASA Delegation Pushes for Improved STEM Education

California Space Authority Press Release

California Lt. Governor John Garamendi joined Oklahoma Lt. Governor Jari Askins and Aerospace States Association (ASA) delegates in Washington, DC on March 9 for an ASA Capitol Hearing on Education, Aviation and Space. Considerable attention was devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational needs facing the industry.


AIA Pushes for More STEM Education, NASA Funding


Aerospace supporters across the country should join with industry to advocate for STEM education, air transportation system modernization, space exploration and export control system improvements, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said Monday.


California Space Authority Planning Education Center at Vandenberg

The California Space Authority is hoping to build a $175 million education center just outside the gates at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif., the Santa Maria Times reports.

CSA officials are negotiating a lease for use of 66 acres of Air Force property. The land sits on a bluff that is used as the primary viewing area for rocket launches from the military spaceport.

“The purpose of the space center is to primarily inspire young people to look to Vandenberg and learn the story of the land – what’s happening there today, and what’s going to happen there in the future,” CSA Executive Director Andrea Seastrand told KSBY-TV.

Spaceport America Plans Educational Launch Competition

April 15, 2008

UPHAM, NM — The New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) today announced intentions to create a new venture between the NMSA, the Air Force, higher education, and the private sector to create a competitive educational launch program for students in public schools and universities.

The program is envisioned to be a collaborative effort between the NMSA, the Air Force Research Lab Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base (AFRL), the X-Prize Foundation, the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium at New Mexico State University (NMSG), UP Aerospace and Microgravity Enterprises, Inc. (MEI), all of which have demonstrated support for Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.

NMSA Executive Director Steve Landeene looks forward to creating the launch competition for the 2008-2009 academic year. “The spaceport is all about finding new, innovative ways to access space, and inspiring today’s young minds to meet tomorrow’s challenges,” Landeene said. “It is a part of fulfilling Spaceport America’s educational mission.”


NASA Offers Students a Chance to Explore Saturn

NASA is offering U.S. schoolchildren a chance to control the Cassini spacecraft. The space agency is holding a contest for students in grades 5-12 to decide what part of Saturn the spacecraft will explore for nearly an hour on June 10. Cassini’s Science Planning Team has developed a list of three possible targets.

“You are to weigh all the factors, and after choosing one of the three targets, explain the reasons for your choice in a 500-word essay,” the contest’s website states. “Your decision should be based on which image would yield the most scientific results. Just like actual scientists do, you are to explain what you hope to learn from the image you have selected. The artistic value of the image can be an added bonus to your decision.”

Students can work alone or in groups of up to four. The deadline for submission is May 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Space Florida Inaugurates Microgravity Research Flights


Space Florida recently launched its inaugural unattended microgravity research flight from the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

Engaging twenty-two middle and high school teachers from 12 counties, this opportunity is one of many innovative Space Florida education programs designed to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and engage and encourage student interest in space.