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Teachers in Space, NASA to Hold STEM Workshops

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The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space program and NASA are teaming up this summer for a second round of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops that focus on Suborbital Astronautics, Space Medicine and Human Factors, and Suborbital Flight Experiments.

The goal of the workshops is to give teachers the curriculum and experiences necessary to boost STEM instruction, including the opportunity to fly an experiment on a Masten Space suborbital vehicle. The workshop instructors will include a former Space Shuttle Commander as well as leading scientists from NASA, FAA, NewSpace and leading aerospace universities. Secondary teachers currently teaching STEM subjects should apply at tis.spacefrontier.org workshops by April 5, 2012.

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Video: YouTube Space Lab Competition Launched

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Video Caption: We’re excited to announce YouTube Space Lab, launching with Lenovo and Space Adventures in cooperation with NASA, ESA and JAXA. Watch amazing space and science videos and, if you’re 14 to 18 years old, submit a space experiment idea for your chance to win out-of-this-world prizes. Find out more at http://youtube.com/spacelab. Music composed by Aurotone.

NASA, DARPA Offer HS Students Chance to Design Space Experiments

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NASA PR — NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

The 2011 Zero Robotics challenge is a continuation and expansion of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program using bowling ball-sized spherical satellites aboard the International Space Station.

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California Space Industry Lobbies Congress for NASA, Export Reform and STEM Ed

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The California Space Authority, a non-profit industry group, has been on Capitol Hill this week lobbying officials on behalf of the Golden State’s space industry, which makes up 22 percent of the global space market. CSA is pursuing a broad agenda that includes requested Congressional actions regarding NASA, DoD, export reform, hosted payloads, satellite procurement, and education.

A summary of CSA’s main lobbying goals, excerpted from the authority’s point papers, is shown after the break.

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NASA Ames Goes to the UAE Deserts

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NASA Ames Research Center's Dr. Chris McKay stands in the shade while teaching astrobiology to students attending the United Arab Emirates University. In the background is Jebel Hafeet, a highly stratified protrusion of sedimentary rock rich in deep sea planktonic fossils and bronze age human artifacts. Image credit: NASA/Matthew F. Reyes

NASA PR — Whether or not you remember the winter of 2011 as unusually cold or snowy, an adventurous team of experts will remember its intense heat, as they searched for microbial life between sand dunes in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were searching for simple life forms that also may exist on other planets.

The United States team consisted of teachers Mike Wing and Lucinda Land, NASA space scientists Chris McKay and Jon Rask, and education specialist Matthew Reyes. Together, they embarked on a high adventure desert expedition from Feb. 18 – Mar. 4 with UAE students and teachers as part of a NASA education program, called Spaceward Bound. Developed at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., Spaceward Bound’s mission is to train the next generation of space explorers. Led by the U.S. team, local students and teachers from the Emirates were given real planetary research experience using remote, extreme environments in the UAE deserts as analogs for Mars and Saturn’s moon, Titan.

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Challenger Center, Coalition of Space Exploration Team Up

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CHALLENGER CENTER PR — Today the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) joins the Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) as a Partner level member to educate and inspire a new generation of aerospace workers and space explorers. The announcement was made at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Orlando.

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Teachers in Space to Hold Summer STEM Workshops

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In the Summer of 2011, Teachers in Space will offer five one-week professional-development workshops for high-school science, technology, engineering, and math teachers. Teachers in Space project manager Edward Wright announced the workshops during the final session of the Space Exploration Educators Conference, which took place here today.

“Next summer, teachers will have opportunities to experience unpowered aircraft flight with a former NASA Shuttle commander, to fly a flight simulator for the next generation of reusable spacecraft, to study the effects of high-altitude flight in a university altitude chamber, and to build experiments that will fly on a suborbital vehicle,” Wright said.

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Teachers in Space to Fly Student Experiments on Masten Vehicles

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Masten's Xombie vehicle

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In the summer of 2011, high-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers will have the chance to fly experiments on an early unmanned flight of a suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV). The Excelsior STEM mission was announced here today by Teachers in Space, a nonprofit project of the Space Frontier Foundation.

Speaking at the annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, Teachers in Space project manager Edward Wright said “Excelsior STEM will provide a historic opportunity for high-school STEM teachers to gain hands-on experience with space-science hardware.”
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AIA Hails Obama’s Commitment to Innovation, Education

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President’s Commitment to Education the Right Step for Our Nation
Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
January 27, 2011

Arlington, Va. – President Obama’s commitment to innovation and education is important for our nation at a time when we’re facing enormous economic challenges. Our industry understands more than most that “this is our generation’s Sputnik moment” and is committed to contributing to the solution. Already, our members invest nearly $160 million annually to help build critical science, technology, engineering and math skills in our youth.

With 624,000 aerospace employees across the country, we manufacture the high-tech products that our industry has been renowned for since the first flight of the Wright brothers on the sandy dunes of Kitty Hawk. We’re looking forward to working with the administration and continuing to be the industry of innovation and excitement that is the backbone of our country’s competitiveness.

Aerospace Companies Need to Revamp Efforts to Attract and Keep Employees

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Aerospace companies must consider offering newly recruited workers flexible job assignments and a variety of projects to remain competitive with other scientific fields of employment. This was among the conclusions of the “2009 Survey of Aerospace Student Attitudes” discussed at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Joint Societies Capitol Hill Reception, April 13, on Capitol Hill.

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