NASA Education by hcj


									National Aeronautics and Space Administration

                        ISS National Lab Education Project
                         American Astronautical Society National Conference
                                      Cape Canaveral, Florida
                                        November 17, 2010





                                                 James L. Stofan
                                                 Deputy Associate Administrator for Education
 NASA Education

                  Description of Education Theme and Program

    • NASA’s education program in FY 2011 and beyond will
      build upon, focus and strengthen the Agency’s tradition of
      investing in the Nation’s education programs and
      supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in
      inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of
      today who will manage and lead the Nation’s laboratories
      and research centers of tomorrow.
    • Our primary audiences include:
      – Higher education, including universities, colleges,
        students and faculty
      – Elementary and Secondary students and teachers
      – Informal and lifelong learners; strategic partners
            NASA Education

                                            NASA Education Strategic Framework

            Strategic Framework
                                                                                                                    Higher Education

                                                                                                                            Outcome 1: Contribute to the
Cultivate Diversity of Workforce

                                                                                                                            development of the STEM
Disciplines and Practitioners

                                                                                         Employ                             workforce in disciplines needed to
                                                                                                                            achieve NASA’s strategic goals,
                                                                                                                            through a portfolio of investments.
                                   Elementary/ Secondary Education                             Educate
                                   Outcome 2: Attract and
                                   retain students in STEM
                                   disciplines through a                                                                          Informal Education
                                   progression of educational                                  Engage
                                                                                                                                                Outcome 3: Build
                                   opportunities for students,
                                   teachers and faculty.
                                                                                         Engage                                                 strategic partnerships and
                                                                                                                                                linkages between STEM
                                                                                                                                                formal and informal
                                                                                                                                                education providers that
                                                                                                                                                promote STEM literacy and
                                                                                                                                                awareness of NASA’s mission.

                                          Principles/                    NASA                                                  Partnerships/
                                                             Relevance             Diversity      Evaluation   Continuity
                                          Criteria                       Content                                               Sustainability

                                                                 * Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)                                                     3
 NASA Education

                  Associate Administrator for Education

                                              • Leland D. Melvin
                                                        – STS 122 (Feb 2008)
                                                        – STS 129 (Nov 2009)
                                                        – Materials Science
                                                          Engineering background
                                                        – Educator Astronaut
                                                        – NASA Design Team

11/17/2010                       NASA Office of Education – Space Grant Director
 NASA Education

        Focused need: from 4 million 9th graders, only 4% earn STEM bachelor’s
        degrees. Most students are not proficient in STEM at the end of high school.

         Proficient                                    Proficient                                  STEM                                 Graduate With
       (proficient or                                  Interested                                  Major                                STEM Degree
        advanced)                                     17% (2)                                   278,000                                  167,000
         32% (3)                                                                                in 2005 (1)                                Expected
                                                                                                                                          in 2011 (1)
                                                    Not Interested
           Not                                        25% (2)                                      STEM
                                                                                                                                 S&E Degrees Awarded Per
        Proficient                                                                                                                   Year (Millions) (4)
         (basic or
       below basic)                                  Not Proficient
         68% (3)
                                                      15% (2)                                                                            1998      2006
                                                    Not Proficient                                                              Proportion of S&E of first
                                                    Not Interested                                                            university degrees in 2006 (4)
                                                      42% (2)                                                                             China             USA

                                                                                                                                              47               16
        4,013,000                                  2,799,000                                 1,170,000                                        %                %
        Beginning 9th                               Grads in class                           Enrolled in 4-                         Total =          Total =
      grade in 2001 (1)                              of 2005 (1)                            year College (1)                         1.7M             1.5M

     9th Grade                                     12th Grade                              College Grad                                   Career
             Sources:   (1) Gates Foundation, NCES Department of Education Statistics; Science and Engineering Indicators 2008.
                        (2) BHEF U. S. STEM Education Model, February 2010. Based on ACT’s “College Ready” definition, which is different from NAEP proficiency.
                        (3) NAEP Mathematics 2009 national results, grade 8.                                                                                        5
11/17/2010              (4) NSF, National Science and Engineering Indicators 2010
 NASA Education

                  FY11 President’s Budget Submit

             $145.8M                             NASA
                                                            Education STEM
                                            Opportunities     Education
                                            (NIEO) $2.0M        $16.9M
                         STEM Student            1%              12%
                        Education (K-12)
                             32%                                      NASA Space

                                                                       Project to
                          STEM Teacher                                 Research
                          Development                                  (EPSCoR)
                         Education (K-12)         Minority Univ          $9.3M
                             16.5M                Research &              6%
                              11%                  Education

 NASA Education

                  ISS National Lab Enabling Legislation

  • NASA Authorization Act of 2005 provided direction to NASA
    to increase utilization of the ISS by other US Government
    agencies and the private sector through partnerships, cost
    sharing agreements or other arrangements that would
    supplement funding of the ISS

  • NASA Authorization Act of 2010 directs development and
    implementation of scientific outreach and education activities
    designed to ensure effective utilization of ISS research
    capabilities including the…development of educational
    programs, course supplements, interaction with educational
    programs at all grade levels, including student-focused
    research opportunities for conduct of research in the ISS
    national laboratory facilities.                              7
 NASA Education

                  New Partner Driven ISS Educational Activities

             • Nanoracks/CubeLab: Self-
               contained cubesat form factor
               laboratory modules enabling
               student as well as professional
               grade experiments

             • Synchronized Position Hold
               Engage and Reorient
               Experimental Satellite
               (SPHERES) internal satellites
               flying inside the ISS under the
               control of student developed
               software                                           8
  NASA Education

                   New Partner Driven ISS Educational Activities
• Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus
  (CGBA) Student Investigations (CSI) allow
  students to conduct ground based control
  group experiments using classroom based
  apparatus nearly identical to the onboard
   – Over 180,000 students participated in the Monarch
        butterflies life cycle experiment of CSI-3
      – Seed germination and insect growth experiments to
        launch on STS-134 next year
• The Kids In Micro-g student microgravity
  design competition was inspired by the Buzz
  Lightyear on ISS outreach program
      – Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs special feature videos
        on Toy Story DVDs showcased life onboard the ISS           9
  NASA Education

        New Partner Driven Activities ISS Educational Activities

• ARRISSat-1 microsatellite developed by the
  Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation
  (AMSAT) in conjunction with RSC-Energia
  and the Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS)
  Working Group
      – Can carry up to 4 student built experiments with
        experiment telemetry transmitted via amateur
        radio links for ease of data acquisition
      – Scheduled for manual deployment from ISS
        during a Russian EVA in February 2011
      – 4 additional satellites planned

 11/17/2010                         NASA Office of Education
  NASA Education

                   New Partner Driven ISS Educational Activities

• The Lego Bricks payload will use LEGO
  device for instructional lessons to illustrate
  principles and properties of microgravity and
  other science concepts
      – Forces, friction, motion, mechanical advantage
      – Pulleys, levers, gears, cams, pawl & ratchet
• LEGO will provide lesson plans and other
  multimedia on a dedicated website for LEGO
  activities onboard ISS
   – Students can develop ground based
        demonstrations for comparison with ISS onboard
      – ISS and Shuttle LEGO models can be used as
        props for “basic show and tell” discussions during
        educational events                                         11
 11/17/2010                           NASA Office of Education
 NASA Education

                  Ground Based ISS Educational Activities

• The High Schools United With NASA to
  Create Hardware (HUNCH) program enable
  middle school and high school students to
  build ISS flight and training hardware
   – HUNCH involves 20 High Schools in 8

        – The United States Military Academy Cadets
          will be providing project management
          support for HUNCH hardware developed at
          schools located in New York state

 NASA Education

                  Continuing the Legacy of ISS Educational Activities

  • Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students
    (EarthKAM) has involved student from 16 countries in
    student controlled earth observations using cameras
    onboard ISS

  NASA Education

                   Continuing the Legacy of ISS Educational Activities

• Education Payload Operations (EPO)
  Demonstrations have provided a means
  of demonstrating the behavior of simple
  items in microgravity

• In-flight Downlinks have also offered live
  audio/visual interaction between the ISS
  crew with students and the general public

 NASA Education

                  Future Directions

             • The ISS National Lab Education Project strives to
               allow for participation in the ISS mission by the
               world wide public, educators and students at the K
               through Post Graduate levels

             • The Project will continue to develop a portfolio of
               STEM educations activities pertinent to the ISS
               Program and aligned with the NASA Office of
               Education outcomes


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