Dr. Garvin, middle, amidst Einstein Fellows during the visit to GSFC
On April 23rd Einstein Fellows visited Goddard Space Flight Center. I organized the day as a professional development experience. Dr. Robert Gabrys, GSFC-Office of Education Director, welcomed the Fellows. Among the speakers, John Mather, Nobel Prize winner in physics, talked to us about the influence of gravity in the formation of planets and about the James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Mather is the senior project scientist for the JWST. James Garvin, GSFC Sciences and Exploration Directorate Chief Scientist provided an overview of leading NASA scientific missions using the Science on a Sphere.
David Willey performed at the National Science Teachers Association in San Antonio. His physics demonstrations kept us on the edge of our seats. Check him out at http://www.dwilley.com/
At the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Greg Chapek, program manager at Pratt & Whitney, talked to Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons on the importance of STEM careers and science.
Check out this April 17th profile feature: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/science-a-skill-an-art.html
From April 8-11 I attended the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs as part of the Space Foundation Teacher Liaison induction. I had a chance to hike around the Garden of the Gods, a public park nearby and a national natural landmark. This place reminds of National Arches in Moab, Utah. Last Thursday I traveled to San Antonio to attend the NSTA National Conference. Saturday I participated in a tour of the Spanish missions offered through the conference. Enjoy the images.
Attended the Early Education and Technology for Children Conference in Salt Lake City. Learned about the Reggio Emilia approach to early education inspired in Italia as presented by Gary Stager. This approach reminded me of Pestalozzi’s. Richard Culatta, from the U.S. Department of Education publicized a cool tool, schoolspeedtest, for schools to know exactly how fast their broadband connectivity is and ‘connect 2 compete’ offering free/reduced price access to computers and internet connection to disadvantaged communities. There were plenty of apps advertised throughout the conference. I contributed to discussions, as teachers’ voices were absent; most attendees were product developers, professors, and educational consultants. I put a plug for the NASAViz app and exchanged ideas with several presenters.