With the support of Promega Corporation, BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute is an educational outreach resource located in Madison, WI. EIS presented a short session to middle school teachers about some aspects of Life In Space which is the focus this teacher training session.
Music video by Javier Colon and Matt Cusson in collaboration with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to inspire the next generation of explorers and innovators to reach for the stars as only NASA can!
Exposing, engaging, and exciting African American students to develop an interest in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics doesn't just happen. In order to dream it (to be in a STEM career), young African American students have to see it (male and female astronauts, engineers, scientists, mission specialists, etc.) who look like them working in these STEM careers and disciplines. NASA's Hidden Figures to Modern Figures videos highlights African American space pioneers from Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and others to modern day NASA employees where inclusion and diversity has become as important as the unlocking the mysteries that lie in our Universe.
The NASA Modern Figures Toolkit has a variety of lessons and resources for teachers to integrate and incorporate into their classrooms that continue the conversation on STEM disciplines and highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion in STEAM careers.
Hands on activities were shared with teachers to use in their classroom with their students. Toys in Space is an activity that utilizes common 'toys' used by the middle school student with videos on how their behavior changes in space.
Experiments using a plasma ball are used to introduce and consider the effect of electrostatic charges in space that may be encountered by astronauts and equipment.
This session was a snapshot of many of the workshops offered by Enterprise In Space. The resources used (videos, websites, educational standards) are noted in this document.