In-flight Activities from the International Space Station
This year NASA is celebrating a Year of Education on the International Space Station, as astronauts and former teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold make the International Space Station their home. While on board, they share their love of STEM and their passion for teaching. Educators can use the hashtag #TeacherOnBoard to follow the crew as NASA seeks to inspire students of all ages.
Plus: The first of Christa McAuliffe’s lost lessons finally was released from space, 32 years after she died aboard Challenger. NASA and the Challenger Center for Space ScienceEducation posted a video of astronaut–educator Ricky Arnold performing one of McAuliffe’s experiments aboard the International Space Station. In the first lesson, Arnold uses chromatography paper, water, food coloring, and a felt pen to demonstrate how a mixture separates into its individual parts. Altogether, about six lessons will be released, including demonstrations of fluids and bubbles in weightlessness, and Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion. Astronaut–educator Joe Acaba also helped with the video lessons, before returning to Earth in February.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awards are given to teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. This year the Presidential Awards is honoring secondary teachers. Consider nominating a talented seventh- through twelfth-grade STEM teacher today using the PAEMST website. If you’re a teacher, you can begin an application at www.paemst.org.
Deadlines:Nominations close March 1, 2019; applications close May 1, 2019.