WV EDUCATORS ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOL AT NASA
This summer, 30 elementary and middle school teachers and
administrators traded in chalkboards and textbooks for wind tunnels
and acoustic labs at a one-week workshop held at NASA's Langley
Research Center, Hampton, Virginia.
At the workshop, Sharon Powell and Ron Tote, from Mount View
Middle School, played the role of students. They learned about the
latest NASA projects, visited NASA facilities, attended seminars
taught by NASA researchers, engineers and technicians, and studied
topics ranging from aeronautics to interplanetary exploration.
The NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program is an initiative
sponsored by NASA's Office of Education in collaboration with the
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Under a three-year
partnership, NASA Langley is working with teams from Kentucky,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Through this program and others like it, NASA is seeking "to
inspire the next generation of explorers" by helping to make
learning science and mathematics more exciting in the classroom.
NES workshops provide new ways to positively impact science and
mathematics instruction by exposing educators to new technology
tools they can use.
Educators are then challenged to immerse their next class of
students in NASA resources through hands-on experiences. They are
also charged to share their NES workshop experience with other
educators in their schools, their school divisions, and across
To learn more about the NES program and other NASA educational