[image-51]Name: Dave Mazza
Digital Learning Network (DLN) Education/Technology Specialist
What that means:
It is just a title given to us for our job, to me it means that everyday we get to talk with wonderful students and teachers from different locations across the US. To be able to do this we must make sure that all forms of video and audio communications are incorporated into our studios and presentations.
What I do:
I mostly have fun working ;) As mentioned above we get to speak with wonderful students and teachers about NASA related content. It is fun to test new applications and take them to their limits!
The most interesting part of my job is:
Wow the most interesting part, there are many for example, we get to talk and work with NASA engineers, scientists, and technicians and share what NASA does and how it relates to what students are doing in the classroom.
[image-78]My favorite project that I have worked, or that I am working on, is:
I would have to say all 30 years of NASA has been the most exciting project I have worked on. From working in the art, publisihing, video, and education departments, to working inside wind tunels, icing aircraft, and drop towers all have been challening and exciting.
The accomplishment that I am most proud of is:
The design and building of the two DLN studios and what they do for teachers and students.
A Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education helped me by:
The STEM fields learned in school I have applied in regular everyday life often and often not even knowing I am using them.
Good advice for students, including STEM students, is:
Do not ever give up if something is hard or you do not understand it, ask questions and more questions, you will get it!
How do you "dream big?"
Try to learn something new everyday, even the small things! Challenge myself with things that you never tried before.
Who inspired you to "dream big?"
There have been many but to name a few, my Parents, my mentor Ralph Schreir, my math teacher Mr. Mancusso, and most recently my kids doing things I never would have tried when I was their age.
What do you do to inspire others to "dream big?"
Be supportive and let them try and learn for themselves while providing guidance. It is a great feeling when the Light Bulb so to speak turns on!