NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, is committed to identifying educational best practices and recognizing innovative use of NASA educational content. Each year, a group of innovative teachers is invited to participate in special NASA research workshops to expand their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, knowledge and provide collaborative networks with other motivated and exemplary educators.
NES has selected 20 middle and high school educators to participate in in an all-expenses-paid summer research experience at one of NASA's field centers across the country. These educators showed exemplary educational practices using NES lessons and classroom resources and connected educational concepts to real-world situations demonstrating the importance of learning. By using NASA educational resources, the teachers were able to peak student interest in STEM. Working with their peers, families and community, they were able to leverage partnerships to support STEM opportunities.
The research experiences include: Space Weather Data, Laser Research, Chemical Analysis, Simulated Lunar Operations, Green Lab, Inflatable Spacecraft Technology, Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, Mobile and Remote Sensing, Lean Direct Injector, and Space Propulsion.
During the research workshops, teachers will work side by side with NASA scientists and engineers to learn research techniques and identify connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Teachers will be apply their new knowledge about STEM in their classrooms throughout the coming school year.
Congratulations to the educators selected to attend the NES summer workshops:
Kathy Biernat -- St. Mary's Visitation School
Amanda Blough -- Corpus Christi Catholic School
Jennifer Cheesman -- Zuni Hills Elementary
Cassandra Doud -- Franke Park Elementary
Denise Duke -- Forest Lake Elementary
Michelle Harrison -- Holly Grove Christian School
Kaci Heins -- Northland Preparatory Academy
Mary Inglish -- Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Polly Jackson -- Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Brice Jensen -- Winnetonka High School
Meghan Kinkaid -- The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering at the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science
Judith Lucas-Odom -- Showalter
Matthew Lund -- Copper Hills High School
Tammy Lundy -- Forest Lake Elementary
Deidre Mangin -- Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
Donna Rand -- Glastonbury-East Hartford Elementary Magnet School
Diane Ripollone -- Cardinal Gibbons High School
Angela Stiverson -- Franke Park Elementary
Eric Thuma -- Stoney Creek High School
Vin Urbanowski -- Academy of Information Technology and Engineering