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NES Teacher Recognition Examples
September 19, 2012

Watch this video of teachers sharing their experience with the NASA Explorer Schools project.

NASA Explorer Schools recognizes teachers for innovative and elevated levels of NES participation. Each year, NES invites teachers to attend an expenses-paid summer research workshop at a NASA center or research facility. Working side by side with NASA scientists and engineers, teachers learn research techniques and identify connections to science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics in the classroom.

To become eligible for recognition, a participant must:

  • Do at least one NES lesson with students.
  • Use at least one NASA Now classroom video.
  • Fully participate in at least one NES professional development session.
  • Complete surveys for all completed activities.
  • Submit an application describing their level of involvement with NES project activities.

Examples of recognized teachers from the past

Kaci Heins, Arizona: After attending the NES professional development Web seminar on the "Smart Skies" featured lesson, Heins used the lesson with her students. As a part of the lesson, she arranged a field trip to her local airport to see air traffic controllers in action. Heins showed her class nine NASA Now classroom videos during the year, including one on Air Traffic Management. In recognition for her innovative participation, Heins attended the Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope, or GAVRT, training in California. She and other educators learned how to use the 34-meter (110-foot) radio astronomy telescope in their classrooms. In the 2011-2012 school year, her students will be able to use the internet to point the massive dish at targets in deep space, just as scientists do, to collect data and study the planets, galaxies and quasars!

Wendy Dlakic, Montana: A science and technology teacher, Wendy Dlakic joined the NES project and the NASA education community for the first time in the 2010-2011 school year. Dlakic created a "NASA Friday" program where she integrated several NES lessons and videos into the classroom on a weekly basis. When teaching the concepts of forces and motion, she enhanced her curriculum with NES resources, including the "High Power Paper Rockets" lesson and the "Flight Testing and the Global Hawk" NASA Now classroom video. In recognition for her participation, Dlakic was invited to attend the Forces and Motion Teacher Summer Research Workshop at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. At Glenn, she built microgravity experiments and tested them in a NASA drop tower. In the upcoming school year, her students will have the same opportunity to participate in the WING (What if No Gravity?) competition and design their own experiments to test in the drop tower.

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