Nick is examining the cells with parathyroid hormone, or PTH, added. Image Credit: SSEPExperiment: How Does Parathyroid Hormone Affect Changes in Bone Mass in Microgravity?
Research is probably the most important aspect of science education. It is through performing research that students learn to ask questions and how to design experiments. In doing so, (they) can develop the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that are essential in all STEM fields.
-- Dr. Aime Levesque, University of Hartford
Bo is dividing cells in the laboratory fume hood. Image Credit: SSEPQuestion: How is this partnership beneficial both to the students and the STEM industry?
This partnership is beneficial to the students because it introduces them to real-world problems and developing solutions through authentic research and experiments. STEM industry benefits through the development of a pipeline between the students and Hamilton Sundstrand, starting in kindergarten through college and ultimately, we hope, into a career at one of our worldwide companies.Question: What advice can you give to other STEM mentors from this experience?
-- Kevin Renfro, Project Engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand
My advice would be to treat your students as equals and members of a functioning team. Do not view them as school children, but colleagues that happen to be much younger. I think they are more responsive when treated like equals and can see that their ideas are given serious consideration.Long after the experiment returns to Earth, this partnership between STEM industry, universities and our K-12 students will continue to inspire students to enter the STEM fields.
-- Dr. Edwin Thrower, Yale University