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Sharon Ramirez
California State University, Fresno
5005 North Maple Avenue, M/S ED201
Fresno, CA 93740-8025
Phone number: 559.278.0432
Fax number: 559.278.0142


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Pre-Service Teacher Institute - PSTI

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    NASA Ames Research Center
    Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI)
    Program Dates: June 19 – July 2, 2013
    Applications for 2013 are closed

    Program Description

    The NASA Ames Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) is a two-week summer residential program for college students who are preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school. California State University, Fresno’s (CSUF) administers the institute through a Cooperative Agreement funded by Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD).

    The program is designed to increase pre-service teachers’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while integrating technology into the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning (PBL) space exploration theme. The participants will be assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Using the skills they have learned, the PSTI Participants will develop a lesson to teach to a 4th grade class from a local school.

    To participate in the NASA Ames Research Center’s PSTI Program, candidates must attend one of the member universities (see Member University list)

    A Financial Support Package is provided to all participants

    • 500 Stipend (for those who completely fulfill all requirements of the two week PSTI Institute)
    • Transportation to NASA Ames Research Center from city of residence
    • Double occupancy dorm rooms are provided
    • Daily meal allowances
    • College credit (3 units) given to PSTI participants by CSUF upon successfully completing the program

    Program Objectives

    1. Model and promote the use of scientific inquiry through problem-based learning for pre-service teachers.
    2. Enhance the knowledge of pre-service teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using content from NASA's Directorates.
    3. Promote enthusiasm and self-confidence for teaching science and mathematics for pre-service teachers of young children.
    4. Increase skills in teaching mathematics and science while incorporating technology into the curriculum.
    5. Provide pre-service teachers with a variety of alternative instructional strategies.


    • Must be a U.S. Citizen
    • Be majoring in Elementary Education (K-8 prospective teacher)
    • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or higher
    • Be a rising college junior, senior or a graduate student going into the K-8 classroom; graduate student must not hold an undergraduate degree in elementary education
    • Have successfully completed at least one college level mathematics and one science course with a grade of "B" or better
    • Be in attendance for the full two-weeks
    • Be a full time student at a member university (see Member University list)
    • Have not previously participated in PSTI (at Ames or at one of the other Centers)
    • Have the recommendation of a science or mathematics professor

    Program Sponsor

    Funding provided by NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), through NASA Ames Research Center and California State University, Fresno (CSUF)

    NASA Ames PSTI Application:

    Ames PSTI Application PDF

    PSTI Recommendation Form PDF

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