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NDSCS becomes a NASA Aerospace Education Services Project member

by NDSCS News

Posted on 2/13/2012

North Dakota State College of Science has been admitted to the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) Professional Development Network, a select group of high-quality professional development providers invited to collaborate with NASA Education. NDSCS will work to design and deliver ongoing professional development activities that will improve both teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

NDSCS will be given the highest priority for adding NASA resources to their professional development courses. For example, NDSCS will be able to have a NASA educational specialist available to provide hands-on sessions in the annual summer teaching academy.

NDSCS Applied Science and Technologies has been given this designation because of excellent past collaborations with NASA Education, including:

  • NDSCS faculty presentation at nanoscience technology workshop sponsored by the NASA Space Foundation
  • NASA Space Foundation training at NDSCS Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS, (miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical elements) workshop
  • A partnership with the National Science Foundation on a grant written to enhance GUESS (girls understanding and exploring STEM science) program
  • NDSCS faculty presentation at Space Exploration Educators Conference

As a network member, NDSCS will help identify STEM professional development needs for teachers in the area, work with an AESP Education Specialist to develop workshops that align with local STEM needs, recruit teachers who match the professional development event's targeted audience and provide workshop facilities that are conducive to teacher learning, with adequate classroom space and functioning educational technologies.

Each state is allowed three entities to become part of the professional development network. To date, NDSCS is the only North Dakota member.

About AESP: The Aerospace Education Services Project is a comprehensive project designed to reach out to the formal and informal education communities in all fifty states and the U.S. territories. The AESP staff consists of specialists who are professional educators assigned to every NASA center. The AESP specialists share NASA's use of emerging instructional technologies and the motivating outcomes of NASA's research, exploration and discovery with education communities and the public. The AESP primary focus is a professional development effort that provides in-service training for educators, classroom lesson modeling, distance learning events, pre-service training for university students, and identification of appropriate NASA education resources.

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