2013 Summer Flight Experiment Workshop Applications Opened

Teachers in Space Announces Opening for Flight Experiment Summer Workshop Applications

The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space (TIS) project today announced that teacher’s applications are now being accepted for its free Flight Experiment summer workshop.

Teachers in Space is a project to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging teachers with authentic astronaut training and real space science experiences combined with information and resources they bring into classrooms across America.

The workshop is offered for high school teachers of math, science and technology.

The Flight Experiment workshop offers hands-on, repeatable experience with suborbital and orbital experiment design and launch processes. Participants will build, launch, track, retrieve, and analyze captured data from weather balloon experiments which can be recreated within a typical classroom budget. Teachers will learn about commercial spaceflight, suborbital and glider and balloon flight, meteorology, basic glider controls, basic instrumentation, control surfaces, and simple premade instruments that will be flying with teachers in gliders and on weather balloons. They will also learn about pressure change, accelerometers, and dosimeters. The experience will culminate with teachers practicing what was learned during the week as they launch their own weather balloons.

Leading the workshop are James Kuhl, 6th Grade Earth Science Teacher from Syracuse, NY and finalist in the 2004 NASA Educator Astronaut program; Rachael Manzer, district science coach in the Suffield, Connecticut School District and former NASA distance learning educator; and Robert “Mike” Schmidt, a second-generation teacher and high school math teacher at University High School in Tucson, AZ.

The workshop will be held at the Aero Institute in Palmdale, CA on July 15-21, 2013A tour of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center will also be available.

If you are a teacher of science, technology, engineering, or math at the high school level we encourage you to apply. Space is limited; only 30 seats are available. The deadline for workshop applications is April 1, 2013.  The workshop is free of charge. Subsidized housing will be available at a cost of $25 per night (shared rooms). Meals are not provided, but a limited number of stipends will be available to help defray the cost of meals and transportation. The maximum size of a stipend is $400. If you require a stipend, you are urged to apply early.

U.S. Highschool STEM (Science Technology Engineering or Math) teachers apply here.

The value and result of flying student experiments.

This is an email from Charles Bruker who was one of the finalists in the Student Spaceflight Experiment (SSE) program competition, whose experiment was not selected to fly.  He’s writing to Enrique who has been selected as a finalist, and me. Charles is a high school mathematics teacher.  Look at the letter he wrote below.  This is what the power of flying student experiments in space can do for teachers.

For the Teachers in Space projet, this will be the first student experiment to fly in space. For SEE it will be their third flight.

Rachael Manzer, teacher and Teachers in Space Pathfinder


 Hey Enrique and Rachel,

CONGRATULATIONS, Enrique, on your winning proposal!!! 

It looks like I get to nap while you get to work – maybe this will teach you something about taking on one of Rachel’s challenges! Seriously, though, Rachel, this adventure has rekindled my love of science like nothing else in my eight years of teaching.

  Thanks to you both for this fabulous experience. I’ll be following the news. Let’s stay healthy, and stay in touch.
 Warm Regards,