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.

2013 Summer SMHF Workshop Applications Opened

Teachers in Space Announces Opening for Space Medicine and Human Factors 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 Space Medicine and Human Factors 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 Space Medicine and Human Factors workshop offers learning in high-altitude physiology and respiration, decompression and vacuum exposure, space weather and radiation, as well as the effects of weightlessness, G-forces, noise, and vibration. Participants will experience the effects of high altitude in a normobaric chamber used to teach pilots how to recognize the symptoms of oxygen loss at high altitudes.  In addition, participants will learn about the history of commercial space, the space environment and its effect on space travelers and space weather. Workshop will culminate with a Design Challenge in which participants will design human accommodations for a sub-orbital space vehicle, taking into consideration all the factors explored in the week’s activities. The workshop will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL on June 24-28, 2013In addition to returning workshop leads Chantelle Rose, Director of Educational Operations at Challenger Center of Alaska, and Dr. Jason Kring, Assistant Professor of Human Factors and Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), expert instructors include Dr. Sten Odenwald, NASA Goddard astronomer; Dr. John Deaton, Professor, School of Aeronautics, Florida Tech; Dr. Lance Erickson, Professor, Applied Aviation Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU); and Michael Coman, Assistant Professor of Aeronautical Science (ERAU).

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. High school STEM (Science Technology Engineering or Math) teachers apply by clicking here

TIS Newsletter 2012 #4

SSEP International Space Station Experiment Contest Winner

This year, Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) invited student groups working under the direction of the 25 teachers who successfully completed the July 2012 TIS Flight Experiments Workshop to compete in an experiment design competition. We first reported on this competition in the September 2012 TIS newsletter.  Of the many entries submitted, TIS judges chose three finalists:

Experiment: Storage of Hydrogen in Carbon Nanotubes in Space

Teacher Facilitator: Charles Brucker

School: Mission San Jose High School, CA

 

Experiment: The Effect of Microgravity on the Spontaneous Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic STEM Cells

Teacher Facilitator: Enrique Chee

School: Bainbridge High School, WA

Experiment: A Study of How Microgravity Affects the Activity of Enzymes in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Using the Model of Papain and Gelatin

Teacher Facilitator: Amy McCormick

School: West Shore Junior/Senior High School, FL

SSEP judges reviewed the entries, and selected a winner to fly to the International Space Station in 2013. Congratulations to the team of West Shore Junior/Senior High School of Florida! We look forward to following your experiment’s progress in space!

Our thanks to Rachel Manzer for coordinating this contest and to the panel of TIS judges who completed the first round of entry reviews, and a round of applause to everyone who participated in this competition.

Teachers in Space is collaborating with Student Spaceflights Experiments Program to offer this contest. The Student Space Flight Experiments Program [or just "SSEP"](http://ssep.ncesse.org) is undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) in partnership with Nanoracks, LLC. This on-orbit educational research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks, LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

 Foresight Program Book Give-away and 2013 Essay Contest

Teachers In Space is delighted to announce a special new STEM youth outreach program led by the Foresight Institute! This year Foresight is targeting top science, engineering, and entrepreneurially-oriented college clubs, STEM high schools, and gifted youth programs in the nation and sending out 300 sets of inspiring books on emerging technologies, including Peter Diamandis’ Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (XPrize), Tom Wujec’s Imagine Design Create (AutoDesk), a special K12 Nanoscience Resource book for teachers, and more.

Students will be encouraged to enter Foresight’s 2013 essay contest, which will incentivize students to read, reflect on themes, and connect with world-class scientific communities.

Resources and materials in the boxes will also include information partner organizations such as Teachers in Space, SENS Foundation, Humanity+, and the Thiel Foundation’s 20Under20 program.

Apply today to nominate your classroom, school, or club for Foresight’s STEM outreach program! Go to: http://foresight.org/outreach and click “Teachers and Clubs Apply”

For further information about the program, contact Paul Grasshoff, Outreach Coordinator, at outreach@foresight.org or Desiree Dudley, Director of Program Development and Outreach, at desiree@foresight.org, or call 510-759-5908.

 

TIS Summer 2013 Workshop Early Details and Dates

TIS will offer another Space Medicine workshop in June 2013.  The workshop will run from June 24 – 28, 2013, at Embry-Riddle University, Daytona Beach, FL. Chantelle Rose and Jason Kring continue as the leads on this workshop.

TIS will offer another Flight Experiments Workshop in July 2013. Details are still being finalized, but the workshop will run either the week of July 14, 2013 or the week of July 21, 2013. The preferred location is the Aero Institute in Palmdale, CA.

When the application process opens for these upcoming workshops, we will make an announcement via the TIS Newsletter. We will also post applications and further information on the TiS website.

TIS 2012 Balloon Launch Data Analysis Progress and More

TIS’s July 2012 Flight Experiments Workshop culminated in a balloon launch under the command of Luther Richardson of the Columbus Space Program and Ron Meadows of the California Near Space Project. The balloon rose into the upper atmosphere enabling its attached camera to photograph the curve of Earth against the darkness of space, while the sensors it carried recorded over 15 million data points on velocity, altitude, temperature, and other information pertaining to the balloon’s flight and surrounding environment.

Richardson is currently working with a team of students in a Systems Engineering graduate class at Georgia Tech to analyze the performance of the sensors including error terms. In Richardson’s words, “This means we will have a nice evaluation of pressure, temperature, relative humidity, acceleration, and magnetic field. I know we want to add a Geiger counter. The end result could be a guide that includes a 2-3 pages per sensor about taking the data from raw counts in a file to real measured quantities with known units ready to plot in Excel.” The proposed guide, when complete, will be “a teacher-friendly guide to quantitative data analysis from a near-space mission” focusing on the technical aspect of the “value of the data analysis of the sensors”.

Mike Schmidt has gained support at University of Arizona for his balloon launch program and retains the support and mentorship of data sensor providers Raytheon. Jim Kuhl is working on funding for his balloon program and continues to champion the cause of the 2011 Flight Experiments Workshop attendees who have yet to launch their experiments. Kuhl will follow up with NASA Ames which previously expressed a desire to deliver TIS’s promise of an experiment launch for that group.

 Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut Student-and-Teacher Activities

Mission X, an initiative of the European Space Agency, is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition that encourages students to “train like an astronaut.” Teams of elementary students will learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules, and get excited about the world’s future in space and the educational possibilities for their own future. Students will practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.

For Mission X activities, student and teacher handouts, and more, visit:http://trainlikeanastronaut.org/mission-data