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    May 2016

    Gina Kaur, May 31, 2016- Aspen Sutherland, a student at Redlands Community College, participated in a 4-day NASA workshop at the Langley Research Center. With the help of her team, Aspen created a company whose mission was to build a rover using the LEGO(r) MINDSTORMS(r).

    NASA Rover Challenge
    April 7-9, 2016




    Olivia Black, April 18, 2016- Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Cameron University, both affiliates of NASA Oklahoma Space Grant, participated in this year’s NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. For the Rover Challenge, participating universities bring faculty and students together to design and construct a rover to be raced in an obstacle course of simulated extraterrestrial terrain of craters, boulders, ridges, inclines, crevasses and depressions. Out of 34 teams, Southwestern Oklahoma State University finished 16th and Cameron University finished 17th, putting both teams in the top 50%! In the top right photo, students Andrew Harrison and Jacob Wall, along with faculty sponsor Cindi Albrightson pose with Stafford Air & Space Museum Director Max Ary and General Thomas Stafford, the Weatherford-born former astronaut. General Stafford has been a part of the Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz missions.
    Workforce Development Trip
    March 13-16, 2016



    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016- Kennedy Space Center in Florida hosted our Workforce Development trip this year. We had a group of 24 college students and faculty that got to take a VIP tour of KSC and explored the KSC Visitor Complex the following day. At KSC, we toured the Vehicle Assemble Building, Launch Control Center, the Launch Pads, a remote camera site, and the Saturn V Center! The students and faculty also learned more about the NASA Pathways and NIFS programs, regarding internships and advice.
    Speedfest
    2016


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 -The pre-service educators from MTPE 2015 got to participate in something this year that no other MTPE class has before: Speedfest! Speedfest is an aerospace competition hosted by OSU every spring. High school and college teams form to build airplanes and then compete to fly them in different challenges. The planes must adhere to specific guidelines. Teams are judged for best airplane build, best airplane graphics, best helmet, and team spirit, as well! The event this year starts on April 22, so we will keep you posted on how the teachers’ team does! This is an awesome hands-on aerospace related activity for the teachers to be immersed in so that they can then go on to expose their students to opportunities like this, too!
    SEEC: Space Exploration Educators Conference
    February 4, 2016


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - The Space Exploration Educators Conference is a conference held at Space Center Houston in Texas aimed to use space to teach across the curriculum. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history, and more - so it’s not just for science teachers! 2 outstanding participants from the MTPE class are selected by Dorinda Risenhoover each year to co-present with her at the conference, travel-costs covered. This year, Lauren Robinson and Victoria Lotter were selected. Many other participants from MTPE attend the event as well to host other sessions with Dorinda as it is a great way to network, gain continuing professional education credit, and take back a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and activities to their classrooms.
    iPad Weekend
    September 11-13, 2015


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 -The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at OU hosted our MTPE iPad weekend, this year! The pre-service teachers were taught many different ways to use their iPads in their future classrooms and just how easy it can be to incorporate the technology effectively. From classroom management apps to 3-D modelling of mashed potato landscapes to creating videos with a green screen! They also got to experiment with different robots that could be controlled by the iPad. They left feeling much more comfortable with the idea of bringing the technology into their classrooms, which opens up so many more opportunities for STEM-based education!
    MTPE: Mission To Planet Earth
    July 8-18, 2015


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - We had a blast this year with the MTPE class of 2015! 13 pre-service teachers were selected to participate this year and got to participate in so many exciting activities that taught them how to incorporate STEM-based activities into their future classrooms! Among the many activities, they created topological maps, attended a full day of ground school and got to fly a plane, explored the Sam Noble Museum, and launched model rockets!!
    Educator Trip to Johnson Space Center
    March 25-28, 2015


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - We hosted a VIP trip to Johnson Space Center for in-service educators, this year. They got to experience lunch with an astronaut, met NASA researchers and scientists, toured buildings like Mission Control and the Rocket Park, gained NASA moon rock certification in order to check out real moon rocks for their classrooms, explored Space Center Houston, and learned many more hands-on aerospace activities for their classrooms! Dorinda Risenhoover, NASA OSGC’s Education Coordinator, was able to get the group on the floor of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory!! This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, as access to the floor has become extremely restricted. Visits are usually restricted to an observation deck above the floor. The NBL is home to a giant pool, containing 6.2 million gallons of water and mockups of spacecraft that astronauts train in. The water works to simulate a weightless environment, so that the training environment is even more realistic to that of space.
    Workforce Development Trip
    March 15-18, 2015


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - Our trip this year was to Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX!Institutional representatives and selected college students from across Oklahoma participated in this trip over Spring Break where they got a VIP tour of JSC and also got to explore Space Center Houston. We got to visit Mission Control, the Rocket Park, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab, and also learned a lot about the different internship opportunities at NASA centers!
    OSTA Fall Conference
    November 1, 2014


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - The OSTA Fall Development Conference was held this Saturday – Oklahoma’s largest meeting devoted to science teaching and science teachers. Chelsey Mawson, Kendall Dobbs, and Emma Krottinger, MTPE 2014 Ambassadors pictured above, got to attend this year with Dorinda Risenhoover, NASA OSGC’s Education Coordinator.
    Women In Science
    October 14, 2014


    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - 2 of our MTPE 2014 Ambassadors headed up to Tulsa this weekend to volunteer at the Oklahoma EPSCoR’s Women in Science Conference. The conference’s aim is to help encourage young students to pursue careers in STEM fields by engaging them in hands-on science activities, informing them about STEM career opportunities, and providing college prep information. Teachers attending, like Chelsey Mawson and Kendall Dobbs (pictured above), are able to network with teachers from all over Oklahoma and gain valuable information and resources they can then take to their classrooms!
    MTPE iPad Weekend
    September 19-21, 2014
    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - 8 of our MTPE 2014 Ambassadors got to attend a lecture at the Sam Noble Museum during this year’s MTPE iPad Weekend. The lecture was given by Dr. Johnathan Gardner with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, pictured above, and everyone got to hang around at the end to ask questions for their classrooms! Over the course of the weekend, the pre-service teachers were taught how to effectively bring the iPads they were given during MTPE into their classrooms. They were shown apps such as 123D Catch to make 3D models, apps to help with classroom management, apps to help improve communication between teachers, parents, and students, and more! They also went star gazing, built robotic arms, and learned more STEM based classroom activities.
    MTPE: Mission To Planet Earth
    July 9-19, 2014



    Olivia Ewell, April 6, 2016 - On July 9th – 19th, 11 pre-service educators arrived at the National Weather Center in Norman, OK to participate in an 11 day summer teacher institute. MTPE is designed to provide elementary and secondary teachers the knowledge on how to incorporate STEM-based, hands-on activities and NASA curriculum into their classrooms. They got to participate in classroom activities, visit museums, star gaze, launch model rockets, fly an airplane, and many more exciting things!