Specialists from the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project traveled to Lynchburg for the second year in a row this August to provide teachers with useful skills on how to integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into the classroom.
Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc. announced that it is once again partnering with the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority to bring these NASA education specialists to Lynchburg City Schools to offer STEM professional development to K-12, pre-service, and informal educators. All of the sessions are designed with the “How” behind the “Wow” of NASA innovations. The professional development training was held at Sandusky Middle School on August 4 and 5, 2014 and offered to LCS teachers at no cost.
40 Lynchburg City Schools elementary and secondary teachers participated in topics like “Engineering Design Challenges,” “Math with a NASA Twist,” “Robotics on a Budget,” “Thinking Outside the Classroom Using the Outdoor Environment as a Textbook,” “R2R Nice Go Green,” “Digging into Geology with NASA Data.”
Topics were presented by NASA education specialists from the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), the Digital Learning Network (DLN), the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and the Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) program who will be present in the classroom and through virtual connection.
The Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc. and the Lynchburg City Schools are most appreciative to John Kenney, President of Trax, LLC, for bringing this opportunity to our attention, and to the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority for advancing and sponsoring this initiative.