The Space Education Phenomenon at NASA, Brazil and Beyond

Norma Teresinha Oliveira Reis (Editor)
Brazilian Education Ministry

Series: Space Science, Exploration and Policies
BISAC: SCI004000

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This publication explores the ‘space education phenomenon,’ and how it contributes to STEM education betterment by engaging students and facilitating teaching. Part I features the thesis ‘Pedagogical Analyses of Current Space Science Education Practices at NASA and the Brazilian Space Agency,’ with three main sections: (a) space and education, (b) space education at NASA, and (c) state-of-the-art practices in space science education at NASA and the Brazilian space agency.

Here you will find state-of-the-art information on NASA’s Education projects and subjects such as radio astronomy and space weather; NASA Education structure and functioning; educational technologies; resources and opportunities for educators, and more. Part II brings chapters signed by prominent space education experts from Brazil, NASA, and India. You will learn how students can build an inexpensive radio telescope through NASA’s Radio Jove project; a Brazilian competition that unites yearly students to learn more about Astronomy; space education in India; how mobile devices and NASA applications can be used to engage students in topics such as spaceflight life support systems; analyses of STEM education in Brazil by an astronaut, and more.

The book is a reference for educators, STEM education specialists, researchers, and the general public. Educators can identify possibilities to enrich STEM classes. Researchers in STEM education and/or space education will find valuable information and analyses of this historically recent phenomenon: space education. Finally, this book is an important resource for project managers, as they could access several implementation models on space education at NASA, Brazil and beyond.

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I. Pedagogical Analyses of Current Space Science Educational Practices at NASA and the Brazilian Space Agency (Norma Teresinha Oliveira Reis, Brazilian Education Ministry - MEC, International Space University – academic year 2007-2008, ISU Intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, summer 2008)

Introduction to Part I

1. The Research

2. Space and Education – An Optimal Match for STEM Betterment at the Pre-college Level

3. Space Education at NASA – A Model of Excellence?

4. State-of-the-art Practices in Space Science Education at NASA – Summary and Excerpts of Interviews with Specialists

4.1. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Education Projects
4.2. Sun-Earth Day Team
4.3. Space Weather Action Center (SWAC)
4.4. Radio Jove
4.5. Educator Astronaut Project
4.6. NASA Explorer Schools
4.7. NASA Academy
4.8. Solar System Radio Explorer Kiosk – SSREK
4.9. GLOBE Program
4.10. INSPIRE
4.11. NASA TV Education
4.12. The AEB School Program – A Brazilian initiative for the enhancement of STEM

5. Pedagogical Analyses and Recommendations

Conclusions

How it All Started – A Childhood’s Dream

Bibliography

Appendices

Part 2. Special Invited Chapters

Chapter 1 – The Radio Jove Project
(James R. Thieman, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA)

Chapter 2 - Mobile Devices for STEM Learning to Go: Guidelines for Selecting Mobile Devices and Applications to Enhance STEM Learning
(Laurie F. Ruberg, Kendyl Morris Kimberly, Charles A. Wood, Wheeling Jesuit University, WV, USA)

Chapter 3 – Scientific Education in Brazil
(Marcos Cesar Pontes, United Nations Industrial Development Organization Goodwill Ambassador, Brazil)

Chapter 4 - Brazilian Olympiad of Astronomy and Astronautics
(João Batista Garcia Canalle, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
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Chapter 5 – Space Technology in Education – Indian Perspective
(Bhushit G. Vaishnav, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India)

Chapter 6 – NASA GSFC Opportunities for STEM Professionals Using the Vantage Point of Space
(Blanche W. Meeson, Geraldine B. Robbins, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA)

Contributors

Index

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