Aug 2008: Expanding our Horizon

2007-2008 saw the beginning phase of Edward Harris Jr. Middle School’s as a NASA Explorer School (NES).  We had an amazing kickoff assembly featuring astronaut John Herrington and other VIPs from NASA and our state and federal government.  Throughout the year, we had visits from NASA Aerospace Education Specialists and the mathematics and science departments began incorporating NES activities into their lessons.  We capped off the year with a remarkably successful Math Science Discovery Night.  But we aren’t stopping here; 2008-2009 is a new school year and we hope to do even more as an Explorer School!

This summer, teachers from the mathematics and science departments attended NASA workshops.  NASA experts facilitated hands-on and interactive group activities that will enable teachers to increase student understanding about problem solving, measurement, data analysis and probability. Concepts such as communicating mathematical knowledge and the interconnections between mathematics, science, technology and engineering were demonstrated and discussed.  Teachers and students will use NASA resources and experiences to focus on the biological and physical aspects of humans living and working in space, the vehicles that will transport them, and tools that will aid them.  This year will also see the formation of a robotics club that will explore robotics design, construction, programming and control, robotics challenges and competitions. To read more about the NASA workshops, click here.

All of this and more is being done to enhance your student’s academic and career education.  If you have ideas or suggestions or would like more information, please email James Ponder or Autumn Nguyen.

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