Aug 2009: Beyond the Horizon

This will be the final year of our three-year contract with NASA, but all the folks at NASA keep telling us we will always be a NASA Explorer School. 2008-2009 was a year full of NASA Explorer School events and activities, but the NES team has more ideas for the upcoming year and we plan to make the best possible use of our contacts at NASA.

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 in mathematics and science classes.

We've come back from our summer inspired and psyched up to do even more than we have in the past. The robotics club will continue and we hope to have more than one competition this year. We will be starting a NASA club which will do all kinds of activities. We will host another Star Party. We plan to send students to the Student Symposium again. We hope to have a visit from an astronaut, one who is from our area and has flown recently. And of course, the third annual Math Science Discovery Night will be bigger and better than ever.

The title of this article was inspired by a line of lyrics from a Bob Dylan song,

Beyond the horizon, behind the sun
At the end of the rainbow life has only begun.

Your/Our students have a lot of life ahead of them. Our focus will continue to be providing your/our students with the best academic and career education. The NES Team is getting stronger every year, but we can use all the help we can get. If you have ideas or suggestions or would like more information, please email James Ponder or Autumn Nguyen, Julie Villeneuve or Lisa Delfino.

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NES Team Members (L to R):
Autumn Nguyen, Team Lead
Dave Ishikawa
Julie Villeneuve
Jim Ponder
Lisa Delfino

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