CSI3 teacher-candidates and professor, Dr. Cecilia Duenas attended NASA’s Educator Institute at Jet Propolsion Laboratory. The institute invites students who are preparing to be STEM educators at under-represented, high-needs schools for a weeklong training on how to teach STEM subjects.
In an article detailed by NASA JPL it says the following:
During the week, participants met with science and mission team leaders to discuss topics including construction of the Mars rover Curiosity, techniques used to discover planets outside our solar system, and future plans to study Jupiter’s moon Europa. They also had the opportunity to tour facilities such as the Mars Yard, where Mars mission engineers test rover maneuvers, and mission control, the national historic landmark where teams monitor the nail-biting landings of such rovers.
JPL education specialists walked participants through hands-on lessons and activities from the JPL Education website and demonstrated how the standards-based activities could be used in the classroom. Among the activities, participants took on a number of engineering design challenges, constructing rovers and planetary landers, and did inquiry-based planning to develop solutions for climate and water issues on Earth.
CSI3 participants are part of a select group invited to this prestigious institute.