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From: Edward Wright

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2011020814:26:18
Subject: Summer Workshops

Teachers in Space is cooperating with NASA to present a series of
professional development workshops in the summer of 2011. 

Both math and science teachers are encouraged to apply. The math
component is being developed with Dr. Sten Odenwald, creator of NASA's
Space Math program.  



Teachers in Space Announces Summer Workshops for High-School Teachers

Teachers Can Learn about Space Medicine, Human Factors, Astronautics,
and Suborbital Science

Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (Feb. 6, 2011) – In the summer of
2011, Teachers in Space will offer five one-week
professional-development workshops for high-school science,
technology, engineering, and math teachers. Teachers in Space project
manager Edward Wright announced the workshops during the final session
of the Space Exploration Educators Conference, which took place here

“Next summer, teachers will have opportunities to experience unpowered
aircraft flight with a former NASA Shuttle commander, to fly a flight
simulator for the next generation of reusable spacecraft, to study the
effects of high-altitude flight in a university altitude chamber, and
to build experiments that will fly on a suborbital vehicle,” Wright

At the Suborbital Astronautics Workshop, teachers will learn about
aeronautics and spaceflight while experiencing some of the training
that future space pilots will receive. Expert instructors will include
former Shuttle commander and XCOR Aerospace chief test pilot Col. Rick
Searfoss (USAF-ret.). Participating teachers will fly in a glider and
learn to pilot a flight simulator for a suborbital spacecraft now
under development. At the end of the workshop, teachers will receive a
copy of the simulator software to take back to the classroom. 

The Suborbital Astronautics Workshop will be held for the first time
at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX on June 20-24.

Repeat sessions will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
in Daytona Beach, FL on July 18-22 and at NASA Dryden's AERO Institute
in Palmdale, CA on July 25-29.

At the Space Medicine and Human Factors Workshop, teachers will learn
about high-altitude physiology and respiration, decompression and
vacuum exposure, space weather and radiation, and the effects of
weightlessness, gee forces, noise, and vibration. The workshop will be
held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL on
July 11-15.

At the Suborbital Flight Experiment Workshop, teachers will gain
hands-on experience with space hardware as they build experiments to
fly aboard an unmanned suborbital experiment as part of the Excelsior
STEM mission. The workshop will be held at the NASA Dryden AERO
Institute in Palmdale, CA on August 1-5.

The workshops are being developed by Teachers in Space, a nonprofit
project of the Space Frontier Foundation, under a cooperative
agreement with NASA.

The workshops will be offered at no charge to teachers. Low-cost
subsidized housing will be available for workshop participants. A
limited number of travel stipends will be available to defray the cost
of meals and transportation.

Additional information and workshop applications can be found at:


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Media Contacts:

Lt. Col . Steve Heck (USAF-ret.)       513-607-8152

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