NASA Provides Professional Development for Planning NASA-Rich STEM Events
Community members in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia gathered at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) on July 14, 2022, to attend the training, “Planning a STEM Event—New Strategies and NASA-Inspired Resources to Engage All Learners.” The 16 members of this group included public school teachers, higher education faculty, retired teachers, youth ministry leaders, and preschool staff, all interested in interactive, STEM-based activities. This workshop was co-developed by STEM Education Specialists and interns from NIA, the NIA-led NASA eClips project, a group from NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM), and the director of The Coastal Virginia STEM Hub. The participants were able to walk away with valuable strategies for planning STEM events and how their local STEM ecosystem can support their communities. Educators leading the seminar encouraged participants interested in STEM education or growing community engagement to be on the lookout for future seminars and check out the LiveBinder of STEM resources and the NASA eClips website. With the help of NASA resources, the Jefferson Lab, 757 MakerSpace, and Brooks Crossing Innovation Lab, community members now have the tools to provide new STEM opportunities and bring people together.
The NASA eClips™ project is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AB91A and is part of NASA’s Science Activation Portfolio. Learn more about how Science Activation connects NASA science experts, real content, and experiences with community leaders to do science in ways that activate minds and promote deeper understanding of our world and beyond: https://science.nasa.gov/learners