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Press Release

March 6, 2017 Thousand Oaks, California

Following a highly competitive submission process, NASA JPL certified STEM educator and STEAM curriculum specialist, Mrs. Andrea Diamond has been selected to travel to NASA Johnson Space Center in April to test student-derived experiments in a microgravity mockup facility.

Programs After School’s award-wining enrichment program “STEAM Enrichment” has been invited to Participate in the Microgravity University for Educators Activity at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Executive Vice President of Education and NASA JPL certified STEM educator, Mrs. Andrea Diamond has been invited to travel to NASA Johnson Space Center in April to test student-derived experiments in a simulated microgravity environment.

Through a competitive process, educator teams submitted proposals to perform orbital insertion experiments on behalf of K-12 students at Johnson Space Center’s unique astronaut training facilities. All experiments involve solutions to technical problems, or improvements to existing solutions, identified by NASA scientists and engineers who use simulated microgravity environments in their work. All teams have been assigned a NASA engineer or scientist to guide them through the Engineering Design Process before arriving.

Educator teams will travel to Johnson and test a student-derived Satellite Launching Experimental Device on the Precision Air Bearing Floor, while videoconferencing with home campuses. NASA Ustream will provide a link for community members and the public to view.

Microgravity University for Educators provides 50 Continuing Professional Education hours through training on NASA Education resources about microgravity and how NASA simulates microgravity on Earth. Microgravity University for Educators is funded through the STEM Education Accountability Project to help advance NASA Education’s contribution to the national Co-STEM goal of preparing 100,000 excellent new K-12 STEM teachers by 2020.

For more information about award-wining STEAM Enrichment for your local school and community outreach programs:
Contact: Richard Borland, Principal, Programs After School, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA (805) 404-8240 Contact Us

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