As the result of numerous collaborations with NASA's Education Program, Morehead State University’s Space Science Center has been admitted to the NASA Professional Development Network. This select group of providers collaborates with NASA Education to design and deliver ongoing professional development activities to improve K-12 teaching and learning. Inclusion in the NASA Professional Development Network is by invitation only.
NASA’s journeys into space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA is continuing the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow. Morehead State University has joined NASA in this quest.
Working with NASA Aerospace Education Specialists, the Space Science Center staff have built a professional development strategy customized to meet the needs of local educators and maximize the impact of NASA professional development activities. These activities occur both on-site at the MSU Space Science Center and/or online and involve NASA education specialists, scientists and engineers.
Eric Thomas, Star Theater director, leads the Space Science Center Education and Public Outreach initiatives. The Star Theater hosts 12,000 visitors annually (public and pre-college students) and the Center runs summer workshops for teachers and "space camp" activities for students.
During the summer of 2012, the Space Science Center will host the following activities:
• NASA Lunar Workshop for Educators – June 18-22;
• Robinson Scholars Space Science Camp – June 25-29;
• AAUW Space Trek Summer Camp – July 14 -21;
• Rogers Explorers – July 22-24.