My husband was asked to be a photographer for the NASA IT Summit held in San Francisco and I got to come along. I met some interesting people involved in some education projects and got permission to post a free curriculum on my website. Stay tuned and I’ll have more details about that soon!
During the summit, NASA had a special education day where students attended a special 3 hour session. Students got to meet the astronaut Leland Melvin, watch a live microgravity experiment via teleconferencing, listen to motivational speaker Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour and participate in a variety of activities and exhibits. Registration for the event was free and a similar event may be included in the 2012 summit. As soon as the info for the 2012 summit is released, I’ll post it here so that anyone close enough to attend (it may be held in a different part of the country next time) can get the registration link.
Kids interacting with a person attending the conference via a robot:
Lori Beth Bradner from Central Florida’s Aerospace Academy shares some teaching strategies:
Kids, educators and parents watching one of the presentations:
Playing with a flight simulator:
I also was able to meet some of the people and see some amazing projects from the company Autodesk. They offer many of their products for FREE to educators and students as well as free training complete with videos, instructor materials and even, in some cases, student workbooks. Some of the programs you can access are:
Check it out if you have a creative student who would like to enter the design, animation or engineering fields!