U.S. Satellite Laboratory, Inc., located in Rye, NY, was recently awarded NASA's Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project. This new program will award over 200 fellowships to K-12 science educators across the Nation over the next 5 years and assist teachers with strategies, skills and classroom practices necessary for teaching science in the 21st Century. The Endeavor Fellows will earn a certificate of completion in STEM Education from Teachers College Innovations at Teachers College, Columbia University.
The Project will provide a wealth of NASA assets to teachers and students in K-12 classrooms promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Project staff will work in partnership with NASA and State Departments of Education to ensure that program participants are able to apply Endeavor graduate credit from various colleges toward state certification requirements.
"Through the program, educators will learn to deliver cutting-edge science into the classroom, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] education," said Dr. Joyce L. Winterton, Assistant Administrator for Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This will include proven NASA and NASA-sponsored educational resources to meet specific learning goals."
This is not the first time U.S. Satellite has worked with NASA in promoting science education. Glen Schuster, Founder and President of U.S. Satellite, as well as a member of the Board of Education of Blind Brook Public Schools, has enjoyed a long-term working relationship with federal agencies supporting STEM education over the past 8 years. Current projects include 3D-VIEW (NASA-sponsored), SPRINTT, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and Signals of Spring ACES, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). U.S. Satellite programs and educators are in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, teaching science in various, authentic contexts, such as climate change and the ocean.
Schuster adds, "The new NASA Endeavor Fellowships will empower teachers to integrate amazing content into standards-based curriculum. This significant NASA initiative is a powerful way for educators to promote and adopt STEM education into their classrooms."