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Chaminade Education Students Soar Beyond Known Horizons

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Left to right: Chaminade students Nicole Molina, Leimana Kane, Shirley Xiao, Sarah Vinluan, Danielle Spence, and Dalton Alatan and April Paulino  at Honolulu Airport–destination NASA AMES Research Center in California.

Seven Chaminade University students, who are pre-service teachers, have set their sights on the stars.  Seniors Sarah Vinluan, Nicole Molina, Danielle Spence, April Paulino, Shirley Xiao and Leimana Kane, and Junior Dalton Alatan left with their faculty sponsor and Chaminade Education professor Katrina Roseler, Ph.D. on Sunday, for NASA’s AMES Research Center at Moffett Field, California.

The group will participate from July 25-29 in NASA’s summer professional development program, comprised of student-centered classroom activities that utilize NASA assets and resources. The goal is to help educators, including teachers-to-be, develop instructional practices that will enhance STEM instruction for all students.  In addition, the Chaminade students have engaged in Pre-Institute online instruction and will later complete on-line Post-Institute instruction.

NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) provided the opportunity for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to participate and fully funded it. Participants are provided with lodging, breakfasts and lunches, and a $500 stipend.

NASA Ames Research Center, one of ten NASA field centers, is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley between Mountain View and Sunnyvale. For more than 76 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology, and science aligned with the center’s core capabilities. Students’ imagination and science experiences promise to allow students to soar beyond their known horizons.

Chaminade Education students on their NASA 5-day mission sent communications to the university including the photos below.  For more photos of the Chaminade NASA adventure, go to: https://www.instagram.com/chaminadeuniversity

Monday, July 25– Photos from Chaminade Space Team

The bird cage at AMES research center

The Bird Cage at NASA Ames Research Center

 

 

future flight center

 

 

Future Control Center

 

Hanger one -- name of bird cage

 

Hanger One

 

 

design a space living quarter inspired by lightning bolt

 

 Chaminade team brainstorms on design for living in space based on lightning bolts

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. jacki

    Awesome article for all learners

  2. Anonymous

    Why would the University NOT send students whose major is actually related to Natural Sciences, e.g. , biology, biochemistry; to NASA’s research program- an institution specifically designed to utilize Natural Science?

    For what inconceivable reason would the head of the EDUCATION department be giving the honor of deciding which students should attend a SCIENCE research program?

    This news is disguising.

    • Thank you for your question. The purpose of the program is to inspire teachers and pre-service teachers (i.e. Education majors) with science. Chaminade’s Education Division thought this would be a great opportunity for their students, applied for the funding, and had its application accepted. NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) provides funding for the program, which offers Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)opportunities to participate in their 5-day MUREP Educator Institutes at each of the 10 NASA Centers throughout summer 2016. These institutes are comprised of student-centered classroom activities that utilize NASA assets and resources to help pre-service educators (i.e. our Education majors) to develop instructional practices to enhance STEM instruction for these future teachers’ future students. For more information, go to: https://www.txstate-epdc.net/epdc-post/calling-all-msis/

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