Garrison Hall, an eighth grade science teacher at L.E. Gable Middle School in Roebuck, SC, is our second STELLAR Award winner! Congratulations!
Hall's winning entry describes how he implemented NASA lunar resources in his classroom after attending a NASA STEM educators conference in Charlotte.
Hall’s STELLAR Award entry was thorough and clearly described how he implemented the lesson activity. It contained great storytelling value. He included many details about how he researched and planned his lesson and provided many personal reflection items that may assist other teachers when trying these NASA lunar resources in their environments.
Hall’s lesson illustrates innovative teaching and individual resourcefulness. He attended a NASA STEM educators conference, where he acquired new NASA resources, such as Moon phase demo with Oreos, paper plate astronomy, NASA eClips, NASA robotics, and more. He also picked up green screen video skills and gained new ideas for engaging his students in learning activities.
While Hall is a 27-year veteran science teacher, this was his first year of teaching eighth grade science. NASATalk readers will see how Hall actively engaged with NASA media resources and content to use new teaching strategies to present space science and physics topics to his student. Learn more about Hall’s STELLAR Award entry...
NASA, Summer, Innovation: A Hot Mix for STEM
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden kicked off the agency's new Summer of Innovation initiative Thursday while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calf.
The Summer of Innovation program will engage thousands of middle school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) during the summer months when many students experience what's known as the "summer slide," a loss of skills acquired during the school year. The program is a cornerstone of the Educate to Innovate campaign announced by President Obama last November.
About 250 middle school students from the Los Angeles area participated in the kickoff festivities, which included an opportunity to interact with astronauts, NASA scientists and engineers, several hands-on educational activities; and a visit to the facility where the next Mars rover is being built. The students also were treated to musical entertainment provided by actor/rapper Daniel Curtis Lee.
"It is wonderful to feel the excitement generated by these students as they experienced first-hand what fascinating and challenging opportunities exist for students who follow STEM career paths," said Administrator Bolden. "I hope that by getting these students involved in NASA's missions and programs now, it may pave the way for a new generation of scientists and engineers, which is critically important to our nation's future."
Read more about NASA's Summer of Innovation...