The FOSTER Project: Flying Teachers On NASA's Airborne Observatory

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Session 88 -- Teaching Astronomy
Display presentation, Friday, January 14, 9:30-6:45, Salons I/II Room (Crystal Gateway)

[88.02] The FOSTER Project: Flying Teachers On NASA's Airborne Observatory

D. Koch, C. Gillespie (NASA/Ames), E. DeVore (SETI Institute), C. Morrow (NASA/HQ)

An educational outreach pilot project is underway at NASA Ames Research Center. The FOSTER (Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment) project goal is to provide an educationally enriching experience for elementary and high school science teachers. The project consists of a summer workshop where the selected teachers receive insight into contemporary astrophysics, curriculum supplement materials and an orientation to their upcoming science flight. During the academic year they return to NASA/Ames when they are introduced to and fly with the Kuiper Airborne Observatory investigators as the team conducts its observing program. It is anticipated that the first-hand experience of the scientific process (its excitement, hardships, challenges, discoveries, teamwork, social relevance and educational value) will provide an enriching experience that the teachers can take back into their classrooms and use to help with their teaching.

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