Recently, Morgan State University faculty and students from the School of Education and Urban Studies’ Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development spent a productive week at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center furthering their STEM knowledge. The opportunity was made available through the Center’s Office of Education as part of an effort to connect educators to NASA-generated research, real-world STEM application and enabled technology resources. Texas State University and NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative sponsored the high intensity professional development program.
A total of 45 students from five different universities participated in an informative week of workshops. Morgan sent 14 student participants, including five graduate and nine undergraduate pre-service teachers, along with three MSU faculty members. Those in attendance were able to tour all of the NASA facilities, attended lectures by NASA engineers, and participate in video conferences with participants from other NASA centers. Morgan’s students will use what they have learned during the workshops to create interactive lessons that incorporate NASA’s education resources and will be administered to their students during their Phase 1 and Phase 2 internship experiences.
The Morgan students included juniors Jazzmyn Gross, Jada Tinch, Hailey Joseph, Jessica Gonzalez, Morgan James, Ranisa Sweat, Shovonte Bowen, Darnell White, and Kenny Orsot, and graduates Brittany Gaines, Rudi Rheams, Decia Dimoh, Layla Ali, and Alexander Blue. Drs. Christian Anderson, Thurman Bridges, Simone Gibson and Monique McMillian escorted them.