NASA experts provide STEM training for Middle Georgia teachers at FVSU

March 13, 2015 – Faculty and aspiring teacher educators specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-based instruction received hands on training during a special Faculty/Teacher Professional Development Institute on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6. During the “Increasing Student Outcomes in STEM” event, experts from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will instruct on to make science and mathematics curriculum fun and educational. Activities took place on Friday, March 6 in Fort Valley State University’s Hubbard Education Building.

Dr. Edward Hill, dean of FVSU’s College of Education, said training is crucial for faculty for several reasons.

“The directions in education are continuously changing,” Hill said. “One of the most significant factors impacting student achievement is a guaranteed and viable curriculum. This curriculum requires that teachers are given the “opportunity to learn” and “time” to develop the skills and confidence to invest in the forms of critical engagement and pedagogy needed to ensure connections with 21st century methods and learners.”

Each FVSU student will be assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Instructors will develop a lesson plan that they will teach to their students. One of the program’s goals is to transfer experience and acquired knowledge into usable lesson plans for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (or STEM).

“It is our hope that the professional development training will provide some connection to science instruction and provide evidence that will support the notion that teacher preparation can improve a school’s influence on student achievement, Hill said. “We are also excited that this professional development session will provide pre-service candidates with tools, resources, and lessons that they can add to their professional toolkit as they prepare to enter and impact the classrooms of Georgia and beyond. The training session is designed to increase educators’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology into the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning, or PBL, space exploration theme.”

The PSTI staff and NASA education specialists will guide participants through a wide-range of learning activities designed to model inquiry-based learning in mathematics and science and the effective use of technology in teaching and learning.

Based in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is the U.S. government’s civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion research center. The center was the home of the Saturn launch vehicles for the Apollo moon program. The center is helping to develop the federal organization’s Space Launch System (SLS), which will be the next heavy-launch vehicle.

For more information, contact Hill at (478) 825-6365 or hille@fvsu.edu.

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