TROY to offer NASA education workshop for local teachers

Posted: Tuesday, 16 June 2009

DOTHAN—Local teachers will learn how to incorporate aerospace education into their classroom lessons during a NASA education workshop at Troy University’s Dothan Campus sponsored by the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

The workshop will be held on June 24 and June 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Harrison Room in Malone Hall. It will be led by Dr. Wil Robertson, an aerospace education specialist from the Marshall Space Flight Center.

During the workshop, teachers will learn how to integrate aerospace education into science, technology and math lessons in all grade levels. Teachers will also get updated on the latest NASA developments including new findings in lunar and planetary science, the Hubble Space Telescope and the Constellation Project to send astronauts to the moon and to Mars.

Teachers who participate in the workshop will earn continuing education units.

“Our hope is that teachers who attend the workshop will take what they learn about aerospace education and use it to get their students excited about math and science,” said Sandy Armstrong, director of the Wiregrass Math and Science Consortium.

The Consortium is a joint venture of TROY’s Dothan Campus, the Marshall Space Flight Center Education Outreach Office and partner school systems. Its goal is to increase student performance in math and science by providing professional development for K-12 teachers

Through the Consortium, 40 local teachers participated in 40 hours of math, science and technology training for 1600 contact hours per year at no cost to participating school systems—a total of 4800 teacher contact hours. Also, the Consortium has provided more than $150,000 in math and science equipment, materials and books to Wiregrass school systems.

For more information, contact Armstrong at sgarmstrong@troy.edu or at 334-983-6556.