Ripper's Chatter

D. Ripollone is a STAR member of the Discovery Educator Network

Ripper's Chatter

Summer is Here

June 1st, 2013 · No Comments · Discovery, Honeywell, Labs, NASA, NASA explorers school, Space Camp, STEM, Teacher Ideas, Teacher Workshop

So I think every teacher thinks about what they will do over the summer. Of course part of it is catching up on sleep. And of course some of us think about what we can work on for next year. Well I think I try to do both, however this summer is a bit different.

It all starts on June 24th when I will attend a NASA NES teacher experience (NES Teacher Recognition). The experience is called Science@Work, a bit different from other years. Teachers work with engineers and scientists to learn about their topic. For instance, I’m working with a Laser systems engineer; Byron Meadows. My experience takes place at Langley Research Center. Last years experience took place at Langley and I had a great time. I obtained an awesome amount of material to bring back to the classroom. I don’t doubt this years experience will be the same.

My next experience starts on July 5th, I will be attending Advanced Space Camp for educators. Honeywell decided to stop funding the camp, but Space Camp continued to offer it for a fee. Since we had PD money left over, I was given the go ahead to attend. Since I attended Honeywell Educators camp last summer, I qualified to attend this camp. Can’t wait, according to the schedule we are suppose to be visiting the Marshall Space Flight Center and see the historic Redstone Test Stand and the Payload Operations Center. Of course there will be simulation missions, three different ones. Hot Air Balloons, Rocketry, and Scuba etc. Looks like an experience I will enjoy.

The last summer experience is the Siemens Stars experience:

“Siemens STARs Fellow to participate in the 2013 Siemens Teachers as Researchers (STARs) Program at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. STARs will provide teachers with a two week research experience at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), mini-workshops on transitioning research into the classroom, and continuing collaborative opportunities with PNNL scientists and other educators.”

For 3 years I have been applying to this experience and I finally got it this year. I’m very excited about this. I’ll be heading to Richland, Washington in July for almost two weeks. I hope I will get to see some of that beautiful state while I’m there.

So the summer is pretty much full. I’m hoping to blog about each of my experiences and post photos. So keep an eye on the blog for more information.



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