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Microgravity University for Educators
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Overview

Twelve teams represented by sixty formal educators throughout the nation are participating ...

Eligibility Requirements

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Information Sessions

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Proposal Guidelines & FAQ

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Overview



Congratulations to the 2017 Microgravity University for Educators teams.









Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE) provides training on microgravity-related concepts, experimental testing using NASA's simulated microgravity test facilities, and post-experience outreach. MgUE begins with the submission of proposals from educators willing to perform experiments on behalf of K-12 students in simulated microgravity environments.

Experiments involve student-derived solutions to technical problems, or improvements to existing solutions, identified by NASA scientists and engineers who use simulated microgravity environments in their work. Examples include designing a docking device that will lock with no given rotational force, designing a grapple structure to transfer cargo, and/or designs for tethers, satellite/asteroid capture or deployment, and astronaut training.

Professional development for educators includes pre-requisite online training that prepares them to teach in-depth lessons about microgravity and how NASA simulates microgravity on Earth. Two face-to-face institutes will host groups of approximately 30 teachers each for one week at a NASA field center. Institutes provide opportunities for conducting student-derived experiments within a simulated microgravity environment. Each institute continues the training on NASA Education resources in microgravity related topics (i.e. law of gravity, free fall, orbital mechanics, long-duration spaceflight, etc.), presentations from subject matter experts, tours of center facilities, experimentation on a simulated microgravity test platform, and videoconferences with home campuses.

Leading up to the institutes, educators are paired with JSC employee mentors who help them integrate student-derived experiments with the selected test facility. Also, educators are prepped for post-institute outreach activities where lessons and presentations developed through their participation are shared with the local, state, regional, and/or national education community.




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Simulated Microgravity Activities at Johnson Space Center

Details Below

  • precision air bearing floor

    The Precision Air Bearing Floor (PABF) is a 32-ft by 24-ft metal surface that provides a two-dimensional simulation of weightless environment. Find out more here:

  • pogo

    Partial Gravity Simulator (POGO) is used for astronaut training and for their ability to perform tasks in simulated partial and microgravity. Find out more here:





Key Dates and Times





  Date(s) Time Time Zone
Proposal Opens 10/17/2016 2:00pm Central Time
Information Session 10/27/2016 7:00-8:00pm Central Time
Information Session 11/01/2016 7:00-8:00pm Central Time
Information Session 11/17/2016 7:00-8:00pm Central Time
Proposal Submission Ends 12/01/2016 11:59pm Central Time
Team Announcements 12/13/2016 2:00pm Central Time
Online Training 01/17/2017 - 03/28/2017 TBA Central Time
Onsite Training Week 1 04/03/2017 - 04/07/2017 8:00am - 5:00pm, Daily Central Time
Onsite Training Week 2 04/10/2017 - 04/14/2017 8:00am - 5:00pm, Daily Central Time
Post Institute Training 04/14/2017 - 05/03/2017 TBA Central Time




Information Sessions about the Proposal Process


Attend a one-hour online presentation to learn more about the proposal requirements.

To connect to our online session click on this link: Join the Blackboard Collaborate session



Download the free Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App from your App store to attend via smartphone or tablet, or connect in a browser on your computer.




Mgue Eligibility

ALL PRIMARY TEAM MEMBER MUST:

  • Be current, K-12 formal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educator.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Participate in the full scope of the program (pre-institute online activities, face to face institute at Johnson Space Center, and post-institute outreach activities.) The dates of the program are from mid-January to mid-May.


NASA Johnson Space Center, Educator Professional Development Activity Manager, Dr. Dynae Fullwood, demonstrates POGO.

Information Session








Attend a one-hour online presentation to learn more about the proposal requirements.

To connect to our online session click on this link: Join the Blackboard Collaborate session

Download the free Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App from your App store to attend via smartphone or tablet, or connect in a browser on your computer.



Date(s) Time
Thursday, October 27, 2016 7-8pm, Central Time
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 7-8pm, Central Time
Thursday, November 17, 2016 7-8pm, Central Time

 

View Recorded Information Session: View the Blackboard Collaborate recordings

 

Microgravity University Program
Educators create lesson plans and learn about Newton's Laws of Motion on a simulated PABF.


Proposal Guidelines, Checklist and FAQ's


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NASA Johnson Space Center, Educator Professional Development Activity Manager, Dr. Dynae Fullwood, and Learning Expert, Veronica Leija, simulate a task on POGO.

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2017 Mgue

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Micro-g NExT

Katie Livingood
Micro-g NExT Coordinator
(281) 244-1908
jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov

Trinesha Dixon
Micro-g NExT Activity Manager
jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov

Patrick Pischulti
Micro-g NExT Intern
(281) 242-2105
jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.gov

Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE)

Crystal Del Rosso
Education Specialist
(281) 792-7848
jsc-epd@mail.nasa.gov

Mike McGlone
Education Specialist
(281) 792-7899
jsc-epd@mail.nasa.gov

Dr. Dynae Fullwood
Educator Professional Development (EPD) Lead Activity Manager
(281) 244-7426
jsc-epd@mail.nasa.gov

All Media Relations

William Jeffs
(281)483-5035
william.p.jeffs@nasa.gov