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Published on Oct 26, 2012
In July 2012, student researcher delegations from across America came to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) National Conference. Dr. Jeff Goldstein, the Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) gave the keynote address to conference attendees in the Milestones of Flight gallery, in front of the Apollo 11 Columbia Module. Dr. Goldstein's talk is designed to inspire this next generation of America's scientists and engineers. Human Exploration: The Journey Continues is meant to demonstrate what humans, as a species of explorers, have achieved, illustrating a continuum of exploration that celebrates the past, embraces the present, and inspires the future. This video series is told in five chapters.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (http://airandspace.si.edu/) and the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (http://ncesse.org) are partnering on two Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs meant to inspire and engage America's next generation of scientists and engineers:
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), provides over 10,000 grade 5-12 students each year the ability to do authentic research, and propose microgravity experiments to fly to the International Space Station;
Family Science Night at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum provides an after-hours school field trip designed for family learning to the most visited aviation and space Museum on Earth. Over 400 students, parents, and teachers attend each evening and are treated to a very personal view of exploration on the frontier, and the spellbinding, wondrously human stories behind the machines that changed the world.
TO TEACHERS: You are invited to share these videos with your classes and have a discussion about the nature and history of human exploration, and the joys of learning. Additional curricular materials are available at: link forthcoming