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NASA and NSTA promote STEM professional activities for educators


Shane, P., & Charles, K. (2010). NASA and NSTA promote STEM professional activities for educators. (NSTA Reports). Arlington, VA: NSTA.


In January of this year, amidst resurging emphasis on STEM-related fields of study, career opportunities, and K–12 student performance, NASA launched its Summer of Innovation with a number of partnerships and professional development opportunities for teachers. NASA was tasked by President Obama to play a significant national role in stimulating interest in STEM and to use its vast resources and capabilities to inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Among a number of Summer of Innovation activities, NASA established partnerships with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and RTI International, a private non-profit research institute, to expose teachers to cutting-edge technologies and diverse experiences they could use in developing engaging and exciting lessons for their students.