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National Institute of Aerospace and Hampton City Schools partner through NASA Science grant

The National Institute of Aerospace, NIA, was one of 27 organizations nationwide to receive funding through a K-12 cooperative agreement award from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. NASA eClips 4D Multi-Dimensional Strategies to Promote Understanding of Science: Design, Develop, Disseminate, and Discover, will focus on national student misconceptions in science and use student-produced videos to increase understanding of science content to students, lifelong learners, informal audiences and the general public.

NIA engaged several partners for the proposal. Students at Phoebus High School, under the direction of Patti Outlaw, are producing video content, creating an authentic STEM experience for students. NIA has also teamed with Class Flow, the leading lesson delivery platform from Promethean, to develop and disseminate interactive lessons to connected classrooms across the country, and with The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, GLOBE, to provide authentic data and data collection experiences for students.

According to Craig Freeman, educator in residence, four HCS teachers are serving as a pilot group to field-test the new resources. These teachers include Sherri Mair, Sheryl McLaughlin and Kim Riggs-Poole from Jones Magnet Middle School, and Alexis Tharpe from Phenix Pre-K-8 School.

“This is great for the students because in addition to producing videos, the students are learning about science,” Freeman said. “The students now have the experience of working with NASA on a project, and the videos will be shown across the nation.”

“The educational outreach team at NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education is excited to begin developing, evaluating and disseminating new NASA eClips educational products that will augment our existing suite of award-winning NASA eClips videos, educator guides and classroom resources,” said Shelley Spears, Principal Investigator, NASA eClips 4D.

NASA eClips 4D builds on the proven and effective multi-media educational program, NASA eClips, educational videos and educator guides developed and provided by NIA for NASA since 2008.

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