Thursday, November 4, 2010

Saint Peter's College Teaching in Space

Have you ever wondered what zero gravity is like? Is it true that everything just floats? This past summer, through the Saint Peter's College Practical Applications for Research in Science Education (PARSE) Institute, Jose Lopez, Ph.D., and Jim Clayton, Ed.D. '71 led a group of high school teachers on an exciting educational project culminating in a space flight on NASA's "Weightless Wonder." With an online video, you can get a real view of traveling in zero gravity. The group was composed of participants in the PARSE Institute Summer 2010 program, which is a paid, four-week institute for science teachers. The program consists of one week of instructional theory followed by two weeks of laboratory instruction and then a final week of lesson planning. The goal is for science teachers to experience a research laboratory and then develop concrete lesson plans ready to share with their students during the following school year. Applications will be accepted beginning in January for placements during summer 2011. Read the full story online about the "Weightless Wonder" and the PARSE summer program.

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