The KSAT (Krueger School of Applied Technologies) Student Launch team members participated in a NASA Student Launch Program Evaluation on Feb. 24. The purpose of the focus group was to: provide insight on the unique challenges and opportunities middle school students face when participating in the SLI challenge; look at the unique challenges and opportunities middle school teachers face when participating in the SLI challenge; and to gather information about the unique challenges and opportunities middle school mentors face when participating in the SLI challenge. This information is of particular interest to NASA since most SLI participants are high school and college students. KSAT was chosen based on our longevity and success in the program (nine years).
The research team was looking for “best practices” employed by historically successful SLI challenge teams; and to provide feedback, through “cognitive testing,” regarding usability and performance of prospective measurement instrumentation, items, questionnaires and other tools under development for use at the SLI Challenge events in Huntsville, AL, in April 2017. Our participation in this research will help the SL program validate the impact they are having on the schools that go through the SL process.
Photo to the left: KSAT’s NASA Student Launch team sits down with senior research professional, Dr. Steve Everett, to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the Student Launch Program.
Photo to the right: The team shows Dr. Everett their rocket and explains the experiment that they will be flying at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in April.
Posted on 03/01/2017