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Stone Oak teacher heading to NASA Liftoff Institute

Cindy Glenn

Glenn uses this model to give students an "Earth's-eye view" of the moon phases. Her passion for science and space has made her the "Ms. Frizzle" from The Magic School Bus at Stone Oak Elementary School.

Cindy Glenn, fifth grade science teacher at Stone Oak Elementary School has been selected from across the nation for the prestigious LiftOff Summer Institute to be held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this summer. This program between Texas Space Grant Consortium and NASA JSC Middle School Aerospace Scholars program, selects teachers from across the U.S. who will increase their knowledge of space education through the LiftOff Professional Development Summer Institute. Last year, Glenn attended the Honeywell Educators Space Academy.

The workshops are organized around an aerospace or space science theme drawn from NASA’s diverse engineering and scientific research programs.  The theme for LiftOff 2014 is "Let’s Engineer It!"  The program combines the strengths of collaborators to enrich teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology and engineering. The competitive weeklong institute features a series of workshops, hands-on activities, field trips, and presentations by NASA scientists and engineers working on various missions.  

A growing number of K-12 students are being exposed to engineering-related materials, and evidence suggests that engineering education can stimulate interest and improve learning in mathematics and science as well as improve understanding of engineering and technology. K-12 engineering curricula introduce young students to relevant and fulfilling, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content in an integrated fashion through exploration of the world around them.

The LiftOff workshops prove that the excitement teachers and more importantly, their students, feel about space science and how exploration can be tapped to enrich science, math, engineering, and technology.  The workshops also provide Glenn the rare – and for most, unique – opportunity to spend a week working with professional scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of space exploration.

Posted on May 22, 2014