Guests: Lynne Zielinski, Christine Nobbe, Barbara David, Dr. John Jurist. Topics: Space and STEM Education Outreach. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.
We welcome you to this Space Show Webinar featuring a panel discussion on Space and STEM Education Outreach. In addition to listening to this discussion as a regular audio Space Show program, you can view webinar video at vimeo.com/channels/thespaceshow. Our panel members for this two hour 27 minute webinar presentation included Lynne Zielinski, Christine Nobbe, Barbara David, and Dr. John Jurist with myself as moderator. Each panel member brought educational expertise to the discussion ranging from teaching in elementary school through the college graduate level plus Space Grant. During the first hour of our webinar, each panel member made an opening statement as to why space and STEM education was important plus they shared a few highlights pertaining to their respective backgrounds & accomplishments. As moderator, I asked panel members about science misconceptions and what they have found over time to best deal with issues at the appropriate grade level. I also asked about funding issues given our panel of teachers referenced some highly effective and amazing student programs that they used over their respective teaching careers. We talked not only about the programs, but also how to secure funding and for such programs since most funding now comes from outside the school district. This was a most important discussion, also a very creative one so you will want to pay close attention to what our panel members have to say. Several NASA and space organizations programs were identified in this segment. Doug called near the end of the segment to inquire about conference attendee gender differences & how gender differences might show up in the early grades for space and STEM subjects and teachers.
In our longer second segment, our panel addressed budget issues relating to space and STEM education, and we talked about teaching to the BIG PICTRE plus ways to inspire the students. Several methods were shared with our webinar audience but one thing for sure was the need to engage the students in the work, not to just lecture to them with their remaining passive listeners. Cubesats, fieldtrips, competitions, and even video or digital training were all listed as effective ways of inspiring, stimulating and working with students in space, science, & other STEM subjects. At times during the discussion, panel members cited specific things they had used so again, you will want to listen carefully and jot down these ideas & suggestions. The use of toys, models, and props were discussed and as you will hear, several of our panel members maintained space & science toy collections for working with their students. Everyone said teacher networking was important and this included workshops, conferences, and informal teacher events or brain storming sessions. Later in the segment when I asked each member of our panel to counsel a new teacher on what works and does not work, we heard some terrific suggestions. I then extended the question to lessons learned and not learned and again, our panel had much to say that can be helpful for us all. At one point I asked if the teacher needed the subject interest & passion or if students or parents could drive the quality teaching/learning experience. You might be surprised by what we heard from our panel members. As our webinar was coming to a close, an 11th hour question came in regarding the impact of TV on students, then each panel member provided us with their respective concluding comments and "pearls of wisdom." Our panel members and I invite you to post not just your comments and questions on the blog but also any suggestions you have for teaching and inspiring students in the STEM and Space fields. What have you found that works and does not work? Let us know and you can tell us on The Space Show blog. If you want to email any of our webinar panel members, you may do so through me at email@example.com.
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