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  1. Guest Speaker: Walter Cunningham. Topics: Walt's Apollo 7 & Skylab experiences, STEM & student inspiration. Please note that this talk by Walt Cunningham was recorded live at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana on Friday, April 4, 2014. The copyright for this program/talk is held by Dr. John Jurist and Rocky Mountain College. Both Dr. Jurist and Rocky Mountain College have given permission for The Space Show/One Giant Leap Foundation to archive the talk on The Space Show website and blog as an audio only file and The Space Show Vimeo channel for the video presentation of Walt's comments. All questions and comments about this program should be addressed to Dr. Jurist in care of The Space Show mailing or email address per The Space Show website (thespaceshow.com). Walt was welcomed to Rocky Mountain University and began his 66 minute talk. During his talk to Rocky students and invited guests, the well known and highly regarded Apollo 7 astronaut discussed a variety of topics in this Rocky Mountain College public forum. He talked about the significance of the Apollo 7 mission, its "firsts," what it was like to fly in space, his views on the global warming controversy, and why it is important for citizens to evaluate the data and draw their own conclusions on public issues with a scientific basis rather than necessarily trusting the pronouncements of journalists and politicians. Walt's talk was very well received by Rocky students and the public and received appropriate press coverage in Billings and throughout Montana. If you want to contact Walt Cunningham, please do so through Dr. Jurist.

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  2. Guests: Dr. Ray Williamson, Dr. Tim Spahr, Dr. Mark Boslough. Topics: NEO impacts and what's being done to deal with the threat. 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 welcomed our three panel members, Dr. Ray Williamson, Dr. Tim Spahr, and Dr. Mark Boslough to this 1 hour 31 minute Secure World Foundation sponsored webinar addressing NEO impacts and what's being done to deal with the threat. During our fist segment, we introduced our panel members and each provided us with opening comments about planetary defense and the risk and issues concerned with Near Earth Object (NEO) impacts here on Earth. Among the many issues discussed were funding priorities, diversion of funds, the recent Chelyabinsk NEO impact in Russia, and they type of damage that can be done by a NEO impact, even a small one. We also talked about our present day capabilities, what we can detect and the NASA NEO survey. One of the listener questions led to a discussion on the risk rewards for prioritizing not only budgetary expenses for NEO searches and mitigation, but also the theory behind the strategy of identifying larger NEOs first and why that is the preferred methodology. Our guests mentioned about 400,000 items had been surveyed and cataloged so far. Marshall emailed in a question about the best location for placing telescopes for NEO searches. I also asked about NEO airburst and if they were as predictable as understanding nuclear weapon airburst. The answer was no because we know so very little about NEO airbursts in contrast to what we know about nuclear weapons. The segment ended with a short summary of what was happening policy wise in the field with SWF & other international space & policy agencies.

    In the second segment, we started off talking about mitigation strategies and potential tools/methods that might be used. We talked about the time line needed to mitigate a potential NEO impact and learned that if it was within a few years of possible impact, the strategies would likely focus on damage control, evacuation, and such here on Earth. We discussed more about NEO budgets and priorities, then I asked each of our guests to rate their level of satisfaction with the progress being made in the field. Each one provided his own satisfaction rating with his reasons for the rating. I'm sure you will find their comments most interesting. Near the end of our webinar, our panel members were asked for their thoughts on human spaceflight and the possible competition for scarce funds with the planetary science part of NASA and space as well as the planetary defense budget. While they all liked human spaceflight, you might be surprised by the answers each of our panel members provided us. Guest closing comments were excellent so don't miss them.

    Please post questions/comments on The Space Show blog URL above. You can email each guest through me

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  3. 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 The Space Show. 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 drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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  4. Guests: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Walter Cunningham, Dr. Loren Acton. Topics: Astronaut Panel 1 focused on leadership issues & the importance of spaceflight. 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 and 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. The copyright for this program belongs to Dr. John Jurist and Rocky Mountain College. The Space Show has permission from the copyright holders to archive both video and audio formats on Space Show websites, video channels, blogs, and podcasting sites. During our nonstop 1 hour 34 minute panel discussion before a live audience at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT consisting of students, faculty, community leaders, and interested people, as moderator, I asked our panel members about leadership, what it takes to be a leader, leadership qualities, and mentorship. I also asked about human spaceflight, Apollo, going to the Moon, and lots more. Risk taking, regulatory risk, exploration characteristics, and economics were also talked about by our panel members. We took audience questions dealing with the Apollo program, the Moon, the Saturn V rocket, commercial space, private space, NASA management, SLS, NASA's current mission, and issues pertaining to our congress and NASA funding/policy. Each of our panel members addressed most all of the questions and each brought to the table his unique perspective on the issue or subject at hand. For those of you watching the panel video on our Vimeo channel, you will see students leaving the room around the top of the hour to take exams. Some things never change on campus, do they? Please post comments and questions on The Space Show blog for this program. For those of you wanting to email our panel members, you can do so through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward your note to the person(s) of your choice.

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  5. Guests: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Walter Cunningham, Dr. Loren Acton. Topics: Astronaut Panel 2 focused on spaceflight issues, policy, and in asking our panel members to share their space experiences with everyone. 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. The Copyright for this program belongs to Dr. John Jurist and Rocky Mountain College. The Space Show has permission from the copyright holders to archive both video and audio formats on Space Show websites, video channels, blogs, and podcasting sites. We welcomed our panel members and the live Rocky Mountain College student, professor, and community audience to our afternoon 1 hour 34 minute panel in which we focused on human spaceflight, the Saturn V, the Saturn 1B, and the Space Shuttle, along with space science, risk taking, and what each panel member thought was most valuable for scientific reasons in the solar system. We took many audience questions on a wide ranging group of topics including why spend money on space, especially in this difficult economy, solar cells, Boy Scouts and space, and what it was like to walk on the Moon. Please post your comments and questions on The Space Show blog. If you want to email any of our panel members, you can do so through me at drspace@thespaceshow.com.

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