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Peck, K.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)

"NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP)" is a part of a five-year cooperative agreement for Penn State to be NASA's face to K-12 education. The cooperative agreement for the Aerospace Education Services Program is funded for up to $27.3 million over the next five years. The program, one of the oldest in NASA, is in its 35th year. Penn State took over Sept. 1 from Oklahoma State University.

This is the only program in the U.S. that can put professional science educators on the ground in 50 states and territories.

The Penn State program will shift the existing emphasis from one-time school visits and short teacher seminars to university-based space-oriented summer courses for teachers. School visits will continue, but rather than emphasizing auditorium presentations, NASA education specialists will work closely with teachers and school administrators to infuse cutting-edge science content into extended instructional units. Education specialists will also collect data on how summer course experiences translate to the classroom and how teachers adapt materials to the various states and schools.

NASA Aerospace Education Services Project will use many new instructional technologies, developing continuing education content for delivery through NASA's Digital Learning Network. Education specialists will get in on the ground floor of new NASA projects to aid them in their continuing education components as well.

Another aspect of the program will be to update orphaned instructional materials created by NASA since the Apollo program. NASA Aerospace Education Services Project will also workclosely with NASA Explorer Schools, a program that works with schools in under-served areas and aim to bring exciting science and technology to the students and the students to the technological workforce.


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