10-28-2008 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #25


Title
NASA K-12 Competitive Grant

Discussion

Xtreme Teaching:  No Gravity Required takes teacher professional development to new heights with a two-year, NASA-themed STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program on microgravity for 180 high school teachers and 22,500 students from Florida's 67 districts.  Xtreme Teaching partners and advisory council members are Florida Association of Science Teachers, NSF SpaceTEC, Embry-Riddle, Hawking Center Microgravity Educator Fellows, Zero-G, Delaware North Education Office (KSC Visitor Complex), and Brevard Public Schools.

Intended outcomes of this state-wide project are:  1) Harness the excitement of space experiences to capture teacher and student enthusiasm for STEM and promote STEM career options.  2) Leverage NASA mission themes and education materials in tandem with Zero-G flights to create innovative, high quality inquiry-based curricula, 3) Effectively measure impacts on teacher development and inquiry-based instruction and student achievement, interest in and engagement with STEM careers, 4) Support 3 Aerospace Career Academies in Brevard Public School District integrated with NASA education content and activities focusing on lunar exploration, aeronautics, space science, and engineering to serve as pilot and evaluation sites.

Xtreme Teaching is significant to achieving the outcomes of the K12CG and NASA interests and programs as it  1) Creates a replicable and scalable high-quality NASA STEM content professional development program with options for microgravity raining, 2) Uses technology to communicate via online networking, distribution of electronic Xtreme Flight Family Night kits that link to Hawking Center for Microgravity Education & Research (Hawkingcenter.org) and NASA web site to allow families to share learning online, 3) Incorporates research and inquiry-based techniques using scientific methods with online content and pre-flight activities for teacher participants in microgravity flights, 4) Priority for teachers at NASA Explorer Schools, NEAT teachers, and pilot schools.

When funded, this state-wide project will be 1 of 8 in the country; spotlighting the District as a national leader in STEM professional development.

Requested funding is $1.5 million over two years.  Cost sharing not required but NASA may accept it when offered.  Brevard Public Schools will be the fiscal agent of the grant.



Recommendation
Approval to write and submit full proposal for the NASA K-12 Competitive Grant.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 10/28/2008

Authority for Action
FS General Powers & Dities of the School Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Partial

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

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Contact

Dr. Sherry Meaders, Grant Writer  ext. 374