NASA Triad JPL Training
Laura and I were invited to attend a very special session of the NASA Triad project hosted by the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena in August of 2013. A mere 30 teachers were invited to attend this prestigious opportunity and Laura and I were the only teachers from California lucky enough to attend. We spent the first full day diving into the NextGen Science Standards and Common Core and how they will eventually shape science education. The larger purpose of the trip was to spend professional development time at JPL. We got the latest and greatest NASA-made lessons for the “Curiosity in Your Classroom” project along with the million dollar all-access tour of the Mars Yard. We were also very lucky to get four, one-hour presentations by actual Curiosity mission specialists who presented us with images and data that still hadn’t hit publication. Their firsthand accounts of the scientific compromises (political, scientific, and monetary) needed to go from concept to reality in eight years were amazing. The following photos describe the details. Any teacher who desires information about how to get NASA materials in their classroom can contact me at ryhollister at sbcglobal dot net. A huge thanks to NASA Triad program facilitators Ann Benbow, Colin Mably, Steve Semken, Ian MacGregor, Bob Bernoff and Ed Robeck. Their diligent work will help us spread the latest and greatest info to both teachers and students alike.