NASA Triad Leadership Academy
Laura and I got to experience an out of this world adventure of a lifetime without really going all that far. Back in March we ran across a flier via Twitter that was promoting an Earth and Space Science Teacher Leadership academy funded by NASA and the AGI and hosted by Arizona State University. We really wanted to go, but the selection process was intense with requirements for letters of recommendation, resumes and letter of intent. We had no idea if we’d get selected and waited many weeks to hear of our fate. Luckily we were good enough to get in and got WAY more than we bargained for (we were the only Californians selected). Day 1 – Place-Based teaching methodologies for Earth Science systems. Day 2 – Meteorites (we got to hold the oldest fragments of rock in our solar system!!) Day 3 – Mars! Day 4 – Lunar Day (including ORGINAL photo prints from the astronauts of Apollo 16!!) Day 5 – Astrobiology. Laura and I were a bit depressed after arriving back in Turlock. Our scientific senses had been so stimulated for such a prolonged time we didn’t know what to do with ourselves. We are very grateful to the folks who made this academy a success and were very proud that we got to represent California.