SOFIA’s E/PO Program: Education Partnerships at 41,000 feet. Educators flying onboard to observe and participate in front-line scientific research has been the keystone of SOFIA E/PO plans since the original USRA proposal to NASA
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Key Accomplishments, FY03
Continuing our nationwide program of talks
regarding SOFIA and IR astronomy at science
teacher conventions, we alert teachers to the
upcoming opportunity to fly on SOFIA and
collaborate with astronomers. We also
demonstrate EM radiation lesson kits for
middle and high school curricula developed in
collaboration with SIRTF E/PO and Montana
Locations: National Science Teachers
Association (NSTA) national meeting in
Philadelphia, plus regional meetings in
Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Oregon and
California. Also, convention of National
Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical
Engineers (NOBCChE) in Indiana.
“Astronomy Education Review”
design and evaluation of our
national distance-learning course
“The Invisible Universe Online”
sponsored by SOFIA E/PO and
administered by Montana State U.
This is a model for a web-based
course to train teachers to fly on
SOFIA and collaborate with
collaborate with SIRTF E/PO on
production of a book of astronomical
images at all wavelengths rendered
into Braille and textures.