INNOVATION • In 2004, 146 senior executives polled by Christian and Timbers stated that space exploration drives new technology and boost capital markets
ECONOMY • When NASA granted $64 million to businesses who pledged to invest $200 million, over $1.5 billion was created in commercial products
INVESTMENT • NASA receives 7/10ths of 1% of the national budget RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT • In 2007, U.S. space activity contributed $95 Billion in U.S. economic activity (US Space Foundation-2007)
Spin-offs For the past 30 years, NASA technology has developed over 1500 products for commercial use.
IN THE MEDICAL FIELD • Technology developed by NASA includes digital hearing aids, miniature heart pumps, breast cancer screening, balance evaluation, LASIK eye surgery, bone analysis, blood diagnostic equipment, ear thermometer, heart surgery, dental wire, chromosome analysis, prosthesis material, etc.
ENVIRONMENT • NASA’S images from space have helped protect and preserve the environment
What is the genesis of innovation? EDUCATION
To enhance learning to help shape the future of the United States NASA’s Education Goal
NASA K-12 Programs Aerospace Education Services Project • Classroom Visits • Assemblies • Professional Development * The Best Thing- There is NO COST!
The NASA Educators…. Mr. Les Gold & Dr. Lester Morales from the Kennedy Space Center
For Grades K-3….. • Students participated in a presentation introducing them to NASA programs
In the Upper Elementary Classroom …… • Students used pictures taken by the Hubble Telescope of the planets in our solar system and place them in the proper order
In the Middle School …. • Students used satellite images to help locate locations on a regular map and measured distances.
At the High School Level…. • In the technology and health classes, students were shown how astronauts are kept cool during space walks and how space technology is used in battling and curing breast cancer
NEON a professional learning community, open to elementary teachers, STEM teachers, future elementary and STEM teachers, scientists, engineers, and other professionals who want to support STEM teachers in their important work.
NASADigital Learning Network • fosters the effective use of interactive instructional technologies through the delivery of NASA educational content for the benefit of its students and educators
Evaluation by Western Michigan University of NASA Educational Programs-2007 • Education Programs are NASA’s “face-in-the- field” • Excellent support system for other NASA ED pre-college initiatives • High quality, flexible workforce • Strong service delivery culture • NASA Center specialist domicile/single management contractor (university) structure is good
We Explore…… Because it is good for the human spirit NASA education services can help prepare the next generation of explorers !
NASA EDUCATION LINKS • NASA website www.nasa.gov • Aerospace Education Services Project- http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Aerospace_Education_Services_Project.html • NASA NEON- http://neon.intronetworks.com/# • NASA Digital Learning Network- http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html