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Brandman students trained in STEM by NASA

September 18, 2018 by David Sloan, Ed.D.
NASA teachers

NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at the Ames Research Center included students and faculty from Brandman, UC Santa Cruz, Notre Dame de Namur, Nevada State College, Chaminade University of Hawaii, University of Montana and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Brandman University’s School of Education joined six other universities from the western United States in a NASA training program. This is the second year that Brandman University has been honored with such a selection. Led by Brandman University Professor David Sloan, Ed.D., the team consisted of Juan Chavez (Monterey campus), Katherine Martinez (Menifee campus), Anil Nukala (Walnut Creek campus) and Shellie Legler (Modesto campus). All members of the team were working towards becoming credentialed teachers working in science, technology, engineering or math, areas commonly referred to as STEM.

This was a yearlong program with extensive professional development during the last school year and follow-up professional development this school year. All of this preparation led to spending time with the other university teams on site at NASA this summer. The teams participated in a variety of activities and met with those researchers who are on the leading edge of space exploration.

All members of the Brandman team received numerous certifications as a result of the training. One such certification allows team members the authority to check out lunar materials to bring to their classes. As these artifacts are considered national treasures, appropriate security must accompany these materials. Only people that have completed the training are allowed to request these artifacts.

As a direct result of this professional development, several members of the team have new teaching positions and are serving in additional capacities focused on the sharing of STEM information with their students and their fellow teachers. As all of the team members are from different regions in California, the impact of this program will be felt across California.

Brandman University is proud to partner with NASA in preparing the educational leaders in STEM education.

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