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NASA/NSTA Symposium:

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Living and Working in Space: Habitat

Presenters:

Don Boonstra
Don Boostra Mr. Boonstra has thirty-three years of experience as an educator. During these thirty-three years, he has been a teacher, Math and Science Department Chair, Curriculum Coordinator, Principal, and NASA Education Specialist and Coordinator of the Student Observation Network. His emphasis has been on development of innovative programs and curriculum. In the process he has kept current with education research, curriculum innovation and management techniques. He has led education teams to develop programs using educational research and best practices in education. He has led teams to design and implement a unique K-10 Science Curriculum for learning disabled students, to design and implement a high school for learning disabled students, and to convert high school science curricula to the physics-first model complete with the alignment of math objectives. He has successfully incorporated NASA mission and program science into activities, lessons, units, using best practices in educational design. The highly successful inquiry-based, virtual learning environment, Student Observation Network, has been recognized as a template for best practices in on-line learning and is promoted by NASA Explorer Schools.


Steven E. Johnson
Steven E. Johnson Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Purdue University, achieving a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996. After college, Steven was employed as a Safety & Mission Assurance engineer, and later went on to became an International Space Station Flight Controller at Johnson Space Center, in Houston, TX. International Space Station (ISS) is a world-class scientific and research vehicle orbiting Earth at an altitude of 200 miles, and has been monitored and operated by Mission Control Center (MCC) operators around-the-clock since November 1998. Steven started his flight control career as a Mission Evaluation Room Operations safety engineer, supporting on-orbit operations with the first ISS element launched in 1998. In 2000, Steven became a member of the MCC Flight Control Team which directly operates ISS. As a flight controller, Steven is responsible for the ISS Electrical Power System, which collects solar energy and converts it into operational power for all ISS systems.


Mr. Johnson has supported 8 ISS Increment Crew Rotations, 10 Space Shuttle assembly and logistic flights to ISS, and has almost 4000 hours accumulated in Mission Control during mission support and training activities.


Dr. Therese Kucera
Dr. Therese Kucera Therese Kucera is a solar physicist working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She attended Carleton College and the University of Colorado, Boulder. After receiving her PhD in 1993 she obtained a National Research Council Fellowship at Goddard, where she continued to study solar flares. In 1995 she joined the team of the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) where she worked on science operations and data analysis for two of SOHO's ultraviolet spectrometers and contributed to the mission's public outreach programs. Since 2003 she has been Deputy Project Scientist for NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) mission, to be launched this fall. She continues to study various aspects of the solar atmosphere.


Sheri Klug
Sheri Klug Sheri Klug is the Director of the ASU Mars Education Program within the Mars Space Flight Facility, School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. Ms. Klug is the formal education lead for the Mars Public Engagement Team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. She has served as the Education and Public Outreach representative on the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee for NASA Headquarters and is a member of the Lunar and Planetary Institute Science Council for the Universities Space Research Association. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Earth Science Education and is a teacher with K-12 science teaching experience. Ms. Klug has been involved in the Mars Exploration Program since 1995.


Ms. Klug is a member of the NASA National Girl Scout Leadership training team and participates in Mars-related public outreach events. The ASU Mars Education Program team provides hands-on, inquiry-based Mars workshops for K-16 in service and pre-service educators across the entire United States for all the NASA Mars Missions, creates and coordinates Earth/Mars-related national field trips. The ASU Mars Education Program was established over 15 years ago and emphasizes classroom and educator connectivity with Mars scientists and engineers. The ASU Mars Education Program is the facilitator of NASA's Mars Student Imaging Project, which allows 5th grade through community college student teams across the US to participate in authentic Mars research using a spacecraft camera currently in orbit around Mars.




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