Living and Working in Space: Habitat
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
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
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 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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