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N.C. Wesleyan teaching students to attend NASA institute

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Last year’s team from N.C. Wesleyan College’s Teacher Education attending the Minority University Research and Education Program Institute at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

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From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

N.C. Wesleyan College has been selected for the third year in a row to attend the Minority University Research and Education Program Institute in June at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

The NASA Langley Research Center and Texas State University began hosting the annual Minority University Research and Education Program Institute for pre-service teachers in 2016. The primary goal of the educator institute is to utilize NASA’s resources and subject matter experts to provide undergraduate education students with access to high-quality learning experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

“The primary goal of the institute is to use NASA's unique resources, technology, and experts to provide a high quality learning experience for undergraduate students as well as pre-service educators,” said Dr. Danielle Madrazo, Wesleyan’s director of teacher education and associate professor of Education. “We are very excited to be able to participate in the NASA Institute again this year.”

While at the institute, participants will learn about real-world STEM applications while taking a behind the scenes tour of the NASA facility. They will interact with engineers and scientists who are working on projects that include problem-solving applications of chemistry, biology, programming, engineering, manufacturing and environmental sciences. They will participate in STEM activities led by NASA partner teachers and they will design instructional activities for their future classrooms.

Students also will have the opportunity to learn how NASA’s diversity initiatives are helping to create the next generation of STEM leaders.

In addition to attending the institute at Langley, the students and faculty team leader will complete eight hours of online professional development prior to the institute and an additional eight hours of online professional development after the institute. This year’s team from N.C. Wesleyan Teacher Education includes faculty sponsor Dr. Patricia Brewer and students Cali Ann Green, Sullivan Reece, Nakisha Phipps and Leo Guzman.

Teacher Education at N.C. Wesleyan has been named to the Higher Education NASA Rising Star Network of Institutions every year of attendance.

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