PALMDALE – Local educators got a behind-the-scenes look at several active Earth science missions Friday, as part of an outreach hosted by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.
Educators had the opportunity to meet with mission scientists, view support equipment and tour research aircraft at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale and at Dryden’s main campus on Edwards Air Force Base.
“We’re hoping to get teachers excited and interested in NASA’s Airborne Science Program,” said Emily Schaller, Outreach and Education Coordinator.
Teachers are hoping to get students excited, as well. Cactus Intermediate School teacher Brian Tanner said many of his students were unaware of the milestones in the aerospace industry that have occurred right here in the Antelope Valley.
“They had no idea, when they saw the [Endeavour] shuttle fly over, that we designed that stuff here, that this is what we do in the Antelope Valley,” Tanner said.
“They don’t have any knowledge outside of their homes,” said Ocotillo Elementary School teacher Tammy Gardner. “I want to find a way to bring that back into the classroom.”
NASA’s website features an Education Materials Finder, which helps teachers locate resources that can be used in the classroom at any grade level. To learn more, visit http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html.
To learn more about NASA’s Earth Science Project missions, visit http://espo.nasa.gov/.