More than 330 Students embarked on a mission to design a science experiment to was carried out in the micro-gravity environment aboard the International Space Station.
The project is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, offered by The Michaelis Foundation, KSC International Academy, Brazil Florida Chamber of Commerce, U.S. National Center for Earth and Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers.
The objective of this specific project is to broaden the interest of cooperation between Brazilian American students and educators in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
NanoRacks Module-9: The crew activated designated mixture tubes for the fifth session of the NanoRacks Module-9 investigation today. The experiments contained in these tubes support a variety of experiments sponsored by the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE). The student-designed experiments address challenges of living and working in space. The program is also a key initiative for US science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on the space program. Findings from student experiments may contribute to future experiments that benefit the space program.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) has provided 14 flight opportunities to date for communities across the U.S., Canada, and Brazil, to conduct a microgravity experiment design competition at the local level—on the final flights of Space Shuttles Endeavour and Atlantis (STS-134 and STS-135), and Missions 1 through 12 to ISS. In each participating community, student teams write proposals vying for a flight experiment slot reserved just for their community in a real research mini-laboratory scheduled to fly to Low Earth Orbit.
With a new virtual spaceport added to SEE's 8th simulated Space mission -- simulated tourism and commerce come to create new possibilities in SEE's simulated space mission to the Moon and Mars . with more than 100 people involved-- directly and indirectly-- this inter-university international SEE team-- a partnering of government industry, associations and academia, annually, demonstrates its commitment to championing, challenging and creating collegiate modeling and simulation and education.
Priscilla Elfrey, Executive Chair of SEE' Strategic Action committee since 2011, reports that this effort addresses a critical workforce development concern. She further notes that SEE students from universities in the US, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Burkina-Fasso and Pakistan are currently collaborating across 11 time zones learning simulation -- supported by SISO, Florida Space Institute, Liophant , VSEE, unity Design, CrtnResults, Pitch Industries, V-T MAK and NASA with content, systems project management and mentors. They collaborate, she says, " in a unique electronic learning organization -- thinking globally but working locally under faculty direction -- SEE is a continuous demonstration of information sharing, trust and creativity that always amazes."
Having learned complex distributed simulation by doing it and observing how it is done, everyone -- students, faculty, industry, associations and NASA got together -- electronically and in person-- for SEE 2018 to perform a simulated mission about humans moving off the planet creating an outpost for science, commerce and tourism on the far side of the Moon and robotic preparation preceding human exploration of Mars.
SEE 2018 took place remotely and physically in Sofia, Bulgaria under the direction of SEE 2018 Co-executive Program Chairs Nikolay Tomov, chairman of the Bulgarian Simulation Association ( BULSIM) and adviser to the participating Bulgarian teams and Jefferson Michaelis, CEO of the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education and adviser to the FACENS, Brazil US team.
The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education is proud to be the co-founding and presenting host of the Science Days 2018 edition, the largest—and only—International SPACE/STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) event, created in collaboration with NASA to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and space explorers.
This free event was presented in five cities around Brazil and featured more than 1,150 STEM organizations, schools and space startups presenting hands-on, fun science activities for people of all ages.
The Science Days 2018 received more than 38,000 participants including guests from academia, government and business sectors who are committed to empowering students to thrive in an evolving world.
“Science Days is a wonderful opportunity for students, teachers, schools, astropreneurs and young business leaders to showcase projects, network and discuss how we can best prepare our youth for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Jefferson Michaelis, TMFGE President.
“Science Days is already shaping up to be the biggest and best, with a fantastic lineup of speakers and panels that will inspire, engage and empower attendees.”
The Michaelis Foundation For Global Education, TMFGE is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. and internationally through pathways in science, technology. engineering, arts and math.
Field trips are recognized as important moments in learning; a shared social experience that provides the opportunity for students to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic setting. Their importance is supported by professional organizations such as the National Science Teachers Association which asserts field trips can “deepen and enhance” classroom study and the National Research Council who assert a quality science curriculum is one that extends beyond the walls of the classroom .
As part of The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education Center for Leadership initiatives, 12 students had the opportunity to take a field trip on Nov. 29 to UniAzul, the biggest aviation university in the country of Brazil. UniAzul, is a training center for the Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras. It includes four full-flight simulators, two flat-panel fixed-based devices, 15 classrooms, one auditorium and super cool cafeteria.
One goal of the Leadership Center is to establish a greater connection between in-class learning and real-world application. Project Coordinator, Carla Michaelis, wants to increase the number of opportunities International Journey's students have to job shadow or intern in the near future.
At UniAzul, the students met with Gessica Gomes, technical training manager . She mentioned that about 350 employees are training daily at UniAzul, and the company expects to train about 1,000 people each year on average.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL -- A unique international program pairing computer and software engineers with students is coming to the Space Coast for the first time.
Right now there are millions of unfilled, good paying computer science jobs.
So the goal is to encourage students to learn about the space program and how to write code and use their creativity to solve real STEM problems.
"That’s one of the best things in our global PBL program," TMFGE chairman Jefferson Michaelis said. "You see them struggling a little bit but then our instructors explain it in a different way and then all of a sudden they go, oh I completely understand now. That’s one of the best things for me. Because we love teaching and sharing our love of STEM & Space education with kids all over the world."
OSIRIS-REx is zooming towards the asteroid Bennu. It's on a mission to collect a sample of asteroid "dirt" and send it back to Earth. Scientists hope to uncover the building blocks of life in the solar system. The spacecraft launched last summer, so what's it up to these days? International STEM Education Collaboration!
This unique collaborative Initiative in Brazil is the result of a partnership between the Kennedy Space Center International Academy, The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education and the Brazil Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Students ages 9 to 14 are attending classes with instructors trained in the United States on the key concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Four selected educational institutions in Brazil are hosting this STEM hands on practical and theoretical robotics and programming course.
For the first time in the country of Brazil, the course is based on NASA's OSIRIS-Rex mission, which sent a spacecraft into space to monitor and collect samples from the surface of the asteroid BENNU.
The "Asteroid Mission" program is being taught in the cities of Americana, Limeira, Ribeirao Preto and Sorocaba.
In addition to general asteroid science, students are learning about NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. The University of Arizona leads the mission. In September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launched on its seven-year journey. This groundbreaking mission will grab a sample from a primitive carbonaceous asteroid and bring it back to Earth for analysis. That sample will be a scientific time capsule from 4.5 billion years ago!
The program provides theoretical classes on introduction to robotics, science and technology. The Mission 1 is taught by Vinícius Fantuche, a mechanical engineer and mission specialist at "The Asteroid Mission", which will present the NASA mission in detail. The practical classes are being held at the FACENS University Lab, and also in collaboration with four selected partner schools under the coordination of Mr. José Carlos Filho, Program's country manager in Brazil. "We will divide the students into teams and each will have a (rover) robot. The mission will be to schedule it according to the activities defined in the day. We also have a real replica of the surface of an asteroid".
Michaelis foundation present at the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Experiment Presentations for CRS-11
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is launching 11 certified experiments to the International Space Station aboard CRS-11. Mr. & Mrs. Michaelis met the students for the SSEP Mission 10 Casper payload as they presented their projects at the Kennedy Space Center.
Testing the Formation of a Polymer in Microgravity
Grade 9, Camden Fairview High School
The Effects of Microgravity on Oxidation
iLEAD Consortium, California
Grade 11, Santa Clarita International Charter School
Growth and Development of Fathead Minnows in Microgravity
Grade 6, Everett Meredith Middle School
Bacterial Motility in Microgravity
Universities System of Maryland, Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
Tiny Wings of Glory
Summit, New Jersey
Grades 5 and 7, Kent School
Role of Gravity in Flatworm Regeneration
Grade 10, Harmony Science Academy Houston High
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. SSEP is the first pre- college STEM education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture.
The bilingual illiteracy level is high in many countries, where countless children have little access to reading English materials.
The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education seeks to counter this trend by providing Bilingual dictionaries to students and schools.
Ana Kioto, 14, is thankful that she can now read an English Portuguese dictionary for the first time in her life, as opposed to before, when she just read notes her teacher gave her in class.
“Things are different now,” says Ana, a sixth-grade student. “I read my own dictionary now, and it is helping me with the needed resources I need to better my bilingual skills.”
Ana says that if it were not for the donated dictionary, she would not know how to read English Portuguese as well as she does today.
“We have over 650 pupils at our school, and grades five through nine are all benefiting from these bilingual dictionaries,” says teacher Janet Venturini. “But it’s not just the pupils who are benefiting from the reading materials. Teachers use the same dictionaries as teaching aids and for research, which helps them prepare for classroom lessons.”
Janet says that the dictionaries given to the school are a great blessing, adding that schools like hers don't get books like these from any other source.
Realizing that higher institutions of learning were also lagging behind in bilingual materials, The Michaelis Foundaiton will extend the donation of its Dictionaries to colleges around the United States.
Also, The Michaelis Foundation distributes various bilingual dictionaries to students in the State of Florida that are personally donated by Carla and Jefferson Michaelis.
The collaboration between The Michaelis Foundation for Global education (TMFGE) and NASA engages students—current, future, and alumni—in the process of building their global connections with other bright students in more than 12 countries.
The Simulation Exploration Experience (SEE) joins students, industry, professional associations, and faculty together for an annual modeling and simulation (M&S) challenge. SEE, led by NASA, champions collaborative collegiate-level modeling and simulation by providing a venue for students to work in highly dispersed inter-university teams to design, develop, test, and execute a simulated lunar mission. Participating teams gain valuable knowledge, skills, and increased employability by working closely with industry professionals, NASA, and faculty advisors.
Students are highly sought after this global experience.
Click here to see pictures and more information about the SEE 2017 Modeling Experience review , reward and recognition in Florida.
The Asteroid Mission Initiative and The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education (TMFGE) announced a significant partnership today that will cultivate the future generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students while increasing opportunity for those young students by strengthening connections between educational institutions and careers.
“America’s economic prosperity depends on building a talented workforce of problem solvers, critical thinkers and collaborators, skills taught through STEM education,” said Carla Michaelis, TMFGE VP of education. “The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education is proud to partner with The Asteroid Mission Initiative to offer very young students, especially those currently under-represented, greater resources and more direct pathways to in-demand careers in the STEM field” commented Jefferson Michaelis, TMFGE President.
Expanding student access to STEM education is an issue of paramount importance in an increasingly global economy. Job growth in STEM fields promises to be great. It is projected 2.4 million job openings in STEM nationwide through 2018.
“The concern for STEM shortages tends to focus on the possibility of an insufficient supply of STEM workers, but the deeper problem is a broader scarcity of workers with basic STEM competencies across the entire economy. Demand for the core competencies is far greater than the 5 percent traditional STEM employment share suggests, and stretches across the entire U.S. job market, touching virtually every industry.”
TMFGE is taking action by giving students in selected schools access to high-quality STEM programs that equip them with the knowledge and skills needed for future success.
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