Rhodes’ NASA Stars to Send City School Students to Space Camp


Publication Date: 10/7/2009

Rhodes College’s NASA Stars program, which began in 2006, has been expanded, thanks to a $200,000 grant from NASA. The project is designed to enhance teaching and learning of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

Funding from the grant will be used to send 10 teachers and 270 students from Cypress Middle, Springdale Elementary and Snowden School (K-8) to Space Camp. This is a follow-up to the NASA Stars program in 2006-2007, when a generous grant from NASA allowed Rhodes to partner with these schools for this purpose.

Selected Rhodes students will help science teachers at the schools implement a six-week science curriculum and prepare students for camp. The elementary and middle school students who have experienced the curriculum before in earlier grades will learn new material.

Then in January, participants will travel to the three-day camp located at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. After the trip, Rhodes students will help administer surveys and opportunities for reflection to assess the educational impact of the Space Camp experience.

The goals of the NASA Stars program are to improve teachers’ ability to prepare students for STEM careers; improve educational opportunities for the participants; and to enrich the undergraduate experience of Rhodes students though community-based learning.

For more information about the NASA Stars program, contact Dr. Suzanne Bonefas at 901-843-3739.

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