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Teachers In Space, Wednesday, 6-26-13 June 27, 2013

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Teachers In Space, Wednesday, 6-26-13


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Guests:  Bob Werb, Elizabeth Kennick, Rebecca Zgorski, Dr. Jason Kring.  Topics:  The Teachers In Space workshops for space medicine & flight experiments/opportunities.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.  Please remember that your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

We welcomed Bob Werb, Liz Kennick, Rebecca Zgorski & Dr. Jason Kring to the show to discuss the Space Frontier Foundation Teachers In Space program with their 2013 workshops, Space Medicine underway now at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida and the upcoming Flight Experiments workshop to be held in a few weeks in Palmdale, CA.  Visit the Teachers In Space website for more information:  http://tis.spacefrontier.org.  During our 1 hour 4 minute discussion with our guests, Bob Werb did a brief Space Frontier Foundation and Teachers In Space overview and update.  Bob put forth a very strong and excellent case for both stem and space education and why The Space Frontier Foundation and the Teachers In Space were focusing on STEM.  Don’t miss what Bob said.  Dr. Kring then spoke to the ongoing human factors and space medicine workshop including spacesuit design projects and more.  Liz talked about Teachers In Space, the teachers involved in the programs, rules for the program, and the need for and importance of STEM inspiration for the teachers to take back to their students in the classroom. Also the need for funding for special projects.  Listeners asked about broadening the program to Liberal Arts and non-STEM teachers, plus making the program available to grade school, middle school, and even college professors.  We talked about funding grants, funding restrictions, and new sources of funding including a new crowd funding program about to be launched by Teachers In Space on RocketHub.  You can find out more about this new crowd funding program by visiting the Teachers In Space website per above.  Rebecca was next in our discussion and told us about the new B.S. program at Embry-Riddle, “Commercial Space Operations.”  This is the only undergraduate program of its type in the country.  If you are interested in it, here is their website:  http://daytonabeach.erau.edu/degrees/undergraduate/commercial-space-operations/index.html.  Listeners asked several email questions about Teachers In Space, upcoming suborbital flights, the demographics of the teacher participants, student and teacher awards, plus much more.  As our hour together was drawing to a close, each guest offered us his/her take away from our discussion and then I followed with my own concluding remarks for today’s discussion.

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