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Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick, Teachers In Space, Friday, 2-21-14 February 22, 2014

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Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick, Teachers In Space, Friday, 2-21-14


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Guest:  Elizabeth (Liz) Kennick.  Topics:  Teachers In Space program and projects.  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 listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Liz Kennick back to the show to talk about Teachers in Space (TIS), their new 2014 programming, and their upcoming spinoff from The Space Frontier Foundation later this fall.  During our one hour discussion with Liz, we talked at length about the Teachers In Space two summer workshops, the Flight Experiment Workshop and the Space Medicine & Human Factors Workshop.  Liz went over the teacher qualifications which include being a U.S. Citizen and a U.S. high school STEM teacher.  The workshops are free but so far the teachers selected for the workshops are responsible for their own travel and expenses.  Spots for these workshops are limited so if you are a qualified teacher or know of one to recommend, applications need to be submitted early.  Liz believes the website application process will be available before the end of February so please check the Teachers In Space website for more details, http://tis.spacefrontier.org.  Liz also talked about workshop graduates having two different experiments on the ISS or headed to the ISS.  We talked about this process in some detail and she explained the two experiments to us.  Clearly, the high school students and their teachers are engaging in quality and meaningful research!.  Liz also talked about their relationship with both The Space Frontier Foundation which will be ending this fall through a TIS spinoff and Embry Riddle University in Florida.  Another partnership that TIS has formed is with Waypoint2Space, a spaceflight training center that has started up near NASA JSC near Houston.  Waypoint has its FAA approval.  For more information, visit their website at www.waypoint2space.com.  Liz received several questions inquiring about working with both students and teachers.  Here, we learned that TIS is focused on the STEM teachers to work with students.  She was also asked about space tourism, orbital space tourism, cosmonaut training, and getting flights for the Pathfinders once the suborbital companies start flying.

Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog URL above.  You can reach Ms. Kennick through the TIS website or me.