On behalf of NASA, I would like to share with you an exciting professional development opportunity for the teaching staff in your community. This unique program, developed by NASA, will provide teachers with the opportunity to experience cutting-edge technology, explore aerospace engineering concepts, and develop hands-on lessons that will engage and inspire their students.
NASA is committed to making a significant impact on building an educator workforce that is skilled in teaching innovative engineering design and simulation-based engineering. Toward that end, NASA Langley Research Center has developed a Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program. The program will offer 16 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics middle and high school teachers a unique opportunity to work beside NASA engineers and mentors during a paid two-week internship at a NASA facility during July 2010. The internship will focus on aeronautics modeling and simulation at the following Research Centers: Ames Research Center (near San Francisco) and Langley Research Center (Hampton, Virginia). Each of these centers extensively employs modeling and simulation tools to perform their research and technology development activities.
RTI International, the managing contractor for this project, seeks applications from outstanding middle and high school teachers who will be able to adapt and use this exciting material in their classrooms. Your school community is one of only eight across the country receiving the announcement of this exciting professional development opportunity. Please reach out to those teachers who would benefit from this internship and have the capacity and support to integrate some aerospace simulation-based engineering lessons into their curriculum. More information about the program as well as the application packages can be found by visiting https://stemaero.rti.org. We will accept applications through March 20, 2010.