AAS 202nd Meeting, May 2003
Session 10 Astronomy Education: Middle School to College
Poster, Monday, May 26, 2003, 9:20am-6:30pm, West Exhibit Hall

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[10.03] A Space Science Summer Program for Minority Students in Middle School

A. M. Baker (South Carolina State University), L. A. Patterson III (Denmark-Olar Middle School), D.K. Walter (South Carolina State University)

South Carolina State University's (SCSU) Center for NASA Research and Technology started the Space Science Academy in 1998 for underrepresented minority students and teachers in grades 7-9. It has been offered every summer since then and has expanded from five half-days in 1998 to its current format as a full, two-week, residential program for the students with an additional three days of training for the teachers. Nearly 120 students and twenty teachers have participated over the years.

The three day workshop for in-service and preservice teachers is based on the national and state science standards and includes hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The students live in the dorms on the campus at SCSU during the two weeks of the Space Science Academy. Sample activities include construction of model rockets and the planet Saturn, an in-depth study of the Sun and accessing astrophysical and NASA websites.

We wish to acknowledge generous funding from the NASA MU-SPIN project through NCC 5-116 and NCC 5-534 as well as an IDEAS grant HST-ED-90242.01-A through the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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