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Cubes in Space Academy Flexible Schedule- Aerospace Science & Engineering Course

A 9-week course introducing students to aerospace science and engineering design processes essential to conduct research and designing experiments to fly on a real NASA mission to space in the summer of 2022 with the Cubes in Space program.
Amber Agee-DeHart, B.S. Geology, M.S. Sp.Ed.
5 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 3 learners
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Class
No live meetings
Over 9 weeks
14-18
year olds
1-18
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

-high school science teacher 14 years (Earth Science, Oceanography)
-taught geology labs at community college 2 years (Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Oceanography)
-designed, managed and taught aerospace education programs for NASA for 7 years
-founder and creator of Cubes in Space program, global engineering design contest in partnership with NASA and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (2014 to present)
-Recipient of numerous NASA awards:  NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center -  Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Team Award for the creation and development of the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program; NASA’s Langley Research Center - Director's Award for Creativity, Teamwork, and Innovation, for exceptional leadership and innovation in developing the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Program into a nationally renowned NASA-STEM program; NASA’s Langley Research Center - Team Award for the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Program; Virginia Math and Science Coalition Programs that Work Award
For the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program.  
-Universities Space Research Association - Science and Engineering Education Council, Chairperson (2014-present)
-Virginia Aerospace Business Association - Educational Outreach Committee
Homework is a necessity as this is a flex-schedule course.   Homework is not "busy work."  Online reading will consist of short and long passages and articles.  Work products completed individually or in collaboration with other students will include but are not limited to the design of visuals (graphs, charts, infographics, images, diagrams, etc),  mostly four-function calculations, measurement, brainstorming, journaling in the Science and Engineering Design notebooks, participating in discussion forums, collaboration with peers in the design of science communication products (script writing, videos, graphics, animations, gifs), scientific writing, research, shared decision making (consensus) and experiment design...but not all in the same week!  Reflection journal entries are submitted to the instructor weekly and used as a basis for feedback and discussion with the instructor with the goal of individualizing the learning experience for each student. 
Materials needed: (an updated list will appear in the course.  Most items you will find around your house or can purchase at the dollar store with the exception of a the digital scale)
-Notebook - at least composition notebook size or larger
-Scissors
-Tape, double-sided tape or glue stick
-Ruler
-Protractor (you will also be provided one you can print)
-Color pencils/crayons
-Color markers (optional)
-Drinking straws
-String/twine/yarn
-Small “Dixie” cups or small styrofoam cups (not needed until week 6)*
-Large helium-filled balloon (not needed until week 6)* 
-Access to kitchen or mail digital scale* (not needed until week 6) (Walmart and Amazon have them for around $10 with a great return policy)
-Dried rice or mixed dried beans* (not needed until week 6)

*Indicate a hands-on activity that is optional.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will be provided weekly formative (informal) assessment of their work via weekly via written and video-recorded feedback. In addition, students will be provided summative (formal) evaluation of their experiment design and written proposal during weeks 5, 7  and week 9. This feedback will be high-quality and meaningful in order for students to continuously improve their ideas, designs, and written work.  **Course grades can be provided upon request of a parent. 
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
Cubes in Space curriculum, NASA and other space agency resources, space and science articles, online simulations

Teacher

Amber Agee-DeHart, B.S. Geology, M.S. Sp.Ed.
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Lives in the United States
Integrative STEAM Educator - "Oh, the thinks you can think!" -Dr. Seuss
5 total reviews
10 completed classes

About Me

Greetings! I'm Amber Agee-DeHart - a huge science nerd and professional educator with a passion for learning and sharing my knowledge with others.  I develop integrative STEAM content, curriculum and programs grounded in educational research with... 
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