Teacher heads on NASA’s airborne astronomy adventure
The SETI Institute has partnered with 14 school districts in eight states, including Fayette County Public Schools, for the 2019 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. Heidi Anderson of Locust Trace AgriScience Center is among the 28 teachers chosen for the program, which is a great opportunity to learn about content in a real-world setting and share an extraordinary experience with students. The professional development for high school science teachers aims to improve science teaching and learning and to increase student STEM engagement. AAA participants receive training in astrophysics and planetary science, content, and pedagogy.
“When I was a little girl, NASA and the space program were often in the news as a point of national pride and a window into the profound,” Anderson said. “This (airborne astronomy) program is ideal to bring real exploration of fundamental truths about the universe to kids, who I hope will be inspired to do exploring of their own.”