MKT Library

Saturday is Sexy… Sunday is Movies Night

SETI Institute Trains Educators on the Methods of Science

SOFIA (Boeing 747 - modified)

SOFIA (Boeing 747 – modified)

By Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research

For many people, science is something they read about in textbooks – abstract, mysterious, and sterile.  But the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program run by the SETI Institute together with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific dispels these myths by taking teachers and other educators to where science is being done.  By pulling back the curtain on contemporary astronomy observations, participants learn that science is both a very human and very exciting endeavor.  They, in turn, convey these lessons to the next generation.

During the Ambassadors program, 28 educators – from both classrooms and informal venues such as museums and planetariums – will be taken aloft onboard NASA’s SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) aircraft, and will spend hours monitoring and interacting with the astronomers who are making observations that, because the Earth’s atmosphere blocks infrared light coming from space, can only be done on high.

“One thing that’s surprising to them is that scientists often work in teams; science is a social phenomenon,” comments Dana Backman, the manager of the SOFIA education and outreach program.  “It’s really blood sweat and tears.  You go out to measure A and you measure B, and all the while you’re turning a screwdriver, because your instrument doesn’t work.”

The flight aboard the telescope-equipped 747 is merely the start of the experience for the educators.  Afterwards, they bring their training back to their communities.  It’s a way to let young people see that science is not an esoteric endeavor, removed from the reality of everyday existence, but one that’s accessible, exciting, and a possible career choice.

Details of the Ambassadors program, and the newly selected participants can be found here

Read more about SOFIA

Source: SETI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on March 5, 2015 by in Astronomy, Sci-Media and tagged , , , , , , .

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 301 other followers

Follow MKT Library on WordPress.com
ultimatemindsettoday

A great WordPress.com site

Caz the Comic Strip

Cartoon strip about Caz and her family

candidscience.wordpress.com/

Don't just read the news, understand it!

Coffee Conversations

Official blog of Zurairi AR: Journo, researcher, humanist, father.

CHOUETT

Read it! 📖 Spark it! ✨

mesopotamia4ever

Everything on Mesopotamia, Modern Iraq, and Global Art

The Hitchhiking Postdoc

A guide to chemical biology and to the mind of a hitchhiking postdoc

TechCrunch

Startup and Technology News

Scrub Physics

Writings on science, technology, economics, and rationality

seepurple

illuminate

Snapzu Science

We blog the best science & space posts as submitted and voted on by the Snapzu community! Invites available!

ScienceQ publishing Group

Blog of scienceQ publishing Group

Duke Energy Nuclear Information Center

A glimpse into the world of nuclear energy

Sparkonit

Science - Simplified

Métaphysicien

My encounters with Cosmology

%d bloggers like this: