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AERO Institute® is a strategic partnership of Federal, State and Regional governments, commercial companies, academic institutions, and non-profits addressing our nation"s need for technically skilled workforce and STEM education at all levels. You will find many links here that outline the opportunities we currently offer.
Upcoming Event:

NASA Airborne Science Media Event, January 25, 2012 

For K-12 Formal or Informal Educators

This opportunity is currently closed.

In collaboration with the NASA Dryden Office of Education and Airborne Science Program, both formal and informal educators are invited to attend a media event at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility (DAOF) on January 25, 2012, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. The DAOF is a NASA facility located at 2825 East Avenue P, in Palmdale, CA, that operates specialized aircraft to conduct cutting-edge Earth science research. Attendees will interact planeside with aircraft and science project managers, pilots, and engineers, to learn about upcoming NASA science campaigns, and tour the various Airborne Science research aircraft. Available aircraft may include the P-3, DC-8, ER-2, B-200, G-III, and C-20A. The event will culminate with presentations about potential educator professional development opportunities; including a two week residential research-based program called the Airborne Research Experience for Educators, and how to integrate technology into the classroom via a Web interface that monitors a NASA flight mission real-time.

The deadline to register is January 7, 2013. Further, attendees should be available to participate in a brief Web conference on either January 14 or 15, 2013, to learn about hangar safety protocols and procedures, and to provide information for obtaining a one-day security pass to the hangar. Space is limited; registration is on a first come, first served basis.                                                                 

For additional information about this opportunity, feel free to contact Shaun Smith, Dryden Education Flight Projects manager, by email or phone at shaun.smith@nasa.gov or 661-276-3888.

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Press Release:

AIAA Unveils Education Partnership.

 In a press release, the AIAA (11/16/2012) announced a partnership with the AERO Institute®, the National Institute of Aerospace, and the Ohio Aerospace Institute, "to expand its offerings of continuing education stand-alone courses for aerospace professionals." Col. Neal Barlow, AIAA Vice President, Education said: "As part of AIAA"s professional member education programs, AERO, NIA, and OAI offer members the opportunity to brush up on science and engineering skills or be introduced to new cutting-edge knowledge and application capabilities." The release continues to notes that course subjects for 2013 "include flight dynamics, aeroacoustics, sensor systems, composite structures, space systems, computational heat transfer, air breathing propulsion, missile design, gossamer systems, and systems engineering."

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Summer of Innovation

NASA has launched an initiative to use its out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning, particularly for underrepresented students across the nation. NASA"s Summer of Innovation supports President Obama"s Educate to Innovate campaign for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. >> Click here for more information

Programs for Educators and Students:


Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Teacher Institute

For Grades 4-9 Formal or Informal Educators

NASA is deploying two Global Hawk unmanned aircraft systems to conduct the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) missions, an Earth science campaign from 2012-2014 designed to study how tropical storms form and develop into hurricanes. The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Office of Education, in collaboration with the Earth Science Project Office at NASA Ames Research Center, is recruiting five grade 4 – 9 formal or informal educators of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to participate in a one-week HS3 Teacher Institute from August 6-10, 2012, at the AERO Institute® in Palmdale, California. Selectees will receive a $1,000 stipend following completion of project milestones. 

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Airborne Research Experience for Educators

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For Grades 4-12 Educators 

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students program is recruiting educators of students in grades 4-12 to participate in a two-week residential program in Palmdale, California. The dynamic training program provides research-based experiences for educators utilizing NASA’s unique flight platforms. Participants will engage as science practitioners by becoming involved in a NASA earth science mission.  

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Student Flight Mission Challenge 

For Grades 6-12 Educators and Students

NASA is studying earth science processes such as earthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Students in grades 6-12 can help NASA in this effort by joining the Student Flight Mission Challenge. Student teams create a multimedia presentation that suggests a site for a new science investigation. Interested educators can prepare for the challenge by enrolling in a self-directed course, Earth System Science.

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Free, Self-Directed Online Course - Earth System Science

NASA is studying and learning more about earth science processes such as earthquakes through airborne research vehicles, particularly a specially modified Gulfstream III.  This free, self-directed course provides access to all educators to participate in the design of a NASA flight mission, which may eventually help scientists predict earthquakes and other earth system science processes...

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