South Carolina State University (SCSU) has completed a highly successful three years of developing a comprehensive approach to research and education in space science. Work under this award from the Office of Space Science (NAG 5-10145) included a significant number of new and exciting collaborations and activities in faculty research, undergraduate student research, curriculum development, teacher training and public outreach.
SCSU partnered with Carver-Edisto Middle School to successfully compete at
the national level to become one of only 50 NASA Explorer schools in 2003.
A total of 599 teachers participated in workshops and courses from 2001-03
A total of 29 teachers completed an intensive 1-week summer, graduate education
course for in-service teachers entitled Space Science for Teachers
Workshops for teachers covered a range of topics and experiences including
astrobiology, the five space science themes of NASA and a hands-on experience
controlling a radio telescope remotely over the Internet.
Two South Carolina teachers completed the Hands On Universe course
at Western Kentucky University in the summer of 2002
Over 300 K-12 students and teachers participated in the South Carolina Junior
Academy of Science Winter Workshop held at SCSU on February 8, 2003, which focused
on space science activities.
Over 400 K-12 students and teachers plus others attended talks by former astronaut Charles Bolden on June 19, 2003.
T. Gull, T. Kucera, M. Mumma and J. Thieman at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
C. Runyon at the NASA OSS Broker/Facilitator SERCH and the College of Charleston
K. Cooke, S. Friedrich, K. Reed and S. Labov at Lawrence Livermore National Lab
R. Green and K. Mighell at Kitt Peak National Observatory
D. Davis, M. Everett and S. Howell at Planetary Science Institute
V. Kulkarni and K. Lacey at University of South Carolina
M. Castelaz, D. Cline and C. Osborne at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute
J. Raddick at Johns Hopkins University
M. SubbaRao at University of Chicago & the Adler Planetarium
S. Austin, L. Johnson at Medgar Evers College
E. Richards at Talladaga College
M. Carini, D. Barnaby, R. Gelderman and C. McGruder at Western Kentucky University
T. Tobin at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College
S. Watts of Carver-Edisto Middle School