The VASTS online course consists of eight NASA-developed modules compiled to expand students’ knowledge of aerospace history, science, exploration and technology to prepare the Scholars for participation in a Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Learning will take place through weekly reading assignments, simulations, viewing video segments, and participating in online discussions. Learning will be demonstrated through completion of case study analyses, technology design activities, real-world math application problems, quizzes, participation in online discussions, essays, and a final scientific report. These activities are submitted in sequential order every two weeks and posted through the VASTS online course website. All activites within the modules are reviewed and evaluated by a certified Virginia educator through the online system with detailed feedback provided.
The Master Teacher will facilitate the VASTS online coursework for approximately twenty-five (25) Scholars in preparation for the potential participation in the Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia. The purpose of the VASTS program is to provide online coursework for the Scholars to acquire knowledge of NASA, space exploration, and key STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. The top 180 performing Scholars from across Virginia who successfully complete the online coursework may attend a seven-day, residential program in which they will undertake a teamed-aerospace mission design project at NASA LaRC. Based on course performance, acceptance to the summer academy is not guaranteed. The objective of the VASTS coursework and Summer Academy is to create a pipeline to STEM-related higher education studies and aerospace-related fields by providing relevant content and experiences on aspects of designing and conducting a human mission to Mars. Students will be exposed to NASA scientists, technologists, mathematicians, and engineers who serve as career role models. Master Teachers for the Summer Academies will be chosen from instructors facilitating the online coursework. Master Teachers report to Ian Cawthray, VASTS Education Program Coordinator – Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
$2500 for online course content grading and forum participation
December 2016 – May 2017
A mandatory training session will be held at Virginia Space Grant Consortium in Hampton, VA on Friday November 11, 2016.
Lodging for the training session is provided, if needed, for teachers living outside a 50-mile radius from Virginia Space Grant Consortium. Lunch will be provided during the training session. Lodging will be provided on Thursday evening upon request. VSGC will make arrangements and payment.