What Teachers Think
Excellent content, especially career bio's and photos.
The content of the site was extremely interesting to my students. They loved the space pictures most.
My students were very interested in the more personal accounts of the mission and aspects of activity on the space station. They responded well to these more personal letters.
This was a favorite of my students.
The children really enjoyed participating. We would like to do more.
The activities were very applicable to the basic plant science that I teach the students. It fit right into the course activities.
I certainly found it interesting and can see that these programs can have enormous implications for learning in the science areas.
As a homeschooler, being able to participate in these activities opens up many more doors and allows my older son to try and experience things he otherwise would not have.
It was like a snow ball, when new solutions brought new questions and new questions in their turn drew them to new solutions.
They do more on-line research on their own, they monopolize the computers in the library with science research, they have started to become more flexible in their thinking in that they are more secure in using information gained in other areas.
They became much more aware of space science, an aspect of science curricula in Australia which is not heavily taught. The Internet materials certainly made the topic much more interesting.
They liked the idea of taking part in a "world-wide" project.
There was more of an interest to explore and not take for granted.
The parents were delighted to see their children performing a project linked to NASA.
Students often think NASA is just astronauts, and not very many people can become one. It's great for them to see it takes many different types of people, with varied interests to do space research.
We saw scientists as real people.
Learning from the actual scientists and engineers involved is absolutely invaluable.
The students thought it was great that "kids" could take part in the project with their ideas.
I think all the materials posted have worked on that well, including biographies of the experts and detailed reports from the researchers. Besides, I think, participation in the project stimulated my students to get more information about space investigation.
My students are dreading going to high school science classes next year because they will be back in a text book. They appreciate that science happens all the time, everywhere, and are comfortable with this scheme. They now view studying science from a book as something you do not do.
(This project) helped my kids develop a better appreciation for real world issues because they can see what is happening in real life vs. just a story. We distinguish between reality and fantasy in our second grade curriculum.
Yes, this is the main reason why I am very very interested in NASA (generated-by-science-as-scientists-do-research) projects!! Please keep them coming. They are becoming much more understandable.
This has been the most talked-about project I have ever done. The kids even tell their parents about it.
Good springboard for science, social studies and language arts curriculums.
I just read some of the postings and we talked about what was going on. The realness of it all did impress them (despite themselves!)
I think the project helped my students see that what they are doing in class is relevant to what happens in the real world.
Students felt honored to participate in such a project and also felt empowered by being able to master the technology. They were very proud of their abilities which the project allowed students to develop. Thank you.
I think it was useful. My own experience and practice with this kind of learning will make it better. Be patient with our learning curve, and do not give up on this kind of activity.
I think the project was great and plan to use the materials in the future. I would like some continued contact with other researchers or classes doing similar activities.
Just keep up the tremendous work you are doing. As a member of the Planetary Society, a futurist, a former employee of the Canadian Space Agency, an educator, and a life-long fan of space research, I can only thank you for providing such a wonderful research tool. As we get our infrastructure together (such as e-mail and CuSeeMe capabilities), we will be able to participate more fully.