Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in conjunction with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility is pleased to announce a professional development workshop for Community College STEM Faculty.

Twenty STEM faculty from across the Commonwealth's Community College System will participate in a residential workshop focusing on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace. The purpose of this professional development is to assist faculty in better educating students on the importance of teamwork, technical skills and problem solving in the context of STEM. Lodging, breakfast and lunch, and workshop materials are provided FREE of charge. Participants will receive a $800 stipend upon full participation of the program, including completion of workshop evaluation and workshop deliverable.

When: May 21-23, 2018
Hosted by: NASA Goddard Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility
Location: Wallops Island (located on Virginia's Eastern Shore)
What: The workshop consists of briefings and tours to highlight the suborbital and orbital missions and launches conducted at NASA Wallops and around the world. The participants will work collaboratively on a NASA case study which demonstrates authentic team work, trouble shooting, and real-time decision making. Additional activities will focus on the collaborative work of engineers, scientists, technicians, safety and range control personnel at NASA.

The deadline to apply is April 3rd . Workshop participants will be notified by the third week of April.

For additional information please contact Kirsten Manning at (757)766-5210 or email
STEM Takes Flight Professional Development website

* 1. Do you meet all of the following eligibility criteria?

- U.S. Citizen
- Currently employed in a partnering Virginia Community College
-Teach a STEM discipline

* 2. Please provide us with your contact information.

* 3. Have you ever participated in a STEM Takes Flight Professional Development program?

* 4. Which of the following community colleges are you employed?

* 5. How do you involve your students in STEM activities? (Check all that apply.)

* 6. Are your students regularly challenged by complex problems related to real world scenarios?

* 7. What do you hope to achieve from this workshop?

* 8. What has been the most profound STEM professional development that you have participated in? What made it so powerful?

* 9. What NASA resources do you use in your instruction? (List all that apply)

* 10. What description best describes your teaching environment?

* 11. What best describes the subject that you teach? 

Thank you for your application!