This morning as I opened up my email I received the following from Ken Shields the Director of Education and Operations at CASIS - the Center for Advancement of Science in Space. The email said, "Blasting off a NEW BSA STEM journey into microgravity onboard the ISS National Lab with CASIS." While our Scouts and Explorers have participated in some really innovative programs like underwater robotics, coding/programming, and aerial robotics seeing this email in writing meant our organization was select to provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for youth, adults, educators, businesses and community partners to look to a new frontier, space for an out of this world STEM experience.
I met Ken Shields the Director of Education and Operations for CASIS on a cold snowy Saturday morning in Chicago about a year ago. Today, I'm honored to share the Pathway to Adventure Council, Boy Scouts of America and Exploring have established a Memorandum of Agreement with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to facilitate collaboration and support with the CASIS National Design Challenge (NDC)-3 in Chicago. Our organization will assume a leadership role in the promotion of the CASIS NDC-3 STEM education program to the Chicago community, mentors and to youth in the Chicagoland area to conduct educational projects in the microgravity environment offered by the ISS National Laboratory.
Are you looking for an exciting out of this world experience? Add your experiment to the final frontier, Space! Meet Ken Shields, Director of Operations & Education and Diane Matthews, Education Manager from CASIS to share information on:
o The implementation of the CASIS NDC-3 Challenge competition in Chicago.
o Professional development workshops for adult leaders as well as CASIS NDC-3 outreach and award presentation events.
o Engage as a technical expert and mentor to support the selected units and their adult leaders in the development and implementation of their respective projects.
o Learn how your organization or business can support the CASIS NDC-3 program with in-kind and/or as a funding sponsor.
o Provide your expertise as the one required review panelist to assist CASIS in the review process to select the “winning” experiments for the CASIS NDC-3 Chicago Pilot Program.
Space is limited so register today at: CASIS National Design Challenge Informational Meeting – CHICAGO. For more information contact Nancy.Elder@Scouting.org or learn more about CASIS by watching the videos below.