13 hours ago ago on Facebook
On Thursday, May 5, students from 11 schools in South Holland, Illinois, are going to get the rare chance to speak with two NASA astronauts. The event hosted by South Suburban College, will start when I will have the honor of opening the downlink with Expedition 47 Commander Tim Kopra and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois will hang up the call.
Participating schools include: Arbor Park, Coolidge and Gwendolyn Brooks Middle Schools; Kankakee Montessori, Junior and High Schools; King and Kennedy Upper Grade Centers; Roosevelt Junior High School; St. George School District 258; and STEM Academy.
Jeff Williams launched to the space station March 18 and will live aboard until September. Tim Kopra launched Dec. 15 and will return home in June.
This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Office of Education's efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station through the agency Office of Education's STEM on Station activity provides authentic, live experiences in space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing the possibilities of life in space.
16 hours ago ago on Facebook
President Barack Obama proclaimed this day, May 3, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Day and May 1 through May 7, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Week. Take this day and this week as an opportunity to thank the mentors that selflessly do so much for the education of our children (and grownups) and change lives. #ThankATeacher.
2 days ago ago on Facebook
Thank you to the students greeting us at the 14th International Festival of Language & Culture - Colours of the World. I was joined by Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls #CBWG co-founder and my colleague, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) also a co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls #CBWG.
4 days ago ago on Facebook
Congratulations to Laquon Treadwell, a graduate of Crete-Monee High School and one of the most-sought high school athletes several years ago, drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings.