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Posted May 2, 2011

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Turtle Haste, James Monroe Middle School

Turtle Haste, a science teacher at James Monroe Middle School, has been awarded an Endeavor Fellowship from NASA. The Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project provides live, online training for K-12 educators working to earn a Certificate in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York. Endeavor Fellows engage with education experts, NASA scientists and each other to learn more about NASA discoveries, and take cutting-edge lessons back to the classroom to impact student learning in real-world contexts.

Haste is known for her connections with researchers around the world, showing her students how the topics they study are being further explored by scientists. They spent this school year exchanging e-mails, packages and the occasional video hook-up with researchers at American and British stations in Antarctica, learning about the frozen continent and its difficult conditions. Student work on the sun shadows project—measuring the length of shadows at different locations around the world at consistent times between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice—has been presented to international audiences at scientific conferences in San Francisco, Norway and at the recent New Mexico Society for Technology in Education conference in Albuquerque.

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