RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Two Washoe County School District (WCSD) teachers are among 28 teachers nationwide selected to take part in NASA's Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program.
Mickey Smith is a chemistry and physical science at Wooster High School and Aaron Shoolroy teaches physics at Reno High School.
They will participate in a week-long immersion program getting training in astrophysics and planetary science and will go on a research flight onboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.
The program aims to give teachers an experience that they can bring into the classroom, and get their students excited about science.
“NASA’s SOFIA observatory provides a fantastic opportunity for teachers to better understand and appreciate the research process by interacting with scientists and mission crew members,” said Dr. Dana Backman, AAA program principal investigator. “The teachers can then take what they learn back to their classrooms, schools, and school districts, conveying the value of scientific research and adding real-world content to high school learning environments. The AAA’s first-hand experiences also can illuminate the wide variety of STEM career paths available to students.”