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NASA Institute for High School Mathematics





About the Program:

Participants of our NASA Institute are afforded the opportunity to study under a team of NASA scientists, engineers, and educational specialists for a total of two weeks at the NASA Langley Research Center.
Teachers are immersed in a hands-on experience designed to disseminate information regarding modeling and simulation via NASA and Radford’s Simulation-Based Math Teacher Professional Development Program (MODSIM).




Modeling and simulation are essential components of engineering too frequently neglected throughout secondary math instruction. In part, the NASA Institute aims to undergird the integration of more of this technology into the high school mathematics classroom. By touring various NASA facilities, attending presentations delivered by NASA engineers and scientists, and collaborating with NASA engineers and education specialist, participants learn not only how modeling and simulation are used in the workforce, but also how to identify and utilize synergies between the workforce applications and their own curricula. By the conclusion of this collaborative institute, participants will be equipped with lesson plans that integrate modeling and simulation into secondary math curriculum as well as the appropriate skills and knowledge to do so effectively. Selected participants will be provided with housing for the duration of the institute, as well as a stipend to offset incurred costs.





The Langley Research Center (LaRC) Visitor and Temporary Access Policy is described in this PDF File.

For more information on how to apply, please contact Mrs. Valerie Dunham at vdunham2@radford.edu or (540)831-5058.

Click on this link to see a video showing teachers that did our NASA institute in 2016.