For Patton-Hoang, the announcement of working with WGBH does not affect her teaching plans: “This just adds another layer. It will add a lot deeper understanding for the students on the topics we’re already covering,” she said.
“Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms,” is in its second year of a 5-year project.
“NASA provided a grant for development of the resources,” Olson said. “Many of the resources use data, images, and other media from NASA, as well as from other partners and sources. They also include media from WGBH productions.”
Resources are free to all educators at PBS LearningMedia. The collections of resources contain materials for both teachers and students. Material created for PBS LearningMedia use satellite images, data visualizations, interactive tools, and broadcast videos from NASA and WGBH according to Olson.
“I think teachers, all teachers, are always looking for new and innovative ways to provide material to their students,” Patton-Hoang said.
Patton-Hoang gained experience through numerous grants and scholarships through STEM Education, Otterbein College’s Operation Physics and Miami University’s WISE Science Program, according to a press release. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Dayton Public Schools Foundation grant, 2016 Montgomery County Educational Service Center STEM Fellow and nominated for the June 2017 Scobee Rodgers Innovative Educator Award.
The application process for Year 3 of the project will begin in early 2018 according to Olson. Those that want to be notified when the process opens can email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be placed on a mailing list.