Jim Christensen - STEMFest in Space



Jim serves as Executive Director of ShareSpace Education, the K-12 arm of the Aldrin Family Foundation, where he creates materials related to the Moon and Mars and works with teachers and schools as they integrate space into the curriculum.

More about Jim…

Jim is the former Director of Education at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex where he led a team that designed and constructed the Astronaut Training Experience (ATX Center), an educational experience where visitors can train like an astronaut for a day or spend a day working in a Mars settlement simulation.

He also worked as a part of the Teaching From Space Project team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center that developed the procedures to conduct video events between the crew of the International Space Station and students in classrooms. He has advised students on three experiments that have flown in space. His career began with 18 years in the middle school classroom learning side by side with his students, aged 11-14. He was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Excellence Through Partnership award from BT.

Brief description of session:

Jim will explain the mission of the Aldrin Family Foundation and describe the Giant Moon and Mars Maps and materials that have been developed for use in the classroom. He will discuss strategies for how the maps can be used as powerful learning tools to meet student needs in multiple subject areas. He will also describe interdisciplinary, problem-based learning activities that are appropriate for both classrooms and homes.

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Teachers and Parents

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