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Chizek selected as NASA Endeavor Fellow

April 7, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TOLEDO CHRONICLE (SPECIAL) -Lisa Chizek from the North Tama County Community School in Traer, IA has been awarded a fellowship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project was created to promote highly qualified teacher status in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Education across the Nation. This highly competitive Project is administered by U.S. Satellite in Rye, NY. Chizek was selected as one of forty educators across the United States for this Fellowship.

“Through the program, educators learn how to deliver cutting-edge science into the classroom, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics education,” said Joyce Winterton, Assistant Administrator for Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This includes proven NASA and NASA-sponsored educational resources to meet specific learning goals.”

NASA Endeavor provides live, online, interactive graduate courses with NASA content and materials. The Project inspires teachers to make changes in their classroom practice, igniting students’ interest in STEM. The Project allows educators an opportunity to deliver a greater understanding of NASA discoveries to inspire a next generation of explorers, scientists, engineers and astronauts.

“I am thrilled to be involved with this incredible opportunity,” Chizek shared. “I have always been very interested in space science and all science in general. I remember watching news broadcasts of Apollo missions during school as a child, and I am very eager to take part in all they have to offer and to share what I learn.”

Chizek will have the opportunity to use NASA resources to learn about the ocean, space exploration, astrobiology, engineering, and many other exciting topics. She is also scheduled to attend Space Camp for Educators at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL this summer.

Stephen Foster, North Tama Elementary Principal remarked, “I was very excited to learn that Lisa was accepted into the Endeavor Project because it will mean that she will be learning the best science teaching techniques. She will be able to teach them to others here at North Tama and that will mean that all of our students will benefit. I applaud her commitment to improving her skills.”

Project Fellows will earn graduate credit and a Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City.

Funding for the program is provided through the NASA Endeavor Teacher Fellowship Trust Fund in tribute to the dedicated crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

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Lisa Chizek at NASA.
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