Robert S. Smith
Aerospace Education Mentor
      Last Updated: June 8th, 2010 
Exploring Moon and Mars Geology


| Exploring the Moon | Exploring Mars
 The Aerospace Education Mentor (AEM) program was established by the Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI) to plan, implement, and evaluate professional development activities with K-12 teachers in support of the Florida Aerospace Workforce Pilot Project.  This program provided mentoring, modeling, coaching, professional development, and technical assistance to improve classroom instruction in mathematics, science, and technology education. Robert S. Smith (Bo) was the AEM for Duval, Nassau, and St Johns counties in northeast Florida for the school year 2005-2006.  This one year grant was supported by the Department of Sponsored Research and the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida (UNF).
Dr. Marianne Barnes was the Principal Investigator for the program at UNF.


Workshops: Part of the AEM program was to conduct workshops with K-12 teachers. One workshop was a two day Earth Systems and Space Science workshop for Duval County Elementary Teachers during the Fall of 2005. Day One consisted of activities and instruction on geosphere and atmosphere topics.  Day Two connsisted of hydrosphere and space science topics. Click on Workshops to see details concerning these workshops.  A one day workshop was also developed called 'Exploring Planetary Geology'.  This was first conducted in February, 2006 as a part of  Brevard County's Science Day at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Rocklidge, Florida on February 20th, 2006. This workshop was also conducted for Duval County Middle School teachers April 1st, 2006. Check the Workshops  for more information about these workshops.  The final workshop for the school year was a workshop/tour conducted at the Kennedy Space Education Center for 22 Duval County elementary and middle school teachers on Friday, May 26th, 2006.  Although the AEM program is no longer funded for northeast Florida, the Planetary Geology workshop is available.  For more information about this program and to request the Plaentary Geology one day workshop, contact Bo Smith.

Presentations: A presentation was conducted at the Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference in Orlando entitled 'Exploring Moon and Mars Geology' in November, 2005. This presentation not only updated attendees on the status of NASA's Vision for Space Exploration, 'The Earth, Moon, Mars, and Beyond', but also included several inquiry activities involving Lunar and Mars geology.

Science Fair Project: Part of the program was and continues to be to provide mentoring for student science fair projects when requested.
Click on Science Fair Project to see an expample of one of these science fair projects.



The New Horizons (Pluto-Kuiper Belt) Mission launched from Cape Canaveral on an Atlas V rocket
afternon of  Thursday, January 19th, 2006.
 NASA's New Horizon Website



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