Lakewood High School is one of 14 schools nationwide selected for the 2011 School Recognition Award for contributions to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
A team of NASA personnel reviewed applications and recognized the schools for demonstrating exemplary classroom practices and finding innovative uses of NASA Explorer School resources to engage a broad population at school. These schools were selected from more than 1,300 schools that have registered as participants in the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project.
NES is NASA's classroom-based program designed around NASA's unique missions.
Three teachers from each winning school will travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston next year to conduct experiments in microgravity on the agency's reduced gravity aircraft. The experiments will examine how fluids with different viscosities behave in microgravity; the acceleration and inertia of objects; and how the absence of gravity affects mass and weight. The Lakewood teachers are Lindsay Bobo, Keith Miller and Myles Loveall.
"This represents another innovative NASA project for teachers and students to engage in actual scientific investigations in a microgravity environment, similar to experiments conducted on the International Space Station," said Shelley Canright, program manager for primary and secondary education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. "It successfully demonstrates and enhances participants' academic knowledge in STEM."