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|Aired on August 25th, 2008|
|Guests: Lonnie Jones Schorer, Barbara Sprungman-David|
|Guests: Lonnie Schorer and Barbara Sprungman David were the guests for this Space Show program. We focused on their new book, "Kids To Space Mission Plans: An Educator's Guide" published by Apogee Books. We talked about the structure of the book, the contents and much of the specialized material in the book, which makes it desirable for teachers to use, school boards to adopt, kids to love, and parents to demand. See if you agree after listening to this comprehensive discussion. Lonnie is also the author of the earlier companion book published by Apogee, "Kids To Space: A Space Traveler's Guide." In addition, check out the one sheet descriptions of both books at these sites: www.apogeebooks.com/Books/For%20Kids/KidstoSpace.html and www.apogeebooks.com/Books/For%20Kids/KidstoSpaceSE.html. Listeners asked many questions about competition from other school departments and teachers, especially math and science. You won't want to miss what our guests had to say about this as the Educator's Guide is definitely an enhancement for other teachers, science and math departments, etc. We also talked about what listeners can do to help get this material into schools, so listen carefully and help create the space program we all want. It starts with education. During the program, Barbara spoke about two educator oriented conferences that you may find interesting. First, there is the National Conference on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE), Oct 16-18, 2008, Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA - www.ncase.info. The second suggestion she offered was the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), Feb 5-7, 2009, Space Center Houston - www.spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html. Both Lonnie and Barbara want to hear from you so please send them your comments, questions, even suggestions. To reach Lonnie Schorer, use LonnieSchorer@aol.com. For Barbara, please use BarbaraDavid321@aol.com. If you have questions about buying Apogee books through One Giant Leap Foundation as a donation, please contact me at email@example.com.
|About our guests...|
Lonnie Jones Schorer
Lonnie Schorer earned a BA in Russian from Connecticut College in New London and a Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. Lonnie spent more than 20 years living overseas in Thailand, Turkey, Italy, Norway, and the former USSR. While supporting her husband’s State Department career and raising a son and two daughters in different languages, cultures and often unsettled political climates, she was professionally engaged in UNESCO World Heritage programs, participated in land planning, residential, commercial, and architectural preservation projects and established educational programs for young children and college students. She has been a staff member for two Olympic and two Paralympics Games, coming away awed by the power of the human spirit to believe in dreams and strive for seemingly impossible goals. As a member of the Explorers Club, Women in Aerospace and The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, and as a member of TIGHAR’s Earhart Expedition Team, Lonnie’s fascination with exploration and the freedom of flight led her to look skyward, first as a skydiver and then as a private pilot and space advocate. Believing in the pursuit of visionary goals and new frontiers, as head of design for the new-concept 43,000-ton shipboard community at sea - the World of ResidenSea - and currently as director of Global Space Travelers, a subsidiary of ShareSpace, with Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Lonnie believes that the future of space travel - with rocket ship shuttles ferrying people and supplies and docking at destination spaceports - could be successfully modeled on the cruise ship industry. Four grandsons got her thinking about “to infinity and beyond,” and that led to the continuing development of the Kids to Space project, with its goal of supporting teachers and inspiring kids to think about tomorrow and their future in space.
Barbara Sprungman David is a space science education specialist and a space journalist. She earned her elementary school teaching credentials from University of California at Santa Cruz, and is an experienced curriculum writer dedicated to the topics of space, astronomy and Earth sciences. She has authored or co-authored science curriculum units funded by IMAX, NASA, National Science Foundation, National Science Teachers Association, The Discovery Channel and USA TODAY. She was inspired to pursue space and astronomy education endeavors by viewing the planets, stars and the Moon through a telescope for the first time in the mid 1980's. She grew up in San Diego, and lived in Washington, DC for 13 years, before moving to Boulder, Colorado six years ago with her space journalist husband Leonard David. She has also published curriculum units and articles under her former name, Barbara Sprungman. Barbara and co-author Lonnie Schorer are proud to announce the recent debut of their publication Kids to Space Mission Plans: An Educator's Guide, a collection of lesson plans related to space topics published by Apogee Books in May 2008. Although the guide is focused on grades 5th through 8th, it can be adapted for other grade level. (See Lonnie's interview which aired on May 19, 2006 and is archived on The Space Show website about the book she authored in 2006, Kids to Space: A Space Explorer's Guide, containing thousand of kids' questions and answers about space exploration and astronomy which inspired the educator's guide at - http://thespaceshow.com/detail.asp?q=496. Barbara is currently working as an education and public outreach consultant for the Coalition for Space Exploration's Education Station - www.spacecoalition.com - and the Secure World Foundation - www.secureworldfoundation.org, as well as dedicating time to promoting the Kids to Space guide and book. You can send email to her at BarbaraDavid321@aol.com .
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