PoSSUM Science Education Program

PoSSUM Science Education Program

Want to be a PoSSUM Instructor in your local community? The PoSSUM Science Education Program qualifies PoSSUM graduates to be PoSSUM Academy instructors at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO. or to bring PoSSUM Academy to their local communities. This program also qualifies PoSSUM spacesuit technicians and simulator technicians and pilots to support POSSUM Academy and provides opportunities to work with astronauts and artists to explore new ways to enable science communication through diversity of artistic interpretation. The PoSSUM Instructor curriculum consists of EDU 101, EDU 104, and either EDU 105 or EDU 106. PoSSUM Spacesuit and Simulator Technicians are qualified after completing EDU 102 and EDU 103.

What we do

Provide Aeronomy and Bioastronautics Education to the Interested Public

PoSSUM Academy is held at the Space Foundation each Summer. Supported by PoSSUM Science Education graduates, PoSSUM Academy uses next-generation astronautics to educate the general public about the science of aeronomy and bioastronautics. Most people know little of our upper atmosphere, noctilucent clouds, or even the science of aeronomy, yet this science deals with the most sensitive part of our planet and one of the best locations to study the effects of a changing climate. PoSSUM Academy and the Space Foundation are on a mission to change this.

 

PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidate Akram Abdelatif (credit: Ross Lockwood)

Inspire High-School and Undergraduate Students towards STEM Careers

PoSSUM Academy serves to inspire advanced high-school and undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers through the excitement that can be generated through citizen-science astronautics! PoSSUM believes that by planting a dream that everyone will soon have the opportunity to go to space, students will be inspired to study the science and technology that will be essential to meeting the challenges of the 21st century: understanding our climate, developing sustainable technologies, and colonizing our solar system.

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PoSSUM Science Education Courses

EDU 101: PoSSUM Educator Qualification Program (2 credits)
Dr. Jason Reimuller instructs PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates (credit: Ross Lockwood)

EDU 101 qualifies a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut candidate to administer the PoSSUM Academy curriculum at the Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. Candidates are evaluated in atmospheric science, aeronomy, remote sensing, aerospace physiology, life support systems, PoSSUM instrumentation, atmospheric scattering, and solar mechanics. Courses are delivered virtually and evaluations are performed during a course at Embry-Riddle. This class is restricted to PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates. (photo credit: Ross Lockwood)

EDU 102: Spacesuit Technician Initial Qualification Course (1 credit)
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EDU 102 qualifies the candidate to serve as a PoSSUM Spacesuit Technician using Final Frontier Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) Spacesuits in support of PoSSUM research and educational activities. All applicants must be approved by Final Frontier Design. This four-day course is held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where candidates are instructed in safe donning, doffing, and operational procedures and then evaluated with current PoSSUM Academy students. Graduates are qualified as Certified PoSSUM Spacesuit Technicians and may be employed to support all PoSSUM Academy courses.

EDU 103: Spaceflight Simulator Operator Initial Qualification Course (1 credit)
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EDU 103 qualifies the candidate to serve as a PoSSUM Simulator Technician and pilot in support of PoSSUM research and educational activities. This two-day course is held in Broomfield, CO. where candidates are instructed in simulator operations and in piloting the PoSSUM suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography mission. Graduates are qualified as Certified PoSSUM Simulator Technicians and may be employed to support all PoSSUM Academy courses.

EDU 104: Fundamentals of Citizen Science (2 credits)

This one-week course held in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, USA teaches candidates about how to conduct scientific research in the field by immersing them in the process with a professional scientist. Candidates will learn about assumptions and observations; error, uncertainty, precision and accuracy in data collection; how to take good field notes, test hypotheses, choose the right tools for the research, and how to analyze and interpret data.

EDU 105: Research Methods and Grantwriting (1 credit)

This month-long virtual course teaches candidates how to structure research projects: from experimental design, to determining sample types and sizes, to qualitative and quantitative methods. Candidates will learn the art of grant writing – how to clearly write project objectives, broader (outreach) impacts, and how to craft budgets. Candidates will learn strategies for crowd-fundraising, a relatively new method for funding science projects.

EDU 106: Sci-Arts and Science Communication (1 credit)

In collaboration with SciArt Exchange, PoSSUM is including STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering- Art-Math) engagement training coincident with April PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut classes. Students will receive information about the principles of using art to engage about space and apply learned principles in a hands-on activity to produce a space artwork. The best artwork of any media format will be included in the SciArt Events planned for the last day.

To receive the PoSSUM Graduate Credential in Science Education

PoSSUM EDUCATOR: EDU 101, EDU 104, and EDU 105 or EDU 106 – $2325

PoSSUM SPACESUIT AND SIMUATOR TECHNICIAN: EDU 102 and EDU 103 – $2250

Upcoming Programs

EDU 106: Sci-Arts and Science Communication

Date: 6-8 April, 2017

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

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EDU 102: Spacesuit Technician Qualification

Date: April 8-11, 2017

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

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EDU 103: Spacecraft Simulator Qualification

Date: April 15, 2017

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

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Course Curriculum

EDU 101: PoSSUM Educator Qualification Program

EDU 101 qualifies a PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut candidate to administer the PoSSUM Academy curriculum at the Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO. Candidates are evaluated in atmospheric science, aeronomy, remote sensing, aerospace physiology, life support systems, PoSSUM instrumentation, atmospheric scattering, and solar mechanics. Courses are delivered virtually and evaluations are performed during a course at Embry-Riddle. This class is restricted to PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Candidates.

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Costs and Prerequisites:

Next Class: 3 April to 26 May, 2017

Location: Virtual

Cost: $1500 (Available only for PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Program graduates)

EDU 102: Spacesuit Technician Qualification Course
EDU 102 qualifies the candidate to serve as a PoSSUM Spacesuit Technician using Final Frontier Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) Spacesuits in support of PoSSUM research and educational activities. All applicants must be approved by Final Frontier Design. This four-day course is held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where candidates are instructed in safe donning, doffing, and operational procedures and then evaluated with current PoSSUM Academy students. Graduates are qualified as Certified PoSSUM Spacesuit Technicians and may be employed to support all PoSSUM Academy courses.
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Costs and Prerequisites:
Next Course: 8-10 April, 2017
Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.
Cost: $1500
EDU 103: Spacecraft Simulator Qualification Course

Course Description: EDU 103 qualifies the candidate to serve as a PoSSUM Simulator Technician and pilot in support of PoSSUM research and educational activities. This two-day course is held in Broomfield, CO. where candidates are instructed in simulator operations and in piloting the PoSSUM suborbital noctilucent cloud tomography mission. Graduates are qualified as Certified PoSSUM Simulator Technicians and may be employed to support all PoSSUM Academy courses.

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Next Class: 15 April 2016

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

Prerequisites: AST 101

Instructor: C. Nguyen

Cost: $350

EDU 104: Fundamentals of Citizen Science

Course Description: This one-week course held in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, USA teaches candidates about how to conduct scientific research in the field by immersing them in the process with a professional scientist. Candidates will learn about assumptions and observations; error, uncertainty, precision and accuracy in data collection; how to take good field notes, test hypotheses, choose the right tools for the research, and how to analyze and interpret data.

Next Class: September 4-8, 2017

Location: Boulder, CO.

Prerequisites: AST 101

Instructor: U. Horodyskyj

Cost: $625

EDU 105: Research Methods and Grantwriting

Course Description: This month-long virtual course teaches candidates how to structure research projects: from experimental design, to determining sample types and sizes, to qualitative and quantitative methods. Candidates will learn the art of grant writing – how to clearly write project objectives, broader (outreach) impacts, and how to craft budgets. Candidates will learn strategies for crowd-fundraising, a relatively new method for funding science projects.

Next Class: November 1 – 30, 2017

Location: Virtual

Prerequisites: AST 101

Instructor: U. Horodyskyj

Cost: $350

EDU 106: Sci-Arts and Science Communication

Course Description: In collaboration with SciArt Exchange, PoSSUM is including STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering- Art-Math) engagement training coincident with April PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut classes. Students will receive information about the principles of using art to engage about space and apply learned principles in a hands-on activity to produce a space arrwork. The best artwork of any media format will be included in the SciArt Events planned for the last day.

Next Class: April 6-8, 2017

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL.

Prerequisites: AST 101

Instructors: J. McPhee

Cost: $350