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NASA And Its Partnership With STEM Educational Programs

On Thursday, July 31st the CER staff and interns embarked on a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). During our visit, we gained knowledge on the variety of internships, fellowships, and scholarships offered by NASA, walked through the Integration Testing (I&T) and Innovation labs, and we had the opportunity to learn about the Optimus Prime – STEM challenge presentation.

NASA team members stressed the importance and need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs, emphasizing that it is the main pipeline for filling high-skilled jobs demanded by their industry. In addition, NASA members urged us to continue our fight in support of science and engineering-based programs. As tour guides walked us around rooms filled with complex pieces of machinery that produced even more intricate parts, it was evident that these tasks were meant for highly qualified and trained individuals.

Through persistent efforts, NASA recruits and develops individuals who are interested in the sciences and engineering. Its One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) is an innovative, mission-enabling, NASA-wide approach to help build links to bring together STEM education programs and workforce needs, as well as to attract and motivate talented young people. The Optimus Prime (OP) challenge, named after the fan favorite and lead Transformer, is one such program. One high school-aged intern in the Optimus Prime challenge program left us all in awe as she presented a three-dimensional virtual world she and her fellow high school interns had created from scratch. As if this was not impressive enough, we were all surprised to learn that she taught herself how to use the computer program as well. Extraordinary NASA interns in high school, college, or graduate school serve as evidence that STEM programs are necessary for providing a venue for individuals to develop and express their ideas.

Many of

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CER Interns on Capitol Hill

On Tuesday July 29th, the CER Interns had a unique opportunity to meet with Katherine Haley, policy advisor to John Boehner, the Speaker of the House. As we walked through the marble halls of the United States Capitol building, the echoes of our group’s excitement bounced off the walls. We marveled at the architecture and muttered a continuous, “Wow this is so beautiful.” Our excitement only escalated as we were escorted into a conference room where we waited for Ms. Haley.

Ms. Haley has been working on Capitol Hill for 12 years, and has been working with Speaker Boehner for more than five of those years. Prior to her life on Capitol Hill, Ms. Haley spent her undergraduate years taking pre-med classes in anticipation of pursuing a degree in medicine. After graduation, she decided to spend her summer applying to medical school and interning on the hill in Washington, D.C. Ms. Haley said it was during this summer that she had her “ah-ha” moment, at which point she realized she wanted to begin her career in policy. Ms. Haley went on to describe what she has learned from working in Washington, D.C., such as how networking is a crucial aspect of being here and how it helped her move along from one job to the next.

We discussed the policy that Ms. Haley has seen go through her office regarding education, such as the No Child Left Behind Act, and the more recent Student Success Act. One of her focuses in this position has been changing policy to consolidate the current funding for elementary and secondary schools into fewer funding streams. She said that this may be a bold move, but it will allow schools to be dealt with on a more local level.

I found it particularly interesting when Ms. Haley

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The Last Day: A Summer At CER

I’m 336 hours into my summer internship with The Center for Education Reform, and today is my last day. When I first arrived at the office in Bethesda, I was unsure of what the summer had in store for me. I knew that I pursued this internship to learn more about education policy and reform, but I had a very abstract idea of why this really mattered to me. After these eight weeks, I now know how critically necessary reform is in the policy discussion. I am also just relieved to know that there are so many different voices involved in education policy, which I was uncertain of prior to my time here.

In my first blog post, I expressed interest in developing a comprehensive understanding of core education issues and proposed solutions. I am pleased to say that not only do I have a more in-depth grasp of the concepts, but I am now able to be more critical of arguments and ideas concerning reform. After being exposed to various voices in education policy and reform, I have seen and heard from different sides of the same issue. I am proud of how much I have learned in such a compressed amount of time.

The different research projects, events, and discussions that I have experienced during my time at CER have helped me to cultivate my own opinions on issues. I came in with a fuzzy conception of education reform, and a limited scope of possible solutions. I have had the opportunity to learn more about issues that I had not previously focused on. For instance, getting exposure to STEM education in action at the Goddard Space Flight Center really awakened me to the importance of STEM education outreach efforts. Researching all of the charter schools opening in fall has

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