Pitt County teacher among four to get new tools, technology for outer space teaching


Elizabeth Sanderson (Pitt County Schools Photo)

RALEIGH, NC – Four North Carolina teachers will receive new tools and technology to teach space and to inspire and empower students in space exploration.

The space education packages are valued at $ 5,000 each and include a large Mars or Moon flashcard, a Mimio Mybot robotic learning system, a Lunar or Mars Pro Globe with augmented reality technology, and many others Resources.

Teachers from 5th to 8th grade Class were able to get over the grade North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE), a business-run, nonprofit educational institution in the governor’s office. The moon and mars bundles were donated by Public advisory group and the Aldrin Family Foundation.

Excellent teachers include:

  • Vanessa Lail from Grandview Middle School (Hickory Public Schools)
  • Andrea Gladden from East Burke Middle School (Burke County Schools)
  • Elizabeth Sanderson of Hope Middle School (Pitt County Schools)
  • H. Lee Hurst of Piedmont Middle School (Union County Public Schools)

“Teachers can be the spark that inspires students to embark on a promising career path like space exploration. It is exciting to see students interested in science and math as we need more young people in our workforce pursuing STEM careers, ”said Governor Roy Cooper.

A total of 27 educators nationwide entered the competition by writing two paragraphs about what space exploration means to them and what winning these packages would mean to their counties.

“As part of our 35th anniversary, PCG employees who live, work and play in North Carolina take pride in supporting public school teachers and students who are passionate about space. Whether they are attending NC State University or earning a technical certificate from Duke Energy’s apprenticeship program, learning about space exploration and colonization will prepare these students for the future. It’s very exciting, ”said Tony McLean Brown of the Public Consulting Group.

“We strive to ensure that students never lose the enthusiasm to learn about space. We hope that these deserving schools and their students will be re-energized with the hands-on experience offered by the Mars and Moon maps and curriculum, ”added Andy Aldrin, President of the Aldrin Family Foundation.

The competition emerged from an online conference sponsored by NCBCE last year to assist educators with distance learning. The Aldrin Family Foundation presents at presented NC Student Connect conferences where they provided useful knowledge and tools for NC STEM teachers to incorporate space exploration into their classes to increase interactivity and interest. The session excited and interested teachers across North Carolina in finding more ways to involve their students in space learning. The Aldrin Family Foundation, together with the Public Consulting Group, decided to give four of the large packages to STEM teachers in North Carolina.

Space-related careers include astronauts, engineers, spacesuit designers, satellite technicians, communications professionals, and other science technology engineering and math (STEM) professions.

“I didn’t know how many avenues there were for a career in a space-related field. I would like to share with my own students that there are a multitude of career paths in this fascinating field and that they really have the potential to pursue careers in space, ”said winner Vanessa Lail (Hickory Public Schools) she wrote in her Canditature.