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Graduate Student Wins NASA Fellowship

NASA scientists will help Aaron Willey become a better teacher. Willey, who earned her master’s of arts in education degree from Wake Forest in May, was one of 51 teachers awarded an Endeavor Fellowship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The highly competitive program provides special training for teachers focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.

Online and in-person, the teachers selected for the fellowship engage with education experts, NASA scientists and each other to carry back to the classroom a greater understanding of NASA discoveries to inspire a next generation of explorers, scientists, engineers and astronauts.

“The whole point is to make science relevant to students,” Willey said. “The program provides such a wealth of resources, a huge online learning community where other fellowship winners share lesson plans and their ideas for STEM education,” said Willey, who plans to teach high school science in the fall.

Fellowship winners will also visit Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., for two weeks of training in the summer.

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