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Project Ianos

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2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Informal / multi-age

Project Ianos represents an exciting collaboration of industry-leading space organizations, education specialists, and communication experts to help students in grades 5-8 from underserved populations do two things: be inspired by space and become curious explorers of it. Students will be invited on an inspirational journey into the past, present, and future of NASA through videos professionally produced and hosted by storyteller, explorer, and award-winning television presenter Josh Bernstein. Archival footage from NASA’s Apollo missions will be blended with current-day video interviews to help students understand the context, complexity, and excitement of human spaceflight. Standards-aligned classroom activities that connect to the videos invite students to become explorers themselves on Expeditions and Missions that celebrate the challenges and triumphs of human spaceflight. More at projectianos.org

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (155 posts)
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 10, 2021 | 03:37 p.m.

    Hi, all!  It's an honor to be part of the 2021 Showcase as a member of Project Ianos:

    And, of course, we couldn't do anything without the funding, support, and access provided by NASA and its amazing contractors.

    We hope you'll enjoy watching this video, as we are proud to pull back the curtain on Project Ianos just a bit as we make preparations for our soft-launch into schools this summer. And we invite you to join our mission!  Please help us "engage and educate students with the wonders of space and to inspire them to become explorers of it" by commenting on and voting for this initiative.

    Thank you!! 
    Josh Bernstein & Co.
    (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     

     
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    Tony Brown

    Parent
    May 18, 2021 | 11:16 a.m.

    Josh - thank you for your leadership as we try to come out of the Global Covid Lockdown.  You are helping families, teachers, and most importantly our students attack the learning loss of the last year ... well done!  How do we connect you with our local schools?  Thank you.  Tony McLean Brown, author of Happy Guide to a Short Life

     
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    Tony Brown

    Parent
    May 18, 2021 | 11:16 a.m.

    Josh - thank you for your leadership as we try to come out of the Global Covid Lockdown.  You are helping families, teachers, and most importantly our students attack the learning loss of the last year ... well done!  How do we connect you with our local schools?  Thank you.  Tony McLean Brown, author of Happy Guide to a Short Life

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 18, 2021 | 06:16 p.m.

    Thank you, Tony!! Honestly, it's a team effort and everyone at Project Ianos shares my passion for helping student succeed and be prepared for the challenges and triumphs of tomorrow. 

    Regarding connecting to local schools, our initial launch will be to schools and districts via PCG's Pepper platform. That landing page isn't public facing just yet, but if you go to ProjectIanos.org and submit your e-mail address, we'll let you know when things launch this summer. 

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader) 

     
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    Folashade Solomon

    Facilitator
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    May 11, 2021 | 11:39 a.m.

    This is an exciting project. Can you share more about the particular lessons or experiences students will have when engaging in the software?  What do you see as the potential impact of your work with students? What measures will you be using to assess their learning and engagement? 

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 11, 2021 | 10:26 p.m.

    Thanks, Folashadé! I'm happy to answer your questions now and possibly add more later, as we are a team at Project Ianos and I want my colleagues to respond, too (if they like).

    Q: Can you share more about the particular lessons or experiences students will have when engaging in the software?

    A: When Project Ianos launches this summer on PCG's "Pepper" platform for teachers, it will have two primary opportunities for engagement. The first are Videos produced and hosted by me and Explorer At Large. In these short (<5 min) videos, I pursue answers to student-submitted questions about space with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from NASA and contractors like Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and ILC Dover. These Videos introduce students to people working on the front lines of human spaceflight in the past (Apollo program), present (Artemis program) and future (living on the Moon).

    After watching the Videos, teachers and students can participate in Expeditions -- standards-aligned activities that connect the concepts and topics in the Videos with real-world tasks, which we call Missions. Project Ianos Missions invite students to participate in spaceflight-related tasks that involve data literacy, engineering design loop processes, and prototype testing/building of concepts.

    Q: What do you see as the potential impact of your work with students? 

    A: Project Ianos content connects classroom learning to career path opportunities. Through our Videos, students are invited to meet real-world experts and discover possible passions in STEM topics. Through our Expeditions, students are invited to become explorers of space, solving Missions related to specific themes in human spaceflight (e.g. Rocket Launches, Deep Space Life, Living on the Moon, Working on the Moon). We believe this combination provides students with the mindset and a skillset of an explorer -- something that will prepare students for the challenges and triumphs of the future.

    Q: What measures will you be using to assess their learning and engagement? 

    A: University of Kansas is our Research & Evaluation partner and is developing the survey instruments for evaluation now. We anticipate survey tools within the Pepper platform will track content use by teachers and measure the amount of time teachers and students engage in additional STEM-related research and activities based on their exposure to the Project Ianos content. As the program grows, the learning and engagement assessment tools will continue to be developed so we can consistently improve Project Ianos content and implementation.

    Thanks for your questions! Any more, please ask!  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Jamie Bell

    Facilitator
    Project Director
    May 12, 2021 | 08:02 a.m.

    Thank you for sharing the exciting plans for this project that is about to launch! Content drawn from actual missions often has immediate appeal. Can you say a little bit more about how you are connecting to what teachers are charged with covering in their classrooms and whether you have made any adjustments to the project design in response to the challenges of the past year?

     

     
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    James Burke

    K-12 Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 12:31 p.m.

    Thanks for the question, Jamie! As a current STEM teacher of 20 years and co-developer of the Project Ianos educational content I can say we have crafted these Expeditions to be not only relevant to current NGSS standards, but also future looking data literacy standards as well. Each Expedition is comprised of three Missions focused on career-ready skills.  Mission 1 in each set focuses on students taking on the role of a data scientist, testing data literacy with an emphasis on digital spreadsheet skills. Mission 2 places students in the design studio and guides them through the first part of a design process focusing on constraints, research, brainstorming and sketching. Each Expedition concludes with Mission 3 and students taking on the role of test engineers. This prototyping and testing activity has students engaged in constructing systems for research and data analysis resulting in a mission report on that determines efficacy.  The three Missions are designed to work in progression however we have also designed the Expeditions to be accessible as 'a la carte’  as we recognize teachers need options to supplement existing curriculum, not always replace it.  Missions 1 and 2 each are designed to run as two easily accessible 50-minute classes and Mission 3 as five 50-minute class periods. Materials needed to run the ‘lab' activities are at a minimum with no major technological hurdles to stifle participation. With our new paradigm of hybrid learning options, each of the Missions is also designed to be run in three formats: 1) in class with teacher, 2) remote with teacher and 3) with supplemental data, student independent.  We want every student, no matter how she or he is set up to learn, to be able to access Project Ianos content. Just scratching the surface here, hope this helps. I would be happy to discuss more.  Peace :)  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     

     
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    Jamie Bell

    Facilitator
    Project Director
    May 14, 2021 | 06:18 a.m.

    Thanks for your thoughtful reply, James. It's great to hear about the a la carte and hybrid learning options to support both teachers and students at this unique time. Starting with students questions is essential and I was wondering if individual students know when and where their questions are being asked and addressed?

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 18, 2021 | 06:20 p.m.

    We're working on that now, Jamie! The students who appear in our initial Videos for Project Ianos will have a bit more awareness than, say, students a few years from now, as the current students are engaged in shaping our pilot episodes. 

    Down the road, we hope thousands of video questions are submitted by students all over the world and we can then select those that are best tied to a topic, a theme, a location, etc in human spaceflight. 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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  • May 12, 2021 | 11:57 a.m.

    Using actual student questions as a starting point is a great way to ensure student engagement.  The career path connection is so important too.  I can imagine a light bulb moment for a student, thinking that a question they might have can lead to a career involving further exploration.

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 12, 2021 | 12:05 p.m.

    Right???! We're very happy that it's real questions from actual students that launch (pun intended) the journey I take as host in each video. For our initial pilot episodes, we went through 1500+ questions from middle school students on topics like Rockets, Spacesuits, Living in Space, and Working in Space, and then filmed the interviews with SMEs to help answer them. We hope future episodes of Project Ianos videos will be driven by many more questions from many more students!  -Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Markia Miller

    K-12 Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 08:30 p.m.

    This project sounds both intriguing and exciting! I know that the current program design is slated for middle grade students.  Are there any portions that are currently easily adaptable for upper elementary (3rd grade) students to help garner an interest in space related activities? 

     
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    James Burke

    K-12 Teacher
    May 12, 2021 | 10:47 p.m.

    Hello Markia :) It is very difficult to know which activities would prove successful for any particular class of that level. Teacher prep and sufficient scaffolding, determined by the teacher, would be required.  With that said, Mission 2 in each of the four initial Project Ianos Expeditions is a design unit.  Students research a design problem and determine a possible solution based on research and peer discussion. Upon completion of the Mission, students have designed a postcard that has an option of being sent to Blue Origin’s Club for the Future (a Project Ianos partner), and they will send it up into space as payload on a New Shepard rocket.  Once the postcard returns from space it is stamped "Flown in Space" by Club for the Future and sent to the student or teacher for distribution.  This "souvenir" from space makes a nice reward for successfully completing the design journey and, we hope, offers students a tangible connection to a possible future journey in space. :) Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 13, 2021 | 08:51 a.m.

    Hi, Markia! Great to see you here! As James said, it's certainly possible for teachers to adapt what we're delivering to NASA for grades beyond 5-8. For 3rd graders, the Videos alone may offer opportunities for conversations and activities related to topics like spacesuits, rocket engines, living in space, working in space. Eventually, we'll create multiple versions of the Videos as well as Expeditions and Missions for Project Ianos. If you'd like to help us test that in 3rd grade, we'd love to work with you! All the best! - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Lance Bush

    President & CEO
    May 13, 2021 | 10:46 a.m.

    Josh and Andy - Great work in utilizing the excitement of space to engage students in learning!  And I like that you are building in scalability.  Keep up the great work and hope to catch up soon and learn more about it!

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
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    May 13, 2021 | 10:51 a.m.

    Thanks, Lance! Andy and I would love to get together with you, ideally over drinks! 

     
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    Tonya Wheeler

    Informal Educator
    May 18, 2021 | 03:00 p.m.

    Josh, 

    Can you and I get together over coffee and discuss educational topics you don't want to discuss here?

     
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    James Burke

    K-12 Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 06:54 p.m.

    Lance, thanks for your interest.  I hope the lesson plans we have created will meet with your approval.  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Amy Phillips

    K-12 Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 03:23 p.m.

    This looks so exciting!  I love the focus on exploration and encouraging wonderings!  There is such power in delving into a high interest topic!  I teach kindergarten and although this is a middle school program, I definitely see so many possibilities for younger students as well.  I can't wait to follow along and see where the possibilities lead!

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
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    May 13, 2021 | 08:33 p.m.

    Thank you, Amy!! We agree with you 100% and while we are starting with grades 5-8 this summer, we're all hopeful to bring the wonder and curiosity of Project Ianos to the full K-12 spectrum of students. Stay tuned! And I'll make sure we keep you posted as things develop! - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Tony Keyes

    May 17, 2021 | 10:18 a.m.

    Your enthusiasm is so inspiring, Amy! I work with Josh at Explorer At Large and our pilot involved younger students. Our instructional Units for Explorer At Large integrate video, hands-on activities, and field trips. 

    It was thrilling to see even the youngest students asking questions inspired by Josh's videos. One module involved a field trip to a creek, which for many of these inner-city students was a first-time experience. I'll never forget the excitement and joy on their faces as they saw their first crayfish or salamander. 

    We know the same will be true for space and the Project Ianos team aspires to expand our content and distribution to engage students across the entire K-12 range.

    Tony Keyes, VP Explorer At Large, (a Project Ianos team member)

     
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    Jason Ewert

    K-12 Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 07:26 p.m.

    Thanks Amy! I am located in Redmond, WA and most of the students coming into my middle school  STEM program are unfamiliar with this historic time in our history related to developments in the space economy. I am always showing my students the latest rocket launches and current events related space. They are pretty excited about lessons that placed in the context of space.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Marisol Rodriguez

    K-12 Teacher
    May 13, 2021 | 05:20 p.m.

    Great, expanding frontiers!

    It is very exciting for students to work on design challenges focusing on space related constraints. Would love to see the possibilities for elementary students.

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 13, 2021 | 08:36 p.m.

    Thanks, Marisol! Based on your comment and those above, we better start planning an elementary student program for Project Ianos soon! :-)  I'll make sure the team is aware of the interest and we'll do our best to engage with you once we're ready to take that on, as we'd love your support! - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Jason Ewert

    K-12 Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 07:31 p.m.

    Thanks Marisol, we'll look into some possible lesson extensions for younger aged learners. It would be great to develop another round of space related lessons for elementary students.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Ning Wang

    Graduate Student
    May 14, 2021 | 08:14 a.m.

    Great video and project, thank you!

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 14, 2021 | 02:05 p.m.

    And thank YOU, Ning, for watching it and offering your support!  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Jason Ewert

    K-12 Teacher
    May 18, 2021 | 07:33 p.m.

    Thanks Ning! It has been a lot of fun developing these lessons. A great collaboration between industry and education experts.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Shane Woods

    Facilitator
    Senior Director, STEM Center of Excellence
    May 15, 2021 | 01:47 p.m.

    Such a well crafted resource. The work put into it is immediately apparent especially the made for teachers by teachers aspect. With the realities of some kids still receiving instruction at home, will you create a pathway for parents as teachers to use the resources or a DIY option for kids to work through on their own?

     
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    Jason Ewert

    K-12 Teacher
    May 15, 2021 | 05:03 p.m.

    Great question Shane! Project Ianos Expeditions are each equipped with Mission Journals that provide students with a context for their learning. Additionally, the Mission Journals provide a sequential pathway for students to engage and reflect on the processes and content of each Mission. We will also be providing supplemental video tutorials that students can interact with to learn data literacy and help them with those Missions requiring a build. Instructional resources like lesson plans, templates, academic standards, assessment rubrics, hints and tips will also be available for parents in the role of teachers.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
    President & CEO
    May 15, 2021 | 06:39 p.m.

    Hi, Shane! Thanks so much for the question! I agree that having Project Ianos learning materials being made by teachers (Thank you, Jason & James!) for teachers is truly critical, as it helps ensure what we put into formal learning environments is exactly what teachers need to engage and educate their students. But you raise a great point.... what about informal learning? Home schooling? Afterschool programming?  DIY learners? We agree that Project Ianos shouldn't be limited to just classroom settings and, as our distribution channels evolve and grow, we have every intention to offer easy access to those who want a DIY option. If you'd like to be informed of those developments, please go to ProjectIanos.org and submit your e-mail address. We'll be sure to keep you posted!  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Tonya Wheeler

    Informal Educator
    May 15, 2021 | 10:21 p.m.

    Hello. The project looks interesting, but considering the strife on earth caused by the desire for territory, how do you think people will behave once Mars is colonized, and becomes overpopulated? 

    Perhaps population and its effects should be included when it comes to humans leaving Earth. 

     
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    Jason Ewert

    K-12 Teacher
    May 16, 2021 | 12:29 a.m.

    Thanks for the question, Tonya. Project Ianos Expeditions and Missions foster teamwork and collaboration as students explore questions about living and working in space. 

    The International Space Station has proven a wonderful example of nations working together to engage in science and engineering for the benefit of Earth. 

     As a 22 year veteran middle school teacher, I have high hopes that our students will continue in this spirit and that our future is in good hands!

     - Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    DeLene Hoffner

    Informal Educator
    May 16, 2021 | 12:38 a.m.

    I'm very impressed with your work.  I shared your presentation with our local Challenger Learning Center.  What great resources ! 

     
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    Dr. Andrew J. Aldrin

    Co-Presenter
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    May 16, 2021 | 10:18 p.m.

    Thanks for the comment DeLene.  We are huge fans of Challenger.  I think there are some great synergies between our approach of bringing space into the classroom, and your approach of putting the classroom in space.  I think this is a great time to continue those discussions.

    Andy Aldrin, Project Ianos Principle Investigator

     
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    Alex DeCiccio

    Media and Production Specialist
    May 16, 2021 | 01:40 p.m.

    Great synergy in the design of this project. It seems to be playing to so many strengths of the project team members as well as meeting students and educators where they are today. Such a great quote in the beginning about children today applying for jobs on the moon!

    Wondering if there has been thought of space and ocean analogues?

    There are a growing set of projects that are merging these two "worlds" or modes of exploration and playing to the strengths of both dynamic industries. 

    At the Graduate School of Oceanography located at the University of Rhode Island we are now led by an incredible person, the former Director of NASA's Earth Science Division (Dr. Paula Bontempi) and she has brought her NASA love for science and storytelling to the world of ocean exploration and climate science. These types of synergies are exciting with their potential alone but when in context of engaging and inspiring students, the impacts could launch pretty deeply into public interest!

     
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    Dr. Andrew J. Aldrin

    Co-Presenter
    President
    May 16, 2021 | 10:18 p.m.

    Great thought Alex!  In fact a bunch of folks from the emerging space and oceanographic communities got together about 50 years ago to talk about the sea and space.  My dad was one of them.  We are still going strong.  Right now we are focused on NASA and human exploration.  But Project Ianos will be extending its scope in the future and this is certainly a promising direction.  

    Andy Aldrin, Project Ianos Principle Investigator

     
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    Josh Bernstein

    Lead Presenter
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:34 a.m.

    Thanks, Alex! Echoing what Andy said, there are many parallels between space exploration and ocean exploration and interesting similarities between astronauts and aquanauts, both in training and mindset. Our mutual friend Dr. Kathy Sullivan is a great champion of the sea-space connection.

    Project Ianos is intentionally focused on human spaceflight, but Explorer At Large has filmed content with NOAA and WHOI and we're always interested in meeting and working with those who share our love for the ocean. Happy to discuss further offline to see if there are opportunities here. - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Ray Whaler

    Informal Educator
    May 16, 2021 | 04:52 p.m.

    My interest in dinosaurs has not ceased. And I was once a child.

     
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    Tony Keyes

    May 17, 2021 | 09:28 a.m.

    Ha! I'm with you, Ray! There aren't many things I can do at the same time, but I still love dinosaurs and space after all these years.

    Tony Keyes, VP Explorer At Large, (a Project Ianos team member)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:00 p.m.

    With the SpaceX Starship we can actually send dinosaurs into space.

    Andy (Project Ianos PI)

     
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    Anita johansson

    May 16, 2021 | 08:20 p.m.

    This should be world wide. Specially i sweden we have a station in Kiruna space center

     
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    May 17, 2021 | 03:22 p.m.

    I agree, Anita. Space is a new wilderness for all humanity and we aspire to make Project Ianos available to students around the world. It's my job to secure the funding to make that possible. We want to engage with students everywhere, sparking their curiosity and igniting their desire to explore. 

    That passion is evident in Carla Careri, a member of the SSC team at Kiruna space center. 

    "I wish to always be able to see the big picture, the purpose hidden behind the documents to read, the procedures to update, the systems to test and to always find in it the excitement and the motivation I can find today."  - Carla Careri

     Tony Keyes, VP Explorer At Large, (a Project Ianos team member)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:28 a.m.

    We would LOVE to bring Project Ianos to classrooms in Sweden and perhaps also film with you at the Esrange Space Center outside Kiruna! I've never been to Lapland....  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Tonya Wheeler

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    May 18, 2021 | 08:00 a.m.

    Hopefully you will get to go to Lapland one day soon.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:35 p.m.

    Thanks Anita. It really is amazing to see space programs around the world contributing such wonderful work.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Marcelo Souza

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    May 17, 2021 | 10:55 p.m.

    This is a wonderful Project!!! Congratulations!!!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:25 a.m.

    Thank you, Marcela! We are grateful for your support and the opportunity given to us by NASA to help inspire the next generation of space explorers. - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:36 p.m.

    Thanks Marcelo. Can't wait to get these lessons in the hands of more teachers.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 09:52 a.m.

    This looks like an exciting project. My K-8 school has greatly enjoyed the learning resources from ShareSpace. Students in all grades have made new connections and shared in their excitement about space. I look forward to seeing Project Ianos and the inspiration it will bring! 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 10:14 a.m.

    Thanks, Lauren! Isn't ShareSpace great?? We're huge fans of the work the Aldrin Family Foundation does and are stoked to be working with them on Project Ianos. We'll be sure to keep you posted as we roll out our program this summer! - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 06:49 p.m.

    Thanks for the support for Share Space. One of the things we are doing with Project Ianos is connecting the Expeditions and Missions in Project Ianos to the Moon maps and giving students the opportunity to explore the Moon while executing the missions.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:39 p.m.

    Thanks Lauren. Stay tuned and keep us posted on questions and ideas related to Project Ianos when you get it in your hands.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Val Carcano

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:13 a.m.

    Great video and great project. I am excited to learn more! 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:02 p.m.

    Thanks, Val! And we're excited to make more! Initial Project Ianos content (Videos, Expeditions, Missions) will be distributed this summer via Public Consulting Group's Pepper platform. Once we've worked out the kinks in the pilot, we hope to continue the program!

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:44 p.m.

    Thanks Val. In addition to space, we are really emphasizing data literacy - industry relevant preparation for students in the 21st century.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Abbi Martin

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:22 a.m.

    This project looks incredible! What an awesome opportunity for students and educators. Very excited to learn more!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:03 p.m.

    Thanks, Abbi! If you to ProjectIanos.org and sign up, we'll be sure to keep you posted!!

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:45 p.m.

    Thanks Abbi, can't wait to get these lessons in the hands of teachers and students.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Leigh Newman

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:22 a.m.

    Loved the video! Two questions: 1) how do we let educators in our area know about Project Ianos as a resource and 2) what materials are supplied to them to help support the curriculum? 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:12 p.m.

    Thanks, Leigh!  Here are some initial answers for you:

    Q: How do we let educators in our area know about Project Ianos as a resource?

    A: If the educators work in schools or districts served by the Pepper platform, they should look there for news about the launch of Project Ianos in June. Another option is to keep an eye on ProjectIanos.org, as we'll be putting info there, too.

    Q: What materials are supplied to them to help support the curriculum? 

    A: I suspect the "J-Team" (Jason and James, our Education Content Co-Leaders) will want to address, as they are responsible for creating some really amazing standards-aligned activities (called Expeditions and Missions) that connect the Videos to classroom learning. Stay tuned for them to chime in!

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:48 p.m.

    Hi Leigh. Project Ianos Expeditions are each equipped with Mission Journals that provide students with a context for their learning. Additionally, the Mission Journals provide a sequential pathway for students to engage and reflect on the processes and content of each Mission. We will also be providing supplemental video tutorials that students can interact with to learn data literacy and help them with those Missions requiring a build. Instructional resources like lesson plans, templates, academic standards, assessment rubrics, hints and tips will also be available for parents in the role of teachers.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader ("J-Team" member :) )

     
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    Mollye Edinburgh

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:39 a.m.

    Kids love video content! As a parent I value and appreciate these types of informal learning adventures for my kids! Thank you so much for expanding their imaginations into outer space! 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:13 p.m.

    You're welcome, Mollye, and thanks for the support! We agree there's nothing better than sparking a student's natural curiosity and expanding her or his imagination! - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:52 p.m.

    Hi Mollye. You are so right about kids and video content. What I really like about Project Ianos video content is the footage of so many subject matter experts speaking to how they are involved with space endeavors. I let my 6th grade daughter preview the vides and and she was really excited about all of the awesome female scientists and engineers that are highlighted.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Dave O'Leary

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:54 a.m.

    Great video and what an impressive project for engaging students!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:15 p.m.

    Thanks, Dave! We are equally excited by both the opportunity to create Project Ianos content and the potential it has to engage millions of students. Launching this summer, so stay tuned!

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 06:40 p.m.

    Thanks Dave :) It has been great to offer a student program built by teachers for teachers.  Our team is always ready to receive constructive feedback on how we can improve our lessons and make them relevant for years to come.  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Dave O'Leary

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:54 a.m.

    Great video and what an impressive project for engaging students!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:15 p.m.

    Thanks, Dave! We are equally excited by both the opportunity to create Project Ianos content and the potential it has to engage millions of students. Launching this summer, so stay tuned!

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:23 p.m.

    Thanks Dave :) It has been great to offer a student program built by teachers for teachers.  Our team is always ready to receive constructive feedback on how we can improve our lessons and make them relevant for years to come.  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     

     
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    Phyllis Hartstein

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    May 18, 2021 | 11:59 a.m.

    I think this is a great way to engage kids and encourage their interest in space!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:17 p.m.

    Thanks, Phyllis! We're obviously biased but we share your enthusiasm! Thanks so much for watching the video! 

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 06:49 p.m.

    Thanks for the kind words Phyllis. Really appreciate it. We do our best to make learning fun and on point :) Easy work when it means working with NASA ;) Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Sher Dunster

    May 18, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

    What an exciting project! We need to keep creating new ways to engage children in the process of learning and enforcing that education is a life-long journey! Thank you for these new opportunities!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:19 p.m.

    Agreed, Sher! Lifelong learning is the key to a happy and fulfilling life! And, given that today's Artemis Generation will likely have greater opportunities to live and work in space, what better topic to engage students with than human spaceflight and the wonders of our universe!  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:26 p.m.

    Sher :)  I have to agree on this project being exciting.  Not just because I'm on the team but because we really believe in these unique opportunities to learn data driven science and technology.  And we still many more ideas to bring forward.  Exciting times indeed :)   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Sher Dunster

    May 18, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

    What an exciting project! We need to keep creating new ways to engage children in the process of learning and enforcing that education is a life-long journey! Thank you for these new opportunities!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:20 p.m.

    Agreed, Sher! Lifelong learning is the key to a happy and fulfilling life! And, given that today's Artemis Generation will likely have greater opportunities to live and work in space, what better topic to engage students with than human spaceflight and the wonders of our universe!  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:27 p.m.

    Sher :)  I have to agree on this project being exciting.  Not just because I'm on the team but because we really believe in these unique opportunities to learn data driven science and technology.  And we still many more ideas to bring forward.  Exciting times indeed :)   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Maria Montepio

    May 18, 2021 | 12:05 p.m.

    Great presentation, Josh. I think this is an amazing opportunity for the children and their teachers! Looking forward to learning more.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:21 p.m.

    Thank you, Maria! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to watch our video and learn about Project Ianos. Please keep in touch as we launch into schools this summer! 

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:31 p.m.

    Maria :) Lessons by teachers for teachers!  Always has a nice ring to it :) I hope you get a chance to try our Expeditions as a complete 2 week unit or as a supplemental 2-day spreadsheet lesson :) Your choice ;)  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Maria Montepio

    May 18, 2021 | 12:05 p.m.

    Great presentation, Josh. I think this is an amazing opportunity for the children and their teachers! Looking forward to learning more.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:21 p.m.

    Thank you, Maria! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to watch our video and learn about Project Ianos. Please keep in touch as we launch into schools this summer! 

     - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:31 p.m.

    Maria :) Lessons by teachers for teachers!  Always has a nice ring to it :) I hope you get a chance to try our Expeditions as a complete 2 week unit or as a supplemental 2-day spreadsheet lesson :) Your choice ;)  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Your reach is amazing.  How do you advertise and promote to get classrooms involved?

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 01:25 p.m.

    Thank you, Margaret! We're working on the PR plan for launch right now. Much of our initial launch campaign will target teachers, schools, and districts using PCG's Pepper platform. Once Project Ianos content is up and working well there, we'll expand to broader markets of teachers. If you have ideas, we're happy to collaborate! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Kristin Kleven

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    May 18, 2021 | 12:16 p.m.

    As a parent who searches for engaging and educational online content, I am very excited to learn more about Project Ianos.  Informal learning adventures that keep my kids engaged are hard to find and often are not free.  I also think Josh is a great host and will entertain the kids in a way in which they will learn and thrive through these space adventures!  Looking forward to learning more.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 03:44 p.m.

    You are too kind, Kristin! All of us involved in Project Ianos are eager to engage students in both formal and informal learning environments. And we're going to work as hard as we can to raise funds so we can continue to make our content free to as many students as possible. Stay tuned! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 06:57 p.m.

    I agree! Josh is a great and inspirational host. We believe fascination of NASA and space exploration, the inspiration of a great communicator and the the creativity of great educators will turn students into lifelong learners.

    Andy (Project Ianos PI)

     
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    Stephen Pickrom

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    May 18, 2021 | 12:17 p.m.

    Thank you for inspiring kids through video content that is engaging and educational.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 03:48 p.m.

    Our pleasure, Stephen! Truly -- educating the next generation of students is one of the best investments we can make, and everyone at Project Ianos knows how impactful and inspiring the wonders of human spaceflight can be. 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Peggy Kleven

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    May 18, 2021 | 01:16 p.m.

    Project Ianos sounds like an amazing opportunity for kids to learn more about space in a fun and entertaining way.  Can't wait to see more from their team!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 03:50 p.m.

    Thanks, Peggy! Yes, we're working hard to make Project Ianos as fun, entertaining, and educational as it can be! Stay tuned for more as we soft-launch into classrooms this summer!

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 06:45 p.m.

    Peggy :) Great to hear from you.  We cant wait to share it with you :) Accessible and customizable lessons to accommodate many time frames. With the varied content students will be engaged and enlightened on many levels. Teach it as a complete unit or "a la carte" it to supplement an existing curriculum.  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 04:13 p.m.

    This looks amazing! I wish there was a program like this when I was in middle school. Teaching data literacy is going to be extremely important for todays youth. It will soon become a needed skill for everyone to learn. Making Science fun is something that takes a lot of finesse as is keeping students engaged and I'm excited to see the new techniques that the educators come up with. Science and STEM are fundamental to our future.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 04:25 p.m.

    Thank you, Djeneba! I also wish Project Ianos existed back when I was in school...and the earth was still molten :-). Data literacy is a huge area of importance for Project Ianos content, as each "Mission 1" intentionally focuses on data sets (students take on the role of data scientists, testing data literacy with an emphasis on digital spreadsheet skills). More to come as we make progress this summer! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 04:33 p.m.

    Oh, please, Josh. You aren't THAT old, and you wouldn't have been able to attend school since you would have been amino acids floating around in goo....

     

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    Jack McLaughlin

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    May 18, 2021 | 06:43 p.m.

    What a great summer activity - and with the upcoming launches, an authentic way to celebrate today's space program with an eye to Moon and Mars!  A teacher's dream - STEM activities, fresh, engaging video with practitioners ... I'm all in!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:12 p.m.

    Agreed, Jack! We realize many districts and schools will be doing "COVID Catch-up" this summer, which is why we're working so hard to get our content onto Pepper and into teachers' hands in June! -  Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:34 p.m.

    Aye aye Jack! Our future space economy needs talented and diverse developers and engineers.  These lessons will help get us there!   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:36 p.m.

    I think the most interesting piece is getting this course to the populations in underserved communities.  Reading the biographies of many of the astronauts, it's amazing how many of them come from rural communities!  The Coronavirus had at least one positive outcome -  more Internet for all.

     
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    Nicolle Suvada

    May 18, 2021 | 06:49 p.m.

    It's so important that the reach of this program extends far and wide, to include students of all ages and backgrounds.  There are so many great young scientists out there ready to be guided to a successful future.  This program is a wonderful way to make that happen, thank you to everyone involved!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:00 p.m.

    Hello Nicolle :) Thank you!  As a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Mali, West Africa, with intent, we tried to make the lessons accessible to a wide array of learning communities.  However, we also know that we are not perfect and would love any feedback on how we can make Project Ianos even more accessible in your community.  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:14 p.m.

    Nicolle, we're also working hard (and with equal intent) to make sure the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) that I work with on camera from NASA, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and ILC Dover  are equally representative of the diverse audience we are targeting.  - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    Lindsay Bull

    May 18, 2021 | 06:54 p.m.

    Such an incredible program and something I wish would've been available to me as a child! Can't wait to see what's to come!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:15 p.m.

    Thanks, Lindsay! Let's just say that Project Ianos content is for the inner child we all have! (Adults are welcome to watch the Videos, too!)   - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:37 p.m.

    Lindsay :) As a STEM teacher of 20 years the child inside of me is alive and well :) I love bringing exciting content to young minds. And now I hope many others will enjoy the fruits of this teams labor! Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Lindsay Bull

    May 18, 2021 | 06:54 p.m.

    Such an incredible program and something I wish would've been available to me as a child! Can't wait to see what's to come!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:08 p.m.

    Thanks, Linsay! 

    I felt the same way when I first became involved in Explorer At Large and again with Project Ianos. I attended Catholic schools from 1-12 and I don't remember experiencing anything like this. We particularly want to reach children in underserved communities, so we can spark their curiosity and imagination.

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:15 p.m.

    Thanks, Lindsay! Let's just say that Project Ianos content is for the inner child we all have! (Adults are welcome to watch the Videos, too!)   - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:37 p.m.

    Lindsay :) As a STEM teacher of 20 years the child inside of me is alive and well :) I love bringing exciting content to young minds. And now I hope many others will enjoy the fruits of this teams labor! Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Frank Newman

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    May 18, 2021 | 06:54 p.m.

     Sounds really cool. Can't wait for future generations to see what's possible and ahead of them!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:05 p.m.

    Thanks Frank! I have been sharing our ideas with my students over the last couple months and have received the "its cool" pass on the content LOL :) Hopefully teachers and students around the world will think the same. Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:13 p.m.

    Thank you, Frank!

    That's how all of us on the Project Ianos team feel. We take the long view in all we do under Project Ianos, knowing that the children we engage today are humanity's future explorers. We're certain that if we can ignite a child's natural curiosity and instill in them the courage to ask questions and seek answers, we'll be setting them on a positive course for the future.

    Tony Keyes, Explorer At Large (Project Ianos team member) 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:19 p.m.

    Also, for context, we've studied and tested this formula (videos to pique interest followed by standards-aligned activities to deepen context and learning) in Ohio schools for the past 3 years with great success. For Project Ianos, the main difference is now the content is focused purely on human spaceflight. Plus we have a bigger team :-)

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:59 p.m.

    Thanks Frank. Like James, I have been sharing this out with my middle school STEM students. They absolutely love content taught in the context of space.

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Leigh Williams

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    May 18, 2021 | 06:57 p.m.

    Wow - what a great opportunity for our kids. Love the video!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:17 p.m.

    On behalf of Josh and the Project Ianos team, thank you, Leigh! I didn't have anything to do with the making of the video, so I was just knocked out by it too! We can't wait to make it available to children everywhere.

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:21 p.m.

    Thanks, Leigh! We do love the opportunity to introduce students to true experts in the field and hope that being exposed to engineers, scientists, etc in the space industry will spark interest and help students discover passions, both known and unknown. 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:58 p.m.

    Thanks Leigh. We have lots of great subject mater experts in the videos to inspire kids (and adults).

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

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    Radhika Jotshi

    May 18, 2021 | 07:04 p.m.

    This is amazing! I wish I had this when I was younger!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:22 p.m.

    Thanks, Radhika! As a kid, also would have loved to watched Project Ianos Videos and do the Expeditions and Mission. That sense of fun and coolness drives many of us to make this the best it can be.

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:57 p.m.

    Thanks Radhika! We are excited to get this into classrooms!!

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Radhika Jotshi

    May 18, 2021 | 07:04 p.m.

    This is amazing! I wish I had this when I was younger!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:23 p.m.

    Thanks, Radhika! As a kid, also would have loved to watched Project Ianos Videos and do the Expeditions and Mission. That sense of fun and coolness drives many of us to make this the best it can be.

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:57 p.m.

    Thanks Radhika! We are excited to get this into classrooms!!

    -Jason Ewert, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:15 p.m.

    Data literacy is at the core of STEM, the more students understand how impactful data is, the more they will be excited (and not afraid) to use it! What a cool way to teach it!

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:25 p.m.

    We agree, Josef! The education system today needs to do a better job preparing students for the world of tomorrow, both in mindset and skillset. And everyone at Project Ianos agrees that data literacy and the ability to work with data (and separate noise from signal) is a critical skill we intend to foster with our Expeditions. 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:41 p.m.

    Josef! Couldnt agree more :) The lessons are data rich and rich in critical thinking and problem solving.  The mark desired to develop a healthy, responsible economy.  Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    Emonie Larry

    May 18, 2021 | 07:30 p.m.

    This is really cool to see and hear about. I wish things like this were around when I was growing up as well as a few of my friends who I know would have loved something like this.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:33 p.m.

    Thanks, Emonie. Do you have kids? Friends with kids? If so, we'd love to bring the fun and excitement of Project Ianos to them. Everyone is invited to submit their e-mail at ProjectIanos.org so we can tell them when we launch later this summer! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:47 p.m.

    We agree :) To address this issue we have created Project Ianos :) Hopefully all students from this point forward will know only cool space based STEM activities from their middle school years ;)   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leader

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:30 p.m.

    This is really cool to see and hear about. I wish things like this were around when I was growing up as well as a few of my friends who I know would have loved something like this.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:34 p.m.

    Thanks, Emonie. Do you have kids? Friends with kids? If so, we'd love to bring the fun and excitement of Project Ianos to them. Everyone is invited to submit their e-mail at ProjectIanos.org so we can tell them when we launch later this summer! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:48 p.m.

    We agree :) To address this issue we have created Project Ianos :) Hopefully all students from this point forward will know only cool space based STEM activities from their middle school years ;)   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leade

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:30 p.m.

    This is really cool to see and hear about. I wish things like this were around when I was growing up as well as a few of my friends who I know would have loved something like this.

     
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    Thanks, Emonie. Do you have kids? Friends with kids? If so, we'd love to bring the fun and excitement of Project Ianos to them. Everyone is invited to submit their e-mail at ProjectIanos.org so we can tell them when we launch later this summer! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:48 p.m.

    We agree :) To address this issue we have created Project Ianos :) Hopefully all students from this point forward will know only cool space based STEM activities from their middle school years ;)   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leade

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:58 p.m.

    I feel the same way, Emonie. 

    I know that if I had been exposed to something like this as a child, it might have changed the course of my life. I was just an average student, but there were brilliant kids in the Catholic schools I attended, yet they were never exposed to anything like Project Ianos. They would have loved it!

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:31 p.m.

    This looks great!

    From watching your “Digging for the truth” series previously Josh, I’m sure this will be as educational as it will be entertaining! Middle school students are at that “perfect” impressionable age where their interests can be directed towards STEM topics. And we need that interest for and in our future leaders!

    Looking forward to this! 

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:41 p.m.

    Oh, man! A "Digging" fan!! Thanks, Robert!!

    I totally agree -- we need to inspire students when they're young! It opens doors and creates passions that can lead to exciting opportunities and lifelong learning. We'll see how Project Ianos goes....but we're all excited!  Thanks for your support! 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:41 p.m.

    It's so gratifying to hear that, Robert!

    Everyone on the Project Ianos team is passionate about reaching every Middle School student and then expanding into Elementary schools and High School. We agree that if we can get kids engaged in STEM early, we have a much better chance of keeping them engaged throughout their school years and careers.

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    Mark

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:40 p.m.

    This project sounds exciting! Will you be able to incorporate some real-life math applications into your project? We need help in those areas.

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:42 p.m.

    Yes, Mark! Data literacy is the focus of Mission 1 in each Project Ianos Expedition, so math will be required! (and thankfully, placed in a very cool real-world context for those of us who may have wished all math was presented in such a way). 

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:51 p.m.

    Great input, Mark!

    I will defer to the professional educators on our team for a specific response to your question, but each of our Instructional Units includes activities exploring a core set of questions. "Payloads" for instance would be a great opportunity to include calculations for weights and dimensions.

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:51 p.m.

    There is math :) Good, wholesome, project based, authentically applied math :) Did I mention that it is used for informed decision making? Its real, and its good ;)   Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leade

     
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    Mark

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    May 19, 2021 | 01:25 p.m.

    Thank you Josh!

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    May 18, 2021 | 07:47 p.m.

    I see a place to sign-up on the Project Ianos website - https://www.projectianos.org/ - will we receive notifications when the course will be released?

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:56 p.m.

    Yes! We're doing what we can to capture interest prior to the landing page on Pepper going up this summer. If any teachers (or parents... or students...) are interested, please sign up and we'll contact you!  (and we won't spam you... promise!

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:58 p.m.

    Yes!  Data coming your way ! Peace  - James Burke, Project Ianos Education Content Co-Leade

     
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    May 18, 2021 | 07:58 p.m.

    The NSF's 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase is about to close….Before it does, I want to say thanks to everyone who has participated and give a special shout out to each person above who has taken time to watch the Project Ianos video and ask questions. That's the fun (and the point!) of the Showcase -- to foster community discussion around education and shine a spotlight on some truly phenomenal programs funded (in part or in whole) by government grants.

    And an extra super-special shout out to all my teammates at Project Ianos for taking the time to join the conversation and contribute to the lively exchange. 

    Now let’s go for launch!

    - Josh (Project Ianos Host & Content Team Leader)

     

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    Reagan McLaughlin

    May 19, 2021 | 01:22 p.m.

    Such a fantastic group of people behind this project! Project Ianos initiates vision and empowers students to attain success in new STELLAR ways - I look forward to seeing each piece in action. 

     
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    May 21, 2021 | 09:18 a.m.

    Thank you, Reagan! 

    Your reaction is inspiring! We're thrilled to have been recognized with a Public Choice Award. As a minor player on the team, I too feel we have an all-star group of leaders in Project Ianos! I can't wait to launch our program in schools!

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