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Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program Paperback – May 17, 2015
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About the Author
Gregory N. Cecil, M.A.S. is the only Florida State Certified Educator and Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician in the nation. Gregory holds a Masters in Aeronautical Science: Space Operations Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and previously worked in the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center. After the end of the Space Shuttle Program, Gregory became a Florida Certified Educator and taught science in both secondary public and private schools. Building off of his experience and education in human spaceflight, Gregory is able to draw connections between the aerospace industry and academia, and has successfully administered multiple Mini-Cube Programs with his middle school students. Gregory is currently the National Coordinator of Schools-to-Space, Adjunct Professor at Everglades University for their graduate aviation program, and CEO of AeroSTEM Consulting, LLC. AeroSTEM Consulting LLC provides aerospace STEM consulting for both schools and private corporations, conducts both written and live workshops for secondary STEM instructors, and gives presentations on subjects related to aerospace, specifically space flight. AeroSTEM Consulting LLC is currently working in partnership with SpaceTEC®, a National Resource Center for Aerospace Technical Education and partially funded by the National Science Foundation, formulating and implementing their nationwide Schools-to-Space Outreach Program. Gregory’s LinkedIn Profile can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/gregory-cecil-m-a-s/25/97a/930 and he can be reached at AeroSTEM@gmail.com.
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If you are an educator looking for an easy method to do some amazing teaching, or involved with an extracurricular group looking for an exciting project, I highly recommend this guide to getting you started.
Using a “cook book” approach, the author carries you through each step he learned through personal experience, from concept to obtaining resources, organizing student teams, engaging parents, conducting actual flight activities, recovering data, identifying results, and reaching conclusions based on real science. What he labels as appendices provide useful checklists and “how to” examples that can be used to avoid the pitfalls inherent in this kind of work. There are classroom and laboratory exercises that engage students, parents, and faculty in designing and conducting flight experiments that work. These are the heart of the book - what would be the recipes in a cookbook for food. They can be copied and re-used, making the book more cost effective through repetitive use.
If you are expecting polished prose, descriptive narrative, and extensive lesson plans, this is probably not the book for you. On the other hand, if you want a practical guide that can help you give your students what may be their ONLY chance at applying real science AT THE EDGE OF SPACE – this may be worth your time and effort. It’s a bit pricey for what it provides, but nothing else like it exists today.
I am a school board member and purchased 4 copies for my district to spark an greater interest in STEM.