NASA Activities

Date of Event  Event  Description
November 13, 2017 NSSEC Science Activation team

NSSEC Science Activation Team

IITTL Directors, Dr. Gerald Knezek and  Dr. Rhonda Christensen serve as UNT representatives to NASA's science activation team  - one part of IITTL's role in NASA's Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) - formerly the Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC).

For more information, visit the NSSEC website.

November 7, 2017 NASA's HEC Becomes NSSEC

The HEC Becomes the NSSEC

To broaden the focus on space science rather than solely heliophysics, the Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC) and been renamed the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC). This change reflects the misson of building interest and awaremess for all space sciences. 

August 31, 2017 Eclipse Composite

UNT Graduate Student's Eclipse Account

Sameehan S. Joshi, a graduate student in UNT's Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering was provided solar glasses to allow him and his wife to observe the total eclipse. He captured an incredible sequence of the event and shared the experience with IITTL and NASA.

Download the full sequence.

August 21, 2017 Detailed Eclipse Map

IITTL Supported Eclipse Observations

IITTL, in cooperation with NASA, was involved with several eclipse observation events around the U.S. to promote space science and gather participant reactions.

Download the detailed map of IITLL observation locations.

Click here to see pictures.

July 10-14, 2017 SciQuest Camp at Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum SciQuest Summer Camp

Campers experienced STEM through VR, AR, 3D printing, and other innovative technologies. UNT IITTL contributed as part of the continuing work with NASA and theHEC.

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Visit their website for more information.

May 17, 2017  Space Science Follow-Up Visit to Sanger ISD

Space Science Follow-Up Visit

IITTL traveled to Sanger ISD to do a follow-up visit with the students that participated in the February 11th space science camp to access the continuing impact of the event of understanding and interest.

April 27-28, 2017 STAR School Visit

STAR School Visit

Drs. Knezek and Christensen visited the STAR School in Arizona. They collected key baseline data related to space science and STEM awareness and interest, as part of IITTL's ongoing  work with NASA.

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Visit their website for more information.

March 27, 2017  Silhouette Printer and Cutter

Dallas Arboretum Gets Silhouette

In preparation for the SciQuest summer camp, UNT's IITTL delivered and set up a Silhouette design printer/cutter to the Dallas Arboretum. The device will be used in creating 2D models and various design creations by students.

February 24, 2017 Dallas Arboretum Meeting

Dallas Arboretum Meeting

Members of UNT's IITTL met with educators at the Dallas Arboretum to discuss their collaboration with the upcoming SciQuest summer camp.

February 11, 2017 Space Science Camp

Space Science Camp

20 sixth-grade students from Sanger ISD were selected to attend a hands-on space science camp at UNT's Discovery Park campus presented by IITTL as part of their work with NASA to promote STEM interests.

Read the Denton Record-Chronicle article for more.

November 16, 2016 UNT teams up with NASA

UNT Teams Up With NASA

UNT's IITTL and NASA are undertaking a mission to promote interest in space science.

Read the UNT NASA HEC News Release for more.

November 10, 2016  HEC Open House

HEC Open House

During The NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC) Open House, UNT and Sanger colleagues had the opportunity to learn more about featured STEM innovations activities. Troy Cline, Educational Technologist at NASA, presented.

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October 8, 2016  Photo of half moon

International Observe the Moon Night

Half moon with craters was photographed at 10:00 P.M on October 8, 2016, near Sanger, TX. Coordinates: 33.37 North Latitude, -97.21 Longitude .

October 7, 2016 TAMS students working on project

TAMS Research Assistants

TAMS (Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science) research assistants in Design Research Laboratory supporting Going Green! Middle Schoolers Out to Save the World and NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium projects.

October 4, 2016 >Research Assistant Samson Lepcha

HEC Poster Design

STEM Innovation graduate student researcher, Samson Den Lepcha, refining template for NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium poster.

September 23, 2016 VR demonstration at Digital Fabrication Symposium at Willis Library

The Factory at Willis Library

UNT Willis Library Introduced "The Factory" to students, staff, and faculty. They offer workshops on 3D modeling, 3D printing, Animation, Arduino, Circuitry, DSLR Photography, Go Pro, Laser cutting, VR, Photo Editing, Robotics, Soldering, Weaving, and more.

Visit their webpage for more information.

August 29-31, 2016

NASA HEC Meeting

Drs. Knezek and Christensen attended and participated in the first group meeting at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Partners involved in the Heliophysics Education Consortium were introduced and technology applications were explored for project related activities.