Endeavour Collaboration Model
The Endeavour Collaboration Model
While students are the ultimate product of this model, they are also an essential part of the collaboration. It is important to “Inspire” them by allowing them to choose exciting projects, experiments, or activities. It is essential to “Engage” them by giving them responsibility for planning, organizing, & running activities & events. Students need to feel connected and responsible for their own education.
Teachers & Administrators
Teachers are the front line and administrators must be kept informed in order to appropriately support those efforts. Teachers employing the Endeavour STEM Education Paradigm (described below), will require special training and support. This paradigm requires that teachers be prepared with enhanced STEM content knowledge, a broad set of specific techniques and project ideas, as well as enthusiasm, and confidence. This is an ongoing process and requires regular and frequent opportunities to share solutions and discuss problems with others. We plan to support these needs through frequent workshops as well as through the on-line community at Endeavour SharePoint.
Supportive school administrators are crucial to ongoing teacher professional development.
Parents & Community
Support and encouragement by Parents and the local community are essential to student learning. Most parents are very busy and/or tired from work. They feel disconnected from, inadequate, or even intimidated by school. This has direct impact on student performance. Parents should be encouraged to participate in all student events and regular advisory meetings where they participate as stakeholders in their students’ education.
Communities are typically very good at showing support and enthusiasm for sports but seldom for academic achievement. Therefore, student STEM events, advisory meetings, and regular media coverage of student STEM activities is essential to parent and community collaboration.
Universities, Professors, & Students
Our local Universities, UCSC, UCSB, & CalPoly (University of California at Santa Cruz , Santa Barbara, and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo) are very supportive. They provide guidance and review of our program; help with evaluating our workshops and events; guest speakers and demonstrations to our students; support, plan, and/or host workshops; encourage and provide mentors for our students and teachers. Please see the Statements of Commitment for many of these.
A supportive academic infrastructure is essential in creating an environment that fosters the teacher scientist role and values life long learning in the teaching profession.
Many local businesses are involved in high tech. Many of these directly provide for NASA missions. Many of our retired professionals either worked directly for NASA, indirectly for firms supplying NASA, or in key STEM fields. These professionals and companies are important sources of role models, tours, guest speakers, internships, and mentors.
NASA is dependent on a highly skilled science and technology workforce as well as a general public appreciation of their efforts. STEM education is recognized as essential to the support of all of NASA’s missions. NASA employs 18,000 workers nationwide and has three of it ten research centers located in California. Many NASA mission directors and education specialists have been working closely with Endeavour in the past and have committed to supporting the renewed effort we are now proposing. Please see Statements of Commitment in Appendices section.
NASA materials are teacher developed, aligned with national science and language education standards, and are available, copyright free. An extremely large array of materials and tutorials are available online. Endeavour, as a NASA Educator Resource Center, is specially equipped to connect teachers with these vast resources.