Project LAUNCH: Bringing Space into Math and Science ClassroomsProject LAUNCH is a K-12 teacher professional development program, which has been created in collaboration between the Whitaker Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), and the Florida Space Research Institute (FSRI). Utilizing Space as the overarching theme it is designed to improve mathematics and science teaching, using inquiry based, hands-on teaching practices, which are aligned with Florida s Sunshine State Standards. Many students are excited about space exploration and it provides a great venue to get them involved in science and mathematics. The scope of Project LAUNCH however goes beyond just providing competency in the subject area, as pedagogy is also an intricate part of the project. Participants were introduced to the Conceptual Change Model (CCM)  as a framework to model good teaching practices. As the CCM closely follows what scientists call the scientific process, this teaching method is also useful to actively engage institute participants ,as well as their students, in real science. Project LAUNCH specifically targets teachers in low performing, high socioeconomic schools, where the need for skilled teachers is most critical.
Fauerbach, M. (Florida Gulf Coast Univ. Fort Myers, FL, United States)
Henry, D. P. (Florida Gulf Coast Univ. Fort Myers, FL, United States)
Schmidt, D. L. (Florida Gulf Coast Univ. Fort Myers, FL, United States)
August 23, 2013
January 1, 2005
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 6