NASA Looking for Innovative Educational Ideas — About Video Games Among Other Things!

March 12th, 2010

Here’s the letter below asking for input (until March 19th). I am particularly thrilled about NASA’s questions and especially the only about video game development (question six). This is a potentially very powerful way of getting at the younger generation before college level. I wish I’d seen this sooner and had more time to participate. Things like Launch Pad and Diamonds in the Sky have been my attempts at innovative education, but I’m sure I can think bigger.

My talks out at Rock Springs went well.   I had great audiences and a great time.   My own attempts to educate, traditional ones.   Anyway, how about some more innovative approaches?

From: NASA Education []
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 2010 10:19 AM
Subject: NASA Needs Your Ideas

NASA Education welcomes your ideas! For a limited time, visit to provide feedback on any of the following questions, as well as general ideas you may have about the way NASA does business. The feedback that you provide will be used in important planning and development at NASA, and you may have a say in our next exciting breakthrough in education, technology, science and exploration. Hurry — this unique opportunity ends March 19, 2010.

OpenNASA Education Questions:

EDQ1: How can NASA innovate in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education?

EDQ2: How can NASA improve its services in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education?

EDQ3: What innovative ideas do you have for the NASA Education website, ?

EDQ4: What innovative new education/mission products and materials would you like to see from NASA?

EDQ5: What innovative ideas do you have for using NASA content and materials in your classroom?

EDQ6: What types of online or massively multiplayer online (MMO) games would you like to see NASA create?

EDQ7: If you could design a NASA prize competition, similar to the Centennial Challenges and the X Prize, for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, what would it be and how would you measure the success of the competitors?

EDQ8: What can NASA do to connect you (student, educator or parent) with our missions, discoveries and education programs?

NOTE: Please enter your question code in the TAGS field of your submission at For example, “EDQ1” should be entered by those answering the first question.


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