As reported in a recent CSU news release, Kaitlyn Fiechtner and Helida Haro embarked on a STAR trek last summer, going where no pre-service teachers had gone before: NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
Photos newly provided to Science & the CSU offer some clues to their adventures – and to others who worked in other pioneering facilities as participants in STAR – the California State University’s pioneering Science Teacher and Researcher program.
After orienting them, STAR dispatches its fellows for summer sojourns to national laboratories and other research centers to conduct research with the labs’ engineers and scientists. (See the release for details.)
Here are glances at some recent STAR participants (click on photos to enlarge them):
Raj Virk (left), who earned a single-subject teaching credential in biology and chemistry at San Jose State University in 2008, conducted genetic engineering research focused on muscle-specific genetic markers of tadpoles in a 2009 summer stint at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
A condensed galaxy of 2010 STAR appears below.