2018 NESSP Summer Summit for Educators – Ellensburg

Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners

NASA Cassini Huygens Mission

Join NASA scientists and educators at Central Washington University June 25-29, 2018 for a weeklong exploration of culturally relevant activities and topics that will bring the excitement of  science, technology, engineering and math into your classroom or informal education program.

The summit is geared to formal and informal educators working with middle and high school students. Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Click on the Ellensburg event application (English) or  (Spanish) to register.

Featured Speakers

The 2018 NESSP STEM Educator Summit is designed to promote inclusivity and equity-minded programs to transform STEM education, making it more accessible to underserved and underrepresented students, teachers, and communities.

Karen Roark of the Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) Frank Kusiak, Lawrence Hall of Science 

We are proud to host a stellar lineup of scientists, engineers and educators from NASA research centers and top universities around the country. There will be special presentations by Karen Roark, educator professional development specialist from NASA Ames Research Center/Texas State University; Frank Kusiak of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California.

Other presenters are Ali Guarneros-Luna, senior aerospace engineer and deputy project manager at NASA’s Ames Research Center; George Gorospe, research engineer for SGT Inc. at NASA Ames research Center; Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program; Daniella Scalice, Education and Communications Lead for the NASA Astrobiology Program; and Robin Kennedy of the Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange.

Event Details

Summit events will take place on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Formal registration will begin on Monday June 25, 2018 at 7:45 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. The Summit adjourns at 4 p.m. daily.

Sessions will be conducted in English. Translation services are available upon advanced request. For translation service or other accessibility issues, please contact NESSP outreach specialist Isabelle Carrera Zamanillo  at micz@uw.edu.

Certificates of Attendance are available for attendees who request documentation at the summit itself.

TRANSPORTATION:  Whenever possible, participants are encouraged to utilize the lowest cost form of transportation. Participants who drive a personal vehicle will be reimbursed for mileage. To be reimbursed, participants must submit copies of their expense reimbursement form and receipts, together with a copy of their travel  route, as displayed by Google Maps or MapQuest.

Travel reimbursement requests should be submitted to Gwen Hallett, NESSP program coordinator, at gwendg@uw.edu. Requests must be submitted no later than 10 days after the end of the Summit. All receipts for reimbursement must be submitted in one e-mail.

Prior approval is required for any other mode of transportation, including airfare. For more information or to request approval, contact Rosalind Lastrapes, NESSP program manager,  via email at lastrr@uw.edu or by phone at (206) 543-1943.

LODGING & MEALS: Lodging and meals are provided as part of the Summit experience. Accommodations are available at  the following hotels:

— Comfort Inn. Address: 1722 Canyon Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Phone: (509) 925-7037

— Super 8.  Address: 1500 Canyon Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Phone: (509) 962-6888

When making reservation, please let the hotel know that you are with the “NASA Teacher Summit.” Basic lodging expenses will be covered;  however,  you will need to provide a credit card upon check-in for incidental charges and/or additional nights.

If you change the dates of your stay without providing sufficient notification, you may be responsible for the cost of the room night(s) applicable. Should you need to cancel your hotel reservation, please contact the hotel directly and inform us immediately in writing via e-mail.

Complimentary transfers between the hotels and Central Washington University campus will be provided to all Summit attendees on a pre-arranged schedule. To confirm your place on the shuttle, please send an email to Ms. Hallett at gwendg@uw.edu.

Special Events

On June 27, NESSP — in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs — will host a NASA Intertribal Pow Wow.  The Pow Wow will honor the traditions of the American Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest through song, dance, food and games, while offering the chance to engage in hands-on activities to learn science in a culturally relevant way.

About Ellensburg

Located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90, Ellensburg is known as the most centrally located city in the state. Its downtown is considered one of the great historic shopping districts of the Pacific Northwest, with a number of well-preserved 19th century buildings, many of which were constructed as part of the city’s unsuccessful bid to be the state capital. Visit the Downtown Ellensburg site for information on dining, shopping, galleries and museums.

NESSP Privacy Policy

All personal information provided via the registration form or in additional documents will be used solely for the purpose of registering participants and for providing information on the Summit to registered participants.

NESSP may use image, video and sound recording to record certain parts of the Summit. These recording will be used as archive of the Summit and may also be used in promotional material for future events.

NESSP cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the Summit. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

NESSP upholds an alcohol, drug, smoke, and harassment free atmosphere at all its official events. Should you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, please reach out to a NESSP staff member immediately.