So Long Neil Armstrong


Ohio native, Neil Armstrong, passed away last week.  He was one of our many heroes here in the Buckeye State, and an inspiration for our schools’ science programs.  Teachers across the state would point to Neil Armstrong and say, “This is why we study science.  Even here in Ohio, if you study, you too, can be great and possibly walk on the Moon like Neil Armstrong.”  Many field trips went to his museum in Wapakoneta to learn about his space travels.  Students dreamed of being astronauts.  They were encouraged to learn math and science in hopes of careers in NASA.  The space race brought students dreams of science (and science fiction) and teachers wonderful examples of reason to excel in education.  Teachers and students in Ohio LOVED Neil Armstrong!

So where does that leave us now?  The government has basically dismantled NASA.  Being an astronaut is science fiction for today’s student.  STEM schools are thriving but not reaching a large percentage of students.  So then what?  Where is our Science Adventurers of today to point to and say, “Work hard, get good grades, someday you too can be like_______________?” 

Yes, we miss Neil Armstrong.


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About DarlaMoore

In short - Teacher, Author, Speaker, and sometimes PopCulture Pirate. In long- Darla's 1st career was in Psychology. For the past 11 years she has taught everything from 3rd grade to college Freshmen in both urban and rural settings. She is a Lead Content Expert and Content Alignment Committee Member in the area of ELA for the Ohio Department of Education and has presented at numerous conferences and workshops. As an author she has contributed to The Gates Foundation, US Department of Education, ETS, AIR, and many other educational communities. Her anticipated series of books, Moore’s Common Core Teacher Guides will be available from Amazon starting July 2012. Follow her on Twitter at darlasays. You can also find her as part of Now2WOW Publishing

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