“Technology has been in the classroom for a few decades now,” said Dupuis. “But its presence has dramatically increased in the last five years or so with the increasing number of schools implementing one-to-one programs for their students. The activities and virtual field trips through Infiniscope are well planned, aligned to curriculum standards and give an immersive, real-world experience of the type I have not seen before in its predecessors.”

Returning board member Luccioni, who is a teacher at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, has also found the program to be beneficial to her students and provided a new way for her to teach science.

“By using adaptive pathways and tech-based experiences that provide instant gratification for students, misconceptions can be corrected early, increasing students' self-efficacy for science,” explained Luccioni.

New to Infiniscope in 2019

In 2019, Infiniscope will be implementing a communication and discussion forum, called "Hivespace" for participating teachers.

“We want to empower educators not just with NASA content, but with powerful technology to achieve the goals of the schools and communities they serve,” said Infiniscope community manager Jessica Swann. “Hivespace provides our network of educators a space to collaborate and explore beyond the content. It's a community of practice for educators of all kinds.”

Educators who are interested in serving on the board next year first need to join the Infiniscope teaching network. Invitations to apply will be sent to teaching network members this year with selections occurring in late summer 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year. 

“The Infiniscope Education Advisory Board members are an essential part of the success of Infiniscope, providing immediate feedback on how the experiences will work in both traditional and nontraditional settings,” said Anbar.

Karin Valentine

Media Relations & Marketing manager, School of Earth and Space Exploration