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'I want us to be known as the STEM place': Moffett Field Museum is on a mission to modernize

Original post made on Apr 14, 2023

Starting April 12, the museum began displaying new artifacts on loan from NASA Ames, most notably a moon rock retrieved from the Apollo 15 Mission in 1971.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 14, 2023, 1:25 PM

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Posted by Tom Purcell
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 14, 2023 at 3:35 pm

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My 10 year old son and I went on Wednesday and we had a great time. To quote him, "it's not a big museum but it has a lot of cool stuff in it!" Thank you to the staff and volunteers.

Posted by TomR
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 23, 2023 at 7:10 pm

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Great news!! It was a shame that NASA Ames ruined their own awesome museum and turned it into just a boring gift shop. A lot of families would visit a new museum (even if for a small entry fee) if it brought back the cool moon rocks and NASA space modules for people to see !!

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 25, 2023 at 8:31 am

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Dear Toms,
The much bigger NASA AMES museum used to be a place where local educators were taken on events like the Wright Brothers 'first flight' centennial teacher training weekends. Unfortunately - the national government needs to have Local Education Governments, school districts like MVWSD, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, MVLA etc., intensely use these education resources. - and - Local districts' administrators often 'drop out'.

In Oakland - the federally supported Chabot Space and Science Center (Rep. Ron Dellums earmark) was so underutilized when first built that the Oakland school district superintendent had to (as I understand) order his principals to utilize this 'in the backyard' excellent science center. STEM unused is STEM money wasted.

The NGSS (ed-talk for the new science curriculum in CA and many states) both allows and encourages STEM direct involvement, not just 'textbook, internet' learning opportunities. Parents - petition your school district leaders (superintendents, trustees, principals) to get 'visit and USE STEM sites' as local resources. Make it a district board policy! In writing - BP####.

retired STEM teacher

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