Dr. Jeff Goldstein
Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education
It’s Not a Book of Knowledge...It's a Journey
Every parent remembers that magical time when our children first began to speak, that moment marking the beginning of an unending stream of questions. In our children we can see our humanity—our innate curiosity—and recognize the obvious…that we are born to explore!
Science and more generally STEM, in all its seeming complexity, is nothing but a means to organize curiosity. A way to empower one’s self to ask the gift of a question, and to hone the art that allows navigation through the noise of the universe around us in quest of an answer. It is an emotional, joyful, and wondrous journey that hopefully allows the traveler to pull back the veil of nature just a little, see how she operates, and celebrate the accomplishment.
STEM education is no different. It is the means by which we immerse our children in the act of journey by letting them do science, and acknowledging it is their journey. As teachers, our sweet reward is seeing the joys of learning wash over them. And as teachers, we are charged with nothing less than patiently and gently launching the explorations of an entire generation.
What you don’t know is a gift…because you can ask a question and start a journey.
Dr. Goldstein’s website: http://doctorjeff.org/bio/
Jeff Goldstein hosting the SSEP Conference at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum July 1-2, 2019. He is standing under Space Shuttle Discovery, which placed the Hubble Space Telescope in Low Earth Orbit in 1990, and conducted two servicing missions to the telescope in 1997 and 1999.
Dr. Goldstein is also a certified Zumba instructor. During this time of social distancing he is offering live streaming Zumba classes. Click on this link http://doctorjeff.org/zumba-cardio-dance/zumba-classes-live-streamed/ for a lively dance class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Class times are on the website. Email him to get on his email list.
The New Jersey Science Convention is co-sponsored by the NJ Science Teachers Association and the NJ Science Education Leadership Association.