Areas of Study
Studying Methods of Effective Science Communication and Education
Supported by IIAS Science Education graduates, the PoSSUM Academy and other IIAS-sponsored courses tap into the inspirational power of next-generation astronautics to educate the general public about the science of aeronomy and bioastronautics. Techniques and effectiveness of education mixed with hands-on training and direct participation in the research process are evaluated. IIAS also matures science communication strategy through the EDU 102 Science Communication course.
Developing the Next-generation of IIAS Directors and Instructors
The IIAS offers EDU 103 and EDU 104 to develop the next generation of space educators and leaders. Education methods are matured as individualized training is combined with standardization methods. Future directors and executives may study management and leadership as it relates to space enterprise.
Students interested in employment as instructors or directors within the IIAS are required to complete EDU 103 or EDU 104, respectively. Students interested in qualifying as a Space Suit Technician within the IIAS are required to complete the IIAS Space Suit Technician Qualification Program.
The Professional Certificate in Science Education
The IIAS Professional Certificate in Science Education is a 16-credit certification designed for the student or professional interested in a career in education harnessing the influential power of human space flight to inspire students to excel in STEM academics. Prospective applicants must have successfully competed the requirements for AST 101 (Fundamentals of Astronautics). Upon completion of the prescribed courses, the candidate should petition for graduation through the link below.
Requirements for the IIAS Science Education Certificate
|AST 101||Fundamentals of Astronautics||2|
|Special Topic||Space Suit Technician Qualification*||1|
|Special Topic||Simulator Pilot Qualification||1|
|EDU 101||Citizen-Science Research Methods||2|
|EDU 102||Science Communication||3|
|EDU 103||IIAS Instructor Qualification Program*||3|
|EDU 104||IIAS Leadership Development Program*||3|
* These courses require completion of the AST 101 curriculum under the ‘PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program’. ‘Advanced PoSSUM Academy’ completion in itself is not qualifying. Advanced PoSSUM Academy Graduates are encouraged to apply for an equivalency assessment through their IIAS advisor prior to enrolling in EDU 103, EDU 104, or for the IIAS Space Suit Technician Qualification Program.