Jersey Village HS physics teacher picked for NASA summer institute

May 10, 2018

Jersey Village High School physics teacher Alain Harvey has been selected to participate in the LiftOff Summer Institute, held at the Johnson Space Center in June as part of NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium
Jersey Village High School physics teacher Alain Harvey has been selected to participate in the LiftOff Summer Institute, held at the Johnson Space Center in June as part of NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. The aerospace workshop emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experiences by incorporating space science theme supported by NASA missions Harvey was selected from more than 1,000 applicants. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)

By Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS

May 9, 2018—Jersey Village High School physics teacher Alain Harvey has been selected to participate in the LiftOff Summer Institute, held at the Johnson Space Center in Houston as part of NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. The aerospace workshop emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating space science themes supported by NASA missions.

Harvey will join other teachers and educators in conducting experiments, touring facilities and networking. The experience is meaningful for Harvey, who’s passion for science and space began when he witnessed Apollo 11 as a child. The 1969 lunar mission commanded by Neil Armstrong and piloted by Buzz Aldrin resulted in the first two humans landing – and walking – on the Moon.  

“I truly believe that exploration is written in our DNA,” Harvey said. “On Earth and in space, NASA is developing, testing and flying cutting-edge technologies for a new future of human and robot exploration.”

Alain Harvey’s passion for science and space began as a child. He witnessed the 1969 lunar mission Apollo 11 that resulted in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first two humans to land and walk on the Moon.
Alain Harvey’s passion for science and space began as a child. He witnessed the 1969 lunar mission Apollo 11 that resulted in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first two humans to land and walk on the Moon. Harvey, a Jersey Village High School physics teacher, was selected to participate in the LiftOff Summer Institute, held at the Johnson Space Center in June as part of NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. (Photo by Andrea Zagal, Jersey Village HS)

Harvey was selected from over 1,000 applicants from across Texas for his professional accomplishments that are clearly superior in quality, scope and impact.

“I look forward to returning to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD not only to use materials and knowledge gathered from this unique experience in my own classroom, but to support and train other educators,” he said.

Getting accepted into the program not only brought great joy to Harvey, but will also benefit him by improving his scientific and teaching skills. NASA brings teachers together who are seen as outstanding and provides them with the rare opportunity to spend a week working with professional scientists and engineers.

“By learning about Earth and its atmosphere, our sun, our solar system and expanding our knowledge of our universe, NASA continues to push boundaries,” Harvey said. “As a child and later as an adult serving in U.S. Navy as an aviator and later in life as a scientist and educator, I have always admired NASA and its mission.”

Harvey’s lifelong dream will be fulfilled June 24-29, something he hopes students can use in their own lives.

“I encourage students to dream big and to take the necessary steps to realize their dreams,” he said. “Each day I strive to instill a sense of attention to detail and encourage students to take pride in their work.”

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