Posts Tagged ‘Eastern Kentucky University’

ConnectKentucky Award

KET recognized by ConnectKentucky with Government Leadership in Technology Award

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

nasaConnectKentucky recently honored the Commonwealth’s technology leaders at its 2013 Tech Day at Northern Kentucky University. KET, in partnership with Eastern Kentucky University, was awarded the Government Leadership in Technology Award for its role in a live broadcast from the NASA International Space Station.

In January of this year, NASA, EKU and KET provided the entire state with a unique event: a live television and online broadcast from the International Space Station that featured astronaut Dr. Tom Marshburn and approximately 160 middle school students at EKU’s Hummel Planetarium. The centerpiece of the day was a live question-and-answer session with 20 students and Dr. Marshburn, which was delivered live across the state in high definition on KET and streamed live on the web using broadband technologies provided through the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Network.

Watch it online now!

“Our congratulations go to the many individuals at KET who worked hard to make this special event possible, and our gratitude goes out to our partners at EKU,” says Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO.

KET also won the 2012 Government Leadership in Technology award from ConnectKentucky for its virtual physics lab.

Environmental Education

Next Education Matters explores environmental education

Monday, March 18, 2013

Education Matters | KET imageLearn how environmental education helps Kentucky students master science and other academic content through engaging hands-on learning experiences that demonstrate how their choices and actions affect the world around them.

The program, hosted by Bill Goodman, airs Monday, March 18 at 9/8 pm on KET. Following the broadcast, the program can be viewed online at

This Education Matters includes a visit to Blackacre Nature Reserve in Louisville to see a group of inner-city students participating in field study activities and to West Carter Middle School in Olive Hill, where students have built a zero-energy greenhouse for growing lettuce and other vegetables.

Scheduled panelists include:

  • Elizabeth Schmitz, executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council
  • Sean Elkins, science consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education
  • Tresine Logsdon, energy and sustainability curriculum coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools
  • Dr. Melinda Wilder, professor of curriculum and instruction and director of the Division of Natural Areas at Eastern Kentucky University

NASA Intl. Space Station

Students across Kentucky get rare opportunity to interact with NASA International Space Station

Friday, Sept. 7, 2012

Eastern Kentucky University, partnering with KET, has been selected by NASA as one of only six U.S. downlink sites where students will be able to converse with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station!

On Jan. 11, 2013, around 200 students will spend the day at EKU, participating in educational activities during the “From the Bluegrass to the Blue Marble: Systems in Space” celebration. Up to 20 students will then be selected to talk with the astronauts; the remaining students, as well as classrooms throughout the Commonwealth, will be able to watch a live stream of the event.

KET will make the downlink session available for viewing anytime through its online resources for teachers and students and will produce related digital learning resources.

KET’s partnership in the downlink and surrounding activities with EKU exemplifies and strengthens our statewide educational mission to serve all Kentuckians and to bring current affairs, science, math and technology into every classroom.

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