The NASA Intern program is available through Redland’s Community College. Part-time positions are available working up to 25 hours per week. Applicants must be enrolled in classes at Redlands Community College as a half-time student or more. Students will be partnered with research mentors at the USDA-ARS Center in El Reno, Oklahoma. Job duties will include an undergraduate research project in Science, Engineering, Technology, Agriculture or Mathematics. Applicants must have good attention to detail and the ability to work independently. Previous experience in a STEM or agriculture related field is desired. Preference will be given to students who have previously applied to participate in the Redlands NASA-funded Programs. Applications may be picked up from the Human Resources Department at Redlands Community College, 1300 South Country Club Road, El Reno, OK 73036.
This year’s NASA Intern for the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center was Annie Blassingame. Annie is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism to help promote the importance of agriculture and to become a voice and advocate for America’s family farmers.
With Ann Marshall’s mentoring, Annie will be communicating and marketing for the BlueSTEM Agrilearning Ceneter and acting as a liaison with El Reno Public Schools by conducting research surveys to implement BlueSTEM in the schools’ curriculum.
Also interning this year was Emily Eischen. Emily attends OSU and is working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Microbiology. She plans on furthering her education through graduate school to have a career doing lab work in the health field.
During her time with BlueSTEM Agrilearning Center, Emily has been involved in various activities and projects. She has helped with STEM day camps, as well as teacher professional development programs that were offered this summer. Emily has also spent time interviewing scientists at the USDA Grazinglands Research Laboratory to make trading cards that will be used to get children and young adults more interested in STEM career paths.
Another intern at BlueSTEM this year was Daniel Gassen. He is pursuing a degree in Pre-engineering at SWOSU, and plans to continue his education in Computer Engineering at OSU.
Last year’s NASA Intern for the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center was Emilee Peterson. Emilee is a Agricultural Communications student who just graduated from Redlands Community College with an Associate’s Degree in General Agriculture. She is enrolled in the fall 2015 semester at Texas A&M-Commerce. She is ultimately pursuing a Ph.D. in Agriculture Communications with a career goal of working in advocacy to increase agricultural literacy with a focus on sustainable agriculture.
This summer Emilee worked on marketing and branding of the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center by creating a brochure, website content, and teacher assessment survey. Her research project assessed teacher professional development needs in STEM content areas.
The results of her research provide a better understanding of what teachers need in order to develop their schools’ STEM programs. BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center can use the data collected from this survey and the suggestions left by respondents to allocate its resources and develop programs to not only improve STEM in schools across Oklahoma, but engage students to pursue agricultural and STEM based careers.