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.

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ABThis 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Ann Marshall was born and raised in Watonga, OK. She moved to the Detroit, MI metro area from 2000-2013. She recently returned to Yukon, Oklahoma where she now resides. She loves traveling, photography, cooking, and spending time with family and her three dogs.

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Academic Credentials

2002-2004-Wayne County Community College-Associates Degree-Taylor, MI

2004-2010-Eastern Michigan University-Bachelor of Science in Education-Major: Earth Science, Minor: Biology-Ypsilanti, MI

2011-2012-Eastern Michigan University-Master of Science in Earth Science Education

Professional Credentials

2015-Present-Education Coordinator, BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center, El Reno, OK

2014-2015-High School Environmental Science Teacher, ASTEC Charter High School, Oklahoma City, OK

2013-2014-7th Grade Life Science Teacher, ASTEC Charter Middle School, Oklahoma City, OK

2012-2013-Adjunct Instructor, Eastern Michigan University, Geography and Geology Department, Ypsilanti, MI

2012-2013, Adjunct Instructor, Washtenaw Community College, Geology Department, Ann Arbor, MI

2010–2013–Research Assistant, NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant, Geography and Geology Department, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

2011–2012 – Graduate Assistant, Geography and Geology Department, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

2007-2011-Substitute Teacher–Wyandotte, Southgate, Allan Park, and Lincoln Park MI

2008-2010-Education Specialist Intern-Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab-Ann Arbor, MI


Schneider, Laura, Marshall, Ann. (2012) Laboratory Exercises 202: Earth Science for Elementary Teachers. Eastern Michigan University

Sturtevant, Rochelle, Marshall, Ann (2009) NOAA Technical Memorandum GLERL-149: Educator House Call: On-Line Data for Educator’s Needs Assessment-Summary Report. NOAA, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Ann Arbor, MI

Marshall, Ann, LaPorte, Elizabeth, Rutherford, Sandra, Sturtevant, Rochelle (2013) In a Data Dilemma?: A series of data sets and inquiry tools that furthers Great Lakes literacy. The Earth Scientist, Boulder, CO

Presented at Conferences


Making GLERL Data Accessible to Teachers for Classroom Use, IAGLR Conference 2009 Abstract:


Great Lakes Data in the Classroom, IAGLR Conference 2009, Abstract:

Marshall, Ann, LaPorte, Elizabeth, Rutherford, Sandra, and Sturtevant, Rochelle, 2010, Teaching with Great Lakes Data, GSA Denver Annual Meeting (31 October –3 November 2010)

Florence, Laura, Marshall, Ann-Explore the Great Lakes: Real Data in Your Classroom, MSTA Conference 2011


Oklahoma Science Teacher Association

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Blue Thumb Water Education Program


Dr. Kristy Ehlers is the Director of School Partnerships for El Reno Public Schools and BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center. Originally from Tuttle, Oklahoma, Kristy comes from a long line of educators. Previously, she has worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education as director of gifted and talented education, Advanced Placement, Milken Family Foundation National Teacher Awards, Charter Schools, and conference management. Additionally, Kristy has been a school superintendent, assistant superintendent, personnel manager, and curriculum director. She enjoys traveling, music of all genres, reading, theatre, and extended family.

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