On behalf of the Schuster Family and the U.S. Satellite / NASA Endeavor Team, we will be awarding an annual scholarship honoring Glen Schuster, Founder and Director of U.S. Satellite Laboratory. Glen's work and dedication to education made a significant impact on thousands of teachers and students across the country. His greatest desire throughout his illness was that the good work of U.S. Satellite be continued.
Glen was a tremendous advocate for STEM Education and held the highest respect for classroom teachers. In 1991, Glen founded U.S. Satellite Laboratory and set out to provide direct connections between research scientists and students. He was awarded several federal grants from NASA, NOAA, and NSF including the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project in partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University.
Curriculum developed under Glen's unique vision provides an authentic view on science and math topics. Programs include NASA-funded Project 3D-VIEW, Signals of Spring, and Weather Data Learning Center; NSF funded SPRINTT (Climate Change); NOAA-funded Signals of Spring ACES and many others. Glen was most proud of his co-authorship of Marine Science: The Dynamic Ocean, a data-driven research course that truly implements his vision for research scientist and learner connections. Since 2009, hundreds of teachers participated in STEM teacher development through the NASA Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project to earn a graduate certificate in STEM education, often as part of a Master's degree.
U.S. Satellite's Glen Schuster Memorial Scholarship is open to all CLASSROOM Teachers K-12 in the following states: Massachusetts, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania. One 4-course scholarship will be awarded each year to an exceptional educator teaching in one of those 4 states.
Applications for the scholarship will be accepted from November 1-November 21. Awards will be announced on Dec 15th. Winners should be prepared to accept and commit no later than December 29th and join our January 2018 Cohort. No monetary value will be given should the awardee not accept the award or join our January Cohort.
Charles Canestaro is a Physics Teacher from Cortland, NY. He is currently in his fifth year in education, teaching Regents, Honors, and AP Physics. He graduated with his Master's Degree in Adolescence Education: Physics and Mathematics from The State University of New York, College at Cortland, where he was the Outstanding Senior Physics Major. At Cortland Senior High School, he coaches the Science Olympiad Team and advises the High School Student Council. His greatest feeling of joy as a teacher is seeing the look of wonder on his students' faces during demonstrations and discussions. His wife, Cassey, teaches first grade right down the road from their house. He has two cats, Arya and Calla, a dog, Zuzu, and is expecting his first child, a boy, due in March. In his free time Charles likes to read, exercise, cook, and renovate his 120-year-old Victorian brick "fixer-upper" house. After reading about the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project, Charles was blown away by the variety of experiences he'd be exposed to in current STEM education, particularly in the application of engineering and design practices in the class, the utilization of current research in STEM to drive instruction, and incorporating NASA experiences into his practice. As a district currently transitioning to the New York State Science Learning Standards, he hopes to gain experience in both elementary and secondary STEM education to help lead Cortland into the next generation of science standards as well as create memorable experiences in his physics classes for his students.