K-12 Classrooms at The Edge of Space (Press Release)

Press Release

Bob Barboza, Founder/Director

Kids Talk Radio

Occupy Mars Learning Adventure

1857 Josie Ave. Long Beach, CA 90815

(562) 221-1780



For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 28, 2015- Space Science New Flash

K-12 Classrooms at The Edge of Space: NASA’s 747 Jumbo Jet Carries SOFIA, the largest flying telescope in the world

Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols and Traveling Space Museum’s Ivor Dawson will provide students with a unique view of the stars and galaxies. At 7 PM on September 15, 2015, Ms. Nichols, accompanied by Mr. Dawson, will be the first celebrity to board a special NASA 747 Jumbo Jet and travel to “the edge of space” to experience NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The flight plan calls for observing areas of the cosmos where new stars are being born. During the flight, Bob Barboza and his Kids Talk Radio Space Science reporters will help to connect teachers and students from around the world with Nichols, Dawson and SOFIA via teleconferencing.

The flight will take off from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center near Palmdale, California. Dawson, who is Nichelle Nichols’ space advisor, will be communicating with several student groups across America that will be hosting star parties with astronomy-themed videos, stories and explanations by celebrity scientists.   As such, he will be the first Los Angeles-based space educator to fly a SOFIA flight. NASA will also coordinate inflight social media interaction with Ms. Nichols via Facebook and Twitter Messages.

From Barboza’s platform in Long Beach, California, students and teachers will create audio podcasts for use in classrooms, based upon Common Core (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). “We want to do what we can to get kids excited about studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as related arts and languages (STEAM ++),” he says.   His Occupy Mars Website will host STEM news and lesson ideas related to the SOFIA project. Find them at www.KidsTalkRadioUSA.com and www.OccupyMars.wordpress.com

Additional Information and Resources

Bob Barboza leads a team of scientists, engineers, and STEM & STEAM++ educators in building robots, Martian habitats, and simulated science and engineering labs for the Occupy Mars Learning Adventure’s Space Science Projects.   Their plan is to tour museums, science centers, departments of education and public schools with Occupy Mars exhibits, in tandem with Dawson’s Traveling Space Museum whenever possible.






For more information about SOFIA and Ms. Nichols’ Involvement, contact:

Nicholas A. Veronico, Public Affairs Officer

Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy

NASA Ames Research Center, MS-211-3

Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000

(650) 604-4589


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