Mike Weiss Wins National Space Educator Award

YHS science teacher Mike Weiss is the 2009 winner of the National Space Educator Award. Created by the National Space Club, the award recognizes the importance of secondary school teachers in motivating and guiding high school students towards study and careers in space science technology.

James Gensheimer '04, USNA '08 and now a graduate student at MIT, and Zach Hynes '08, a first year student at MIT, wrote letters in support of Weiss, in addition to two colleagues in the YHS science department.

Weiss, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who served in the Navy for twenty years before starting his teaching career, has had a longstanding interest in extending his scientific education beyond the classroom. In 2002 he was one of six teachers to win a National Science Foundation grant to spend three months in Antarctica. In 2004 he applied for NASA'S astronaut program and placed in the top 200 applicants. With the Space Educator Award, Mike wins a $1,500 grant. He will receive the award at NASA's Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington, D.C.

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