Robinson selected as NASA solar system ambassador

Posted 2/20/18


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Robinson selected as NASA solar system ambassador


Dr. Jason Robinson, a professor in the Helen DeVos College of Education at Lee University, has been selected by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to join the Solar System Ambassadors Program – a nationwide initiative to organize community programs to teach the public about solar system exploration.

JPL, managed by the California Institute of Technology, is a lead research and development center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

NASA's Solar System Ambassadors such as Robinson are space enthusiasts interested in providing greater service and inspiration to the community at large. Their enthusiasm for space exploration personalizes the experience of learning about our neighborhood in space, our home planet and the universe beyond. NASA helps the ambassadors keep informed about NASA missions such as Genesis, to collect samples of material ejected by the Sun; the former Cassini mission, to examine Saturn; Stardust, to bring home samples of dust from a comet; and Mars Odyssey, mapping the extent of water ice and other interesting deposits on Mars. In teleconferences, ambassadors learn directly from scientists and engineers working on the various missions.
Robinson began his teaching career in 1997 after graduating from Lee University with a bachelor of science in human development with teacher certification. In 2000, he received a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. In 2010, Robinson received a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee network in Leadership with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.
Robinson’s teaching experience is far reaching. He has taught upper elementary grade levels, middle school, and university courses in teacher preparation. Dr. Robinson is well-known for conducting family science nights and professional development activities for teachers. 

Along with his wife, Faith, a teacher at North Lee Elementary, Robinson directs science camps throughout the year, both in the United States and abroad. He has had the opportunity to teach internationally in the countries of Argentina, Ecuador, Cambodia, Indonesia, South Africa, and South Korea. Jason and his family are also actively involved in missions work around the world. Additionally, Robinson has also had many opportunities to speak at leadership conferences and seminars in the United States, Ecuador, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Nicaragua, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He has a great passion for training future leaders that will impact the world in which we live.

Jason Robinson is a local, state, and national award-winning educator, having appeared in a national advertising campaign that was featured in National Geographic, Better Homes and Gardens, Parenting, and Congressional Quarterly. He was also selected as the Tennessee Teacher of the Year Regional Winner, Bradley County Teacher of the Year (2001, 2011), Tennessee Science Teacher of the Year, Vision of Science Award Winner, Fitzgerald Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching, and was even recognized as one of twelve teachers nationwide for excellence in education. He has served as a NASA Master Teacher for the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experimentation Mission. Additionally, he has also served on many advisory panels at the local and state level that focused on effective teaching practices, standardized assessments, and teacher education. Most recently, Robinson has served on both state and national grant teams that provide training for students and teachers in math and science. Jason and Faith reside in Cleveland with their two children, Noah and Maddie.


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