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Name: Mike Penn
Occupation: Educator
Organization: Shaler Area School District
Location:
Glenshaw, PA
United States

About

Most people would describe Mike Penn as having an annoyingly positive outlook, being ridiculously over prepared, being a huge fan of the Oxford Comma and two spaces after a period, and having boundless enthusiasm for all things science. First and foremost, Mike is an enthusiastic lifelong learner. Professionally, he is a teacher of the gifted, Gifted Department Co-Chair and STEM coordinator at Shaler Area School District, a large suburban school district near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has one of the coolest jobs ever! He runs a spaceship simulator at his school and leads the community of practice of Dream Flight Adventures simulators around the world. He is constantly seeking to create dynamic, challenging and exciting authentic learning experiences that inspire wonder, discovery, and the thirst for learning in his students. Mike pushes the envelope and boundaries of where, how and why learning should occur for all students. Through years in the Army, being a Boy Scout Scoutmaster and a lifetime of being an outdoor enthusiast he has lots of experience in outdoor survival and first aid skills. Living on a small farm he is adept at maintaining, fixing and troubleshooting old and broken machines and equipment. Running a spaceship simulator has made him good at operating and troubleshooting uncooperative technology. When Mike is not daydreaming or teaching, he is enjoying time with his wife and children, reading, learning new things, trying to stay in shape, building stone walls and traveling. His favorite question is "Wouldn't it be cool if…?" He is beyond excited and honored to be chosen to provide this awesome experience for his students!

Journals

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9 January 2019 This will be my last journal...at least for a while.
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1 January 2019 Meet the Scientist - Dr. Matthew Lazzara
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28 December 2018 Scott's Hut
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25 December 2018 Merry Christmas from Antarctica
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23 December 2018 Servicing an Automatic Weather Station in Antarctica
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21 December 2018 Meet the Scientist - Dave Mikolajczyk
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20 December 2018 "Flat White and Leafy Green" and the last of the unanswered questions from the PolarConnect event.
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19 December 2018 More Answers to Student Questions and a Station Tour #2 video
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18 December 2018 PolarConnect Questions and some Trigonometry!
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17 December 2018 South Pole Station Life
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16 December 2018 TIME TRAVELING at the Geographic South Pole!!
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15 December 2018 We finally arrived at the South Pole!
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12 December 2018 Meet the Scientist - Elina Valkonen
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11 December 2018 Meet the Scientist - Forbes Filip
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10 December 2018 Variability of the weather
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7 December 2018 Twin Otter to Sabrina
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6 December 2018 Helicopter Ride to AWS Laurie II
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13 December 2018 Just for Fun!
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5 December 2018 Meet the Scientist - Lee Welhouse
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4 December 2018 Flights Canceled
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3 December 2018 Seals and Pressure Ridges!
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1 December 2018 Ground Transportation and Ivan the Terra-Bus!
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29 November 2018 Boondoggle!
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28 November 2018 What does the area around McMurdo Station, Antarctica look like?
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27 November 2018 On The Ice!
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