2010 Year in Review

West Virginia and the U.S. Senate lost one of the country's great lawmakers in 2010 with the passing of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, but his legacy carries on in the accomplishments achieved here at the facility named after his late wife for their dedication to education.

In 2010 the Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies built on its 15-plus year reputation for creating quality educational materials, providing expertise in melding technology and learning, and driving research in the field of educational technology. Those qualities continue to bring to life the vision Sen. Byrd had for our facility when he and Congressman Alan Mollohan secured funding for its construction some two decades ago.

We accomplished much in 2010, further building on our long-time work with NASA and our partnerships with other major players in the education and research fields, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In December some of our work was highlighted at a conference of NASA educational entities from around the country. Our work in looking for exciting educational uses of new technology such as the iPad or LEGO robotics not only earned kudos from the space agency, but it also led to our being put on the point for helping other NASA organizations incorporate these tools to further NASA science objectives in the field of education.

2010 also meant a new look for our facility itself with the near completion of the Micronauts learning lab for young children in the ground floor of the center. The Micronauts program, funded by NASA, will kick off in 2011 in full force under the leadership of the Challenger Learning Center housed here. Meanwhile other projects drew to a close, but some new funding opportunities provide lots of work for the future.

To check out what we've been up to, follow the links at left. We think Sen. Byrd would have been proud of what he made possible.
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