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James Falletti


Middle School Science & STEM Integrator
William D. McDowell Observatory

James Falletti, having graduated from the Education Program at St. Peter's University, holds Masters Degrees in both Educational Leadership, Education, and Counseling with New Jersey certifications in Teaching, Middle School Science, ELA, and Supervision. He also received a BA in English Literature from Stony Brook University in 2007, and a BA in Communications (Journalism) from Dowling College with a minor in Theatre in 2002. Having worked as a Middle School Science Teacher since 2010, he has become a role model and a leader amongst students and colleagues due to his years of dedication to teaching and the use of a hands-on approach. His work and creativity within and away from the classroom enables him to reach all students at all grade and learning levels; as-well-as the members throughout the community.

In June 2017, James attended Honeywell Educators at Space Academy in Huntsville, AL as part of team Destiny, where he received the Right Stuff Award. In June and July of 2018, James returned to United States Space & Rocket Center as an Ambassador to the HESA 2018 program and to complete his training through the Advanced Educators at Space Academy; where he received the Commanders Patch of excellence. He stated, “I love science and technology, and the Honeywell Educators program is the perfect marriage of the two. Learning about STEM and space exploration makes this a must-do experience for every science educator.”

Inspired by his work with HESA and various other professional developments, including ProjectEngin, SEEC, and NASTAR, plus his love of science and technology, James has transformed the media center into a fully immersive STEM Lab and Makerspace. Taking on this challenge has earned him recognition in his state, and has lectured on the importance of Makerspaces, as-well-as how to create your Makerspace on the cheap. 

James considers himself to be a lifelong learner and hopes to inspire more educators to take a leap of faith into the unknown with curiosity and inspiration to guide them to better the future of every student. In 2021, James has earned both The Cherri Brinley Space Science Educator Award through SEEC and the Patricia F. Kane Environmental Education Award of Excellence through NJ Audubon.

Sessions in which James Falletti attends

Thursday 4 February, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
8:15 AM
8:15 AM CST - 9:15 AM CST | 1 hour

Dr. Kjell N. Lindgren was selected by NASA in 2009. He spent most of his childhood abroad and returned to the U.S. to complete his education and earn a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Colorado. He is board certified in emergency and aerospace medicine. After serving as the Deputy Crew Surgeon for STS-130 and Expedition 24, he was selected as an astronaut in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. Dr. Lindgren flew on Expedition 44/45 and logged 141 days i...

11:30 AM
11:30 AM CST - 12:30 PM CST | 1 hour

The newest Mars rover is landing in just a few weeks! Find out the latest, innovative technology that has gone into this rover to explore the red planet.Clara O’Farrell Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, O'Farrell moved to the US on her 19th birthday to start college. After studying Aerospace Engineering at Princeton, she completed a Ph.D. at Caltech where her research was focused on the fluid dynamics of jellyfish swimm...

Friday 5 February, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
8:00 AM
8:00 AM CST - 9:00 AM CST | 1 hour

How did we get here from the Big Bang? Astronomers, geologists, and biologists all look back in time to work out the picture. I will show the history of the universe from the Big Bang to now, and how we found out. I will show the basic forces leading to complexity, from hurricanes to life. And how far can we go? That depends on our ingenuity, and on what Nature gives us to work with. Let’s get on with it!John C. MatherDr. Mather is the Senior Proje...

9:15 AM
11:00 AM
11:00 AM CST - 12:00 PM CST | 1 hour
Networking Lounges and Tours

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of amazing places at JPL and get an unprecedented view from the floor of the JPL clean room!Please click feedback on the side of the page to fill out the survey or by clicking this link.

12:45 PM
12:45 PM CST - 1:45 PM CST | 1 hour

Do you want to find out about the latest NASA innovation for human exploration? Then this is the panel for you. Learn about the upcoming Artemis Mission and all of the innovation being developed to explore the Moon and keep our astronauts safe.Dr. Kathleen Boggs serves as the Capability Integration Strategy Lead in Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA. She leads strategic planning for development and demonstrat...

6:00 PM
6:00 PM CST - 10:00 PM CST | 4 hours
Community EngagementSEEC Virtual Banquet

A highlight of SEEC is the Friday evening banquet, and this year will be no exception. The evening will kick off with a heartfelt welcome and thank you to all organizers, presenters, and participants. This will be followed by the announcement of the Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award. The evening’s celebrations will continue in special Virtual Lounges where guests can mingle, chat and try their hand at our offerings. Be sure to pop in and out of any lounges to enjoy all the amazing act...

Saturday 6 February, 2021

Time Zone: (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
10:30 AM
10:30 AM CST - 12:00 PM CST | 1 hour 30 minutes
Grades K-12SEEC Crew
12:15 PM
12:15 PM CST - 1:15 PM CST | 1 hour
Grades K-12

Join us for a special panel on the research being conducted on the International Space Station. The event will be led by Dr. Liz Warren, Ph.D., Senior Program Director, ISS National Laboratory. Lucie LowDr. Lucie Low is a Scientific Program Manager for the NIH Tissue Chips (also known as ‘organs-on-chips’) program at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is also the NIH-NASA Liaison Point of Contac...

3:15 PM
3:15 PM CST - 4:15 PM CST | 1 hour

Persevering with innovation is a consistent theme in science fiction and in real life. Join us as author Andy Weir, astronaut Cady Colman, and IntelChief Data Scientist Melvin Greer, discuss ScienceFiction, ScienceFuture, and ScienceNow through the lens of space exploration and Andy’s new book Project Hail Mary.Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowe...