Brian Grigsby is currently the science department chair at Shasta High School in Redding, California as well as the creator and coordinator of MESDT. He was previously the director and assistant director of the Arizona State University (ASU)Mars Education and Outreach Program within the Mars Space Flight Facility, School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. While at ASU, he created new standards-based curriculum that allows educators nationwide to be involved in the exploration of Mars while continuing to meet their educational objectives. When he was director of the Schreder Planetarium in Redding and director of a professional development program called Project ARISE (Advanced Rural Integrated Science Education, his science education involvement extended across informal and formal science education lines. Brian was also selected to participate in the highly competitive NASA NEWMAST workshops.
In 2002, Brian received an IDEAS grant to develop a Virtual Field Trip with a NASA-led expedition to the Licancabur volcano. He was the education public outreach coordinator for that expedition and spent 26 days in the Andes mountains, transmitting images, videos and stories back to rural communities of northern California via the Virtual Field Trip website. This expedition allowed students to communicate directly with scientists who were performing real scientific research. His position with the ASU Mars Education program allows for his love of teaching and his love of Mars exploration to meld together.
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott