AC Space Club Presentation


AC Space Club Presentation
AC Space Club students will share their experiences of presenting and watching their experiments launch into space during NASA's Rocketfest this last June at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Engagement vs. Involvement, Home-School Partnerships
To create the kinds of home-school partnerships that raise student achievement, improve school communities, and increase parental support, we need to understand the difference between family involvement and family engagement. Involvement implies doing to; in contrast, engagement implies doing with. At AC one of our objectives is to engage WITH parents in partnership as a team to support student learning. This workshop will explore ways of engagement.


Presenters: Ms. Margot and AC Space Club; School Director, Robert Van der Eyken
Date: 7-Nov-19
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Library
Audience:  AC Community
Translation: Yes
Childcare Provided: No

Elementary & AC Space Club teacher, Margot Solberg
Margot has been an elementary teacher at Academia Cotopaxi since 2001, and has fostered annual aerospace activities since 2007. She began teaching in 1987, having worked previously at P.S. 87 and the Washington Market Montessori school in New York City. Margot has a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Davis and bilingual/bicultural teaching certification from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a Master of Education (MEd) degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Master of Science Education (MS Ed) from Northeastern State University. Additionally, Margot is a NASA Endeavor Fellow, and the education consultant for the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency (EXA) since 2007. Margot has also loved learning yoga since 1996, and strives to make meditation a daily practice.

School Director, Robert van der Eyken
Robert van der Eyken is the Director of Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador. Robert joined Academia Cotopaxi after a career in international schools around the world. He was inspired to become an educator after attempting to bicycle and motorcycle around the world and returned to Canada where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and a Bachelors of Education from Nipissing University. He was a teacher in Namibia in southern Africa, a teacher at a remote First Nation community in northwestern Ontario, Canada,  a teacher then Vice Principal at John F. Kennedy American School in Queretaro, Mexico, a Middle School Principal at American School Foundation of Monterrey, a Middle School Principal at Euroamerican School of Monterrey, the Head of School at Hangzhou International School in China, the Director of Casablanca American School in Morocco and most recently a consultant and teacher in the Republic of Macedonia. He has also obtained a Masters in Education from Framingham University in Massachusetts and a certification in Early Childhood Education in Mexico. With Robert's vast experience of more than a quarter of a century in international schools, he believes that a school is a reflection of the future we desire for our children and the world. With the innovative and talented teachers at Academia Cotopaxi, IMAGINE and the ONE Institute, he is honored to lead a school that strives to forge a better world and is proud to support the school's mission and be part of a very special learning community. You can contact him at