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Badges for NASA Activities



Christopher Ruckman


Christopher Ruckman managed to crack the Mozilla OpenBadges code and create an interface allowing badges to have the data they need to go to the Mozilla Backpack. Chris is also responsible for programming e-Mission interfaces for our Challenger Learning Center distance education programs, and helps maintain the Center for Educational Technologies website – among others. When he’s not programming, he’s keeping up with his toddler daughter, who’s just discovering what she can get into…



Dr. Charles A. Wood


Dr. Charles A. Wood offered many suggestions and edits throughout the proposal-writing and through the badge- and website-design phases. Chuck has long been involved with NASA, working closely with NASA astronauts and scientists. He started one of the first space-related online graduate degree programs. Chuck’s newest book is "21st Century Atlas of the Moon" (with Maurice Collins), he writes the Lunar Photo of the Day wiki, and he’s the boss of the crew above.

Meri Cummings


Meri Cummings came up with a break-the-mold idea to make the Badges for NASA Activities website a game-like interface that teens would enjoy visiting. Meri is a science educator and curriculum writer who is notorious for coaching and mentoring robotics teams and teaching summer camps in preparation for the West Virginia FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament she’s been involved with since 2003. She’s an avid follower of the Mars Curiosity Rover, about which she created an online collaborative to share images and other resources on




Cassandra Lightfritz


Cassandra Lightfritz brought the Badges for NASA Activities website game interface idea to life as she taught herself Adobe Edge Animate. Cassie has been CET’s chief graphic artist for the last six years, accumulating multiple national awards along the way. Her projects include posters, wall murals and even images for a NASA-sponsored virtual world project. Don’t mess with Cassie – she’s got a 2nd degree Black Belt!




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