SMD E/PO Projects / Impact

Here are profiles of SMD Education and Public Outreach projects and their teams, expertise and how scientists are involved; evaluation plans and key evaluation results; impacts and significant results; partnerships; awards and recognition, and more.

Astrophysics
Afterschool Universe
Astro-H
Astronomy Summer School of East Texas (ASSET)
Big Explosions and Strong Gravity
Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Cosmic Origins/Physics of the Cosmos
Fermi
Galileo Educator Network
HEASARC
IMPRESS-Ed
James Webb Space Telescope: Near Infrared Camera (JWST-NIRCam)
Kepler
Music and Astronomy Under the Stars
NASA Family Science Night
The Navajo Sky: Education Modules for Digital Planetariums
NuSTAR
Planck
Sky Rangers
Small Satellites for Secondary Students
SOFIA
Space Telescope Science Institute (Hubble Space Telescope/James Webb Space Telescope)
Spitzer Space Telescope / Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Suzaku
Swift
Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Using the Big Ideas in Cosmology to Teach College Students: Curriculum Development
XMM-Newton


Earth Science
Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment
AirMOSS
Aqua
Aura
Aquarius
CALIPSO
CARVE
Center for Earth and Climate Science Education
CloudSat
DISCOVER-AQ
Earth to Sky - Building Climate Literacy for Informal Educators: Expanding the Earth to Sky Partnership (EPOESS NNH09CF00C)
Girl Scouts Earth Science Patch
Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
The GLOBE Program
GLOBE at Langley
GRACE
ICESat-2
Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)
MY NASA DATA
NASA Climate Day/Earth Ambassadors
NASA Know Your Earth Campaign
NOVA Labs
Ocean Surface Topography
Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2
SAGE III on ISS
S'COOL: Student Cloud Observations On-Line
SMAP
Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE)
Teaching Inquiry using NASA Earth System Science (TINES)
Terra


Heliophysics
Calendar in the Sky
CINDI
Energy from the Sun in Space and on Earth (ESSE)
Five Stars Pathway: Engaging Girls in Science through Multigenerational Mentors
Heliophysics: Extending Curriculum in Targeted Educational Settings (Heliophysics: ExCITES)
IBEX
IRIS
MMS
Planeterrella
SDO
Solar-B/Hinode
SpaceMath@NASA
Space Weather Action Center / Space Weather Media Viewer
Space Weather Living History
STEREO
Sun-Earth Days 2001-2013
Surfin’ the Solar Wind (SSW)
THEMIS-ARTEMIS
Toolkits in Heliophysics And Training for Informal Education Networks (THATIEN)
Van Allen Probes


Planetary Science
Cassini
Dawn
GRAIL MoonKAM
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
MAVEN
MESSENGER
NASA Nationwide
OSIRIS-REx
Solar System Ambassadors
Solar System Educators


About SMD E/PO Projects/Impacts

Per the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, "NASA is uniquely positioned to interest students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, not only by the example it sets, but through its education programs." To ensure program goals are met, individual education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts funded by NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) are required to have an evaluation plan and are reviewed by panels of experienced E/PO professionals at critical junctures. Education programs are required to report annual metrics to NASA via the NASA Office of Education Performance Measurement (OEPM) System. Proposals to extend previously funded SMD E/PO efforts are required to provide evaluation results of the prior effort.

Leaders of SMD-funded E/PO programs and Science Education and Public Outreach Forums work together to make individual program metrics, evaluation findings, and outcomes available to the public and NASA in order to communicate the unique capabilities and successes of SMD E/PO and to provide insight into federally funded E/PO efforts. Information provided by SMD-funded E/PO programs is disseminated via this section of the SMD E/PO Community Workspace (/page/5324) with the goal of providing information about what E/PO efforts are being carried out, the numbers of individuals reached, program effectiveness, and how program outcomes are benefiting students, educators, and the public.