MMS

Mission Name:
Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) Education and Public Outreach (E/PO)


Project Description:
The MMS Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Program at Goddard Space Flight Center highlights the unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aspects of MMS though a variety of activities that address NASA’s three major education goals: 


  • Strengthen NASA and the Nation’s future workforce

  • Attract and retain students in STEM disciplines

  • Engage Americans in NASA’s mission


The following project objectives were developed to focus our overall E/PO efforts.

  • Develop teachers’, students’ and public knowledge of MMS science, technology, math and engineering
  • Reach under-represented and underserved groups (diversity)
  • Support the pipeline of STEM opportunities (workforce and career development)
  • Develop customer resources for MMS science, technology, math and engineering
  • Increase access to resources (people, content, processes)
  • Partner with other organization to extend MMS reach
  • Incorporate evaluation processes that ensure program effectiveness

Education Activity Objectives
The following objectives refer to those activities and projects that are intended to increase learning, to educate students, educators and the general public on specific STEM content areas, and to expand the nation’s future STEM workforce.

  • Engage middle and high school students in learning MMS science and instrumentation
  • Develop an interest level in MMS that encourages and maintains students’ involvement in STEM careers
  • Educate in-service and pre-service teachers (face-to-face) in MMS science
  • Educate in-service and pre-service teachers (virtually) in MMS science
  • Provide access to MMS data to diverse audiences that contribute to the involvement, broad understanding, and/or training of underserved and/or underutilized groups

Public Outreach Activity Objectives
The following objectives refer to those activities and projects that are intended to raise awareness of, or interest in, NASA, its goals, missions and/or programs, and to develop an appreciation for and exposure to science, technology, research and exploration.

  • Develop resources to be distributed physically or virtually
  • Provide access to resources on the Web
  • Engage the public with MMS information through social media and virtual environments
  • Develop and provide visual representations that explain MMS science, instrumentation and careers
  • Develop and provide audio media resources that explain MMS science, instrumentation and careers
  • Engage youth and adults in learning about MMS science

The following are the MMS E/PO Activities:

  • Afterschool Astronomy Clubs
  • Audio and Video Podcasting Program
  • Cyber Café Educational Technology Workshop
  • Educator Professional Development programs through Challenger Learning Centers
  • Digital Fabrication Transmedia Book for educators, plus iBook Teacher’s Companion to the NASA MMS Transmedia Book
  • Heliophysics Educator Ambassador professional development program for middle school educators
  • LEGO models and education resources
  • MMS E/PO Websites
  • Social Media efforts
  • MMS Spatial Geometry Math Guide (SpaceMath@NASA)
  • Space Weather Action Center news scripts
  • MMS STEM career videos in Space Weather Media Viewer and Mobile App
  • MMS materials included in Sun-Earth Day efforts
  • MMS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics iPad Workshops

In partnership with Rice University, Houston, Texas, http://mms.rice.edu/mms/index.php:

  • Revision of and creation of planetarium shows (with Discovery Dome), specifically "Force 5" and an upcoming planetarium show about magnetism
  • Development and facilitation of Technical career workshops held at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and at the University of New Hampshire
  • Development and facilitation of "Space Camp for the Blind"
  • Inclusion of NASA Earth and Space Science topics in the Master of Science in Teaching program at Rice University for middle and high school educators


Lead Institution:
Goddard Space Flight Center


Partnerships:

  • Rice University (various MMS E/PO Programs referenced above)
  • Challenger Learning Centers, NASA’s Space Weather Action Centers, The International Society of Technology in Education, The National Science Teachers Association (pre- and in-service teacher professional development)
  • NASA Independent Verification and Validation Educator Resource Center, Mountaineer Area RoboticS (MARS) organization, Paw Paw Schools, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences (design and build a full-scale model of the MMS spacecraft, educator workshops)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (teachers’ companion iBook to MMS Transmedia Book)
  • Morgantown (WV) Area RoboticS (MARS) organization, NASA Independent Verification and Validation Educator Resource Center (MMS LEGO models, educator guide, poster)
  • Global Precipitation Measurement E/PO program, National Science Teachers Association (social media, podcasts, and/or workshops to encourage participation in NSTA Learning Center)
  • NASA Learning Technologies (MMS E/PO activities in Second Life)
  • NASA EDGE (video podcasting program)
  • Future planned partnership for Fiscal Year 2014: Global Precipitation Measurement E/PO program, National Science Teachers Association (social media, podcasts, and/or workshops to encourage participation in NSTA Learning Center)


Metrics:
Number of K-12 Teachers, Direct Interactions, FY12 (From OEPM): 27,386
Number of K-12 Students, Direct Interactions, FY12 (From OEPM): 9470

Additional metrics:
Number of viewers of Sun-Earth Days 2012 webcast, in which MMS was prominently featured, FY12 (From OEPM): 2,004,101


Effectiveness and Impact:

Impact evaluation is in process at this time.


Awards:

  • The National Technology Leadership Initiative (NTLI) Award, Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE): Awarded by the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) for the top technology paper submitted annually. This paper described the development of a new digital fabrication education project developed through a partnership between NASA’s MMS Mission and James Madison University (JMU).
  • Ten NASA Group Achievement Awards, NASA: These awards were given to our combined EPO team in recognition of its outstanding accomplishments made through the coordination of many individual efforts and its substantial contributions to the accomplishment of NASA's Sun-Earth Connection mission.