Van Allen Probes Educators

Program Element / Activity Title:
Van Allen Probes Educators
E/PO Project Name:
Van Allen Probes
Contact Information:
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, MS: 200-E181, Laurel, MD 20723
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Short Description:

The Van Allen Probes education and public outreach (E/PO) programs provide training for formal and informal educators. Middle and high school teachers and informal educators receive content understanding and experience with hands-on activities and interact with scientists through face-to-face workshop opportunities. A unique aspect of the workshop was participation by mission scientists and instrument leads who designed and presented classroom activities.The objective of the Van Allen Probes E/PO effort is to prepare teachers to engage and educate students in STEM content and Van Allen Probes heliophysics-related science as well as engineering and technology.  This effort also has a lesson plan/curriculum component.  Ongoing communication and support from the Van Allen Probes E/PO office was provided to educators following the workshop.

Program Element / Activity Status
Please list products / materials that will result / have resulted from this program element / activity:
Name: Across Space and Time
Status: Passed SMD Product Review
Please share any additional updates or information about your program element / activity:
Many teachers who attended this Van Allen Probes educator workshop are actively participating in the Heliophysics Community of Practice educator program.
Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
Who is the secondary audience of your program element / activity?:
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
Have your evaluation findings / impacts been published? If so, where?:
No, this is part of the overall Van Allen Probes E/PO effort which is ongoing. The evaluation report will be published at the conclusion of the overall project.