MMS: Space Weather Action Center (MAGNETOSPHERE)

Program Element / Activity Title:
MMS: Space Weather Action Center (MAGNETOSPHERE)
E/PO Project Name:
Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission
Contact Information:
Code 672
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Program Element / Activity Website:
Program Element / Activity Partners within NASA:
MMS, Heliophysics, Community Coordinated Modeling Center
Short Description:

This program encourages students to design, assemble and use an 'easy to make' learning center called a Space Weather Action Centers (SWAC) .These centers provide a focused environment where students can monitor and report the progress of a solar storm or focus on data input from individual missions like MMS . As part of the SWAC setup, each center includes one computer with internet access to current and archived NASA data. Student flip charts offer 'Step by Step' instructions needed to quickly retrieve and transfer data to specified data collection sheets. Additional directions are provided to help students transform all of the newly acquired information into regularly scheduled news reports.

MMS will work with the CCMC at Goddard Space Flight Center to revise the MAGNETOPHERE section of the program to better reflect mission based science. For more project information, see

Program Element / Activity Image / Visual:
Space Weather Action Center Website Banner
Awards Received:
For more SWAC project information, see
Program Element / Activity Status
Please share any additional updates or information about your program element / activity:
MMS is working with the SWAC team to revise the MAGNETOSPHERE section. For more SWAC project information, see
Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM
What are the goals and objectives of your program element / activity?:
Educate in-service and pre-service teachers (face-to-face) in MMS science with space weather data from NASA spacecraft (analysis and interpretation); Engage students in learning about space weather with an emphasis on magnetic fields and reconnection.
What is the design of the evaluation process for your program element / activity?:
For more SWAC project information, see
What are the main impacts of your effort to date and how do they correlate to the project's goals and objectives:
Teachers and students are enthusiastic about the multimedia nature of the Space Weather Action Center, making their own forecasts, and recording them
Have your evaluation findings / impacts been published? If so, where?: