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The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Education and Communications portfolio includes products, events, and programs aligned with priority areas identified by the federal Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (CoSTEM). This portfolio of activities engages audiences in the story, the science, and the adventure of NASA's scientific explorations of our home planet, the solar system, and the universe beyond.

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Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science For University Mentors and Facilitators/Pre-Service Educators

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science For University Mentors and Facilitators/Pre-Service Educators
These are workshops and trainings for college students developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. The participants are prepared to share the science appropriately with K-12 audiences by extending their knowledge and giving them a hands-on experience with classroom activities. These are usually offered within a conference or larger professional development event. The standard content of solar system science and astromaterials is shared thematically to address the audiences’ needs or requests. The content is delivered through speakers, video, and hands-on activities. 

 

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science In Informal Education Settings

These are events for  students in an informal setting developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event. 

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science Outreach

These are Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Education events for the public. They usually are part of a larger event; our contribution is connected thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. These might include sample displays, hands-on activities, and "meet the scientists" opportunities.

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science Professional Development

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science Professional Development
These workshops and trainings for elementary and secondary educators are developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. The participants are prepared to share the science appropriately with K-12 audiences by extending their knowledge and giving them hands-on experience with classroom activities. These are usually offered within a conference or larger professional development event. The standard content of solar system science and astromaterials is shared thematically to address the audiences’ needs or requests. The content is delivered through speakers, multimedia, and hands-on activities. 

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science Student Opportunities

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science Student Opportunities
These are events for K-12 students developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event. 

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science: Informal Professional Development

Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science: Informal Professional Development
These workshops and trainings for informal educators are developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. The participants are prepared to share the science appropriately with K-12 audiences by extending their knowledge and giving them hands-on experience with classroom activities. These are usually offered within a conference or larger professional development event. The standard content of solar system science and astromaterials is shared thematically to address the audiences’ needs or requests. The content is delivered through speakers, multimedia, and hands-on activities. 

Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Security Training Video Development

Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Security Training Video Development
The development of the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Security Training Video will provide a key training tool for the certification workshops conducted by Authorized Certifiers.  This activity will update the video by using high definition filming and revising the content to reflect protocol and procedure changes. The new video will be used by the Authorized Certifiers to train educators on security and use expectations when borrowing the lunar and meteorite sample disks.  Using input from NASA Centers, AESP specialists, and other educators,  the new video script and storyboard were developed by JSC staff.

Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Website Development

Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Website Development
This activity will develop and maintain a webpage to support the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program. Certified borrowers of the disks can use this page to initiate borrowing the disks and reference teaching materials. Non-certified educators will be instructed how and where to receive the necessary training to borrow the disks. Once the page is designed and published, it will be maintained as part of the ARES website.

Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample/Solar System Science In Informal Education Settings

These are events for students in an informal setting developed thematically around the topics of solar system science focusing on lunar and meteorite science. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event. 

Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample/Solar System Science Outreach

These are Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Education events for the public. They usually are part of a larger event; our contribution is connected thematically around the topics of solar system science focusing on lunar and meteorite science. These might include sample displays, hands-on activities, and "meet the scientists" opportunities.

Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample/Solar System Science Student Opportunities

Lunar and Meteorite Sample/Solar System Science Student Opportunities
These are events for K-12 students developed thematically around the topics of solar system science focusing on lunar and meteorite science. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event. 

Astromaterials: Lunar/Meteorite Sample Education Disk Certification Training

Lunar/Meteorite Sample Education Disk Certification Training
These workshops and trainings for elementary and secondary educators are developed thematically around the topics of solar system science. Participants are certified to borrow the sample education disks and prepared to share the science appropriately with K-12 audiences. These are usually offered within a conference or larger professional development event. Standard content of solar system science is shared thematically preparing the educators to use the sample education disks effectively as they meet their curricular needs. The content is delivered through speakers, multimedia, and hands-on activities. 

Astromaterials: Story Mining and Sharing in Informal Education Settings

This is an ARES education activity to mine and share the stories of past and recent solar system exploration missions and the Antarctic meteorite research program. These stories will be used to connect informal audiences to the excitement of scientific discovery experienced by the people in space science research. It includes finding the stories, developing concise, well-told stories using the raw data, and sharing the stories through podcasts. 

Cassini: Products for informal: Cassini-Huygens Analysis and Results of the Mission (CHARM) for Informal Educators

CHARM-Cassini Huygens Analysis and Results of the Mission – monthly telecons with talks, PowerPoint or video supports NASA Nationwide: A Consortium of Formal and Informal Education Networks will be hosted on NASA Nationwide website archive

Training telecons and materials for networks including Solar System Ambassadors, museum alliance, Night Sky Network, Space Place etc.

Cassini: Ring world III-The Final Odyssey
The original Ring World planetarium show in a DVD format received an  “outstanding rating” from the NASA Education Review (http://teachspacescience.org). In addition  the Ring World Planetarium Show won a Tally award in 2004. It has also shown nationally and internationally to hundreds of planetariums in multiple languages plus a version for schools in English, Spanish and Letterbox for hearing impaired, and in Podcast (or “vodkas”) available for download.  This will be an update and final Ring world done for Cassini.
Cassini: Saturn Observing Campaign

Professional and amateur astronomers plus interested members of the public invited to join the Saturn Observation Campaign. A section of the mission website is dedicated to mission resources and educational material. Planetary observing tips are available as well. 

What: Conduct three or more observing programs or observing events each year, including partnering with local libraries, astronomy clubs or science centers. Members are required to report events on the mission web site. 

 Observation Campaign members will be able to participate in telecon training sessions conducted from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Material from these training sessions are available for use in member presentations to their communities and during star parties.  

 

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/saturnobservation/

Cassini: Scientist for a Day
Cassini Scientist for a Day (CSFAD) - CSFAD is a semi-annual Saturn essay contest for U.S. students in grades 5-12.  Students research Saturn and its rings and moons, and write a coherent argument for their selection to be imaged by the Cassini spacecraft.  Essays are submitted online and judged by Cassini team members, and winners participate in teleconferences with Cassini scientists.   <http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/>
Cassini: Titan Educational Wall sheet

Educational wall sheet with comparative planetology lessons and Titan/Earth comparison Images  /  .20 personnel time, doc review for 508, science writer to write and review, printing costs.   http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/overview/

Cassini: What's Up Podcasts Supporting Museums, Amateur Astronomers and International Year of Astronomy
A two-minute monthly JPL podcast about a night sky view and its NASA connection geared to amateur astronomers, museum community, public
First podcast April 2007, nearly 4 million downloads since its debut
Podcasts available on NASA, NASA IYA, JPL, Solar System, mission websites
Download automatically via iTunes (the most popular format) http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/whatsup_index.html
The focus is always determined by what is A) going on in the night sky and B) mission events we can tie in.
Dawn Informal Education Resources

Development and adaptation of existing materials for Out-of-School time settings, including Hasta La Vesta. This includes the adaptation of existing classroom materials for K-12 settings and FY12 continued development of Explorer Guides as stand-alone materials for students. It also includes the collaboration with Discovery to develop a new activity piloted in Small Bodies, Big Concepts using art to deepen visual analysis of images from solar system bodies. The materials were received positively across the country and have extended the Dawn missions resources for OST significantly. 

Dawn Mission: i C Ceres

The Dawn Mission E/C is planning to commemorate the arrival of the spacecraft at dwarf planet Ceres with a festival called i C Ceres. We plan to hold a flagship event in collaboration with NASA JPL on the Caltech Campus with both family-oriented activities and special speakers for a variety of audiences May 9, 2015.  Events throughout that weekend will be encouraged all over the country and the world, utilizing materials, special online presentations and resources highlighted on the Dawn website. A map of events will inspire broad engagement with the mission.

Dawn Outreach Events

Dawn will be represented at several conferences and on facebook, twitter, and Google + Hangout.

Dawn Outreach Products

The Dawn bookmark combines the same data used on Solar System Night Boards and will introduce the Dawn web site in preparation for encounter with Vesta in fall 2011. In 2011 Dawn will look to designing a new product based on arrival at Vesta, the Vesta Fiesta refrigerator magnet. In 2012, we plan to update the Dawn mission events calendar to include new images from Vesta.

Dawn Teacher Resources

Material development for FY 2012 will include Solar System Origins module and accompanying interactives including the stand alone activity "Active Accretion" and "Active Phase Changes." For FY 2012, this will include formatting, posting, internal and product review and subsequent revisions of the Solar Systems Origins module and the initial development of the Data Analysis module. Content module on Dawn instruments: Framing Cameras, Visible and Infrared Spectrometer, Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector, and Gravity Science. Module includes multiple teacher guides, student activities, interactive simulations, and PowerPoint presentations as resources. The materials in this module will introduce students to the ways that scientists, engineers, and technologists “in the real world” design instrumentation that utilize the interactions between different frequencies/wavelengths of the EMR and matter to make scientific measurements and analyze data. FY 2011 Funds are for development of the module and interactive simulations. FY 2012 funds are for revisions for NASA Product Review and preparation for pilot testing.

Dawn Vesta Fiesta Host Webinars

Webinars and Google + Hangouts in support of Hasta La Vesta and other outreach efforts.

Dawn Web site

The Dawn website includes up-to-date resources and information of thematic asteroid content and mission specific multimedia and educational materials. Secondary pages include details of mission, science, technology, multimedia, education, community and get involved pages. The homepage includes features, timelines and links to where is the spacecraft is now, mission status reports, media releases and scientist/engineer interviews. http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov. During FY 2011, the website underwent a redesign to comply with other JPL websites. In FY 2012, refinements to the site continue as new strategies are developed to accommodate data and images as well as increasing educational materials.

DAWN: Asteroid Mapper

Asteroid Mapper is an online Web interface for participants to count and analyze craters on the surface of Vesta. Vesta Zoo provides images of the surface of Vesta through a web page to "citizen scientists" for them to identify and mark surface features. The data produced by this activity is available to the science team for analysis.

Dawn: Blog

he Dawn Journal, written by Chief Engineer, Marc Rayman, has been a monthly contribution to Dawn EPO on its website sonce 2007. In 2013, we expanded that to the Dawn Science Blog, inviting other team members to share information, data analysis, education, and stories about the mission. In 2014, the Dawn Journal and Dawn Science Blog were incorporated elements under one format.

Dawn: GESTEM: Girls in STEM Education

Dawn  education team members presented new science findings and activities as well as background information to a variety of student audiences in informal education settings. Here, a set of workshops about the Dawn Mission were presented at GESTEM, Girls Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, events in Denver, Colorado, April 20, 2012 and May 9, 2014 sponsored by the Colorado Women in Engineering Society. Aproximately 150 middle school girls were reached during three workshops at each event. One highlighed the Dawn mission using an activity developed for NASA's Discovery and New Frontiers Programs, Art and the Comic Connection, in which students used the elements of art to perform visual analysis of images of giant asteroid Vesta and create an individial piece of art. In two workshops, Dawn engineering using ion propulsion was highlihgted piloting a kinesthetic model of coding the spacecraft's trajectory to its destinations.

Dawn: Institute for Meteoritics, University of New Mexico

Dr. Horton Newsom and a graduate student update information on "meteorights" and "meteorwrongs" providing expert advise and walk-in opportunities for the general public. This effort provides linkage to existing meteorite knowledge and the Dawn Mission.

DAWN: Piloting Dawn's Instrumentation curricular materials

In FY 2012, Dawn science, engineering and education team members presented new science findings and activities as well as background information to a variety of student audiences in formal education settings. Here, students participated in a pilot of new materials connected to Dawn's Instrumentation.

Dawn: Presentation of meteorites and their role in the Dawn Mission

Exhibit on meteorites featuring Vestoids for 300 visitors over the weekend at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Dawn: Small Bodies Thematic Teacher Workshops

For FY 2011: Includes 1) Day-long teacher workshop in Denver CO.  2) Day long workshop for Florida Science Supervisors.  3) Five simultaneous workshops in February 2011 based on results of EPOXI and in anticipation of Stardust NExT and Dawn.  For FY 2012, the Dawn mission will provide educator workshops about some of the findings at Vesta and a review of Stardust NExT and EPOXI educational materials. Venues to include the Colorado Science Conference and the School Science and Mathematics National Conference. The purpose of the workshops is to educate teachers on the content of comets, asteroids, the EPOXI and Stardust-NExT and Dawn mission encounters and the educational resources appropriate for classroom use. The project brings together formal and informal educators  to connect with scientists, engineers, and thematic NASA resources and exhibits and offers the additional benefit of networking.

Dawn: Student Opportunities

In FY 2011, Stardust NExT organized a district wide NASA event in Cheyenne Wyoming modeled after similar activities conducted by NASA's Discovery Program office. A team of scientists and educators visited students in grades 6-12. An evening star party and the local observatory opened the event to students, parents and families.

Discovery and New Frontiers "Exo's Discovery" educational interactive on the Discovery and New Frontiers web sites

"Exo's Discovery" is an online interactive learning game. Learners of all ages have an opportunity to explore and learn about our solar system with an alien named Exo who needs help.  Users travel through the solar system in a visually engaging way searching for H20, CO2, and olivine, learning about the planets and small bodies, and the missions that have explored them.

Discovery and New Frontiers: "Small Worlds" section on the Discovery web site

Small Worlds is a section that was added to the Discovery Program website to convey a wealth of information about the many Discovery missions focused on asteroids and comets, why we explore, how we explore, what we have learned, and the importance of this knowledge.  The information is conveyed through text, images, jingles, and an audio feature called Image Impact. 

Discovery and New Frontiers: "Art & the Cosmic Connection"

"Art & the Cosmic Connection" is a curriculum that uses beautiful and compelling NASA images of planets, moons, and small bodies to help students understand and analyze what they see using the elements of art - shape, line, color, value, texture. After viewing images, students choose one image to draw with pastels, honing observation skills as they learn to look and look to learn. The activity is demonstrated in educator workshops and done with students during classroom visits.

Discovery and New Frontiers: "Space Thrills" Wall Sheet

Space Thrills! is a wall sheet intended for educators of students in grades K-4.  It is designed to be visually interesting to arouse curiosity about exploring our solar system and to teach about our solar system using language arts.  It is distributed to classrooms through the ERCs, at conferences, and workshops. 

Discovery and New Frontiers: "Unlocking Mysteries of the Solar System" DVD and Activity Guide

"Unlocking Mysteries of the Solar System" is a video overview of the Discovery Program that describes the science objectives and results of the missions.  Previously an educator guide was developed to lead students through a series of activities to learn about the missions and then design their own space mission.  This new effort is to adapt the formal classroom activity for use in out-of-school time with revised language and more hands-on activities for younger students.

Discovery and New Frontiers: "Unlocking Mysteries of the Solar System" DVD and Educator Guide

"Unlocking Mysteries of the Solar System" is a video overview of the Discovery Program and missions with an accompanying educator guide.  The video describes the science objectives and results of the missions, and the educator guide leads students through a series of activities to learn about the mission and then design their own space mission.  Portions of the video are shown at workshops and the activity is demonstrated to teachers who work in groups to design a mission. 

Discovery and New Frontiers: "Vision of Discovery" Educator Workshop

"Vision of Discovery" Professional Development is a 5 hour workshop for teachers held in four locations simultaneously.  Using a thematic design, this workshop connects the Discovery and New Frontiers missions’ science and technology with the curriculum needs of classroom teachers. The workshop offers prominent mission scientists giving presentations and hands-on experience with classroom activities. The speaker presentations can be viewed via the Internet in real-time and in the archive.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Classroom Visits

Classroom visits by NASA scientists and educators bring a sense of excitement and interest in STEM. In FY 2012, Stardust-NExT, Dawn and EPOXI participated in three-day event in Rainsville, Alabama, coordinated by NASA's Discovery Program with 8 NASA scientists and educators visiting 1,200 students in grades 4-12 at Plainview School, which had been severely damaged from a massive tornado the previous spring. The presentations, hands-on activities and discussions help students see a place for themselves at NASA, while also  bringing new activities for teachers.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Classroom Visits

Conduct visits to schools with presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Mentor Training for NASA Space Science Days

Thematic training for college student-mentors preparing to lead a Discovery Program focused NASA Space Science Day event. The NSSD events are sponsored by an EPOESS grant to Charlie Galindo-ARES-JSC. The workshop offers mission content, hands-on experience with classroom activities, and strategies for implementing.

Discovery and New Frontiers: NASA Space Science Days

NASA Space Science Days (NSSD) is a science education outreach collaboration that includes NASA-JSC, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate (ARES), the Discovery and New Frontiers Education Program, and The University of Texas at Brownsville, and Texas Southmost College.  The purpose is to encourage future generations to strive for excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Teams of presenters share 10-15 hands-on science activities throughout the one-day event. Students move through a series of activities and speakers as they actively engage in the thematic science content. The NSSD events are sponsored by an EPOESS grant, PI Charlie Galindo-ARES-JSC.

Discovery and New Frontiers: National Afterschool Association Annual Conference

The annual National Afterschool Association convention attracts a wide range of out-of-school time educators. NASA's participation allows scientists and educator specialists to bring engaging science content to build informal educator skills. NASA participants offer workshops and staff an exhibit booth where they interact with informal educators and recommend teaching materials for use in their programs. 

Discovery and New Frontiers: online quarterly newsletter

DNF has produced an online quarterly newsletter since 1999.  The newsletter features significant mission events, interviews with mission personnel, current status and E/PO highlights for all the missions.  http://discoverynewfrontiers.nasa.gov/news/newsletters/index.html

Discovery and New Frontiers: Public Events

Public events take place in a variety of venues that attract adults and students and provide an opportunity to bring information about NASA, space exploration, and the missions to raise awareness, heighten curiosity, inform and inspire. In FY2012, D/NF funded and coordinated a NASA booth at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, aimed at engaging students in STEM activities and helping them see themselves as scientists and engineers. Attendance was 26,000. The event included a live performance of Space School Musical by 65 students from local afterschool programs.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Space School Musical

Space School Musical is a play that introduces the solar system to students while integrating science with performing arts, physical education, music, social themes and leadership opportunities. Aimed at upper elementary and middle school students, the play teaches solar system science in a fun and engaging way.  Designed for easy and successful replication, the package includes a DVD of the play performed by high school students, a CD with the songs, and a CD-ROM with teacher tips, an activity guide, manual on how to produce the play, and lyrics. More than 60 trainings from 2-5 hours on using the musical to teach students about space science have been conducted since FY'12.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Support for the Solar System Ambassador/Educator Programs

DNF provides funds to support for the SSA/SSEP networks of volunteers and educators who bring mission science to their communities and students.  DNF funds cover mission participation in the program and distribution of handout materials to participants.  DNF funds help support a part-time student who works for the two programs. 

Discovery and New Frontiers: Thematic Educator Workshops

DNF thematic educator workshops are a series of workshops in a variety of venues for teachers in grades 4-12.  The workshops bring standards-aligned, engaging, hands-on activities based on mission science goals and results to educators. DNF program and project scientists and education specialists train teachers at local, regional, and national conferences and events.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Thematic Workshops for Informal Educators

DNF thematic workshops for informal educators are a series of workshops designed specially for informal educators.  The workshops bring engaging, hands-on science activities adapted specifically for use in out-of-school time venues such as museums, science centers, afterschool programs.  DNF partners with education specialists to train informal educators at local, regional, and national conferences and events.

Discovery and New Frontiers: Unlocking the Mysteries Educator Workshops

Unlocking the Mysteries Professional Development is a 3 hour workshop for in-service and pre-service teachers.  Using a thematic design, this workshop connects the Discovery and New Frontiers missions’ science and technology with the curriculum needs of the classroom teachers. The workshop offers mission content and hands-on experience with classroom activities.

Discovery and New Frontiers: web sites

D/NF has two websites that provide current and historical information about the programs and the missions. The websites serve as the primary outreach tool to provide a wide array of information to the public, teachers, students, and mission personnel. The web sites are kept up to date with current news and ongoing updates.  The New Frontiers site was redesigned and updated with new content in FY'12.

Discovery New Frontiers Thematic Educator Workshops

1) In Nov. 2011 (FY 2012), McREL supported a NASA educator workshop in Rainsville, AL. 2) McREL coordinated and facilitated Vision of Discovery (FY 2012), a Discovery Program/New Frontiers Year of the Solar System (YSS)  event. The 4-6 hour workshop was held in four locations across the country: JPL, APL, JSC, and Oregon. It involved collaboration with the E/PO staff of many D/NF Program missions (Dawn, MESSENGER, New Horizons), the Discovery and New Frontiers Programs, the NASA Digital Learning Network, and NASA AESP providers. The event was held on  Saturday  March 10, 2012. A third annual workshop is being planned for March 2013.

EPOXI - Maryland Day

2012 marks the 14th annual MD Day, an annual open house for the University of Maryland (College Park). Colleges and departments are encouraged to "show-off" their research and educational programs via informal hands-on activities. EPOXI team members will be participating again demonstrating the mechanics of transiting exoplanets and building dry ice comets. http://www.marylandday.umd.edu/

EPOXI web site

EPOXI Mission website includes up-to-date resources and information of thematic comet content and mission specific multimedia and educational materials. Secondary pages include details about the mission, science & technology; multimedia gallery; formal and informal education content. The homepage includes features, mission status, media releases, and team bios. Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter) were added in mid FY10. Site included a blog for encounter (FY11).  http://epoxi.umd.edu/

EPOXI: Amateur Observers' Program

The Amateur Observers' Program (AOP) is a web resource that provides information and resources for beginner, intermediate, and advanced amateur astronomers. The site provides guidance for the public to locate and share images of small solar system bodies (comets and asteroids). Amateurs from around the world use the site as a resource connected to mission events.  Funds are for site maintenance and public events at amateur venues (clubs, star parties).  http://aop.astro.umd.edu

Explore

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has trained nearly 1000 librarians and other community educators to bring Earth and space science and engineering to their youth programs through its Explore program. Over the course of its 15-year history, Explore has reached 35 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Explore was originally funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has since grown to encompass NASA missions and ongoing science, as well as additional NSF projects. 

GRAIL - Earth and Space Science: Building Elementary & Secondary Teacher Skills

GRAIL MoonKAM is a student experience project for 5th-8th grade students nationwide. Middle school students use the MoonKAM website to target and request images of the moon taken by the GRAIL MoonKAM cameras. The objective of GRAIL MoonKAM is to engage students in STEM subjects.

GRAIL - Earth and Space Sciences Public Outreach

E/PO GRAIL MoonKAM. Information about GRAIL will be provided to the public via the GRAIL MoonKAM website, www.GRAILMoonKAM.com, conferences and JPL events. The E/PO team will work closely with JPL to coordinate media surrounding the launch of GRAIL.

GRAIL: Earth & Space Science – Elementary and Secondary Resources

GRAIL MoonKAM is a student experience project for 5th-8th grade students nationwide. Middle school students use the MoonKAM website to target and request images of the moon taken by the GRAIL MoonKAM cameras. The objective of GRAIL MoonKAM is to engage students in STEM subjects.

GRAIL: Earth & Space Science – Informal Education Opportunities

GRAIL MoonKAM is a student experience project for 5th-8th grade students nationwide. Middle school students attend Sally Ride Science festivals and learn about how to take picture of the moon using the GRAIL MoonKAM cameras. The objective of GRAIL MoonKAM is to engage students in STEM subjects.

GRAIL: Earth and Space Science Collaborations

E/PO GRAIL MoonKAM. An essential part of the E/PO MoonKAM program is student collaboration.  The E/PO MoonKAM Mission Control Center (MOC) will coexist with and utilize the NASA EarthKAM MOC facility already in place and functional at UCSD. From FY09 through FY2013 UCSD undergraduate students will work with SRS supervisors and GRAIL scientists to design and implement the MoonKAM Mission Operations.www.GRAILMoonKAM.com

InSight Mission Formal Education

InSight's formal-education program features comparative planetology initiatives with our E/PO partners IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), SCEC (Southern California Earthquake Center) and NASA's SpaceMath for standards based math resources. This year begins development of Preassessment, Standards-focused curriculum, near-real-time data classroom delivery methods, earthquake analysis tools and professional development.

InSight Mission Public Outreach

InSight's public website and visualization development once mission selected. Begin development of comparative seismometry application for mobile devices, and developing scientist talks which will be used for Educate 1-2-3 InSight speaker program and E/PO on the road materials for traveling technical and science staff. Mission social media outreach sites being populated with content.

Juno: EACA Developing Juno Education Materials
Developing, in conjunction with a curriculum specialist, of Juno middle school lessons on Jupiter's Atmosphere, Magnetosphere, Interior and Origins. Lessons development process include a curriculum summit with Juno educators, EPO professionals and science team members. 
Juno: Education and Public Outreach through the Explore! Library Program
LPI will train librarians in rural states to use the Juno Explore! module of activities, and in solar system content, in collaboration with Juno scientists and education specialists. The librarians, in turn, will be prepared to conduct children's and family programs in  their own communities.  Funds support workshop delivery.  http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/ 
Juno: JPL Outreach
Juno Outreach is handled at JPL, including the Juno NASA portal site, as well as Eyes on the Solar System,  Amateur Astronomy efforts.
Juno: Jupiter Observing Campaign

Professional and amateur astronomers plus interested members of the public invited to join the Jupiter Observation Campaign. A section of the mission website is dedicated to mission resources and educational material. Planetary observing tips are available as well.

Conduct three or more observing programs or observing events each year, including partnering with local libraries, astronomy clubs or science centers. Members are required to report events on the mission web site. Members are encouraged to send in their images to the website.

Observation Campaign members will be able to participate in telecon training sessions conducted from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Materials from these training sessions are available for use in member presentations to their communities and during star parties.

Juno: Podcast What's Up

The first podcast was in April 2007, and it has nearly 4 million downloads since its debut. Podcasts are available on NASA, NASA IYA, JPL, Solar System, and mission websites. They can also be downloaded automatically via iTunes (the most popular format). The focus is always determined by what is A) going on in the night sky and B) mission events we can tie in. Since Jupiter shows up in September, that is when we would highlight Juno.

LADEE: Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) LADEE Activity

The AEE LADEE activity is a collaboration between the Ames Exploration Encounter and the LADEE mission to produce an interactive multimedia activity for students visiting the AEE. Students participating in the activity assume the role of a researcher receiving and interpreting data from LADEE during its mission. LADEE EPO is providing scientific and multimedia content to the AEE as they implement new activities as part of a center-funded update/renovation of the AEE.

LADEE: Challenger Center LADEE Activity

The Challenger Center LADEE activity is a collaboration between the Challenger Learning Centers and LADEE to include LADEE content in the Challenger Center's updated Mission Moon program. Students participating in the lunar mission will be introduced to the fundamentals of the lunar atmosphere and how it is studied. LADEE EPO is providing scientific and multimedia content adapted from the AEE LADEE activity as the Challenger center implements its new Mission Moon program.

LADEE: Educator Workshops

While LADEE supports a number of workshops hosted (and reported in the data call) by other missions/programs (see notes), these represent workshops not reported elsewhere. Educators attending these workshops are introduced to how our understanding of the Moon is changing dramatically based on results from a new generation of robotic explorers, how LADEE will further advance our understanding of the Moon, and how they and there students can directly participate in NASA lunar science and exploration through programs such as Moon Zoo the LADEE Observation Campaign. In conducting these discussions, LADEE EPO supports workshops conducted by a number of partners including Lunar Quest, AESP, Cornell University, and the National Science Teachers Association.

LADEE: Navajo Tech Model Building

The Navajo Tech Model Building activity is a collaboration between LADEE and the Computer Aided Design and Modeling Program at Navajo Technical College. Students in the program learn to produce solid 3-D models of the LADEE spacecraft for use by the LADEE mission and its EPO programs. The faculty of Navajo Tech provides students with instruction on equipment, materials, software, and techniques for model building while LADEE provides spacecraft CAD files, a lunar science overview, and mission briefing.

LADEE: Observation Campaign

The LADEE Observation Campaign encourages citizen science and participatory exploration involvement in LADEE mission science. Participants make and record telescopic observations of meteoroid impacts on the lunar surface, or visual/video counts of terrestrial meteors to provide data that can be correlated with LADEE science instrument observations. The cache and publicity of a NASA lunar mission is used to increase public awareness of and interest in existing observation programs run by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office, the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, the American Meteor Society, and the International Meteor Organization, resulting in increased participation in these programs and providing potentially valuable sources of data for the mission.

LADEE: Public Outreach Presentations

While LADEE supports a number of public outreach events hosted (and reported in the data call) by other missions/programs (see notes), these represent public outreach events not reported elsewhere. Members of the public attending these outreach events are introduced to how our understanding of the Moon is changing dramatically based on results from a new generation of robotic explorers, how LADEE will further advance our understanding of the Moon, and how they  can directly participate in NASA lunar science and exploration through programs such as Moon Zoo and the LADEE Observation Campaign. In conducting these discussions, LADEE EPO supports public outreach events conducted by a number of partners including the NASA Speakers Bureau, the NASA Ames Visitor Center, and the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast.

LRO museum exhibit

The LRO museum exhibit will be located at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.  It will describe the motivation for and goals of the mission and its scientific discoveries.  The exhibit will be open to the public.

LRO: Comparative Planetology module for Science On a Sphere (SOS)

The comparative planetology module for SOS is a formal education module on comparative planetology for grades 6-8 that will be developed during FY10. Institutions with SOS installations will be given professional development on how to use the module with students that visit their institutions. 

LRO: Docent Package

The LRO Docent Package is comprised of science background and hands-on activities that educators can use in their institutions. The LRO Docent Package will be available for electronic download on the LRO website: http://lro.gsfc.nasa.gov

LRO: Educator Kit

This activity is for the production of a kit of resources drawn from all LRO E/PO. The educator kit contains strands for investigation of lunar concepts and data using lessons developed by the LRO EPO Team. 

LRO: International Observe the Moon Night

The International Observe the Moon Night is a public "Moon party" event that was held at 627 locations around the world on October 8 2011. Amateur astronomers and the general public are invited to participate in events that provide scientific context about the Moon, tweet up events, and telescope observations of the Moon. The International Observe the Moon Night is a collaborative project between LRO EPO, NASA Lunar Science Institute, Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA ARC, GSFC and MSFC.

LRO: Lunar Student Imaging Project

The Lunar Student Imaging Project (LSIP) is an inquiry-based program that enables K-12 students to learn about lunar science and develop proposals to acquire and analyze data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) instrument.  

LRO: Lunar Workshops for Educators

This activity is a workshop for educators of grades 6-12 to learn about lunar science and exploration and how to incorporate LRO data into their classrooms. Participants in the workshop attend a week-long workshop at Goddard Space Flight Center in July 2010 and are given follow-up professional development using distance learning technologies.

LRO: Magic Planet Programming

This activity is leveraging the Mini-RF data for both informal and formal education using the Global Imagination Magic Planet. This learning platform will provide a unique experience for students, teachers and the general public to learn about the Mini-RF instrument.  Currently, the programming includes Minim-RF data, and can be easily expanded to include other LRO instrument data as well.

LRO: Middle School Educator Professional Development (MSEPD)

LRO Middle School Educator Professional Development (MSEPD) provides sustained, long-duration professional development for middle school teachers in the regions directly surrounding our E/PO partners. Educator professional development includes short and long-duration professional development experiences on lunar and planetary content using materials developed in previous LRO E/PO funding cycles. The objective of LRO E/PO middle school educator professional development is for middle school teachers to understand and address students’ lunar misconceptions.

LRO: Mini-RF ARENA - Lunar Simulation

Mini-RF has developed a beta Lunar Simulation on the instrument and its findings at the Moon. The goal is to provide middle and high school students with a mission specific gaming-like experience that will be used to augment existing math and science curriculums. It also folds in the existing educational products developed for the Mini-RF instrument and the LRO mission. This is based on the ARENA (Augmented Reality Environment at APL), a 3-D modeling and simulation facility at APL that supports a number of Department of Defense and NASA missions.

LRO: Miniature Moon Wall

The Miniature Moon Wall is a portable system that utilizes data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter to enable the use to "fly" over the surface of the Moon. The Mini Moon Wall is developed for loaning to small informal science institutions on a temporary basis.

LRO: Moon Wall

The Moon Wall is a museum exhibit at Adler Planetarium that utilizes data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter to enable the use to "fly" over the surface of the Moon.

LRO: Museum Alliance Training

The LRO Museum Alliance Training is monthly telecon presentations to the NASA Museum Alliance.  Recent science updates from the LRO mission will be delivered to the Museum Alliance along with relevant educational materials.

LRO: PDAP

LRO Professional Development for Afterschool Providers (PDAP) provides sustained professional development for those whom conduct afterschool programs. The program includes professional development for afterschool club leaders and afterschool programs like the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative. The objective of PDAP is that afterschool providers identify LRO data of suitable use in their programs.

LRO: Space Academy

These programs give middle school students a close-up look at NASA’s  LRO mission and specifically the Mini-RF instrument. They are designed to engage, inspire, and influence attitudes about space science and STEM careers. Space Academy includes a student press conference with mission experts as panelists and students as “reporters.” The panelists represent varying backgrounds, careers, and roles on the mission. 

LRO: Student Planetary Investigators

The Student Planetary Investigators (PI) program engages high school students with data from the Mini-RF instrument which is focusing on mapping the lunar poles, searching for water ice and demonstrating new communications technologies.  The program provides students with authentic research experiences in the classroom, is conducted via distance learning technologies, and is designed to provide maximum flexibility for student teams.

LRO/Mini-RF:  Student Data Team (High School)

The Student Planetary Investigators (PI) program engages high school students with data from the Mini-RF instrument which is focusing on mapping the lunar poles, searching for water ice and demonstrating new communications technologies.  The program provides students with authentic research experiences in the classroom, is conducted via distance learning technologies, and is designed to provide maximum flexibility for student teams.

Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Program - loan system

The lunar and meteorite disk loan program provides samples embedded in acrylic for use by trained educators in classroom and event settings.

Lunar Planetary Mapping and Modeling

Lunar/Planetary Mapping & Modeling provides: 1. planetary data products that are georeferenced, 2. data services (web APIs) for data access, 3. tools (a set of web-based portals, mobile applications, VR goggles and touch table implementations) that support measurement and study of planetary terrain and facilitate 3D printing of surface terrain, 4. infrastructure/platform that support visualization, exploration and research of landscapes for planetary bodies and Earth.

Mars Exploration Program: Outreach

This area supports the NASA Strategic Plan "Outreach to Stakeholders," and typically focuses per that document on public information and outreach related to NASA's Mars and Mars mission efforts, as well as cross-themed messages within SMD and between it and other Divisions (e.g., human exploration of Mars efforts by ESMD).  Included are pass-through events such as exhibits and public talks (including support for scientist/engineer involvement); web support, including content and visualizations for Mars content areas of the NASA website (mirrored on JPL/Mars websites); citizen science interactives and participatory exploration, and HD video that captures historical moments for integration into external documentarian use (e.g., NOVA, Discovery, etc.)and other  E/PO and NASA public affairs products.

Mars Exploration Program: ChemCam E/PO: Sharing Mars Science and Exploration

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), in close collaboration with the ChemCam science team, including colleagues at the Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in France, is: 1) implementing a week-long educator workshop; 2) implementing a two-day informal educator workshop targeting children's librarians; and 3) maintaining a new media portal. Through these activities, formal and informal educators and the general public will interact with Mars content that will inform them about Mars science, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) / Curiosity Rover, and ChemCam science, and engage them in current and future plans for Mars exploration. The programs are advertised through the SMD E/PO community and in collaboration with formal and informal science education institutions and organizations; all materials are available on the website.

Mars Exploration Program: Informal Educator Professional Development

Informal educator workshops, trainings, and personal connections support access to current Mars-related science, engineering, and educational content, as well as interactions with scientists and engineers.  The purpose is to "train the trainers" for leaders of youth programs and networks (including Mars support for Solar System Ambassadors) and to provide museum and out-of-school staff with professional development opportunities.  Training can occur both on-site with partners or through distance learning.

Mars Exploration Program: Mars Curricular Support

This activity covers reproduction and distribution of previously NASA-approved materials (e.g., Earth/Mars comparison poster).  All else in online and downloadable. The purpose is to support dissemination of classroom materials to K-12 educators.  mars.jpl.nasa.gov/education

Mars Exploration Program: Mars Formal Educator PD

This project provides educators around the country with professional development opportunities. Since research shows that an initial face-to-face training, followed up by a few distance learning opportunities, is more effective than single, stand-alone workshops, Mars Public Engagement has begun to take that approach, partnering with NSTA for educator professional development.  Face-to-face regional workshops continue to occur around the country, with recruitment for distance learning opportunities. 

Mars Exploration Program: Mars Museum Visualization Alliance Project-

This alliance brings real-time, high-definition  imagery and other content to museums, science centers, and planetaria  and to  the wider audiences they serve (created by Mars, it was elevated to an agency level as the NASA Museum Alliance and expanded to include other missions and activities).   The intent is to create increasingly experiential programming that allows the public to participate in discovery as it happens and to come to know Mars as a familiar place, utilizing the big-screen and dome infrastructures at partner institutions, as well as models, in order to reach communities nationwide.  In the process, informal educators at museums have regular professional development opportunities to interact with Mars scientists and engineers so that they  can interpret current science and engineering taking place on Mars for their visitors (through the provided visualizations). 

Mars Exploration Program: Mars Robotics

Connected closely with Mars engineering efforts, Mars Robotics is one of three content "threads" for formal education listed in the Mars Exploration Program Public Engagement Plane, and supports national programs in robotics such as FIRST (9-12) and FIRST/LEGO League (6-8).   The purpose of this effort is to provide mentorship and role models in order to inspire students to acquire technical skills, as well as to assist in the implementation of regional and national competitions.  This effort supports engineering and E/PO staff participation.

Mars Exploration Program: Mars Student Imaging & Analysis

Connected closely with Mars scientific efforts, Mars Student Imaging and Analysis is one of three content "threads" for formal education listed in the Mars Exploration Program Public Engagement Plan, and is geared for K-12 students.  Activities include Mars Student Imaging Project (5-12), Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (9-12), and Mars High-School Student Interns(11-12).  These activities provide progressively deeper and more sophisticated opportunities for students, supporting a NASA pipeline infrastructure.  The Mars Student Imaging Project enables students (grades 5-14) to use a Mars orbital camera to image Mars for their original analysis.  The Mars Exploration Student Data Teams enable high-school classes to form online virtual teams to analyze Mars’ weather and other data in real-time and contribute their analyses to the mission.  Student Interns gives competitively selected high-school students a chance to work in JPL mission operations.  msip.asu.edu

Mars Exploration Program: Mars through Arts, Letters & Humanities

Connected closely to both human and robotic exploration, Mars Science through the Arts, Letters, and Humanities is one of three content "threads" for formal education listed in the Mars Exploration Program Public Engagement Plan. This thread is meant to represent the earliest entry point into the pipeline, focused on elementary level, interdisciplinary activities that introduce Mars science and engineering.   This thread is also appropriate for pre-service teachers and students without strong STEM backgrounds.  Key activities include Imagine Mars, which brings  science, arts, and technology standards together as students consider what a future community on Mars would be like.  ImagineMars.jpl.nasa.gov

Mars Exploration Program: MRO/CRISM:  Student Data Team (High School)

The Mars Exploration Student Data Team (PI) program engages high school and undergraduate students with data from the CRISM instrument which is seeking traces of past and present water on the Martian surface. MESDT students have the opportunity to join the science team in the analysis of data from the CRISM instrument. The program provides students with authentic research experiences in the classroom, is conducted via distance learning technologies, and is designed to provide maximum flexibility for student teams.

Mars Exploration Program: MSL Curiosity: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Educator Professional Development Workshops

Sample Analysis at Mars(SAM) Educator Professional Development Workshops: The SAM E/PO team hosts workshops for middle and high school educators who visit GSFC.  The workshops include an overview of the MSL mission and science goals, an overview of SAM, a presentation by a SAM scientist, and an introduction to Mars and MSL educational activities and resources.

Mars Exploration Program: MSL Curiosity: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Professional Development for National Park Service Interpreters

Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Professional Development for National Park Service Interpreters: The SAM E/PO team reaches out to NPS interpreters who are part of the Earth to Sky network via Webinars to educate them about SAM and MSL, to help them draw linkages between Gale Crater and their own Park, and to share activities and resources that could be adapted for use in most Parks.

Mars Exploration Program: MSL Curiosity: Sample Analysis at Mars E/PO Website

Sample Analysis at Mars E/PO Website: The SAM E/PO team, in collaboration with the SAM science team, maintains a website to provide information on SAM and MSL, access to current news, SAM science results, and E/PO resources such as the Curiosity landing site activity developed by the SAM team and SAM-related multimedia products.

Mars Exploration Program: MSL Curiosity: Sample Analysis at Mars Outreach Events

Sample Analysis at Mars outreach events: SAM scientists, engineers, and E/PO team members regularly participate in large public outreach events that reach hundreds to thousands of people.

Mars Exploration Program: MSL: Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Curiosity Landing Site Selection Activity

Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Curiosity Landing Site Selection Activity: This activity teaches middle school students about the process used to select a landing site for the Curiosity rover.  In so doing, the students learn basics about Mars geology and mission teamwork.

Mars Rover Model Celebration

This project aims to incorporate up-to-date SMD education resources and science and mission data relating to NASA’s explorations of Mars into the Mars Rover Celebration (MRC), an existing low-cost curriculum enhancement program for grades 3-8. The MRC prototype focuses on the adventure of learning and discovery, asking participating teams to propose their own scientific mission to Mars, design a rover to carry it out, and present a mock-up at an open house. The overarching goal of this program is to leverage the strong hold on children's imagination and intellectual curiosity that NASA missions in general and Mars landers in particular have possessed for decades to inspire and educate on STEM career choices.

We are modifying and refining this prototype program by enhancing the NASA content and instructional strategies employed, and strengthening the training and support provided so that educators may more effectively and successfully teach, engage and motivate students in SMD related STEM subject areas. To accomplish these objectives, this proposed program will:

1) Expand and improve the program curriculum to provide more cross referencing to appropriate SMD curriculum materials, MER, MSL and other NASA E/PO activities and updated, more complete alignment with State and National standards;

2) Specifically tackle effective instruction issues by incorporating comprehension, cooperative learning, scaffolding and modeling practices in the curricular materials developed;

3) Expand the current professional development workshops for K-12 teachers to include more STEM/ SMD content training, including training about the results from recent NASA Mars missions and in teaching the engineering design process; and

4) Develop parent education workshops to train parents and community informal educators on how best to support the program.

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project

MAVEN mission formal E/PO is a comprehensive program targeting K-12 teachers and students. The program involves product development and professional development workshops, including MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project, Space Science Teachers Summit, and Red Planet, and management and evaluation for the aforementioned activities. The objective of the MAVEN mission EPO program is to engage multiple audiences in the quest to understand Mars’ long-term atmospheric losses, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project Spectra!

MAVEN mission formal E/PO is a comprehensive program targeting K-12 teachers and students. The program involves product development and professional development workshops, including MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project, Space Science Teachers Summit, and Red Planet, and management and evaluation for the aforementioned activities. The objective of the MAVEN mission EPO program is to engage multiple audiences in the quest to understand Mars’ long-term atmospheric losses, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.

MAVEN: Evaluation

MAVEN Evaluation - MAVEN’s plan for evaluation involves a comprehensive, multi-method approach spanning the project’s six-year duration (FY11-FY16). Cornerstone Evaluation Associates LLC is the external research firm charged with carrying out the evaluation activities necessary to determine the effectiveness and impact of MAVEN’s Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) effort and its success in achieving its overall goal to “engage multiple audiences in the quest to understand Mars’ long-term atmospheric losses, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability."

MAVEN: Girls go to Mars! Kits

Girls go to Mars – a Girl Scouts project to develop engaging activities using MAVEN science and engineering content, culminating in a patch for girl scouts. Estimated dissemination is ~20 troops per state with ~10 girls per troop, or approximately 2,000 troop leaders and 10,000 Girl Scouts nationwide

MAVEN: Girls go to Mars! Professional Development

Girls go to Mars Training – a Girl Scouts project to develop engaging activities using MAVEN science and engineering content.  Trainings for Girl Scout troop leaders are included in the final years of the project. 

MAVEN: Imagine Mars through Native Eyes

Imagine Mars through Native Eyes – a professional development project for informal out-of-school time educators of native young teenagers, which adapts the process-driven MEPPE Imagine Mars project. The MAVEN E/PO team expects to train 30 out-of-school time educators, with a total reach of 900 youth.

MAVEN: Invisible Mars Science on a Sphere Events

MAVEN mission informal E/PO is a comprehensive program targeting informal and public outreach audiences. The program involves product development and professional development workshops, including Invisible Mars Science on a Sphere, Girls go to Mars! badge kits, Imagine Mars through Native Eyes, and New Media Practitioners Professional Development Workshops, and management and evaluation for the aforementioned activities. The objective of the MAVEN mission E/PO program is to engage multiple audiences in the quest to understand Mars’ long-term atmospheric losses, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.

MAVEN: Invisible Mars Science on a Sphere Resources

MAVEN Invisible Mars Product – a project that builds on a previous NASA Mars Space Weather E/PO project, “Seeing the Invisible,” for Science on a Sphere. The MAVEN E/PO team adapts this script for public audiences.

MAVEN: Management

MAVEN Management -  management of the E/PO projects; working with the MAVEN PI and science and engineering team members; coordinating with MEPPE; and overseeing the E/PO evaluation partner, CEA.   This includes direction of all E/PO activities and  ensuring all products meet NASA SMD requirements and NRC NSES,

MAVEN: New Media Practitioners Professional Development Workshops

New Media practitioner professional development workshops – two 2-day workshops for bloggers, journalists, and people actively involved in accurate science tweets on MAVEN-related science, technology and engineering concepts. The MAVEN E/PO team expects to engage approximately 24 media practitioners with national reach.

MAVEN: Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! Lessons

MAVEN mission formal E/PO is a comprehensive program targeting K-12 teachers and students. The program involves product development and professional development workshops, including MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project, Space Science Teachers Summit, and Red Planet, and management and evaluation for the aforementioned activities. The objective of the MAVEN mission EPO program is to engage multiple audiences in the quest to understand Mars’ long-term atmospheric losses, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.

MAVEN: Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! Professional Development

Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! – a professional development project for elementary teachers across the United States and focused on Latino, Spanish-speaking communities. The professional development will incorporate science in elementary school literacy projects using the topic of Mars exploration.

MAVEN: Space Science Teachers Summit

MAVEN mission formal E/PO is a comprehensive program targeting K-12 teachers and students. The program involves product development and professional development workshops, including MAVEN Educator Ambassador Project, Space Science Teachers Summit, and Red Planet, and management and evaluation for the aforementioned activities. The objective of the MAVEN mission EPO program is to engage multiple audiences in the quest to understand Mars’ long-term atmospheric losses, giving insight into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water, and planetary habitability.

MAVEN: Web and Social Media

Web and social media – the MAVEN E/PO website, Facebook page, Twitter account, and events related to these new media will inspire the public to understand the MAVEN journey and discoveries. The MAVEN E/PO team expects to reach a potential audience of tens of millions; the total reach is viral (currently on Facebook: 10,250 fans; Twitter: 25,350 followers).

MESSENGER and NAI: Exploring Ice in the Solar System CD ROM

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Education Modules (MEMs)

This project provides a curriculum for teachers, Pre K-12, on a range of topics associated with the questions and challenges of the MESSENGER Mission. This project ensures that the high-quality materials developed to improve understanding of NASA missions is readily available to teachers and students, both nationally and internationally. Trained instructors (MESSENGER Fellows) conduct workshops for teachers and instructors in the use of the curriculum which is also freely available on the mission web site.

MESSENGER: Exploring the Inner Solar System e-Book

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate.

MESSENGER: Interactive Kiosk

The MESSENGER Informal education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts provide content-based materials for use in non-classroom settings. High-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes are developed and disseminated through print, audiovisual, and web-based media. The objective of MESSENGER Informal Education is to provide educators and students, both within the USA and internationally, with access to high-quality, content-rich materials featuring NASA themes that both inspire and educate.

MESSENGER: Intern Program (Undergraduate & Graduate Students)

The internship program provides undergrad & grad students focusing on STEM careers  an opportunity to work on summer projects related to the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and make contributions to the mission.

MESSENGER: Mission Education and Public Outreach Web Site

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Mission Poster, buttons and stickers 2012

The MESSENGER Informal education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts provide content-based materials for use in non-classroom settings. High-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes are developed and disseminated through print, audiovisual, and web-based media. The objective of MESSENGER Informal Education is to provide educators and students, both within the USA and internationally, with access to high-quality, content-rich materials featuring NASA themes that both inspire and educate.

MESSENGER: Mission Poster, buttons and stickers 2013

The MESSENGER Informal education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts provide content-based materials for use in non-classroom settings. High-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes are developed and disseminated through print, audiovisual, and web-based media. The objective of MESSENGER Informal Education is to provide educators and students, both within the USA and internationally, with access to high-quality, content-rich materials featuring NASA themes that both inspire and educate.

MESSENGER: Mosaic Postcards

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Mosaic Postcards web-based materials

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate.

MESSENGER: Online Learning Interactive Materials

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Online videos and poster artwork

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Public Science Day at Nat. Air and Space Museum

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Reprinting updated Exploring the Inner Solar System book

The MESSENGER K-12 education and public outreach (E/PO) efforts encompass teacher professional development and web-available content-based curriculum for K-12 students and educators. The Educator Fellowship program trains educators who commit to conducting teacher professional development using high-quality educational materials featuring mission-related themes. The objective of the MESSENGER E/PO program is to prepare classroom teachers across the nation to incorporate high-quality, NASA-developed educational materials and thus maximize student exposure to NASA themes that will both inspire and educate. 

MESSENGER: Training Workshops for MESSENGER Educator Fellows

This project is a multi-day workshop for approximately 30 MESSENGER Educator Fellows held every 2 years. The purpose is to: ensure that the Fellows have up-to-date training on the MESSENGER education modules (MEMS); provide a venue for the Fellows to train each other as appropriate; and provide a venue for Fellows to share recipes for success. Trained MESSENGER Fellows commit to conducting workshops for at least 100 educators per year in their communities, and at local, regional, and national conferences.

MESSENGER: Workshops by MESSENGER Educator Fellows

In this program, approximately 30 MESSENGER Fellows conduct at least 100 workshops per year for educators in their communities, and at local, regional, and national conferences. The purpose is to ensure widespread dissemination of high quality NASA education products to classrooms across the nation. MESSENGER Fellows arrange and conduct their own workshops with support, oversight, management and evaluation provided by  the MESSENGER E/PO team. 

MOU American Camp Association

A memorandum of understanding between NASA and the American Camp Association went into effect November 30, 2012. It is the intent of NASA to provide printed and Internet-accessible material and information to be disseminated to youth utilizing the ACA capabilities. Through this partnership, NASA will:

  • broaden the STEM-related educational resources that are available to the camp community,
  • promote ACA and ACA-resources to broader audiences,
  • enhance professional development opportunities for camp professionals.

This cross-forum effort is being led by the Planetary Science Forum.

NAI: Telling Your Story (MIT)

The Telling Your Story program aims to form collaborations between research scientists and K-12 teachers that will result in ongoing classroom visits by scientists, and lab visits by teachers and their students. The program brings together scientists and K-12 educators in a workshop that lets each group learn about, and from, the other. Scientists are taught effective communication skills appropriate for K-12 audiences, and work with teachers to develop ideas and formats for classroom visits.

NAI: Are We Alone? Radio Show (SI)

This project provides support for an ongoing public radio show.  Its purpose is to explore questions of humanity's place in the universe, especially as it relates to topics in astrobiology and SETI research.  The radio show airs on 30+ radio stations nationwide, most of them are NPR affiliates, and a podcast of the show is downloaded by over a million unique listeners every year.

NAI: Astrobiology at Music Festivals (WISC)

This project exposes the public in non-traditional settings to astrobiology research and information.  It's purpose is to raise awareness about astrobiology with members of the general public who wouldn't normally seek out science content.  An "Astrobiology in Your Backyard" booth was set up a three different music festivals in the Madison, Wisconsin area in Summer, 2011 in which tardigrades, micro-meteorites, lichens, and stromatolite fossils served as launching-off points to engage the public in learning about astrobiology research.

NAI: Astrobiology Citizen Science (PSU)

This project engages citizen scientists in a study of microbial diversity in distributed domestic water heaters.  It's purpose is to look at the genetic differences from isolates of similar microbes from across the globe to understand the degree to which populations of microbes are isolated and whether this isolation suggests an allopatric speciation model for prokaryotes. Two-three interested households per state in the US will complete a questionnaire and submit samples back to labs at Penn State where the data will be compiled and analyzed.  

NAI: Astrobiology Documentary Film (MSU)

This project develops and distributes video resources for the general public.  Via partnership with Montana State's Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program, a one-hour documentary film is being produced that takes a personal look at scientists around the U.S. working with the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to understand the origin of life. Once the film is completed in late 2011, the program will be distributed via a national outlet such as National Geographic, the Discovery Channel or PBS.

NAI: Astrobiology in the Masters of Science in Science Education Program (MSU)

This program supports in-service teachers in their work towards a Masters of Science degree in Science Education at Montana State University.  Two courses were supported in the program this year, Life in Extreme Environments and Thermal Biology in Yellowstone National Park. The courses provide science content information and authentic research experiences for practicing science instructors at the middle, secondary, and college levels.

NAI: Astrobiology Laboratory Institute for Instructors (UH)

This project provides professional development in astrobiology for teachers in Hawai'i and from the mainland US.  Its purpose is to increase awareness of astrobiology science and use of astrobiology classroom materials.  Teachers participate in a week-long workshop including lecture, lab, and field studies.

NAI: Astrobiology Outreach Through the NASA Nationwide Consortium (WISC)

This project provides training for informal education volunteers working on behalf of NASA.  The purpose is to train the Solar System Ambassadors, SS Educators, and members of other NASA  Nationwide Consortium organizations in the use of astrobiology materials so they may use them in their outreach events.  Telecons and workshops are held to expose the volunteers to astrobiology science and educational materials. In 2011, Solar System Ambassadors held 269 Astrobiology events reaching a total of 321,000 people.  Solar System Educators hosted 31 Astrobiology educator workshops reaching a total of 1,565 teachers in the following states: California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

NAI: Astrobiology Planetarium Show (GaTech)

This project creates a new, small-dome planetarium show for Houston-area school districts.  It's purpose is to engage students in astrobiology science, especially extreme life.  Via a partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, the show is being developed and will be deployed locally to hundreds of schools via their fleet of traveling planetarium domes.

NAI: Astrobiology REU at Penn State (Icy)

This project hosts summer undergraduate interns at the NAI's Penn State University team.  It's purpose is to provide an in-depth research experience for undergraduates with astrobiology researchers at PSU. The program occurs at Penn State University for 10 weeks during the summer session. The students participate in independent research under the guidance of one or more astrobiologists, a field trip to NASA and astrobiology-related sites around Washington, D.C., weekly seminars, laboratory tours, stargazing opportunities, discussion group, and a research symposium. Five interns were hosted by PSU faculty in the Summer of 2011.

NAI: Astrobiology REU at Penn State (Icy)

This project hosts summer undergraduate interns at the NAI's Penn State University team.  It's purpose is to provide an in-depth research experience for undergraduates with astrobiology researchers at PSU. The program occurs at Penn State University for 10 weeks during the summer session. The students participate in independent research under the guidance of one or more astrobiologists, a field trip to NASA and astrobiology-related sites around Washington, D.C., weekly seminars, laboratory tours, stargazing opportunities, discussion group, and a research symposium. Five interns were hosted by PSU faculty in the Summer of 2011.

NAI: Astrobiology Teachers Academy (RPI)

This is a week-long, in-depth, summer learning experience for high school science teachers in New York State.  Its purpose is to increase content knowledge for teachers and support them to develop unique lesson plans in astrobiology for their classroom.  This is a multi-year interaction which incorporates teacher mentors from prior years into each summer's workshop, and provides sustained contact for teachers with the scientist faculty and each other throughout the academic year.

NAI: Astrobiology Workshops for Educators at Penn State (PSU)

This project provides professional development in astrobiology for teachers from across the US at Penn State University.  Two workshops were supported in Summer, 2011: Earth's History: Uncovering Clues of the Past‚ and Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Search for Life in the Cosmos.  The purpose is to expose teachers to the latest in astrobiology research, NASA missions, and classroom materials.

NAI: Beyond the Edge of the Sea Exhibit (PSU)

This project is an art exhibit displayed in science centers and/or art museums nationwide.  Its purpose is to display and interpret original works by a science illustrator who, in collaboration with a scientist, has visited and documented hydrothermal vent ecosystems via travel in the deep-sea submersible Alvin.  The traveling exhibit was featured at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for most of 2011, and significant leveraging of the exhibit into workshops and a girl's career day called "Expanding Your Horizons" was accomplished at UW.   

NAI: Biosignatures Exhibit (WISC)

This project delivers astrobiology information to the general public.  Its purpose is to excite and engage the public in an interactive debate experience featuring scientists in an informal education setting.  Future presentations in this series will be podcast and made publically available.

NAI: Clash of the Titans (Titan)

This project delivers astrobiology information to the general public.  Its purpose is to excite and engage the public in an interactive debate experience featuring scientists in an informal education setting.  Future presentations in this series will be podcast and made publically available.

NAI: Crow Education Project (Icy)

The Crow Education Project provides science enrichment activities for 10 4th grade classrooms and professional development for their teachers in three schools located on and adjacent to the Crow Reservation in Southwestern Montana.  It's purpose is to engage 4th graders on Native American reservations to astrobiology science and expose them to science as a career.  A district wide program, this hybrid education model incorporates monthly hands-on science activities, field experiences, and video conferencing technology to share science discoveries from scientists and educators at Montana State University with Hardin Intermediate School and Crow Agency School students.

NAI: Deep Sea Vents Kiosk and Poster (CIW)

This is a free-standing kiosk resource for informal education settings, and an accompanying poster.  The purpose is to provide information on astrobiology research on hydrothermal vents to a broad audience.  Museums and science centers coordinate with NAI to exhibit the interactive kiosk in their venue.  The kiosk was displayed at Penn State and the Maryland Science Center in 2011.

NAI: Exploration Day at Penn State (PSU)

This event is a one-day, hands-on, interactive STEM science fair hosted in collaboration with the PA Space Grant Consortium and other Penn State partners. The purpose of the event is to provide information about NASA research to a diverse and wide audience. The event includes more than 50 exhibits with more than 250 volunteers, and had more than 2000 in attendance in 2011. NASA materials, especially those related to astrobiology, are given out.

NAI: From Earth to the Solar System (Central)

In celebration of NASA's Year of the Solar System, this project makes a curated collection of images related to astrobiology and solar system exploration available to educational organizations worldwide.  It's purpose is to raise awareness of NASA's planetary and astrobiologcial exploration via the viewing of beautiful, artistic imagery mostly from spacecraft.  In a free-choice public outreach manner, organizations download the high-res images from a website and create their own exhibit.  To date, over sixty independent exhibitions have been mounted, from Egypt to Hawai'i.

NAI: Hawai'i Student Teacher Astronomy Research Program (UH)

This program provides hands-on research experiences for students and their teachers in Hawai'i.  Its purpose is to develop astronomy research skills in students in grades 7-11 so they can conduct Science Fair quality projects and pursue STEM majors in college.  After a week-long workshop in the summer, scientist mentors travel to student locations throughout the school year to provide help with the research, and students are supported to participate in science fairs.

NAI: Icy Worlds Trading Cards (Icy)

This project will produce a new set of informal education materials.  The purpose is to share information about the icy moons of the outer solar system and their relevance to the search for life beyond Earth.  The product will be in the form of a set of trading cards, and will be available in 2012.

NAI: Intro to Astrobiology Short Course via NTEN (MSU)

This is an online short course for elementary teachers with modules addressing astrobiology subject material including the challenges of defining life, sorting life, and discovering life.  It allows participants to contemplate and investigate the potential for finding life beyond Earth. The course is self-paced with interactive components as well as links to NASA resources. 

NAI: Lassen National Park Astrobiology Internship Program (ARC)

This project is a year-long, rural high school student internship program.  Its purpose is to bring local, rural students into Lassen Volcanic National Park to collect environmental data at astrobiologically relevant field sites.  Scientists visit the students and their teacher to prepare them for the upcoming year of sampling, then students visit the Park several times per year to collect data on the hydrothermal features.  An expansion includes the installation of videoconferencing equipment in the school to facilitate more frequent interaction between students and scientists.

NAI: Life on the Edge Astrobiology Summer Camp (GaTech)

This project is a non-residential summer enrichment experience for high school students in the greater Atlanta area.  Its purpose is to provide an in-depth exposure to astrobiology science and research techniques.  In a simultaneous professional development effort, the camp's curriculum is developed and implemented by local high school teachers paired with Georgia Tech undergrads.

NAI: Montana Native American Outreach (MSU)

This project hosts three science days during the school year at three elementary schools in the St. Labre school system (nearly 100% Native American from the nearby Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations) in eastern Montana.  Its purpose is to expose elementary students underrepresented in STEM to astrobiology science and careers. Teachers and students conducted three pre-lessons, the science day, and a post-lesson to evaluate  the value of the interaction.  

NAI: Online videos and poster artwork of deep sea vents

This project provides online access to video and poster content from the Deep Sea Vents kiosk. This project ensures that the high-quality materials developed for the kiosk to improve understanding of Astrobiology is readily available to members of the general public, both nationally and internationally. A link to this material will be available from the NAI education web site at http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/education-and-outreach 

NAI: Student-Teacher Astrobiology Researchers (CIW)

This project is a training program for high school students in Washington, DC.  Students are guided by scientists as they perform authentic research projects in a school setting.  Participants are selected annually to attend a 10 day summer institute then return to their schools to complete projects with teacher and scientist supervision.

NAI: Summer Interns at JPL (Icy)

This project hosts summer undergraduate interns at the NAI's Icy Worlds Team at JPL.  It's purpose is to provide an in-depth research experience for undergraduates with astrobiology researchers at JPL.  Ten interns were hosted by four faculty in the Summer of 2011.

NAI: Support to Undergraduate Conference at LPSC (Central)

This project supports undergrads from across the US to participate in the 2011 LPSC Undergraduate Conference.  Its purpose is to expose undergrads to the scientific conference environment and mentor them to pursue careers in science.  This NAI funding supports the larger project funded by EPOESS.

NAI: Titan "Live" Digital Planetarium Show (JPL)

This project is the development of a "live" digital planetarium show.  Its purpose is to create a modular, flexible, exportable show that other high resolution, full-dome theatres which employ the Uniview system can use.  Visuals and narration blend with live music for an exciting experience which attracts an audience beyond the normal planetarium-going public.  The show has been prototyped and piloted, and a final, exportable package is planned for 2012.

NAI: Virtual Field Trips (ASU, MIT)

This project develops web-based, multimedia, interactive experiences for various kinds of learners.  Called Virtual Field Trips (VFTs), their purpose is to create an online environment which simulates a remote field research locale.  Several NAI teams are collaborating to create a suite of VFTs dealing with different areas of astrobiology research.  They will be field tested in various learning environments and the evaluation will be coordinated.

NASA Nationwide (NNW)

NASA Nationwide (NNW) is the title given to this project that provides mission-created, professional development products and training for SSA and SSEP volunteers, along with 11 other NASA education and public outreach networks, AESP and the NASA and JPL Speakers Bureau members.  These materials and information may be used by NNW volunteers in their events, workshops and speaking engagements.  Coordinated by the SSA/SSEP project manager, the trainings feature both informal and formal education products and information.  Trainings are accomplished by telecon, with downloadable materials.  These materials, along with the telecon recording, edited transcript and supporting resources are archived on the NNW website for retention and use by the more than 25,000 volunteers and employees who are part of the NNW Consortium's member and affiliate groups.

New Horizons: "Educator Cadre" Teacher Training Team

The Educator Cadre program – working in partnership with the NASA Solar System Educator Program (SSEP) – develops middle and high school teachers who represent New Horizons and serve as an important resource for solar system exploration programs across the country. Through New Horizons Teacher Training Workshops, we developed a cadre of skilled master teachers who now represent the mission; these workshops comply with National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) benchmarks and standards. Workshop activities are structured according to principles of professional development, in full alignment with national standards. Thus, both pedagogical and scientific content are addressed, and effective instructional strategies are modeled. This formal education effort also includes a curriculum and lesson plan component. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

New Horizons: Howard B. Owens Science Center - (3.1.35)

Howard B. Owens Science Center is completing the finishing touches to the New Horizons planetarium show. This interactive planetarium program will follow the New Horizons mission from launch to arrival at Pluto, allowing participants to investigate the science questions posed by the mission team. Once the spacecraft reaches Pluto, the program will be updated to include actual science data. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

New Horizons: Maine Solar System Model - (3.1.30)

The New Horizons spacecraft (in model form) continues to sail through the world's largest complete solar system model. This project places the New Horizons spacecraft in the context of the solar system through use of the recently completed Maine Solar System Model (MSSM). The MSSM is the world's largest complete solar system model, with a scale of 1:93,000,000 and a Pluto–Sun distance of 40 miles. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

New Horizons: Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center’s SpaceLink is a New Horizons E/PO partner that falls into both formal and informal outreach arenas. New Horizons scientists and engineers regularly support SpaceLink’s flexible programming, seminars for educators, a menu of classroom programs on request, distance learning teacher presentations, and special live events to highlight mission milestones and space-related anniversaries. This allows the guest scientists and engineers to interact directly with the public. These events will also compliment the New Horizons’ mission and instrument exhibits that are permanently housed at the Maryland Science Center. At the Maryland Science Center, exhibits include a model of the New Horizons spacecraft, a mission banner, brochures and a computer station with mission information; live programs include “science celebrations” during mission milestones; educator workshops for local pre-service teachers; and annual mission updates for educators. The funds are for exhibit on NH, special event days such as Pluto Day and Space Day featuring NH, as well as accompanying teacher workshops as well as the development of Science on a Sphere short videos. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

New Horizons: Mission Web Site - (2.3.27)

New Horizons’ Web site is a one-stop Pluto mission shop. It features the latest news on the mission, including  a popular Principal Investigator’s blog. Major features include an Overview section; sections on Science, Mission, Spacecraft, and Education; a News Center; an image and video Gallery; and Web Links. APL creates all of the mission animations and visualizations in both high-definition and standard-definition formats. These animations, created for multiple uses, have been integrated into the Passport to Pluto documentary program and placed on the mission Web site. They also are made available to media outlets and to museums and science centers. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu

New Horizons: Space Academy - (2.4.18)

Few programs combine fun and learning like the Space Academy series, where we bring students behind the scenes of current space missions and introduce them to scientists and engineers working on these projects. These events – sponsored by APL, Comcast Cable, and the Discovery Channel Networks – give middle school students a close-up look at NASA missions. They include student press conferences with mission panelists moderated by an APL public affairs representative. Students have an opportunity to be reporters and ask the panelists questions as if they were at an official NASA press conference. http://www.spaceacademy.jhuapl.edu/

New Horizons: Student Dust Counter (SDC) Web Site - (2.3.22)

In addition to the students who created the instrument, the SDC’s own education and outreach team maintain a Web site that features the inside story of the instrument’s development and video interviews with team members. The SDC project is blazing a trail for future student-built instruments.  (http://lasp.colorado.edu/sdc/)

New Horizons: Student Dust Counter Instrument and Program (K-12 and Undergraduate)

The Student Dust Counter (SDC) is a 20-year homework assignment, but you won’t hear any complaints from the students handed the task. Designed by students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, SDC is detecting dust grains produced by collisions among asteroids, comets, and Kuiper Belt objects during New Horizons’ journey. It is the first science instrument on a NASA planetary mission to be designed, built, and “flown” by students.  With faculty supervision, the students also are distributing and archiving data from the instrument and lead a comprehensive education and outreach effort to bring their results and experiences to classrooms of all grades over the next decade. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/ption

New Horizons: U.S. Space and Rocket Center

In an effort to educate U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) museum guests about New Horizons, a model of the solar system has been set up on the Center grounds with placards providing information about each planet. A New Horizons display is set up near Pluto to educate guests about the objectives of the mission.
This is to maintain the exhibit. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/

NLSI - Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon (DREAM) participation at public events

Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon participation at public events: In FY11, Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon (DREAM) participation at public events included Maryland Day at UMD and Explore@NASA Goddard (Goddard's Open House).  In FY12, DREAM plans to also participate in Maryland Day along with International Observe the Moon Night.  At each event, the public will participate in an experiment that simulates tribocharging of astronauts and dust adherence on the lunar surface while learning about the Moon and DREAM science content and interacting with scientists.

NLSI - International Observe the Moon Night

This is a collaborative effort between various NASA Missions. NLSI plans to spend an estimate budget of $35K. However, this estimated figure might change.

NLSI - Lunar Traveling Exhibits and Online Gallery (LPI/JSC-ARES)

The LPI/JSC NLSI team is creating a series of library exhibits to share NLSI and NASA lunar science and exploration with the general public through a nation-wide network of librarians, as well as SMD and NASA networks.

NLSI - Moon Zoo - Citizen Science

This project is a collaboration with the Moon Zoo effort, a citizen science project where the general public analyzes features on the surface on the Moon.  This enables people to contribute to lunar science and educates and inspires them, using resources on the website.  Anyone can participate by going to moonzoo.org and creating an account, and then analyzing data.

NLSI - Podcasts

The project is a collaboration with Astrosphere and part of the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts. It will be composed of a Monthly "10 minutes" podcast for a full year.

NLSI - Workshops for K-12 teachers I

3 separate workshops, for teachers of grades 1-5, 6-8, and high school. Teachers received and practiced age-appropriate astronomy activities with a focus on lunar science. They built inexpensive "galileoscope" telescopes. Cooperation with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, which was meeting in Boulder, CO in 2010, increased teacher attendance. Nearly all teachers who applied were accepted. Scholarships were supported by NASA and ASP. Teacher assessment forms quite positive.

NLSI - Workshops for K-12 teachers II

Working with Erin Wood (LASP) we hosted a teacher workshop for Elem & Middle School teachers.  This workshop was in association with the ASP.  The theme was the Scientific Method and we focused on the Moon to convey many aspects of the scientific method.  20 teachers registered.  Main activities:-  Pre-evaluation with clickers, moon phases (predicting, then "kinesthetic astronomy to explain), remote sensing (shoebox activity), talk by LUNAR PI Jack Burns, post evaluation

NLSI Ambassador Public Talks

A series of lectures to various different audiences (from middle school students to adults) about NASA's lunar science and exploration programs as well as EPO resources. These talks would be visually augmented by NASA lunar imagery such as high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface, the latest lunar science visualizations, as well as by animations of current and future lunar missions. 

NLSI: Explore the Moon! Engaging Young Explorers in Library Programs Resource Development (SwRI/LPI)

Explore the Moon! is a library program in which a team of NLSI SwRI and LPI education specialists and scientists are creating hands-on inquiry based, standards-aligned modules of activities to be used in informal learning environment programs. The activities explore the lunar environment and relate to NLSI science and exploration. The module currently is in development with a completion target of summer 2010.  

NLSI: Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon (DREAM) Lunar Extreme Program

DREAM's Lunar Extreme Program: The Lunar Extreme Program works with high school teachers and students via Webinar over the course of a semester to prepare them for participation in a week-long Lunar Extreme Workshop in June.  The Workshop will bring together high school teachers and students with members of the DREAM team to investigate extreme events, such as a lunar impact, and their effects on lunar dust, plasma, and the exosphere. 

NLSI: Elementary School Planetarium Program Explaining Lunar Science

Create an adult planetarium show highlighting science that can be done from the moon.

NLSI: Elementary School Planetarium Program Explaining Lunar Science

Public events associated with the Lunar and Solar eclipses that were visible to North America.  For the handful of Lunar eclipses between 2009-2012 we had nearly 1000 people in attendance for each event.  Then for the Solar Eclipse of 2012 we had nearly 10,000 people in the Football Stadium at the University of Colorado to view it.  Our event was broadcast on NBC national news.

NLSI: Elementary School Planetarium Program Explaining Lunar Science

Developed a Spanish version of "Max Goes to the Moon" A  children's planetarium program which will explain basic science about the moon. "Max Goes to the Moon" planetarium show for 1st-5th grade students completed.  Video of NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew reading "Max" from the International Space Station starts the program.  Extensive formative evaluation with scientists and elementary children led to about 30% of the program being revised and improved.  Test audiences now really like it, and it contains more science than most commercial planetarium shows.  Live premier with astronaut Drew in Boulder planned for spring 2012.  Showing at NASA Ames also being planned for spring 2012. Distribution begins after premier. Program will also be translated into Spanish, thanks to a grant supplement from NASA Ames.

NLSI: Explore the Moon! Engaging Young Explorers in Library Programs Librarian Training (SwRI/LPI)

Explore the Moon! is a library program in which a team of NLSI SwRI and LPI education specialists and scientists are training children's librarians in CO, WY, MT, ID, ND, and SD to engage their communities in NLSI science and exploration. The training encompasses content discussions, exploration of how to engage children in science,  the use of hands-on inquiry based resources, and network planning.  

NLSI: High School Lunar Research Projects

High School Lunar Research Projects pairs NASA scientists with students in a mentoring relationship.  High-school students undertake authentic data-rich lunar projects, related to NLSI science, to learn about the process of science and science careers. LPI and JSC NLSI members work with science teachers and high school counselors to mentor student teams. Funds support the development of projects, E/PO specialist support of high school teams and teachers, and travel for high school team to the NLSI Annual Forum to present their results. 

NLSI: International Observe the Moon Night-Boulder, CO

Set up telescopes on the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall in Boulder, CO.  Handed out flyers describing NASA Lunar Science and let people look through telescopes.  Night was pretty cloudy but still got "peeks" at the moon and people liked looking through telescopes.

NLSI: Journey to the Universe

Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities - students, teachers, families, and the public - using education programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. The initiative engages communities in sustained science, math, and technology education, and is a celebration of exploration and the joys of learning.  The initiative includes local programming for thousands of students and families, grade K-12 lessons and curriculum support materials, grade K-12 educator training, and ongoing support from scientists and educators nationally in both science content and pedagogy for the classroom. The communities integrate these resources into their existing science, mathematics, and technology education programming in both formal and informal science education venues. The result of this partnership is programming that reflects the strengths and capabilities of the community, and provides access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable. Programming provided to each community includes a weeklong celebration of learning "Journey through the Universe Week" conducted by a National Team of researchers and engineers reflecting organizations from across the NASA communities. During that week, three major threads are provided:1- Family Science Events: A family science night will be held at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center, including planetarium shows, four guest lecturers, and free access to the exhibit area. 2-Classroom Visits: A National Team of researchers and engineers working on the frontier conduct Classroom Visits for 8,000 K-12 students. The researchers are gifted at communicating their passion for research and science to audience of all ages, providing students a personal interaction with explorers working on the space frontier, and providing a window on the lives of researchers and the process of science. 3- Educator Workshops: Training is provided for K-12 educators on Education Modules that are mapped to the National Science Education Standards. Each Module includes an Educational Unit at three (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) or four (K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12) grade levels, and includes content overviews; inquiry-based, hands-on activities; assessment rubrics; and resource listings.

NLSI: NASA Academy NLSI Fellowship

NLSI supported the NASA Ames Academy through support of a student in addition to support of their summer project of lunar dust and biological systems interactions.  The undergraduate or graduate students spends 10 weeks at NASA Ames working alongside an ARC scientist. They are exposed to research at three other NASA centers (KSC, DFRC, JPL) and a wide variety of other research and commercial institutions (e.g. Desert Research Institute, Space Systems Loral, SpaceX).  The summer additionally included leadership training, team building exercises and approximately 20 seminars in order to expand their horizons and expose them to the whole space community. 

NLSI: Planetarium Programs Explaining Lunar Science

Create children's planetarium program which will explain basic science about the moon. "Max Goes to the Moon" planetarium show for 1st-5th grade students completed.  Video of NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew reading "Max" from the International Space Station starts the program.  Extensive formative evaluation with scientists and elementary children led to about 30% of the program being revised and improved.  Test audiences now really like it, and it contains more science than most commercial planetarium shows.  Live premier with astronaut Drew in Boulder planned for spring 2012.  Showing at NASA Ames also being planned for spring 2012. Distribution begins after premier. Program will also be translated into Spanish, thanks to a grant supplement from NASA Ames.

NLSI: Public Web Page Designed by High School Students (SwRI/LPI)

Students design a public web page for Southwest Research Institute.  NLSI project. High-school students build their understanding of lunar science - and lunar science careers - and translate the information for the public using traditional and new media. SwRI and LPI NLSI scientists and education specialists work with North High School high-school students to present accurate, interesting, and engaging lunar science and exploration content. Current efforts focus on inclusion of content and animations on the site to present the evolution of the Moon. Funds support E/PO specialist facilitation of the project, materials for the classroom.

NLSI: Summer Science Project (SwRI/LPI)

SSP is a program in which high-achieving high school students participate in a six week summer experience and work with space scientists to track asteroids. The program is designed to keep these students in the pipeline for careers in the science disciplines.  SwRI's NLSI team is collaborating with SSP to a) develop two-day lunar research projects that involve computer modeling and b) to implement these projects with the students during the summer.  Funds support involvement of students in the program, with an emphasis on working with SSP to recruit underserved and underrepresented students.  

NLSI: Summer Student Internship Program

The NLSI Summer Student Intern is a grade 10-14 student support program. The program provides a 10 weeks summer research experience for grade 10-14 students. The purpose of the program is to increase the U.S. talent pool of lunar scientists by providing high school and two year college students an opportunity to spend a summer working on lunar science research with lunar scientist from the NLSI and attracting them to pursue graduate level studies in lunar science.

NLSI/Montana State: Geology of the Moon On-Line Course

The course, Geology of the Moon (ERTH 580-50), offers MSU graduate credits in earth science for middle school teachers. The online course runs Sept. 28 through Nov. 29 and is taught by Cass Runyan, who teaches at both MSU and the College of Charleston, and Noah Petro, a lunar geologist from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Pamela Whiffen, a high school science teacher, will also be part of the instructional team, helping participating teachers better incorporate the science concepts into their classrooms. The class is part of MSU's National Teachers Enhancement Network (NTEN), which offers online science courses for teachers.

OSIRIS-REx Fly me to an Asteroid! name collection program

Fly me to an Asteroid! (working title), run jointly with The Planetary Society, solicits names of individuals for etching onto a chip to fly on the spacecraft. The purpose of this project is to collect names from the public, etch the names onto a chip, place the chip in the sample return capsule for a trip to and from the asteroid, engage the public in the mission and increase interest in asteroids and science. TPS will collect names from entrants, Lockheed Martin will lead efforts to etch the names and handle the physical chip, and the mission will coordinate efforts and publicize the activity.

OSIRIS-REx Presents Great Balls of Fire! exhibit and OSIRIS-REx Presents Asteroid Academy! field trips

Materials for use in classroom for pre-visit: The OSIRIS-REx education and public outreach (E/PO) program includes field trip experiences for K-8 students. Low-income students can access the Great Balls of Fire! exhibit at a local science center through support provided by the OSIRIS-REx mission. The objective of the OSIRIS-REx K-12 E/PO effort is to motivate students to pursue the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through attendance at science center with classes and families. OSIRIS-REx created supplemental materials (PowerPoint) for teachers to use in their classrooms to prepare for the field trip experience.

OSIRIS-REx Presents Great Balls of Fire! exhibit and OSIRIS-REx Presents Asteroid Academy! field trips

Visit to the Exhibit: OSIRIS-REx hosts the OSIRIS-REx Presents Great Balls of Fire! exhibit at the University of Arizona, include additional exhibit materials related to the mission, and run the OSIRIS-REx Presents Asteroid Academy! school field trips to the exhibit. The exhibit and field trips will take place during the fall months of 2012 with OSIRIS-REx Ambassadors facilitating school field trips (grades 5-8) for underserved audiences. Evaluation of the exhibit, audience feedback, etc. is for use in developing traveling exhibit for 2016-2023.

OSIRIS-REx Target Asteroids! citizen science observing program

Target Asteroids! Is a citizen science project which engages amateur astronomers in observations of potential asteroid spacecraft targets. The purpose is to collect data (e.g., astrometry and photometry) on asteroid targets to better characterize them as well as engage amateurs in the mission and encourage interest in STEM education and careers. OSIRIS-REx team members work with amateur astronomy groups to provide guidance, monitoring and collection of data.

OSIRIS-REx Website

This project develops a mission website. The purpose is to provide a portal for the public to engage with the mission and is a coordinated effort with other internet outlets such as the Facebook page and Twitter. E/PO staff and other team members work together to create content for OSIRIS-REx internet presence.

OSIRIS-REx: Name that Asteroid! contest

Name that Asteroid!, run jointly with The Planetary Society, solicits names for the OSIRIS-REx mission target asteroid, (101955) 1999 RQ36. The purpose of the project is to name 1999 RQ36, engage the public in the mission and increase interest in asteroids and science. TPS will collect names from entrants, a committee will select a name and recommend the name to the Minor Planet Center, which makes final determination.

Our Solar System Through the Eyes of Scientists K-6 science and language arts curriculum

Our Solar System - Through the Eyes of Scientists (TES) is a solar system thematic science and language arts based curriculum for students and teachers in grades 1-6.  Students read biographies of current NASA scientists and view scientists’ notebook pages, while learning about planetary features such as canyons, volcanoes, and ice.  Curriculum is distributed on CD-ROM and made available on the Solar System Exploration website.  Teacher professional development is included.  Major costs have been to get a science writer and three educators (80%) to rewrite most of lessons to keep internal voice of lessons coherent and consistent, plus 10%K for audio visual time to create videos of scientists to accompany lessons plus travel for three scientists and three E/PO personnel (10%) to a teacher workshop to beta test the product.  

Planetary Science Summer School

Planetary Science Summer School (PSSS).  PSSS prepares the next generation of engineers and scientists to participate in future solar system exploration missions. Participants are highly qualified science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students with a strong interest in planetary exploration.  Through preparatory webinars and a one-week experience at JPL with Team X mentors, students develop a mission concept and present it to a "review board" of JPL scientists and engineers and NASA HQ executives.  Students learn the mission life cycle, roles of scientists and engineers in a mission environment, mission design interconnectedness and trade-offs, and the importance of teamwork.  2 sessions of approximately 18 students each are held in the summer.  http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov

Rosetta - Venus Transit/Sun Earth Day

The ROSETTA education and public outreach (E/PO) program supports NASA Sun-Earth-Day events tied to phenomenon through actual scientific experience.  The objective of the ROSETTA E/PO is to educate students about; Activities to increase public engagement in improving science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education in the United States.

Rosetta & Space Place: Comet Quest Website

The Rosetta project worked with The Space Place to develop a free ITunes game that represents the science of the Rosetta Mission.

Rosetta Fun Friday Series

One Friday each month the Rosetta Project Manager presents a hands-on activity in Space Science, Planetary Science or NASA Technology to the LaCanada Elementary school student body. This SMD project provides elementary and secondary education students with the opportunity to work directly with NASA science and technology data. Family involvement is encouraged. The purpose of the project is to stimulate interest in STEM disciplines and careers through engagement with SMD science and technology discoveries. The project is carried out through SMD missions and competitively selected awardees working in partnership with educators and formal education institutions.

Rosetta Native American Initiative

The ROSETTA education and public outreach (E/PO) informal efforts include work with Native American Reservation Educators and Administrators to bring space and planetary science to Native American communities. The ROSETTA team is working with Reservation Educators and Administrators to bring together Tribal Elders and First Speakers to better understand the community needs and concerns in planetary and space science through language preservation. Rosetta Project Scientist and Education Lead continue to work with Native Americans using language to introduce STEM Education and activities in the classroom.  This fiscal year we will work closely with Reservation Educators and Administrators to bring together Tribal Elders and First Speakers to better understand the community needs and concerns in Planetary and Space Science through language preservation.

Rosetta Poster for AGU
Poster presentation at AGU to discuss the U.S. Rosetta Native Initiative
Rosetta Website Education Page

The Rosetta Project is working on an educational experience through the web page that brings students from different cultures and areas of the world together to learn about comets and asteroids as a group via the internet.  Rosetta is an international mission between ESA and NASA.

Solar System Ambassadors (SSA)

Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) is the overarching title given to this project that works with outside volunteers to aid in accomplishing NASA's education and public outreach goals.  There are more than 500 SSAs from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia along with Americans living abroad in Canada and the Netherlands, who share the inspiring story of NASA's space exploration efforts with members of their local communities by conducting a variety of local events.   Results of these E/PO efforts are reported to the NASA OEPM system annually.  There are three elements within this project:  Solar System Ambassadors, Solar System Educators and NASA Nationwide. The budget noted for this project covers most elements therein.  Funding comes thematically from Solar System and Mars, with supplemental burden funding from JPL's Solar System & Technology Public Engagement Office.  A small amount of additional funding comes from the Discovery Mission Office.

Solar System Educators Program (SSEP)

Solar System Educators (SSEP) are master teacher volunteers who train educators in their states in the use of NASA's STEM educational materials.  Results of these educator workshops are reported to the NASA OEPM system annually.  Currently, there are 94 SSEPs in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  Training for SSEPs on NASA/JPL educational products is accomplished in two ways:  1) In-person institutes and 2) telecons with downloadable web-based materials.  Institutes are held when sponsoring partners fund these activities.  Only a portion of the SSEPs attend institutes, with the remainder of the group trained by telecon.  SSEPs join SSAs for mission update trainings. Mars Public Engagement will conduct a Mars Science Lab SSEP institute via distance learning in 2012.  The Heliophysics Forum will conduct a Venus Transit institute via distance learning prior to the event on June 5.  SSEP is part of the SSA thematic funding.

Space Place website

The Space Place program includes web site for elementary school children as well as a museum display program and partnerships with amateur astronomy clubs and newspapers.  The Space Place web site makes SMD content accessible to a variety of audiences including elementary school age kids, Spanish speakers, amateur astronomers, and teachers.  The Space Place web site is available in both English and Spanish, in upper elementary language; the Space place museum display is in over 350 museums across the country, primarily in rural areas; the amateur astronomy column is in over 250 club newsletters; and teacher resources are available in a dedicated area of the web site and in the ITEA journal.  The Space Place can be found at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov

Space Place: Web Site, Museum Displays, and Columns

The Space Place program includes a web site for elementary school children as well as a museum display program and partnerships with amateur astronomy clubs and newspapers.  The Space Place web site makes SMD content accessible to a variety of audiences including elementary school age kids, Spanish speakers, amateur astronomers, and teachers.  The Space Place web site is available in both English and Spanish, in upper elementary language; the Space place museum display is in over 350 museums across the country, primarily in rural areas; the amateur astronomy column is in over 250 club newsletters; and teacher resources are available in a dedicated area of the web site and in the ITEA journal.  The Space Place can be found at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov

Stardust NExT Website

The Stardust-NExT website includes up-to-date resources and information of thematic comet content and mission specific multimedia and educational materials. Secondary pages include details of mission, science, technology, multimedia, education, community and "get involved" pages. The homepage includes features, timelines and links to where is the spacecraft is now, mission status reports, media releases and scientist/engineer interviews.

Stardust NExT: "Comet Cratering" at JPL Open House

Stardust-NExT, EPOXI, and Rosetta mission will combine resources at the annual JPL Open House event. Exhibit will feature a "Comet Cratering" activity, models of asteroids, meteorite collection, spacecraft models and science data. Personnel from all missions will be on-hand to talk with public.

Stardust NExT: Building Informal Educator Capacity: DoDEA

Dawn, Stardust-NExT and EPOXI E/PO leveraged mission materials to offer OST science teachers professional development and curricular support to help them integrate space science involving small bodies into their programs through the DoDEA Space Science Extravaganza in May, 2012.Teachers will engage their students in high-interest, hands-on activities that highlight mission science and enhance learning about comets, asteroids, and the origins of the solar system. In FY13, we will be emphasizing Google+ Hangout sessions to engage learners of all ages. The E/PO team will collaborate with Dawn scientists and engineers to bring emerging science to the public backed by activities that support concept development.

Stardust NExT: Comet Outreach Events

In February, 2011 Stardust spacecraft will encounter comet Tempel 1. In support of this event a number of outreach events are planned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as New York/Cornell and several other sites around the country, TBD.

Stardust NExT: Small Bodies Podcast

Podcast did not occur and was cancelled due to mission conflict in FY10 plan. Current no plans to reschedule in FY11.

Stardust NExT: Solar System Night Boards

Reprint: Combines the same data used on Solar System Night Boards and will introduce the Stardust-NExT and EPOXI websites in preparation for encounter in Nov. 2010 and February 2011.

Stardust NExT: Solar System Night Poster
Collaboration with Dawn, EPOXI, and Rosetta.
Stardust-NExT Comet Fun Fact Sheet

Developed by NASA's Space Place for the Stardust-NExT, EPOXI, and Rosetta Missions. Introduces elementary level facts about comets and NASA missions exploring them. Funds were used for development and print costs.

Stardust-NExT Encounter Events

Working closely with the NASA/JPL Ambassadors Program, Solar System Educator network, Museum Alliance Network and Space Place Networks Encounter events will be organized around the country at informal science centers and museums. Stardust-NExT will connect informal educators with related resources for each event including scientists, speakers, animation, educators. Events will be as detailed as having mission personal on-site or virtually, Twitter postings, and/or Skype teleconferences into a said location hosting a comet related event.

Stardust-NExT Informal Education Resources

Comet Characteristics Mystery Boxes is designed to engage students in a tactile experience that can enhance or assess the students’ knowledge using tactile experiences to model comet characteristics.

Stardust-NExT Inspiring People

Scientists, engineers, administrators, educators and students working with NASA tell their personal stories of inspiration on the challenges in their careers, education requirements, and exciting highlights of working with/for NASA. By showing "real life" people in real life experiences we hope to engage the public and students into considering a future career or involvement in aerospace, science and technology.

Stardust-NExT Teacher Resources

1) In Crater Capture students model the problem NASA engineers encounter as they mathematically predict the position of the comet in its trajectory and the location of the crater in the rotation of a comet nucleus, and then photograph or video the crater as the comet nucleus rolls by the observer. 2) In Comparing Cosmic Cameras, students compare cameras from different spacecraft capturing the cool images illuminating comet science. 3) In Comet Mysteries, stories of comets in history are highlighted.

Stardust-NExT: "Eyes on the Solar System" - Stardust

"Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.

Stardust-NExT: Comet Interactive

Comet Interactive was designed to introduce all levels of user to comets. Information includes overview of comets in a 3:41 second video documentary provided to the mission by Space.com; Comet Life Cycle section where user can view the changes which occur as a comet as it travels on its orbit; Comet Anatomy section which demonstrates the various components of a comet; and a Comet Specifications section highlighting Comets Borrelly, Wild 2, Tempel 1, 67P, and Hartley. This section shows detailed fact about the comets including known composition, orbit, characteristic, and NASA's mission (both past and present) that have gathered scientific data.

STEP: Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program for Earth and Space Science

STEP was a train-the-trainers professional development project for middle school science education specialists and lead teachers.   STEP increased the Earth and Space Science (ESS)  knowledge and pedagogy, and skills and confidence in providing professional development of middle school science specialists and lead teachers in the Houston region.  STEP provided 5 years of in-depth long-term professional development for educators already supporting other middle school teachers in Earth and space science, connecting them with Earth and space scientists from local institutions, and provided faded scaffolding support for participants as they conducted their own professional development for middle school science teachers.

Student Planetary Investigators (PI)

The Student PI program provides high school and undergraduate students with authentic research experiences in the classroom using NASA data. The program is free, open to students and their teachers nationwide, is conducted via distance learning technologies and is designed to provide maximum flexibility for student teams. Live classroom sessions are mostly conducted during after school hours and sessions are archived for teams that wish to watch at alternate times. Students communicate directly with science team members and peers through an online bulletin board system. Currently students may choose to work with curriculum and data sets from Mercury, Mars, or the Moon as they work toward developing their own hypotheses and research projects. Student capstone projects include the presentation of original research projects to fellow student researchers and NASA scientists across the country.