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SMD Projects that Focus on Outreach Events for the General Public

Updated on April 9, 2015 - 11:56 AM CDT
Posted on May 21, 2014 - 4:23 AM CDT

Tags: General Public | Outreach | Assessment / Evaluation | Best Practices / Lessons Learned | Literature / Publications / Articles / Research | Outreach Working Group


Following is a list of SMD public outreach events with descriptions and links to the associated event webpages and project profiles if available. This list is intended to help community members easily connect with each other to learn more about best practices in hosting and evaluating outreach events, rather than being about upcoming outreach events. If you have a project to add to the list, please contact Stephanie Shipp (, Heather Dalton (, or Sandra Weeks (  If you have an event to advertise, please share it through a post to the community and the calendar.



Earth Day - Earth Day Network's year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. Numerous SMD projects contribute to and participate in Earth Day. Contact: Earth Science E/PO Forum Lead Theresa Schwerin (


Family Science Nights - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center developed a curriculum for Family Science Nights (FSN) for middle school students and their families. The program provides a non-threatening venue for families to explore the importance of science and technology in our daily lives by engaging in learning activities that change their perception and understanding of science making it more practical and approachable for participants of all ages. Family Science Night strives to change the way that students and their families participate in science, within the program and beyond. Project Profile:


International Observe the Moon Night - International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate our Moon. On this site, you can find information about an InOMN event near you or register your own event. We encourage everyone to join us in the celebration!  LRO InOMN Project Profile:


NASA Climate Day -  NASA Climate Day is a global climate change literacy project for educators and community volunteers. NASA Climate Day brings scientists, students, and communities together to promote global climate literacy through the creation of a cadre of “Earth Ambassadors” trained in NASA global climate change and Earth system topics who follow-up by conducting a climate day event in their region. The objective of NASA Climate Day is to raise public awareness of the relevance of NASA science and missions to understanding of the Earth system and global climate change, and advance public understanding of NASA Earth Science and research, helping individuals make better-informed decisions about societal issues related to global climate change through the interactions with Earth Ambassadors at NASA Climate Day events. Project Profile:


SkyFest - Approximately five evenings a year, the Lunar and Planetary Institute partners with the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society to host theme-based family events. Parents and children explore Earth- and space-based topics through hands-on activities, public lectures, interactions with scientists, reading, and telescope viewing.  Families are encouraged to explore further through NASA and local resources. A family-friendly evaluation explores why families attend, perceptions of the experience, and intentions to pursue other science experiences.


Sun-Earth Day - Sun-Earth Day is a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. Each year the Sun-Earth Day Team wraps a fresh new thematic approach around Sun-Earth science while highlighting Heliophysics scientists, their missions, and research. Sun-Earth Days (SED) was developed in response to a need for a highly leveraged education framework to help the heliophysics missions tell their integrated and cross discipline stories to the general public, informal and formal education communities.Sun-Earth Days is an innovative, multi-mission, exemplary, and award-winning NASA Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) program that to date has touched over one billion people in 42 countries. Sun-Earth Day provides an established and now familiar venue for heliophysics missions to tell their stories of discovery through an integrated, cross-discipline, highly-leveraged, and proven program. From a small startup project in 2001 with an audience of 40,000, Sun-Earth Day has grown steadily in size, sophistication, and impact to include many networks of stakeholders such as education, science, and minority professional societies such as the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), Challenger Centers, Girl Scouts of America (GSA), Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), the Astronomical League, the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and many more. New and cutting edge technologies have been employed including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, podcasting, YouTube, and remote instrumentation. State-of-the-art methods and strategies in E/PO have been included such as authentic research opportunities through real time access to NASA data, distance learning, themed storytelling, and hands-on student involvement. All of these activities are collected and promoted to specific audiences through the award winning Sun-Earth Days website. Project Profile: