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.
- Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM