Student Planetary Investigators (PI)

Program Element / Activity Title:
Student Planetary Investigators (PI)
E/PO Project Name:
Student Planetary Investigators (PI)
Contact Information:
Dawn Turney
Education & Communication Specialist
Johns Hopkins University/ Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
11100 Johns Hopkins Road
Laurel, MD 20723
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Program Element / Activity Partners within NASA:
Planetary Forum
Short Description:

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.

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National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM
  • Enhance STEM Experience of Undergraduate Students