Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA)

Program Element / Activity Title:
Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA)
E/PO Project Name:
Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA)
Contact Information:
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Program Element / Activity Partners within NASA:
SOFIA Program
Short Description:

The Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors project is aimed to measurably enhance student STEM achievement & engagement in selected school districts via professional development for teachers consisting of: (1) astrophysics & planetary science content & pedagogy delivered via webinars & in-person workshops; (2) a week-long STEM immersion experience at NASA’s science research aircraft facility in Palmdale, California, including participation in research flights on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA); (3) follow-through involving continuing webinars fostering connections with astrophysics & planetary science subject matter experts. Impact on student STEM learning & engagement is evaluated via a controlled protocol.

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Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM
  • Better Serve Groups Historically Under-represented in STEM Fields
  • Contribute to the conversation about building new models for leveraging SMD assets and expertise and achieving the most significant impact of STEM education investments.
  • Build and use evidence-based approaches