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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.

This Projects Tab contains links to individual project descriptions, including overviews, audiences served, reports, evaluation information, contact information, websites, and other features, organized by CoSTEM goals. The list of projects can be narrowed using the filters on the left sidebar. Click on a project’s name to view details. You are viewing archived activities; view current activities.

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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

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

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.

Solar Dynamics Observatory HMI Instrument - Data In the Classroom

This program involves development and facilitation of a laboratory activity for community college physics and astronomy students to give them an opportunity to analyze data from the Solar Dynamics Observatory mission. Professors and teachers at a local community college are involved in an SDO partnership to develop the lab exercise. The students at the community college are first year non-science majors coming from a diverse urban environment.

Van Allen Probes: Pre-Service Teacher Workshop

The Van Allen Probes Pre-Service Teacher Workshops provide professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers attending HBCUs.  The training engages students by providing a more in-depth experience that focuses on the Van Allen Probes mission.  The objective is to improve K-12 educator awareness and understanding of the Sun’s influence on Earth and near-Earth space through the study of Earth’s radiation belts.  Students interact with scientists and engineers, and are introduced to mission-related activities and resources.  The goal is for the pre-service teachers to learn how to incorporate activities and resources into their classroom lesson plans to motivate their students to pursue STEM studies and careers. 

The workshops target traditionally underserved populations with the intent of increasing diversity in space science.  Students participate in hands-on activities and classroom lessons, and then develop individual plans for implementing in their classroom.  NASA resources for teachers across curriculums are provided, as well as links to educator resources.