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.
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These are events for students in an informal setting developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event.
These are Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Education events for the public. They usually are part of a larger event; our contribution is connected thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. These might include sample displays, hands-on activities, and "meet the scientists" opportunities.
Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science Student Opportunities
These are events for K-12 students developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event.
Astromaterials Education/Solar System Science: Informal Professional Development
These workshops and trainings for informal educators are developed thematically around the topics of solar system science and astromaterials. The participants are prepared to share the science appropriately with K-12 audiences by extending their knowledge and giving them hands-on experience with classroom activities. These are usually offered within a conference or larger professional development event. The standard content of solar system science and astromaterials is shared thematically to address the audiences’ needs or requests. The content is delivered through speakers, multimedia, and hands-on activities.
Astromaterials: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Security Training Video Development
The development of the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Security Training Video will provide a key training tool for the certification workshops conducted by Authorized Certifiers. This activity will update the video by using high definition filming and revising the content to reflect protocol and procedure changes. The new video will be used by the Authorized Certifiers to train educators on security and use expectations when borrowing the lunar and meteorite sample disks. Using input from NASA Centers, AESP specialists, and other educators, the new video script and storyboard were developed by JSC staff.
Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program Website Development
This activity will develop and maintain a webpage to support the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Education Disk Program. Certified borrowers of the disks can use this page to initiate borrowing the disks and reference teaching materials. Non-certified educators will be instructed how and where to receive the necessary training to borrow the disks. Once the page is designed and published, it will be maintained as part of the ARES website.
These are events for students in an informal setting developed thematically around the topics of solar system science focusing on lunar and meteorite science. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event.
These are Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Education events for the public. They usually are part of a larger event; our contribution is connected thematically around the topics of solar system science focusing on lunar and meteorite science. These might include sample displays, hands-on activities, and "meet the scientists" opportunities.
Lunar and Meteorite Sample/Solar System Science Student Opportunities
These are events for K-12 students developed thematically around the topics of solar system science focusing on lunar and meteorite science. These are hands-on, experiential learning opportunities designed to extend solar system science knowledge and to inspire students to learn more. These are usually offered within an existing event.
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This is an ARES education activity to mine and share the stories of past and recent solar system exploration missions and the Antarctic meteorite research program. These stories will be used to connect informal audiences to the excitement of scientific discovery experienced by the people in space science research. It includes finding the stories, developing concise, well-told stories using the raw data, and sharing the stories through podcasts.
CHARM-Cassini Huygens Analysis and Results of the Mission – monthly telecons with talks, PowerPoint or video supports NASA Nationwide: A Consortium of Formal and Informal Education Networks will be hosted on NASA Nationwide website archive
Training telecons and materials for networks including Solar System Ambassadors, museum alliance, Night Sky Network, Space Place etc.
|The original Ring World planetarium show in a DVD format received an “outstanding rating” from the NASA Education Review (http://teachspacescience.org). In addition the Ring World Planetarium Show won a Tally award in 2004. It has also shown nationally and internationally to hundreds of planetariums in multiple languages plus a version for schools in English, Spanish and Letterbox for hearing impaired, and in Podcast (or “vodkas”) available for download. This will be an update and final Ring world done for Cassini.|
Professional and amateur astronomers plus interested members of the public invited to join the Saturn Observation Campaign. A section of the mission website is dedicated to mission resources and educational material. Planetary observing tips are available as well.
What: Conduct three or more observing programs or observing events each year, including partnering with local libraries, astronomy clubs or science centers. Members are required to report events on the mission web site.
Observation Campaign members will be able to participate in telecon training sessions conducted from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Material from these training sessions are available for use in member presentations to their communities and during star parties.
|Cassini Scientist for a Day (CSFAD) - CSFAD is a semi-annual Saturn essay contest for U.S. students in grades 5-12. Students research Saturn and its rings and moons, and write a coherent argument for their selection to be imaged by the Cassini spacecraft. Essays are submitted online and judged by Cassini team members, and winners participate in teleconferences with Cassini scientists. <http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/>|
|A two-minute monthly JPL podcast about a night sky view and its NASA connection geared to amateur astronomers, museum community, public
First podcast April 2007, nearly 4 million downloads since its debut
Podcasts available on NASA, NASA IYA, JPL, Solar System, mission websites
Download automatically via iTunes (the most popular format) http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/whatsup_index.html
The focus is always determined by what is A) going on in the night sky and B) mission events we can tie in.
"Exo's Discovery" is an online interactive learning game. Learners of all ages have an opportunity to explore and learn about our solar system with an alien named Exo who needs help. Users travel through the solar system in a visually engaging way searching for H20, CO2, and olivine, learning about the planets and small bodies, and the missions that have explored them.
Small Worlds is a section that was added to the Discovery Program website to convey a wealth of information about the many Discovery missions focused on asteroids and comets, why we explore, how we explore, what we have learned, and the importance of this knowledge. The information is conveyed through text, images, jingles, and an audio feature called Image Impact.
"Art & the Cosmic Connection" is a curriculum that uses beautiful and compelling NASA images of planets, moons, and small bodies to help students understand and analyze what they see using the elements of art - shape, line, color, value, texture. After viewing images, students choose one image to draw with pastels, honing observation skills as they learn to look and look to learn. The activity is demonstrated in educator workshops and done with students during classroom visits.
Space Thrills! is a wall sheet intended for educators of students in grades K-4. It is designed to be visually interesting to arouse curiosity about exploring our solar system and to teach about our solar system using language arts. It is distributed to classrooms through the ERCs, at conferences, and workshops.
"Unlocking Mysteries of the Solar System" is a video overview of the Discovery Program that describes the science objectives and results of the missions. Previously an educator guide was developed to lead students through a series of activities to learn about the missions and then design their own space mission. This new effort is to adapt the formal classroom activity for use in out-of-school time with revised language and more hands-on activities for younger students.
"Unlocking Mysteries of the Solar System" is a video overview of the Discovery Program and missions with an accompanying educator guide. The video describes the science objectives and results of the missions, and the educator guide leads students through a series of activities to learn about the mission and then design their own space mission. Portions of the video are shown at workshops and the activity is demonstrated to teachers who work in groups to design a mission.
Classroom visits by NASA scientists and educators bring a sense of excitement and interest in STEM. In FY 2012, Stardust-NExT, Dawn and EPOXI participated in three-day event in Rainsville, Alabama, coordinated by NASA's Discovery Program with 8 NASA scientists and educators visiting 1,200 students in grades 4-12 at Plainview School, which had been severely damaged from a massive tornado the previous spring. The presentations, hands-on activities and discussions help students see a place for themselves at NASA, while also bringing new activities for teachers.
Conduct visits to schools with presentations, discussions, and hands-on activities.
NASA Space Science Days (NSSD) is a science education outreach collaboration that includes NASA-JSC, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate (ARES), the Discovery and New Frontiers Education Program, and The University of Texas at Brownsville, and Texas Southmost College. The purpose is to encourage future generations to strive for excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Teams of presenters share 10-15 hands-on science activities throughout the one-day event. Students move through a series of activities and speakers as they actively engage in the thematic science content. The NSSD events are sponsored by an EPOESS grant, PI Charlie Galindo-ARES-JSC.
The annual National Afterschool Association convention attracts a wide range of out-of-school time educators. NASA's participation allows scientists and educator specialists to bring engaging science content to build informal educator skills. NASA participants offer workshops and staff an exhibit booth where they interact with informal educators and recommend teaching materials for use in their programs.
DNF has produced an online quarterly newsletter since 1999. The newsletter features significant mission events, interviews with mission personnel, current status and E/PO highlights for all the missions. http://discoverynewfrontiers.nasa.gov/news/newsletters/index.html
Public events take place in a variety of venues that attract adults and students and provide an opportunity to bring information about NASA, space exploration, and the missions to raise awareness, heighten curiosity, inform and inspire. In FY2012, D/NF funded and coordinated a NASA booth at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, aimed at engaging students in STEM activities and helping them see themselves as scientists and engineers. Attendance was 26,000. The event included a live performance of Space School Musical by 65 students from local afterschool programs.
Space School Musical is a play that introduces the solar system to students while integrating science with performing arts, physical education, music, social themes and leadership opportunities. Aimed at upper elementary and middle school students, the play teaches solar system science in a fun and engaging way. Designed for easy and successful replication, the package includes a DVD of the play performed by high school students, a CD with the songs, and a CD-ROM with teacher tips, an activity guide, manual on how to produce the play, and lyrics. More than 60 trainings from 2-5 hours on using the musical to teach students about space science have been conducted since FY'12.
DNF provides funds to support for the SSA/SSEP networks of volunteers and educators who bring mission science to their communities and students. DNF funds cover mission participation in the program and distribution of handout materials to participants. DNF funds help support a part-time student who works for the two programs.
DNF thematic workshops for informal educators are a series of workshops designed specially for informal educators. The workshops bring engaging, hands-on science activities adapted specifically for use in out-of-school time venues such as museums, science centers, afterschool programs. DNF partners with education specialists to train informal educators at local, regional, and national conferences and events.
D/NF has two websites that provide current and historical information about the programs and the missions. The websites serve as the primary outreach tool to provide a wide array of information to the public, teachers, students, and mission personnel. The web sites are kept up to date with current news and ongoing updates. The New Frontiers site was redesigned and updated with new content in FY'12.
2012 marks the 14th annual MD Day, an annual open house for the University of Maryland (College Park). Colleges and departments are encouraged to "show-off" their research and educational programs via informal hands-on activities. EPOXI team members will be participating again demonstrating the mechanics of transiting exoplanets and building dry ice comets. http://www.marylandday.umd.edu/
EPOXI Mission website includes up-to-date resources and information of thematic comet content and mission specific multimedia and educational materials. Secondary pages include details about the mission, science & technology; multimedia gallery; formal and informal education content. The homepage includes features, mission status, media releases, and team bios. Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter) were added in mid FY10. Site included a blog for encounter (FY11). http://epoxi.umd.edu/
The Amateur Observers' Program (AOP) is a web resource that provides information and resources for beginner, intermediate, and advanced amateur astronomers. The site provides guidance for the public to locate and share images of small solar system bodies (comets and asteroids). Amateurs from around the world use the site as a resource connected to mission events. Funds are for site maintenance and public events at amateur venues (clubs, star parties). http://aop.astro.umd.edu
InSight's public website and visualization development once mission selected. Begin development of comparative seismometry application for mobile devices, and developing scientist talks which will be used for Educate 1-2-3 InSight speaker program and E/PO on the road materials for traveling technical and science staff. Mission social media outreach sites being populated with content.
|Developing, in conjunction with a curriculum specialist, of Juno middle school lessons on Jupiter's Atmosphere, Magnetosphere, Interior and Origins. Lessons development process include a curriculum summit with Juno educators, EPO professionals and science team members.|
|LPI will train librarians in rural states to use the Juno Explore! module of activities, and in solar system content, in collaboration with Juno scientists and education specialists. The librarians, in turn, will be prepared to conduct children's and family programs in their own communities. Funds support workshop delivery. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/explore/|
|Juno Outreach is handled at JPL, including the Juno NASA portal site, as well as Eyes on the Solar System, Amateur Astronomy efforts.|
Professional and amateur astronomers plus interested members of the public invited to join the Jupiter Observation Campaign. A section of the mission website is dedicated to mission resources and educational material. Planetary observing tips are available as well.
Conduct three or more observing programs or observing events each year, including partnering with local libraries, astronomy clubs or science centers. Members are required to report events on the mission web site. Members are encouraged to send in their images to the website.
Observation Campaign members will be able to participate in telecon training sessions conducted from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Materials from these training sessions are available for use in member presentations to their communities and during star parties.
The first podcast was in April 2007, and it has nearly 4 million downloads since its debut. Podcasts are available on NASA, NASA IYA, JPL, Solar System, and mission websites. They can also be downloaded automatically via iTunes (the most popular format). The focus is always determined by what is A) going on in the night sky and B) mission events we can tie in. Since Jupiter shows up in September, that is when we would highlight Juno.
The AEE LADEE activity is a collaboration between the Ames Exploration Encounter and the LADEE mission to produce an interactive multimedia activity for students visiting the AEE. Students participating in the activity assume the role of a researcher receiving and interpreting data from LADEE during its mission. LADEE EPO is providing scientific and multimedia content to the AEE as they implement new activities as part of a center-funded update/renovation of the AEE.
The Challenger Center LADEE activity is a collaboration between the Challenger Learning Centers and LADEE to include LADEE content in the Challenger Center's updated Mission Moon program. Students participating in the lunar mission will be introduced to the fundamentals of the lunar atmosphere and how it is studied. LADEE EPO is providing scientific and multimedia content adapted from the AEE LADEE activity as the Challenger center implements its new Mission Moon program.
The LADEE Observation Campaign encourages citizen science and participatory exploration involvement in LADEE mission science. Participants make and record telescopic observations of meteoroid impacts on the lunar surface, or visual/video counts of terrestrial meteors to provide data that can be correlated with LADEE science instrument observations. The cache and publicity of a NASA lunar mission is used to increase public awareness of and interest in existing observation programs run by the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office, the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, the American Meteor Society, and the International Meteor Organization, resulting in increased participation in these programs and providing potentially valuable sources of data for the mission.
While LADEE supports a number of public outreach events hosted (and reported in the data call) by other missions/programs (see notes), these represent public outreach events not reported elsewhere. Members of the public attending these outreach events are introduced to how our understanding of the Moon is changing dramatically based on results from a new generation of robotic explorers, how LADEE will further advance our understanding of the Moon, and how they can directly participate in NASA lunar science and exploration through programs such as Moon Zoo and the LADEE Observation Campaign. In conducting these discussions, LADEE EPO supports public outreach events conducted by a number of partners including the NASA Speakers Bureau, the NASA Ames Visitor Center, and the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast.
This area supports the NASA Strategic Plan "Outreach to Stakeholders," and typically focuses per that document on public information and outreach related to NASA's Mars and Mars mission efforts, as well as cross-themed messages within SMD and between it and other Divisions (e.g., human exploration of Mars efforts by ESMD). Included are pass-through events such as exhibits and public talks (including support for scientist/engineer involvement); web support, including content and visualizations for Mars content areas of the NASA website (mirrored on JPL/Mars websites); citizen science interactives and participatory exploration, and HD video that captures historical moments for integration into external documentarian use (e.g., NOVA, Discovery, etc.)and other E/PO and NASA public affairs products.
Informal educator workshops, trainings, and personal connections support access to current Mars-related science, engineering, and educational content, as well as interactions with scientists and engineers. The purpose is to "train the trainers" for leaders of youth programs and networks (including Mars support for Solar System Ambassadors) and to provide museum and out-of-school staff with professional development opportunities. Training can occur both on-site with partners or through distance learning.
This activity covers reproduction and distribution of previously NASA-approved materials (e.g., Earth/Mars comparison poster). All else in online and downloadable. The purpose is to support dissemination of classroom materials to K-12 educators. mars.jpl.nasa.gov/education
This alliance brings real-time, high-definition imagery and other content to museums, science centers, and planetaria and to the wider audiences they serve (created by Mars, it was elevated to an agency level as the NASA Museum Alliance and expanded to include other missions and activities). The intent is to create increasingly experiential programming that allows the public to participate in discovery as it happens and to come to know Mars as a familiar place, utilizing the big-screen and dome infrastructures at partner institutions, as well as models, in order to reach communities nationwide. In the process, informal educators at museums have regular professional development opportunities to interact with Mars scientists and engineers so that they can interpret current science and engineering taking place on Mars for their visitors (through the provided visualizations).
Connected closely with Mars engineering efforts, Mars Robotics is one of three content "threads" for formal education listed in the Mars Exploration Program Public Engagement Plane, and supports national programs in robotics such as FIRST (9-12) and FIRST/LEGO League (6-8). The purpose of this effort is to provide mentorship and role models in order to inspire students to acquire technical skills, as well as to assist in the implementation of regional and national competitions. This effort supports engineering and E/PO staff participation.
Connected closely with Mars scientific efforts, Mars Student Imaging and Analysis is one of three content "threads" for formal education listed in the Mars Exploration Program Public Engagement Plan, and is geared for K-12 students. Activities include Mars Student Imaging Project (5-12), Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (9-12), and Mars High-School Student Interns(11-12). These activities provide progressively deeper and more sophisticated opportunities for students, supporting a NASA pipeline infrastructure. The Mars Student Imaging Project enables students (grades 5-14) to use a Mars orbital camera to image Mars for their original analysis. The Mars Exploration Student Data Teams enable high-school classes to form online virtual teams to analyze Mars’ weather and other data in real-time and contribute their analyses to the mission. Student Interns gives competitively selected high-school students a chance to work in JPL mission operations. msip.asu.edu
Connected closely to both human and robotic exploration, Mars Science through the Arts, Letters, and Humanities is one of three content "threads" for formal education listed in the Mars Exploration Program Public Engagement Plan. This thread is meant to represent the earliest entry point into the pipeline, focused on elementary level, interdisciplinary activities that introduce Mars science and engineering. This thread is also appropriate for pre-service teachers and students without strong STEM backgrounds. Key activities include Imagine Mars, which brings science, arts, and technology standards together as students consider what a future community on Mars would be like. ImagineMars.jpl.nasa.gov
The Mars Exploration Student Data Team (PI) program engages high school and undergraduate students with data from the CRISM instrument which is seeking traces of past and present water on the Martian surface. MESDT students have the opportunity to join the science team in the analysis of data from the CRISM instrument. The program provides students with authentic research experiences in the classroom, is conducted via distance learning technologies, and is designed to provide maximum flexibility for student teams.
Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Professional Development for National Park Service Interpreters: The SAM E/PO team reaches out to NPS interpreters who are part of the Earth to Sky network via Webinars to educate them about SAM and MSL, to help them draw linkages between Gale Crater and their own Park, and to share activities and resources that could be adapted for use in most Parks.
Sample Analysis at Mars E/PO Website: The SAM E/PO team, in collaboration with the SAM science team, maintains a website to provide information on SAM and MSL, access to current news, SAM science results, and E/PO resources such as the Curiosity landing site activity developed by the SAM team and SAM-related multimedia products.
Sample Analysis at Mars outreach events: SAM scientists, engineers, and E/PO team members regularly participate in large public outreach events that reach hundreds to thousands of people.
Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Curiosity Landing Site Selection Activity: This activity teaches middle school students about the process used to select a landing site for the Curiosity rover. In so doing, the students learn basics about Mars geology and mission teamwork.
A memorandum of understanding between NASA and the American Camp Association went into effect November 30, 2012. It is the intent of NASA to provide printed and Internet-accessible material and information to be disseminated to youth utilizing the ACA capabilities. Through this partnership, NASA will:
- broaden the STEM-related educational resources that are available to the camp community,
- promote ACA and ACA-resources to broader audiences,
- enhance professional development opportunities for camp professionals.
This cross-forum effort is being led by the Planetary Science Forum.
This project provides support for an ongoing public radio show. Its purpose is to explore questions of humanity's place in the universe, especially as it relates to topics in astrobiology and SETI research. The radio show airs on 30+ radio stations nationwide, most of them are NPR affiliates, and a podcast of the show is downloaded by over a million unique listeners every year.
This project exposes the public in non-traditional settings to astrobiology research and information. It's purpose is to raise awareness about astrobiology with members of the general public who wouldn't normally seek out science content. An "Astrobiology in Your Backyard" booth was set up a three different music festivals in the Madison, Wisconsin area in Summer, 2011 in which tardigrades, micro-meteorites, lichens, and stromatolite fossils served as launching-off points to engage the public in learning about astrobiology research.
This project engages citizen scientists in a study of microbial diversity in distributed domestic water heaters. It's purpose is to look at the genetic differences from isolates of similar microbes from across the globe to understand the degree to which populations of microbes are isolated and whether this isolation suggests an allopatric speciation model for prokaryotes. Two-three interested households per state in the US will complete a questionnaire and submit samples back to labs at Penn State where the data will be compiled and analyzed.
This project develops and distributes video resources for the general public. Via partnership with Montana State's Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program, a one-hour documentary film is being produced that takes a personal look at scientists around the U.S. working with the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) to understand the origin of life. Once the film is completed in late 2011, the program will be distributed via a national outlet such as National Geographic, the Discovery Channel or PBS.
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.
This project creates a new, small-dome planetarium show for Houston-area school districts. It's purpose is to engage students in astrobiology science, especially extreme life. Via a partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, the show is being developed and will be deployed locally to hundreds of schools via their fleet of traveling planetarium domes.
This project is an art exhibit displayed in science centers and/or art museums nationwide. Its purpose is to display and interpret original works by a science illustrator who, in collaboration with a scientist, has visited and documented hydrothermal vent ecosystems via travel in the deep-sea submersible Alvin. The traveling exhibit was featured at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for most of 2011, and significant leveraging of the exhibit into workshops and a girl's career day called "Expanding Your Horizons" was accomplished at UW.
This project delivers astrobiology information to the general public. Its purpose is to excite and engage the public in an interactive debate experience featuring scientists in an informal education setting. Future presentations in this series will be podcast and made publically available.
This project delivers astrobiology information to the general public. Its purpose is to excite and engage the public in an interactive debate experience featuring scientists in an informal education setting. Future presentations in this series will be podcast and made publically available.
This is a free-standing kiosk resource for informal education settings, and an accompanying poster. The purpose is to provide information on astrobiology research on hydrothermal vents to a broad audience. Museums and science centers coordinate with NAI to exhibit the interactive kiosk in their venue. The kiosk was displayed at Penn State and the Maryland Science Center in 2011.
This event is a one-day, hands-on, interactive STEM science fair hosted in collaboration with the PA Space Grant Consortium and other Penn State partners. The purpose of the event is to provide information about NASA research to a diverse and wide audience. The event includes more than 50 exhibits with more than 250 volunteers, and had more than 2000 in attendance in 2011. NASA materials, especially those related to astrobiology, are given out.
In celebration of NASA's Year of the Solar System, this project makes a curated collection of images related to astrobiology and solar system exploration available to educational organizations worldwide. It's purpose is to raise awareness of NASA's planetary and astrobiologcial exploration via the viewing of beautiful, artistic imagery mostly from spacecraft. In a free-choice public outreach manner, organizations download the high-res images from a website and create their own exhibit. To date, over sixty independent exhibitions have been mounted, from Egypt to Hawai'i.
This program provides hands-on research experiences for students and their teachers in Hawai'i. Its purpose is to develop astronomy research skills in students in grades 7-11 so they can conduct Science Fair quality projects and pursue STEM majors in college. After a week-long workshop in the summer, scientist mentors travel to student locations throughout the school year to provide help with the research, and students are supported to participate in science fairs.
This project will produce a new set of informal education materials. The purpose is to share information about the icy moons of the outer solar system and their relevance to the search for life beyond Earth. The product will be in the form of a set of trading cards, and will be available in 2012.
This project is a year-long, rural high school student internship program. Its purpose is to bring local, rural students into Lassen Volcanic National Park to collect environmental data at astrobiologically relevant field sites. Scientists visit the students and their teacher to prepare them for the upcoming year of sampling, then students visit the Park several times per year to collect data on the hydrothermal features. An expansion includes the installation of videoconferencing equipment in the school to facilitate more frequent interaction between students and scientists.
This project is a non-residential summer enrichment experience for high school students in the greater Atlanta area. Its purpose is to provide an in-depth exposure to astrobiology science and research techniques. In a simultaneous professional development effort, the camp's curriculum is developed and implemented by local high school teachers paired with Georgia Tech undergrads.
This project hosts three science days during the school year at three elementary schools in the St. Labre school system (nearly 100% Native American from the nearby Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservations) in eastern Montana. Its purpose is to expose elementary students underrepresented in STEM to astrobiology science and careers. Teachers and students conducted three pre-lessons, the science day, and a post-lesson to evaluate the value of the interaction.
This project provides online access to video and poster content from the Deep Sea Vents kiosk. This project ensures that the high-quality materials developed for the kiosk to improve understanding of Astrobiology is readily available to members of the general public, both nationally and internationally. A link to this material will be available from the NAI education web site at http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/education-and-outreach
This project is a training program for high school students in Washington, DC. Students are guided by scientists as they perform authentic research projects in a school setting. Participants are selected annually to attend a 10 day summer institute then return to their schools to complete projects with teacher and scientist supervision.
This project is the development of a "live" digital planetarium show. Its purpose is to create a modular, flexible, exportable show that other high resolution, full-dome theatres which employ the Uniview system can use. Visuals and narration blend with live music for an exciting experience which attracts an audience beyond the normal planetarium-going public. The show has been prototyped and piloted, and a final, exportable package is planned for 2012.
This project develops web-based, multimedia, interactive experiences for various kinds of learners. Called Virtual Field Trips (VFTs), their purpose is to create an online environment which simulates a remote field research locale. Several NAI teams are collaborating to create a suite of VFTs dealing with different areas of astrobiology research. They will be field tested in various learning environments and the evaluation will be coordinated.
NASA Nationwide (NNW) is the title given to this project that provides mission-created, professional development products and training for SSA and SSEP volunteers, along with 11 other NASA education and public outreach networks, AESP and the NASA and JPL Speakers Bureau members. These materials and information may be used by NNW volunteers in their events, workshops and speaking engagements. Coordinated by the SSA/SSEP project manager, the trainings feature both informal and formal education products and information. Trainings are accomplished by telecon, with downloadable materials. These materials, along with the telecon recording, edited transcript and supporting resources are archived on the NNW website for retention and use by the more than 25,000 volunteers and employees who are part of the NNW Consortium's member and affiliate groups.
Howard B. Owens Science Center is completing the finishing touches to the New Horizons planetarium show. This interactive planetarium program will follow the New Horizons mission from launch to arrival at Pluto, allowing participants to investigate the science questions posed by the mission team. Once the spacecraft reaches Pluto, the program will be updated to include actual science data. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
The New Horizons spacecraft (in model form) continues to sail through the world's largest complete solar system model. This project places the New Horizons spacecraft in the context of the solar system through use of the recently completed Maine Solar System Model (MSSM). The MSSM is the world's largest complete solar system model, with a scale of 1:93,000,000 and a Pluto–Sun distance of 40 miles. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
The Maryland Science Center’s SpaceLink is a New Horizons E/PO partner that falls into both formal and informal outreach arenas. New Horizons scientists and engineers regularly support SpaceLink’s flexible programming, seminars for educators, a menu of classroom programs on request, distance learning teacher presentations, and special live events to highlight mission milestones and space-related anniversaries. This allows the guest scientists and engineers to interact directly with the public. These events will also compliment the New Horizons’ mission and instrument exhibits that are permanently housed at the Maryland Science Center. At the Maryland Science Center, exhibits include a model of the New Horizons spacecraft, a mission banner, brochures and a computer station with mission information; live programs include “science celebrations” during mission milestones; educator workshops for local pre-service teachers; and annual mission updates for educators. The funds are for exhibit on NH, special event days such as Pluto Day and Space Day featuring NH, as well as accompanying teacher workshops as well as the development of Science on a Sphere short videos. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
New Horizons’ Web site is a one-stop Pluto mission shop. It features the latest news on the mission, including a popular Principal Investigator’s blog. Major features include an Overview section; sections on Science, Mission, Spacecraft, and Education; a News Center; an image and video Gallery; and Web Links. APL creates all of the mission animations and visualizations in both high-definition and standard-definition formats. These animations, created for multiple uses, have been integrated into the Passport to Pluto documentary program and placed on the mission Web site. They also are made available to media outlets and to museums and science centers. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu
Few programs combine fun and learning like the Space Academy series, where we bring students behind the scenes of current space missions and introduce them to scientists and engineers working on these projects. These events – sponsored by APL, Comcast Cable, and the Discovery Channel Networks – give middle school students a close-up look at NASA missions. They include student press conferences with mission panelists moderated by an APL public affairs representative. Students have an opportunity to be reporters and ask the panelists questions as if they were at an official NASA press conference. http://www.spaceacademy.jhuapl.edu/
The Student Dust Counter (SDC) is a 20-year homework assignment, but you won’t hear any complaints from the students handed the task. Designed by students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, SDC is detecting dust grains produced by collisions among asteroids, comets, and Kuiper Belt objects during New Horizons’ journey. It is the first science instrument on a NASA planetary mission to be designed, built, and “flown” by students. With faculty supervision, the students also are distributing and archiving data from the instrument and lead a comprehensive education and outreach effort to bring their results and experiences to classrooms of all grades over the next decade. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/ption
In an effort to educate U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) museum guests about New Horizons, a model of the solar system has been set up on the Center grounds with placards providing information about each planet. A New Horizons display is set up near Pluto to educate guests about the objectives of the mission.
This is to maintain the exhibit. http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon participation at public events: In FY11, Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon (DREAM) participation at public events included Maryland Day at UMD and Explore@NASA Goddard (Goddard's Open House). In FY12, DREAM plans to also participate in Maryland Day along with International Observe the Moon Night. At each event, the public will participate in an experiment that simulates tribocharging of astronauts and dust adherence on the lunar surface while learning about the Moon and DREAM science content and interacting with scientists.
This is a collaborative effort between various NASA Missions. NLSI plans to spend an estimate budget of $35K. However, this estimated figure might change.
The LPI/JSC NLSI team is creating a series of library exhibits to share NLSI and NASA lunar science and exploration with the general public through a nation-wide network of librarians, as well as SMD and NASA networks.
This project is a collaboration with the Moon Zoo effort, a citizen science project where the general public analyzes features on the surface on the Moon. This enables people to contribute to lunar science and educates and inspires them, using resources on the website. Anyone can participate by going to moonzoo.org and creating an account, and then analyzing data.
The project is a collaboration with Astrosphere and part of the 365 Days of Astronomy Podcasts. It will be composed of a Monthly "10 minutes" podcast for a full year.
A series of lectures to various different audiences (from middle school students to adults) about NASA's lunar science and exploration programs as well as EPO resources. These talks would be visually augmented by NASA lunar imagery such as high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface, the latest lunar science visualizations, as well as by animations of current and future lunar missions.
Explore the Moon! is a library program in which a team of NLSI SwRI and LPI education specialists and scientists are creating hands-on inquiry based, standards-aligned modules of activities to be used in informal learning environment programs. The activities explore the lunar environment and relate to NLSI science and exploration. The module currently is in development with a completion target of summer 2010.
DREAM's Lunar Extreme Program: The Lunar Extreme Program works with high school teachers and students via Webinar over the course of a semester to prepare them for participation in a week-long Lunar Extreme Workshop in June. The Workshop will bring together high school teachers and students with members of the DREAM team to investigate extreme events, such as a lunar impact, and their effects on lunar dust, plasma, and the exosphere.
Create an adult planetarium show highlighting science that can be done from the moon.
Public events associated with the Lunar and Solar eclipses that were visible to North America. For the handful of Lunar eclipses between 2009-2012 we had nearly 1000 people in attendance for each event. Then for the Solar Eclipse of 2012 we had nearly 10,000 people in the Football Stadium at the University of Colorado to view it. Our event was broadcast on NBC national news.
Developed a Spanish version of "Max Goes to the Moon" A children's planetarium program which will explain basic science about the moon. "Max Goes to the Moon" planetarium show for 1st-5th grade students completed. Video of NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew reading "Max" from the International Space Station starts the program. Extensive formative evaluation with scientists and elementary children led to about 30% of the program being revised and improved. Test audiences now really like it, and it contains more science than most commercial planetarium shows. Live premier with astronaut Drew in Boulder planned for spring 2012. Showing at NASA Ames also being planned for spring 2012. Distribution begins after premier. Program will also be translated into Spanish, thanks to a grant supplement from NASA Ames.
Explore the Moon! is a library program in which a team of NLSI SwRI and LPI education specialists and scientists are training children's librarians in CO, WY, MT, ID, ND, and SD to engage their communities in NLSI science and exploration. The training encompasses content discussions, exploration of how to engage children in science, the use of hands-on inquiry based resources, and network planning.
High School Lunar Research Projects pairs NASA scientists with students in a mentoring relationship. High-school students undertake authentic data-rich lunar projects, related to NLSI science, to learn about the process of science and science careers. LPI and JSC NLSI members work with science teachers and high school counselors to mentor student teams. Funds support the development of projects, E/PO specialist support of high school teams and teachers, and travel for high school team to the NLSI Annual Forum to present their results.
Set up telescopes on the Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall in Boulder, CO. Handed out flyers describing NASA Lunar Science and let people look through telescopes. Night was pretty cloudy but still got "peeks" at the moon and people liked looking through telescopes.
Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities - students, teachers, families, and the public - using education programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. The initiative engages communities in sustained science, math, and technology education, and is a celebration of exploration and the joys of learning. The initiative includes local programming for thousands of students and families, grade K-12 lessons and curriculum support materials, grade K-12 educator training, and ongoing support from scientists and educators nationally in both science content and pedagogy for the classroom. The communities integrate these resources into their existing science, mathematics, and technology education programming in both formal and informal science education venues. The result of this partnership is programming that reflects the strengths and capabilities of the community, and provides access to resources that would otherwise be unavailable. Programming provided to each community includes a weeklong celebration of learning "Journey through the Universe Week" conducted by a National Team of researchers and engineers reflecting organizations from across the NASA communities. During that week, three major threads are provided:1- Family Science Events: A family science night will be held at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center, including planetarium shows, four guest lecturers, and free access to the exhibit area. 2-Classroom Visits: A National Team of researchers and engineers working on the frontier conduct Classroom Visits for 8,000 K-12 students. The researchers are gifted at communicating their passion for research and science to audience of all ages, providing students a personal interaction with explorers working on the space frontier, and providing a window on the lives of researchers and the process of science. 3- Educator Workshops: Training is provided for K-12 educators on Education Modules that are mapped to the National Science Education Standards. Each Module includes an Educational Unit at three (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) or four (K-2, 3-4, 5-8, 9-12) grade levels, and includes content overviews; inquiry-based, hands-on activities; assessment rubrics; and resource listings.
Create children's planetarium program which will explain basic science about the moon. "Max Goes to the Moon" planetarium show for 1st-5th grade students completed. Video of NASA Astronaut Alvin Drew reading "Max" from the International Space Station starts the program. Extensive formative evaluation with scientists and elementary children led to about 30% of the program being revised and improved. Test audiences now really like it, and it contains more science than most commercial planetarium shows. Live premier with astronaut Drew in Boulder planned for spring 2012. Showing at NASA Ames also being planned for spring 2012. Distribution begins after premier. Program will also be translated into Spanish, thanks to a grant supplement from NASA Ames.
Students design a public web page for Southwest Research Institute. NLSI project. High-school students build their understanding of lunar science - and lunar science careers - and translate the information for the public using traditional and new media. SwRI and LPI NLSI scientists and education specialists work with North High School high-school students to present accurate, interesting, and engaging lunar science and exploration content. Current efforts focus on inclusion of content and animations on the site to present the evolution of the Moon. Funds support E/PO specialist facilitation of the project, materials for the classroom.
SSP is a program in which high-achieving high school students participate in a six week summer experience and work with space scientists to track asteroids. The program is designed to keep these students in the pipeline for careers in the science disciplines. SwRI's NLSI team is collaborating with SSP to a) develop two-day lunar research projects that involve computer modeling and b) to implement these projects with the students during the summer. Funds support involvement of students in the program, with an emphasis on working with SSP to recruit underserved and underrepresented students.
The NLSI Summer Student Intern is a grade 10-14 student support program. The program provides a 10 weeks summer research experience for grade 10-14 students. The purpose of the program is to increase the U.S. talent pool of lunar scientists by providing high school and two year college students an opportunity to spend a summer working on lunar science research with lunar scientist from the NLSI and attracting them to pursue graduate level studies in lunar science.
Fly me to an Asteroid! (working title), run jointly with The Planetary Society, solicits names of individuals for etching onto a chip to fly on the spacecraft. The purpose of this project is to collect names from the public, etch the names onto a chip, place the chip in the sample return capsule for a trip to and from the asteroid, engage the public in the mission and increase interest in asteroids and science. TPS will collect names from entrants, Lockheed Martin will lead efforts to etch the names and handle the physical chip, and the mission will coordinate efforts and publicize the activity.
Materials for use in classroom for pre-visit: The OSIRIS-REx education and public outreach (E/PO) program includes field trip experiences for K-8 students. Low-income students can access the Great Balls of Fire! exhibit at a local science center through support provided by the OSIRIS-REx mission. The objective of the OSIRIS-REx K-12 E/PO effort is to motivate students to pursue the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through attendance at science center with classes and families. OSIRIS-REx created supplemental materials (PowerPoint) for teachers to use in their classrooms to prepare for the field trip experience.
Visit to the Exhibit: OSIRIS-REx hosts the OSIRIS-REx Presents Great Balls of Fire! exhibit at the University of Arizona, include additional exhibit materials related to the mission, and run the OSIRIS-REx Presents Asteroid Academy! school field trips to the exhibit. The exhibit and field trips will take place during the fall months of 2012 with OSIRIS-REx Ambassadors facilitating school field trips (grades 5-8) for underserved audiences. Evaluation of the exhibit, audience feedback, etc. is for use in developing traveling exhibit for 2016-2023.
Target Asteroids! Is a citizen science project which engages amateur astronomers in observations of potential asteroid spacecraft targets. The purpose is to collect data (e.g., astrometry and photometry) on asteroid targets to better characterize them as well as engage amateurs in the mission and encourage interest in STEM education and careers. OSIRIS-REx team members work with amateur astronomy groups to provide guidance, monitoring and collection of data.
This project develops a mission website. The purpose is to provide a portal for the public to engage with the mission and is a coordinated effort with other internet outlets such as the Facebook page and Twitter. E/PO staff and other team members work together to create content for OSIRIS-REx internet presence.
Name that Asteroid!, run jointly with The Planetary Society, solicits names for the OSIRIS-REx mission target asteroid, (101955) 1999 RQ36. The purpose of the project is to name 1999 RQ36, engage the public in the mission and increase interest in asteroids and science. TPS will collect names from entrants, a committee will select a name and recommend the name to the Minor Planet Center, which makes final determination.
Our Solar System - Through the Eyes of Scientists (TES) is a solar system thematic science and language arts based curriculum for students and teachers in grades 1-6. Students read biographies of current NASA scientists and view scientists’ notebook pages, while learning about planetary features such as canyons, volcanoes, and ice. Curriculum is distributed on CD-ROM and made available on the Solar System Exploration website. Teacher professional development is included. Major costs have been to get a science writer and three educators (80%) to rewrite most of lessons to keep internal voice of lessons coherent and consistent, plus 10%K for audio visual time to create videos of scientists to accompany lessons plus travel for three scientists and three E/PO personnel (10%) to a teacher workshop to beta test the product.
The ROSETTA education and public outreach (E/PO) program supports NASA Sun-Earth-Day events tied to phenomenon through actual scientific experience. The objective of the ROSETTA E/PO is to educate students about; Activities to increase public engagement in improving science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education in the United States.
The Rosetta project worked with The Space Place to develop a free ITunes game that represents the science of the Rosetta Mission.
One Friday each month the Rosetta Project Manager presents a hands-on activity in Space Science, Planetary Science or NASA Technology to the LaCanada Elementary school student body. This SMD project provides elementary and secondary education students with the opportunity to work directly with NASA science and technology data. Family involvement is encouraged. The purpose of the project is to stimulate interest in STEM disciplines and careers through engagement with SMD science and technology discoveries. The project is carried out through SMD missions and competitively selected awardees working in partnership with educators and formal education institutions.
The ROSETTA education and public outreach (E/PO) informal efforts include work with Native American Reservation Educators and Administrators to bring space and planetary science to Native American communities. The ROSETTA team is working with Reservation Educators and Administrators to bring together Tribal Elders and First Speakers to better understand the community needs and concerns in planetary and space science through language preservation. Rosetta Project Scientist and Education Lead continue to work with Native Americans using language to introduce STEM Education and activities in the classroom. This fiscal year we will work closely with Reservation Educators and Administrators to bring together Tribal Elders and First Speakers to better understand the community needs and concerns in Planetary and Space Science through language preservation.
|Poster presentation at AGU to discuss the U.S. Rosetta Native Initiative|
The Rosetta Project is working on an educational experience through the web page that brings students from different cultures and areas of the world together to learn about comets and asteroids as a group via the internet. Rosetta is an international mission between ESA and NASA.
Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) is the overarching title given to this project that works with outside volunteers to aid in accomplishing NASA's education and public outreach goals. There are more than 500 SSAs from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the District of Columbia along with Americans living abroad in Canada and the Netherlands, who share the inspiring story of NASA's space exploration efforts with members of their local communities by conducting a variety of local events. Results of these E/PO efforts are reported to the NASA OEPM system annually. There are three elements within this project: Solar System Ambassadors, Solar System Educators and NASA Nationwide. The budget noted for this project covers most elements therein. Funding comes thematically from Solar System and Mars, with supplemental burden funding from JPL's Solar System & Technology Public Engagement Office. A small amount of additional funding comes from the Discovery Mission Office.
Solar System Treks Project (SSTP) provides: 1. planetary data products that are georeferenced, 2. data services (web APIs) for data access, 3. tools (a set of web-based portals, mobile applications, VR goggles and touch table implementations) that support measurement and study of planetary terrain and facilitate 3D printing of surface terrain, 4. infrastructure/platform that support visualization, exploration and research of landscapes for planetary bodies and Earth.
The Space Place program includes web site for elementary school children as well as a museum display program and partnerships with amateur astronomy clubs and newspapers. The Space Place web site makes SMD content accessible to a variety of audiences including elementary school age kids, Spanish speakers, amateur astronomers, and teachers. The Space Place web site is available in both English and Spanish, in upper elementary language; the Space place museum display is in over 350 museums across the country, primarily in rural areas; the amateur astronomy column is in over 250 club newsletters; and teacher resources are available in a dedicated area of the web site and in the ITEA journal. The Space Place can be found at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov
The Space Place program includes a web site for elementary school children as well as a museum display program and partnerships with amateur astronomy clubs and newspapers. The Space Place web site makes SMD content accessible to a variety of audiences including elementary school age kids, Spanish speakers, amateur astronomers, and teachers. The Space Place web site is available in both English and Spanish, in upper elementary language; the Space place museum display is in over 350 museums across the country, primarily in rural areas; the amateur astronomy column is in over 250 club newsletters; and teacher resources are available in a dedicated area of the web site and in the ITEA journal. The Space Place can be found at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov
The Stardust-NExT website includes up-to-date resources and information of thematic comet content and mission specific multimedia and educational materials. Secondary pages include details of mission, science, technology, multimedia, education, community and "get involved" pages. The homepage includes features, timelines and links to where is the spacecraft is now, mission status reports, media releases and scientist/engineer interviews.
Stardust-NExT, EPOXI, and Rosetta mission will combine resources at the annual JPL Open House event. Exhibit will feature a "Comet Cratering" activity, models of asteroids, meteorite collection, spacecraft models and science data. Personnel from all missions will be on-hand to talk with public.
Dawn, Stardust-NExT and EPOXI E/PO leveraged mission materials to offer OST science teachers professional development and curricular support to help them integrate space science involving small bodies into their programs through the DoDEA Space Science Extravaganza in May, 2012.Teachers will engage their students in high-interest, hands-on activities that highlight mission science and enhance learning about comets, asteroids, and the origins of the solar system. In FY13, we will be emphasizing Google+ Hangout sessions to engage learners of all ages. The E/PO team will collaborate with Dawn scientists and engineers to bring emerging science to the public backed by activities that support concept development.
In February, 2011 Stardust spacecraft will encounter comet Tempel 1. In support of this event a number of outreach events are planned at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well as New York/Cornell and several other sites around the country, TBD.
Podcast did not occur and was cancelled due to mission conflict in FY10 plan. Current no plans to reschedule in FY11.
Reprint: Combines the same data used on Solar System Night Boards and will introduce the Stardust-NExT and EPOXI websites in preparation for encounter in Nov. 2010 and February 2011.
|Collaboration with Dawn, EPOXI, and Rosetta.|
Developed by NASA's Space Place for the Stardust-NExT, EPOXI, and Rosetta Missions. Introduces elementary level facts about comets and NASA missions exploring them. Funds were used for development and print costs.
Working closely with the NASA/JPL Ambassadors Program, Solar System Educator network, Museum Alliance Network and Space Place Networks Encounter events will be organized around the country at informal science centers and museums. Stardust-NExT will connect informal educators with related resources for each event including scientists, speakers, animation, educators. Events will be as detailed as having mission personal on-site or virtually, Twitter postings, and/or Skype teleconferences into a said location hosting a comet related event.
Comet Characteristics Mystery Boxes is designed to engage students in a tactile experience that can enhance or assess the students’ knowledge using tactile experiences to model comet characteristics.
Scientists, engineers, administrators, educators and students working with NASA tell their personal stories of inspiration on the challenges in their careers, education requirements, and exciting highlights of working with/for NASA. By showing "real life" people in real life experiences we hope to engage the public and students into considering a future career or involvement in aerospace, science and technology.
"Eyes on the Solar System" is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.
Comet Interactive was designed to introduce all levels of user to comets. Information includes overview of comets in a 3:41 second video documentary provided to the mission by Space.com; Comet Life Cycle section where user can view the changes which occur as a comet as it travels on its orbit; Comet Anatomy section which demonstrates the various components of a comet; and a Comet Specifications section highlighting Comets Borrelly, Wild 2, Tempel 1, 67P, and Hartley. This section shows detailed fact about the comets including known composition, orbit, characteristic, and NASA's mission (both past and present) that have gathered scientific data.
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.