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Appendix A Science Activation Portfolio Project Title Description Lead SMD Discipline Primary Learning: Geographic Reach* Institution Audiences Mode and Regions Served Setting 1 AEROKATS and This project seeks to train Wayne Earth Science youth in Digital and National 6000+ ROVER the next generation of County grades 6–12, experiential learners Educational science and engineering Regional undergraduat science and participated Network (AREN) professionals through Educational e students, engineering in the AREN authentic, experiential Service adults (life- learning: Project learning experiences Agency long learners) formal and STEM utilizing NASA (Wayne, MI) informal experiences; technologies and data. settings 50+ activities Low-cost instrumentation and events systems (i.e., kite-based were held to AEROKATS and remotely promote controlled aquatic and professional land-based ROVERS) will development be used for both in-situ and AREN and remote sensing training; 5 measurement activities. potential The overarching objective partnerships of this project is to bring in NASA remote sensing and development in-situ observation concepts, technology, and data into formal and informal educational settings for learners of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. App A-1 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTED PROOFS

  2 Airborne The project seeks to SETI Institute Cross Discipline high school Science 14 districts in 8 NASA AAA Astronomy measurably enhance (Mountain (Astrophysics teachers professiona states Electromagne Ambassadors student science learning View, CA) and Planetary (physics, l learning: (California, tic Spectrum (AAA) and STEM engagement in Science) physical formal Kentucky, & Multi- selected school districts science, earth settings; Georgia, wavelength via professional and space science Massachusetts, Astronomy development for high science) and learning Nevada, High School school science teachers their (students): Oklahoma, South curriculum consisting of: (1) STEM respective formal Carolina, Texas) reached 3800 training in astrophysics & students settings students, 39 planetary science content teachers and and pedagogy delivered 7 districts via webinars and 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); and (3) follow-through involving webinars fostering connections with astrophysics and planetary science subject matter experts (SMEs). 2 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  3 CodeRed: My This project seeks to Challenger Space Science K–12 Experientia National 1,560 STEM Mission create and implement a Center for teachers, and l, problem- Expedition (Challenger Center) comprehensive Space students, based Mars educational program Science parents, and learning: simulations focusing on Planetary Education communities formal, conducted; Science. It will include (Washington, informal, 39,722 five major components: DC) and student (1) enhancements and community participants implementation of a Mars settings in Expedition simulation for students to Mars learn planetary science in simulations; 5 a hands-on and project- episodes of based environment; (2) Let's Launch planetary science videos produced: 15 and activities in a flipped hands-on classroom model; (3) classroom Community Engagement lessons to Days to be run at accompany Challenger Learning videos: 30 Centers; (4) creation and Challenger implementation of a Lunar Learning simulation for students to Centers learn planetary science in involved in a hands-on and project- Community based environment; and Engagement (5) creation and Days implementation of a Comet simulation for students to learn planetary science in a hands-on and project-based environment. This project is a partnership between NASA, Challenger Learning Centers in 27 states, Science Buddies, STEM Jobs, and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). 3 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  4 Demonstration of This project seeks to build University of Cross-Discipline broader Disseminat National National data the Feasibility of on previous national Michigan (Astrophysics, scientific and ion: formal were Improving surveys of civic scientific (Ann Arbor, Heliophysics, educational and collected in Scientific Literacy literacy and information MI) Earth, and Space communities; informal 2016, and Lifelong acquisition to provide a set Science) members of settings* creating a Learning through a of national baseline Science new baseline Just-in-Time measures that will Activation measure of Dissemination document the current state civic Process (Scientific of public interest in and scientific Literacy) understanding of science literacy. Data and technology and that were will provide programmatic collected in guidance to other projects 2017, with a in SMD. Through a series baseline of annual reports, articles survey in and papers, results will be February and shared with the other March, a members of the special cooperative (Science follow-up Activation) and with the survey was broader scientific and conducted educational communities. immediately after the 2017 solar eclipse, and a third wave of data collection was conducted in October and November. 4 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  5 Enhancements of This project seeks to University of Cross-Discipline general Digital National Produced and Astronomy and produce short video Colorado, (Astrophysics, public and learning: distributed 5 Earth Science features that inform and Boulder Heliophysics, students of all informal short videos Teaching Using excite audiences while (Boulder, Earth, and Space ages settings that highlight High Resolution highlighting NASA CO) Science) NASA Immersive missions, and to distribute missions in Environments these to planetariums all 360 degree (Fiske Planetarium) over the US in 360 degree (full-dome, (full-dome, surround) surround) format. Additionally, the format for goals of this project use at include supporting a large planetariums and diverse audience in all over the increasing their knowledge US of how space and NASA affect their lives, inspiring students from a variety of backgrounds to recognize opportunities to pursue science as an interest or a career, and inspiring audiences to appreciate the beauty and wonder of space and the discoveries presented. 5 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  6 Heliophysics This project seeks to NASA Space Science K–12 and Digital National 20 Education address all areas of space Goddard undergraduat Learning: partnerships Consortium: science exploration and Space Flight e students informal established, Through the Eyes discovery for diverse Center/NASA (emphasis on settings 263 space of NASA to the populations in the US, Space underrepresen science Hearts and Minds specifically through: Science ted groups), activities of the Nation 1) developing and Education citizen developed promoting world-class Consortium scientists, and deployed; national impact science (NSSEC) informal 8,447,314 education programs that (Greenbelt, educators, total engage the nation in MD) general participants meaningful discussions of public and engaged space science discovery; NASA SMEs (8,366,416 of (2) developing and the general promoting cutting edge public, educational technologies 25,379 and assisting communities formal and in developing new STEM informal applications using educators, education technology in 16,818 K–12 novel ways. Central to this students, 198 approach is a STEM undergraduat Innovation Lab; (3) e students, 91 developing and incubating graduate new capabilities and students) capacity in space science education; (4) sharing extensive resources with the larger NASA Science education community to enable and improve existing NASA science education programs; and (5) enabling communication with diverse populations through an extensive network of community special interest organizations. 6 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  7 Imagine This hands-on, STEM- NASA Jet Space Science K–12 Problem- Urban-Los 1956 youth Mars*/NASA based project seeks to Propulsion students based, Angeles, CA; participants Active & Blended enable students to work Laboratory (emphasis on active, and Rural-East in high-need Learning with NASA scientists and (Pasadena, underserved blended Texas; Native settings; 26 Ecosystem (N- engineers to imagine and CA) groups) and learning: American teachers ABLE) design a community on teachers, formal and Schools: involved; and Mars, and then express communities informal Arizona, Hawaii, 11 SMEs their ideas through the arts settings New Mexico, engaged and humanities, and Washington integrating 21st Century skills. Students explore their own community and decide which arts, scientific, and cultural elements will be important on Mars. Then, they develop their concepts relating to a future Mars community from an interdisciplinary perspective of arts, sciences, and technology. This project-based, active and blended learning experience challenges and inspires primarily at-risk, low-income students with one of NASA’s real-world STEM problems: “How can you create a sustainable human habitat on the planet Mars?” 7 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  8 Impacts and This project seeks to University of Earth Science Pre– and in- Experientia Alaska (mainly), 415 formal Feedbacks of a provide rich experiences Alaska, service K–12 l learning Hawaii, North and informal Warming Arctic: for youth, educators and Fairbanks teachers, and citizen Dakota, science Engaging learners community members from (Fairbanks, informal science: Montana, educators and in STEM using rural and indigenous AK) STEM formal and Oregon community NASA and communities in Alaska educators (4- informal members GLOBE assets and beyond to learn about, H and settings trained; 1394 (Arctic and Earth observe, and act upon others), students SIGNs) locally important climate community engaged in change issues. members, K- climate Specifically, this project 16 youth change aims to use GLOBE (with learning (Global Learning and emphasis on using Arctic Observations to Benefit rural, and Earth the Environment) citizen indigenous SIGNS science protocols , and activities: 6 corresponding NASA underrepresen NASA SMEs satellite data, direct ted in STEM connected to engagement with NASA youth) 15 subject matter experts and classrooms NASA Earth Science across urban content, and culturally and rural responsive curriculum to Alaska; 228 foster STEM learning students environments where youth engaged with and adults NASA SMEs underrepresented in STEM play an active role in understanding climate change and stewardship of climate change influenced resources in their own community. 8 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  9 Mission Earth: This project is a University of Earth Science K–12 pre- Experientia Rhode Island, 32 Fusing GLOBE systematic embedding of Toledo service and l learning New York, New partnerships with NASA Assets NASA assets into the (Toledo, OH) in-service and citizen Jersey, Ohio, established, to Build Systemic GLOBE—Global teachers, and science: Michigan, 83 SMEs Innovation in Learning and Observations K–12 formal Tennessee, New involved; 56 STEM Education to Benefit the students settings Mexico, teachers (GLOBE Mission Environment—program (emphasis on California reached EARTH) and integrating it into the groups through curricula of schools along underrepresen professional the K–12 continuum. It ted in STEM) development seeks to bring together and curricular scientists and science materials; educators to develop a K– 130 12 “Earth as a system” undergraduat curriculum progression. e students The curriculum will involved in incorporate design GLOBE principles that will make it projects (67 appropriate for all student are pre- populations, especially service those currently teachers); underrepresented in STEM 4,308 K-12 careers. This project also students involves working closely engaged with schools to ensure that the innovations take hold, using participant input to improve the products. Finally, working with districts, state educational agencies, and key networks, components of this project will be incorporated into existing professional development infrastructure as a mecha nism for replication and dissemination of best practices in STEM education. 9 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  10 NASA and This project seeks to WGBH Cross-Discipline K–12 Science Digital All 50 states and 58,453 WGBH: Bringing design, develop, and Educational (Astrophysics, teachers and learning: the District of unique users the Universe to produce dynamic Foundation Heliophysics, students formal Columbia of resources; America's instructional media-based (Boston, MA) Earth, and Space settings; 12 resource Classrooms materials infused with Science) professiona collections NASA SMD content for l learning: produced and distribution to millions of formal deployed; educators and students settings 7789 teachers across the U.S. via engaged PBSLearning Media, a through free online K–12 digital professional media library, assuring learning widespread access, appeal, opportunities and impact. In addition to digital resources, this project offers supports and engagement opportunities for teachers and students nationally across the K–12 continuum, and seeks to build capacity for NASA SMD to deliver scalable and sustained K–12 STEM education on a national scale. In addition to instructional content, this project seeks to produce professional learning opportunities that meet teachers “where they are,” with on-demand, real- time, and interactive products and services to support their instruction and learning. 10 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  11 NASA Earth This project seeks to Institute for Earth Science K–12 Experientia National and 114,197 Science Education enhance K–12 STEM Global teachers and l and International created Collaborative teaching and learning by Environmenta students, digital GLOBE (NESEC) creating engaging, l Strategies citizen learning: Observer meaningful, and authentic (Arlington, scientists formal and accounts; STEM experiences and VA) informal 29,236 resources that 1) are based settings citizen on NASA Earth science; scientists 2) are tailored to specific have audiences based on their submitted one needs; 3) as a whole reach or more diverse learners observations; throughout their lifetimes; 253,152 total and that are 4) delivered observations broadly through strategic submitted. In partnerships. For instance, 2018, 179 participants can collect U.S. student and use science data to research conduct research projects projects and collaborate with other created based GLOBE schools and can on NESEC participate in NASA offerings: science by making and 38 GLOBE submitting environmental student observations to GLOBE research through and easy to use projects, app. NESEC is a 136 Girl partnership between the Scout troops Institute for Global projects, and Environmental Strategies 5 GLOBE (IGES) and NASA Earth Clouds Junior science divisions at three Research NASA centers: Goddard Teams; 77 Space Flight Center, Jet NASA- Propulsion Laboratory, funded and Langley Research scientists Center. contributed to NESEC activities. 11 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  12 NASA eClips 4D This project involves a National Cross-Discipline K–12 Digital National (with 53 Spotlite Multi-Dimensional multi-dimensional Institute of (Astrophysics, teachers and learning: global access) videos Strategies to approach to inspire the Aerospace Heliophysics, students formal and created with Promote next generation of Associates Earth, and Space informal 228 students Understanding of scientists and engineers (Hampton, Science) settings and 7 NASA Science: and to improve student VA) teachers Design, Develop, science literacy through participating; Disseminate and evidence-based 7 Spotlite Discover interventions to confront interactive common misconceptions lessons that students have about developed science. Project with 14 components include: teachers research-based peer-to- trained and peer approaches to 945 students teaching and learning; reached; 4450 student-produced multi- students, media content; STEM teachers and career connections; field- public testing within an under- reached served population; through 8 bilingual content regional and development; and a broad national dissemination network. conferences NASA eClips is a widely and 18 local utilized, web-based STEM outreach literacy and content events; 2 sites knowledge provider of created multimedia STEM (eClips educational products. The Website & suite currently contains YouTube 257 videos and 50 Channel), 19 resources (educator new guides, Guide Lites, and resources Engineering Design added, packets). 966,643 total web views. 12 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  13 NASA SMD This project seeks to Arizona State Space Science general Digital National 12 Exploration develop next-generation, University/ public; K–12 learning: Infiniscope Connection/ digital, adaptive learning Infiniscope teachers, formal and digital Infiniscope experiences that are (Tempe, AZ) students in informal learning compelling to learners of grades 5–12, settings experiences all ages and use NASA undergraduat developed, science, visualizations, e students 1301 and SME's. Infiniscope educators provides a virtual space to (located in 48 connect learners with states) cutting edge exploration participated experiences that in Infiniscope incorporate active, minds- Digital on learning that is Teaching motivated by the rational Network, exploration of big 14765 total questions. Additionally, lessons used this project seeks to train a community of educators to create their own adaptive learning experiences that provide feedback and pathways to meet the needs of their individual learners and communities as part of the Infiniscope Teaching Network. 13 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  14 NASA Space and This project leverages an Arizona State Cross-Discipline general Experientia All 50 states and 500 Toolkits Earth Informal existing network of University/SE (Astrophysics, public (ages l and the District of distributed to Science Education hundreds of museums to ISE Net Heliophysics, 4-adults) and digital Columbia; institutions Network (SEISE- engage audiences across (St. Paul, Earth, and Space STEM learning: Puerto Rico (museums, Net) the U.S. in informal and MN) Science) educators informal planetariums, lifelong learning about settings NASA space and Earth sciences. Visitor The project is developing Centers, and distributing validated Colleges), STEM educational 12300 event resources across the volunteers Network, including hands- used toolkits, on activity toolkits, small- 1.7M footprint exhibitions, and members of professional development the public resources (including interacted online workshops). with toolkits. Strategic national and local partnerships ensure broad reach to public audiences across the U.S., including geographic areas that are traditionally underserved by STEM learning organizations and populations underrepresented in STEM fields. This project utilizes NASA SMEs, SMD assets and data, and existing educational products and online portals to create compelling learning experiences where various audiences can experience Earth and space phenomena and explore scientific discoveries. 14 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  15 NASA's Universe This project seeks to Space Astrophysics pre-service Experientia National over 700,00 of Learning: An engage learners of all ages Telescope educators, l and views of Integrated and backgrounds in Science undergraduat digital video Astrophysics exploring the Universe for Institute e instructors, learning: products on STEM Learning themselves. It utilizes (Baltimore, informal formal and YouTube; and Literacy scientists and educators MD) educators, informal products Program from partner institutions general settings disseminated and the broader NASA public, by 50+ SMD community to create museums, venues; 40 products, programs, and libraries, projects professional learning groups involve experiences that advance underserved SMEs STEM learning and in STEM, literacy on a national program and scale. The program spans product the full spectrum of developers, Astrophysics mission planetarium, science and technology, and from Cosmic Origins, to communities Physics of the Cosmos, to Exoplanet Exploration and seeks to enable educational use of Astrophysics mission data; provide participatory experiences; create multimedia and immersive experiences; design exhibits and community programs; provide professional learning experiences for pre-service educators, undergraduate instructors, and informal educators; and produce resources for diverse audiences and needs. 15 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  16 Navigating the Path This project seeks to Exploratorium Space Science general Digital National 7 live eclipse of Totality leverage total solar (San public, K–12 learning: streams, 34 eclipses as platforms for Francisco, CA) teachers and formal and informational sparking public students informal videos, 14 engagement and learning settings distribution about the Sun, platforms, Heliophysics, and the 63M viewers STEM content related to both. This public engagement process began with a live Webcast of the 2016 eclipse from Micronesia, followed up with online and video resources, activities and outreach during the 17 months between the 2016 and 2017 eclipses, and deeper engagement during the 2017 eclipse through live webcasts, broadcast and social media. To maintain momentum toward the 2024 Mexico/US eclipse, this project also seeks to explore the potential use of the South American eclipses in 2019 and 2020. 17 Northwest Earth This project seeks to University of Cross-Discipline Middle and Experientia Pacific 34,400 and Space Sciences create a model network Washington (Earth and Space high school l learning: Northwest middle school Pipeline (NESSP) that can serve as a physical (Seattle, WA) Science) students and formal and (Montana, Idaho, (MS) and NASA educational teachers informal Oregon, high school presence in states without settings Washington) students (HS) NASA centers, acting as reached bridge to NASA through experiences for middle and Outreach high school teachers and Programs; students in these regions. 3300 students 16 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  Additionally, this project participated seeks to use NASA- in MS and inspired activities and HS camps/ materials to excite and academies; engage students in STEM, 2400 teachers and thereby support the participated movement of these in students into careers in professional STEM fields, and development specifically those workshops. traditionally At least 50% underrepresented in involvement STEM. Specific project in activities include: creating underserved a series of outreach events, or extended camps for middle underreprese and high schools, and nted professional development communities, workshops for middle and and at least high school teachers all in 50% female the service of providing participation immersive events based on NASA earth and space science missions that increase the skill level and enthusiasm of teachers and students for STEM. 18 OpenSpace: An This project seeks to American Cross-Discipline Informal Digital Global 13 scenes Engine for develop an open source Museum of (Astrophysics, Science learning: visualizing Dynamic software, called Natural Heliophysics, Institutions formal and NASA Visualization of OpenSpace, for visualizing History Earth, and Space (ISI), middle informal mission Earth and Space NASA mission (AMNH) Science) and high settings activities in Science for engineering activities and (New York school OpenSpace Informal Science science results for use in City, NY) teachers and developed, 16 and Beyond informal science students, Informal institutions (ISIs), along informal Science with associated educators, Institutions programming and general using exhibitions for learners of public, citizen OpenSpace, all ages and the general scientists, 363,854 users 17 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  public. This project also scientific of OpenSpace seeks to produce digital visualization visualizations educational resources for community (236 middle and high school educators, teachers and students. 33,698 youth, 329,620 museum visitors) 19 PLANETS This project is an Northern Space Science out of school Experientia National 2 out-of- (Planetary Learning innovative, collaborative Arizona educators; out l learning: school that Advances the partnership (The Center University of school informal planetary Nexus of for Science Teaching and (Flagstaff, students in settings science and Engineering, Learning at Northern AZ) elementary engineering Technology, and Arizona University, the and middle modules for Science) U.S. Geological Survey grades middle school Astrogeology Science students Center, and the Museum completed, of Boston) that seeks to 2,287 develop and disseminate downloads in out-of-school time (OST) all 50 states + curricular and professional DC, 1,041 development (PD) youth direct modules that integrate participation planetary science, (52% technology, and underserved), engineering. Additionally, 1,072 this project seeks to educators understand the impact of direct out of school curriculum participation. on student attitudes toward science and engineering and the impact of professional development modules in supporting educators to engage youth in STEM. 18 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  20 Reaching for the This project seeks to SETI Space Science Girl Scouts Experientia National Daisy, Stars: NASA inspire and engage girls, Institute/Girl (ages 5–18), l and online Brownie and Science for Girl ages 5–18, in NASA space Scouts USA Girl Scout learning: Junior Scouts science and to enhance (Mountain USA leaders informal (grades K – STEM experiences for View, CA) and settings 5) and Girl Scouts in grades K– volunteers Cadette, 12 though the national Girl Senior and Scout Leadership Ambassador Experience. This includes (Grades 6 – creating a new sequence of 12) badges Girl Scout Space Science and badges for all program Volunteer levels; engaging girls and Training Kits volunteers with the developed fundamental STEM and tested, concepts that underpin our engaged 194 human quest to explore the girls across universe; early and 24 troops in sustained exposure to Phase 1, 657 NASA scientists, NASA girls across assets, and the excitement 75 troops in of NASA's missions; Phase 2 and supporting in-depth 2,472 Daisy, experiences at astronomy Brownie and and space camp activities; Junior Girl developing an online Scouts across Volunteer Tool Kit to 276 troops provide just-in- time from 10 Girl materials and Scout asynchronous learning councils in opportunities for Phase 3; Girl volunteers and leaders; Scout providing authentic Train- Astronomy the-Trainer experiences Destination for Girl Scout leaders at Camp NASA centers and attended by observatory; enabling a 10+ girls per network of NASA SMEs year; Girl and astronomy and space Scout (GS) science volunteers to Astronomy 19 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  connect with and support Club Training Girl Scouts; providing at Goddard interactive learning Space Flight experiences with NASA Center SMEs; and developing a attended by long-term relationship 10 teams per with NASA to sustain year from connections to NASA's different Girl STEM professionals and Scout achievements beyond the Councils. duration of the project. 20 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  21 Real World, Real This project aims to build Gulf of Earth Science middle school Digital and Northeast (New Developed Science: Using middle school students’ Maine teachers and experiential England and LabVenture NASA Data to climate and data literacy Research students; learning: New York), but experience Explore Weather by allowing them to work Institute informal formal and resources for middle and Climate with NASA’s rich array of (Portland, science informal available school earth system data assets in ME) institution settings nationally students that highly engaging ways that staff uses NASA are deeply local. As part of data; expect a partnership with the 9000+ Maine Education Development students per Center, the AAAlab at year to Stanford and a group of participate at science centers throughout Cohen Center the Northeast, this project for seeks to produce a suite of Interactive flexible interactive Learning technology modules that translate NASA’s atmosphere and ocean data sets into highly engaging science and mathematics learning experiences for middle school student that bridge informal and formal education settings. This project is also piloting a new program that affords opportunities for students and educators in science institutions and formal learning environments to customize and localize educational materials developed at GMR such that they are relevant to the participants' regional experiences of weather and climate. 21 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  22 Smoky Mountains This project seeks to Southwestern Space Science Appalachian Experientia Western North Progress STEM expand STEM education Community middle l learning: Carolina made towards Collaborative: opportunities for native College school, high formal and integrating Bridging the Gaps Appalachian students in (Sylva, NC) school, and informal NASA in the K–12 to western North Carolina undergraduat settings content in the Post-Secondary who remain e students, grades 6 – 12 Education Pathway underrepresented in STEM and the local North fields as well as in college. Appalachian Carolina Specifically, this project communities STEM seeks to engage the curriculum region’s public schools, (www.southw the Eastern Band of the esterncc.edu/s Cherokee Indians tribal tem- schools, a community repository); college, and a university in Continued a cohesive partnership that growth of leverages NASA SMEs Calculus and and science centers. Calculus- Project activities include: based Physics undergraduate research courses at opportunities with Southwestern scientists at the university, Community the community college and College; 6 the Pisgah Astronomical teachers from Research Institute; 3 NC professional development counties workshops for middle and participated high school teachers, in GLOBE focusing on incorporating training; 6 NASA science and aspects community of the GLOBE program college into science classrooms; students orientations sessions on participated NASA and related STEM in summer educational opportunities research and career choices for projects at middle and high school Appalachian guidance counselors; and State community events to University provide local opportunities over 3 22 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  for members of the general summers; 370 community to increase middle grade their understanding of students from scientific principles (e.g., 4 geographic Starry Nights). regions participated in 2018 Summer STEM camp. 23 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  23 NASA@My The overarching goal of National Cross-Discipline underserved Digital All 50 states and Year 1 Library: A National this project is to develop Center for (Astrophysics, populations Learning: the District of (2017): 75 Earth and Space effective STEM programs Interactive Heliophysics, and informal Columbia libraries Science Initiative in public libraries using Learning/Spa Earth, and Space underserved settings (representing that Connects NASA/SMD resources ce Science Science) groups, all 50 states, NASA, Public and Subject Matter Institute public library 39% from Libraries and their Experts (SMEs) that reach (Boulder, staff, state rural Communities underserved populations CO) library communities) (e.g. rural communities) agency staff participated, and underrepresented and 467 total groups. The project will consultants, programs establish systemic library occurred at collaborations between the patrons, libraries, public library community NASA SMEs 85.413 (individual libraries, state patrons libraries, and library attended associations), informal programs education organizations, Year 2 and NASA/SMD people (2018): 75 and programs. libraries, 662 Components include: programs, STEM program activities, 40,046 NASA STEM Kits, digital patrons learning tools, Patron attended Experience Pilot programs development, library/SME training program, community of practice development, and internal evaluation. 24 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

  24 STEM This project seeks to University of Earth Science high school Experientia National 116 high Enhancement in attract and retain students, Texas, Austin students and l and online school Earth Science particularly (Austin, TX) their teachers learning: students (SEES) underrepresented formal engaged in minorities and those from settings NASA- underserved areas, in related STEM disciplines by: 1) activities via using NASA's Earth GLOBE observing satellites as a Mosquito catalyst for developing an Mapper Earth Science high school project and course to be offered SEES online; 2) utilizing NASA resources that align with the Framework for K –12 Science Education to support STEM educators and leaders in delivering quality STEM instruction; 3) engaging high school students and teachers in authentic mission-based research that connects to NASA-unique resources in Earth Science; and 4) enabling NASA scientists and engineers to engage more effectively and efficiently with learners through the implementation of a high school internship program. *Reach data was derived mostly from the annual awardee quad charts, and occasionally from the awardee annual reports, which are not necessarily consistent among awardees. In cases where a project had either no quad chart or very incomplete data, the respective annual program plan was used to determine the potential reach of the program's activities. 25 PREPUBLICATION COPY, UNCORRECTS PROOFS

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is one of the United States’ leading federal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) agencies and plays an important role in the landscape of STEM education. In 2015, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) created the Science Activation (SciAct) program to increase the overall coherence of SMD’s education efforts, to support more effective, sustainable, and efficient use of SMD science discoveries for education, and to enable NASA scientists and engineers to engage more effectively and efficiently in the STEM learning environment with learners of all ages. SciAct is now transitioning into its second round of funding, and it is beneficial to review the program’s portfolio and identify opportunities for improvement.

NASA’s Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities

assesses SciAct’s efforts towards meeting its goals. The key objectives of SciAct are to enable STEM education, improve U.S. scientific literacy, advance national education goals, and leverage efforts through partnerships. This report describes and assesses the history, current status, and vision of the program and its projects. It also provides recommendations to enhance NASA’s efforts through the SciAct program.

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