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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
1 AEROKATS and ROVER Educational Network (AREN) This project seeks to train the next generation of science and engineering professionals through authentic, experiential learning experiences utilizing NASA technologies and data. Low-cost instrumentation systems (i.e., kite-based AEROKATS and remotely controlled aquatic and land-based ROVERS) will be used for both in-situ and remote sensing measurement activities. The overarching objective of this project is to bring NASA remote sensing and in-situ observation concepts, technology, and data into formal and informal educational settings for learners of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (MI)
2 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) The project seeks to measurably enhance student science learning and STEM engagement in selected school districts via professional development for high school science teachers consisting of: (1) STEM training in astrophysics & planetary science content and pedagogy delivered via Webinars and in-person workshops; (2) a week-long STEM immersion experience at NASA’s science research aircraft facility in Palmdale, CA, 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). SETI Institute (Mountain View, CA)
3 CodeRed: My STEM Mission (Challenger Center) This project seeks to create and implement a comprehensive educational program focusing on planetary science. It will include five major components: (1) enhancements and implementation of a Mars simulation for students to learn planetary science in a hands-on and project-based environment; (2) planetary science videos and activities in a flipped classroom model; (3) Community Engagement Days to be run at Challenger Learning Centers; (4) creation and implementation of a lunar simulation for students to learn planetary science in a hands-on and project-based environment; and (5) creation and 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). Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Washington, DC)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Earth Science Youth in grades 6–12, undergraduate students, adults (life-long learners) Digital and experiential science and engineering learning: formal and informal settings National 6000+ learners participated in the AREN Project STEM experiences; 50+ activities and events were held to promote professional development and AREN training; 5 potential partnerships in development
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics and Planetary Science) High school teachers (physics, physical science, earth and space science) and their respective students Science professional learning: formal settings; science learning (students): formal settings 14 districts in 8 states (California, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas) NASA AAA Electromagnetic Spectrum & Multiwavelength Astronomy High School curriculum reached 3,800 students, 39 teachers, and 7 districts
Space Science K–12 teachers, and students, parents, and communities Experiential, problem-based learning: formal, informal, and community settings National 1,560 Expedition Mars simulations conducted; 39,722 student participants in Expedition Mars simulations; 5 episodes of Let’s Launch produced; 15 hands-on classroom lessons to accompany videos; 30 Challenger Learning Centers involved in Community Engagement Days
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
4 Demonstration of the Feasibility of Improving Scientific Literacy and Lifelong Learning Through a Just-in-Time Dissemination Process (Scientific Literacy) This project seeks to build on previous national surveys of civic scientific literacy and information acquisition to provide a set of national baseline measures that will document the current state of public interest in and understanding of science and technology and that will provide programmatic guidance to other projects in SMD. Through a series of annual reports, articles and papers, results will be shared with the other members of the cooperative (Science Activation) and with the broader scientific and educational communities. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
5 Enhancements of Astronomy and Earth Science Teaching Using High-Resolution Immersive Environments (Fiske Planetarium) This project seeks to produce short video features that inform and excite audiences while highlighting NASA missions, and to distribute these to planetariums all over the U.S. in 360-degree (full-dome, surround) format. Additionally, the goals of this project include supporting a large and diverse audience in increasing their knowledge 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. University of Colorado Boulder
6 Heliophysics Education Consortium: Through the Eyes of NASA to the Hearts and Minds of the Nation This project seeks to address all areas of space science exploration and discovery for diverse populations in the U.S., specifically through (1) developing and promoting world-class national impact science education programs that engage the nation in meaningful discussions of space science discovery; (2) developing and promoting cutting edge educational technologies and assisting communities in developing new STEM applications using education technology in novel ways—central to this approach is a STEM Innovation Lab; (3) developing and incubating new capabilities and 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. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) (Greenbelt, MD)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) Broader scientific and educational communities; members of Science Activation Dissemination: formal and informal settings National National data were collected in 2016, creating a new baseline measure of civic scientific literacy; data were collected in 2017, with a baseline survey in February and March, a special follow-up survey was conducted immediately after the 2017 solar eclipse, and a third wave of data collection was conducted in October and November
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) General public and students of all ages Digital learning: informal settings National Produced and distributed five short videos that highlight NASA missions in 360-degree (full-dome, surround) format for use at planetariums all over the U.S.
Space Science K–12 and undergraduate students (emphasis on underrepresented groups), citizen scientists, informal educators, general public and NASA SMEs Digital learning: informal settings National 20 partnerships established, 263 space science activities developed and deployed; 8,447,314 total participants engaged (8,366,416 of the general public, 25,379 formal and informal educators, 16,818 K–12 students, 198 undergraduate students, 91 graduate students)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
7 Imagine Mars/NASA Active & Blended Learning Ecosystem (N-ABLE) This hands-on, STEM-based project seeks to enable students to work with NASA scientists and engineers to imagine and design a community on Mars, and then express their ideas through the arts and humanities, 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?” NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA)
8 Impacts and Feedbacks of a Warming Arctic: Engaging Learners in STEM Using NASA and GLOBE Assets (Arctic and Earth SIGNs) This project seeks to provide rich experiences for youth, educators, and community members from rural and indigenous communities in Alaska and beyond to learn about, observe, and act upon locally important climate change issues. Specifically, this project aims to use GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) citizen science protocols, corresponding NASA satellite data, direct engagement with NASA subject matter experts and NASA Earth Science content, and culturally responsive curriculum to foster STEM learning environments where youth and adults underrepresented in STEM play an active role in understanding climate change and stewardship of climate change influenced by resources in their own community. University of Alaska, Fairbanks
9 Mission Earth: Fusing GLOBE with NASA Assets to Build Systemic Innovation in STEM Education (GLOBE Mission EARTH) This project is a systematic embedding of NASA assets into the GLOBE—Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment—program and integrating it into the curricula of schools along the K–12 continuum. It seeks to bring together scientists and science educators to develop a K–12 “Earth as a system” curriculum progression. The curriculum will incorporate design principles that will make it appropriate for all student populations, especially those currently underrepresented in STEM careers. This project also involves working closely 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 mechanism for replication and dissemination of best practices in STEM education. The University of Toledo (Toledo, OH)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Space Science K–12 students (emphasis on underserved groups) and teachers, communities Problem-based, active, and blended learning: formal and informal settings Urban-Los Angeles, CA; Rural-East Texas; Native American Schools: Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, andWashington 1,956 youth participants in high-need settings; 26 teachers involved; and 11 SMEs engaged
Earth Science Pre- and inservice K–12 teachers, informal STEM educators (4-H and others), community members, K–12 youth (with emphasis on rural, indigenous, and underrepresented in STEM youth) Experiential learning and citizen science: formal and informal settings Alaska (mainly), Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon 415 formal and informal science educators and community members trained; 1,394 students engaged in climate change learning using Arctic and earth SIGNS activities; 6 NASA SMEs connected to 15 classrooms across urban and rural Alaska; 228 students engaged with NASA SMEs
Earth Science K–12 pre- and in-service teachers, and K–12 students (emphasis on groups underrepresented in STEM) Experiential learning and citizen science: formal settings California, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee 32 partnerships established, 83 SMEs involved; 56 teachers reached through professional development and curricular materials; 130 undergraduate students involved in GLOBE projects (67 are pre-service teachers); 4,308 K–12 students engaged
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
10 NASA and WGBH: Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms This project seeks to design, develop, and produce dynamic instructional media-based materials infused with NASA SMD content for distribution to millions of educators and students across the U.S. via PBSLearning Media, a free online K–12 digital media library, assuring widespread access, appeal, and impact. In addition to digital resources, this project offers support 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. WGBH Educational Foundation (Boston, MA)
11 NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) This project seeks to enhance K–12 STEM teaching and learning by creating engaging, meaningful, and authentic STEM experiences and resources that (1) are based on NASA earth science; (2) are tailored to specific audiences based on their needs; (3) as a whole reach diverse learners throughout their lifetimes; and (4) are delivered broadly through strategic partnerships. For instance, participants can collect and use science data to conduct research projects and collaborate with other GLOBE schools and can participate in NASA science by making and submitting environmental observations to GLOBE through an easy to use app. NESEC is a partnership between the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and NASA earth science divisions at three NASA centers: Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Langley Research Center. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (Arlington, VA)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) K–12 science teachers and students Digital learning: formal settings; professional learning: formal settings All 50 states and the District of Columbia 58,453 unique users of resources; 12 resource collections produced and deployed; 7,789 teachers engaged through professional learning opportunities
Earth Science K–12 teachers and students, citizen scientists Experiential and digital learning: formal and informal settings National and international 114,197 created GLOBE Observer accounts; 29,236 citizen scientists have submitted one or more observations; 253,152 total observations submitted; in 2018, 179 U.S. student research projects created based on NESEC offerings: 38 GLOBE student research projects, 136 Girl Scout troops projects, and 5 GLOBE Clouds Junior Research Teams; 77 NASA-funded scientists contributed to NESEC activities
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
12 NASA eClips 4D MultiDimensional Strategies to Promote Understanding of NASA Science: Design, Develop, Disseminate and Discover This project involves a multidimensional approach to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers and to improve student science literacy through evidence-based interventions to confront common misconceptions that students have about science. Project components include research-based peer-to-peer approaches to teaching and learning; student-produced multimedia content; STEM career connections; field-testing within an underserved population; bilingual content development; and a broad dissemination network. NASA eClips is a widely utilized, Web-based STEM literacy and content knowledge provider of multimedia STEM educational products. The suite currently contains 257 videos and 50 resources (educator guides, Guide Lites, and Engineering Design packets). National Institute of Aerospace Associates (Hampton, VA)
13 NASA SMD Exploration Connection/Infiniscope This project seeks to develop next-generation, digital, adaptive learning experiences that are compelling to learners of all ages and use NASA science, visualizations, and SMEs. Infiniscope provides a virtual space to connect learners with cutting-edge exploration experiences that incorporate active, minds-on learning that is motivated by the rational exploration of big questions. Additionally, 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. Arizona State University/Infiniscope (Tempe)
14 NASA Space and Earth Informal Science Education Network (SEISE-Net) This project leverages an existing network of hundreds of museums to engage audiences across the U.S. in informal and lifelong learning about space and earth sciences. The project is developing and distributing validated STEM educational resources across the Network, including hands-on activity toolkits, small-footprint exhibitions, and professional development resources (including online workshops). 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. Arizona State University/SEISE Net (St. Paul, MN)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) K–12 teachers and students Digital learning: formal and informal settings National (with global access) 53 Spotlite videos created with 228 students and 7 teachers participating; 7 Spotlite interactive lessons developed with 14 teachers trained and 945 students reached; 4,450 students, teachers and public reached through 8 regional and national conferences and 18 local outreach events; 2 sites created (eClips Website and YouTube Channel), 19 new resources added, 966,643 total Web views
Space Science General public; K–12 teachers, students in grades 5–12, undergraduate students Digital learning: formal and informal settings National 12 Infiniscope digital learning experiences developed, 1,301 educators (located in 48 states) participated in Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network, 14,765 total lessons used
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) General public (ages 4–adults) and STEM educators Experiential and digital learning: informal settings All 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico 500 toolkits distributed to institutions (museums, planetariums, NASA visitor centers, colleges), 12,300 event volunteers used toolkits, 1.7M members of the public interacted with toolkits
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
15 NASA’s Universe of Learning: An Integrated Astrophysics STEM Learning and Literacy Program This project seeks to engage learners of all ages and backgrounds in exploring the universe for themselves. It utilizes scientists and educators from partner institutions and the broader NASA SMD community to create products, programs, and professional learning experiences that advance STEM learning and literacy on a national scale. The program spans the full spectrum of astrophysics mission science and technology, from cosmic origins, to 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. Space Telescope Science Institute (Baltimore, MD)
16 Navigating the Path of Totality This project seeks to leverage total solar eclipses as platforms for sparking public engagement and learning about the sun, heliophysics, and the 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. Exploratorium (San Francisco, CA)
17 Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) This project seeks to create a model network that can serve as a physical NASA educational presence in states without NASA centers, acting as bridge to NASA experiences for middle and high school teachers and students in these regions. Additionally, this project seeks to use NASA-inspired activities and materials to excite and engage students in STEM, and thereby support the movement of these students into careers in STEM fields, specifically those traditionally underrepresented in STEM. Specific project activities include: creating a series of outreach events, extended camps for middle and high schools, and professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers all in the service of providing immersive events based on NASA earth and space science missions that increase the skill level and enthusiasm of teachers and students for STEM. University of Washington, Seattle
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Astrophysics Pre-service educators, undergraduate instructors, informal educators, general public, museums, libraries, groups underserved in STEM, program and product developers, planetarium, and communities Experiential and digital learning: formal and informal settings National Over 700,000 views of video products on YouTube; products disseminated by 50+ venues; 40 projects involve SMEs
Space Science General public, K–12 teachers and students Digital learning: formal and informal settings National 7 live eclipse streams, 34 informational videos, 14 distribution platforms, 63M viewers
Cross-Discipline (Earth and Space Science) Middle and high school students and teachers Experiential learning: formal and informal settings Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) 34,400 middle school (MS) and high school students (HS) reached through Outreach Programs; 3,300 students participated in MS and HS camps/academies; 2,400 teachers participated in professional development workshops. At least 50% involvement in underserved or underrepresented communities and at least 50% female participation
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
18 OpenSpace: An Engine for Dynamic Visualization of Earth and Space Science for Informal Science and Beyond This project seeks to develop an open source software, called OpenSpace, for visualizing NASA mission engineering activities and science results for use in informal science institutions (ISIs), along with associated programming and exhibitions for learners of all ages and the general public. This project also seeks to produce digital educational resources for middle and high school teachers and students. American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) (New York City, NY)
19 PLANETS (Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science) This project is an innovative, collaborative partnership (The Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center, and the Museum of Boston) that seeks to develop and disseminate out-of-school time curricular and professional development modules that integrate planetary science, technology, and engineering. Additionally, this project seeks to understand the impact of out-of-school curriculum on student attitudes toward science and engineering and the impact of professional development modules in supporting educators to engage youth in STEM. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
20 Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts This project seeks to inspire and engage girls, ages 5–18, in NASA space science and to enhance STEM experiences for Girl Scouts in grades K–12 though the national Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This includes creating a new sequence of Girl Scout Space Science badges for all program levels; engaging girls and volunteers with the fundamental STEM concepts that underpin our human quest to explore the universe; early and sustained exposure to NASA scientists, NASA assets, and the excitement of NASA’s missions; supporting in-depth experiences at astronomy and space camp activities; developing an online Volunteer Tool Kit to provide just-in-time materials and asynchronous learning opportunities for volunteers and leaders; providing authentic train-the-trainer experiences for Girl Scout leaders at NASA centers and observatory; enabling a network of NASA SMEs and astronomy and space science volunteers to connect with and support Girl Scouts; providing interactive learning experiences with NASA SMEs; and developing a long-term relationship with NASA to sustain connections to NASA’s STEM professionals and achievements beyond the duration of the project. SETI Institute/Girl Scouts USA (Mountain View, CA)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) Informal science institutions (ISI), middle and high school teachers and students, informal educators, general public, citizen scientists, scientific visualization community Digital learning: formal and informal settings Global 13 scenes visualizing NASA mission activities in OpenSpace developed, 16 informal science institutions using OpenSpace, 363,854 users of OpenSpace visualizations (236 educators, 33,698 youth, 329,620 museum visitors)
Space Science Out-of-school educators; out-of-school students in elementary and middle grades Experiential learning: informal settings National 2 out-of-school planetary science and engineering modules for middle school students completed, 2,287 downloads in all 50 states + DC, 1,041 youth direct participation (52% underserved), 1,072 educators direct participation
Space Science Girl Scouts (ages 5–18), Girl Scout USA leaders and volunteers Experiential and online learning: informal settings National Daisy, Brownie and Junior (grades K–5) and Cadette, Senior and Ambassador (grades 6–12) badges and Volunteer Training Kits developed and tested, engaged 194 girls across 24 troops in Phase 1, 657 girls across 75 troops in Phase 2 and 2,472 Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts across 276 troops from 10 Girl Scout councils in Phase 3; Girl Scout Astronomy Destination Camp attended by 10+ girls per year; Girl Scout (GS) Astronomy Club Training at Goddard Space Flight Center attended by 10 teams per year from different Girl Scout Councils
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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Project Title Description Lead Institution
21 Real World, Real Science: Using NASA Data to Explore Weather and Climate This project aims to build middle school students’ climate and data literacy by allowing them to work with NASA’s rich array of earth system data assets in highly engaging ways that are deeply local. As part of a partnership with the Education Development Center, the AAA Lab at Stanford and a group of science centers throughout the Northeast, this project seeks to produce a suite of flexible interactive technology modules that translate NASA’s atmosphere and ocean datasets 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 GMRI such that they are relevant to the participants’ regional experiences of weather and climate. Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) (Portland)
22 Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative: Bridging the Gaps in the K–12 to Post-Secondary Education Pathway This project seeks to expand STEM education opportunities for native Appalachian students in western North Carolina who remain underrepresented in STEM fields as well as in college. Specifically, this project seeks to engage the region’s public schools, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians tribal schools, a community college, and a university in a cohesive partnership that leverages NASA SMEs and science centers. Project activities include: undergraduate research opportunities with scientists at the university, the community college, and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute; professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers, focusing on incorporating NASA science and aspects of the GLOBE program into science classrooms; orientations sessions on NASA and related STEM educational opportunities and career choices for middle and high school guidance counselors; and community events to provide local opportunities for members of the general community to increase their understanding of scientific principles (e.g., Starry Nights). Southwestern Community College (Sylva, NC)
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Earth Science Middle school teachers and students; informal science institution staff Digital and experiential learning: formal and informal settings Northeast (New England and New York), but resources available nationally Developed LabVenture experience for middle school students that uses NASA data; expect 9,000+ Maine students per year to participate at Cohen Center for Interactive Learning
Space Science Appalachian middle school, high school, and undergraduate students, and the local Appalachian communities Experiential learning: formal and informal settings Western North Carolina Progress made toward integrating NASA content in the grades 6–12 North Carolina STEM curriculum (www.southwesterncc.edu/stem-repository); continued growth of calculus and calculus-based physics courses at Southwestern Community College; 6 teachers from 3 NC counties participated in GLOBE training; 6 community college students participated in summer research projects at Appalachian State University over 3 summers; 370 middle grade students from 4 geographic regions participated in 2018 summer STEM camp
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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23 NASA@ My Library: A National Earth and Space Science Initiative that Connects NASA, Public Libraries and their Communities The overarching goal of this project is to develop effective STEM programs in public libraries using NASA/SMD resources and subject matter experts (SMEs) that reach underserved populations (e.g. rural communities) and underrepresented groups. The project will establish systemic collaborations between the public library community (individual libraries, state libraries, and library associations), informal education organizations, and NASA/SMD people and programs. Components include: STEM program activities, NASA STEM kits, digital learning tools, Patron Experience Pilot development, library/SME training program, community of practice development, and internal evaluation. National Center for Interactive Learning/Space Science Institute (Boulder, CO)
24 STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) This project seeks to attract and retain students, particularly underrepresented minorities and those from underserved areas, in STEM disciplines by: 1) using NASA’s earth-observing satellites as a catalyst for developing an earth science high school course to be offered 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. University of Texas, Austin

* Reach data were 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.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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SMD Discipline Primary Audiences Learning: Mode and Setting Geographic Regions Served Reach*
Cross-Discipline (Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Earth, and Space Science) Underserved populations and underserved groups, public library staff, state library agency staff and consultants, library patrons, NASA SMEs Digital Learning: informal settings All 50 states and the District of Columbia Year 1 (2017): 75 libraries (representing all 50 states, 39% from rural communities) participated, 467 total programs occurred at libraries, 85,413 patrons attended programs; Year 2 (2018): 75 libraries, 662 programs, 40,046 patrons attended programs
Earth Science High school students and their teachers Experiential and online learning: formal settings National 116 high school students engaged in NASA-related activities via GLOBE Mosquito Mapper project and SEES
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Science Activation Portfolio." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. NASA's Science Activation Program: Achievements and Opportunities. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25569.
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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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