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APPENDIX B Kristen Erickson’s Presentation to the Committee NASA Science Activation Presentation to National Academies Assessment Committee Kristen J. Erickson Science Engagement & Partnerships Division Science Mission Directorate, NASA April 8, 2019 https://science.nasa.gov/learners Purpose • Top-level Overview/Background • Discussion of Operating Model of Science Activation • Forward Planning: Opportunities for Next Five Years 2 App B-1

Overview SMD Science Activation Desired Outcome: T further enable NASA science experts and content o into the learning environment more effectively and efficiently with learners of all ages. 3 Science Activation Summary • Baselined in November 2016, a collaborative model leveraging over 200 partnerships through a network of science and community-based institutions using a “multiplier effect” across the U.S. to achieve objectives • Currently, 24 competitively-selected cooperative agreement awardees enable NASA science experts and content to engage more effectively and efficiently with learners of all ages • Each agreement uses independent evaluators to validate performance. New community of practice established • Volunteer networks, such as Solar System Ambassadors and Night Sky Network, mobilized across the U.S. • Annual SMD funding $45M for Science Activation activities balanced across NASA science disciplines • In Year 4 of five-year Baseline period. One five-year Option to be exercised beginning 2021 4 App B-2

References • SMD Decadal Surveys (2010-18) • A Framework for K–12 Science Education • Next-Generation Science Standards 2013 • 2013 and 2018 Co-STEM Federal Strategies • National Science Foundation Science & Engineering Indicators 2014, 2016 • NRC 1996 Scientific Literacy report • NASA Strategic Plans 2013-2018 • Paperwork Reduction Act (IRBs) • 2017 American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P 114-329) .L. 5 Science Activation Across the Nation 52 exhibits By the Numbers* developed and distributed to curated organizations 200 Partnerships leveraged 79 libraries selected to received tailored science content 250 hands-on Toolkits developed and distributed to science centers and museums 421 subject matter experts 1.9 million registered educators Received 197 digital Earth and Space resources through * Through 2018 PBS LearningMedia App B-3

SMD Science Activation Model SMD Assets (Content, Science Activation Provider(s) Outcomes to Meet these SME’s, Authentic Experiences SMD Science SciAct Objectives Heliophysics Examples: • Translate Datasets to useful information Enable STEM Education Astrophysics for users • Alignment to education Standards and Decadal Questions Improve U.S. Science Literacy Planetary • Enable SMEs to share science with target audiences Advance National Education Goals Earth • Effective Dissemination • Open/transparent reporting • Timely evaluation/relevant assessment Leverage Through Partnerships • Development of materials, per Needs Assessments Cross-divisional Evaluation Partnering Opportunities 7 2018 SMD Collective Relationships Independent Evaluation, SMD Semi-annual Surveys Working Groups: • EdTech SMD Earth SMD Space • Visualization NASA HQ Leads/PI’s Affinity Groups: Dissemination • Universal Design Content Audiences Universe of Learning • Maker PBS Learning Media Planetariums • Women in STEM NASA eClips Science Centers/Museums • American Heliophysics Infiniscope Public and State Libraries Indigenous Nations Astrophysics Surveys Challenger Centers Earth NISENet Girl Scouts Planetary NASA@MyLibrary Educators Learners Infrastructure APOD, Eyes, Treks, Scientific visualizations, Solar System Ambassadors, Night Sky Network, American Camp Association, National Parks, 3D Resources, JSC Astromaterials, Museum Alliance, LPI/smdepo.org, Space 365, GLOBE, National Space Grant Consortium 8 App B-4

Science Activation Ecosystem https://science.nasa.gov/infographic 9 Background SMD Science Activation “Education is Local” 10 App B-5

History and Perspectives • Baselined in November 2016, this collaborative model enables over 200 partnerships through a network of science and community-based institutions using a “multiplier effect” across the U.S. to achieve Objectives • Includes a number of digital learning approaches maximizing SMD’s unique capabilities • Each agreement uses independent evaluators to validate performance Other Agencies/Partners NASA Total Solar Eclipse We Are Here SciAct Collective (2016/17+) (2018+) (~2019+) 11 Comparisons • 27 original awardees, now 24 due to efforts • Completed • Inconsistent with new SMD policies • Non-performance 2016 • Several awards have been augmented • Partial selection to full award • Expansion • “Reach” expanded due to Eclipse relationships, building of trust, partnering • Metrics: 2018 devoted to finalizing agreements’ measures of success, but also cross-mapping to Top- level Objectives 2017 12 App B-6

Operations SMD Science Activation “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire…and NASA is the spark” 13 Operations and Management Tools • For Science Activation, our experts, content, and authentic experiences are what we uniquely contribute into the education ecosystem. For stronger connections: • New Hotline and mapping tools posted on http://science.nasa.gov/learners • Tools include Statements of Collaboration between Institutions and SMD Program Officer in each agreement • Logic Models • Evaluation Plans, monitored by Independent Evaluators • Monthly and Annual reporting • Quarterly Scorecard to PIs • Working Groups and Affinity Groups • Face-to-Face sessions. At least one annually • Internal community site: https://smdepo.org • Mapping Metrics to Top-Level Objectives • Examples: • Statements of Cross-Collaboration • “Triangle” Impact Formats 14 App B-7

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N e t ) Air bor ne Astr onom y S E T I In s t itu t e/ AA A B ackm a n X X X X 4 Am b assad o r s ( AAA) R each in g fo r th e S tar s: N AS A S E T I In s titu t e/G S H ar m an X X X X X X X X X X 10 Sc ie nc e for G ir l Sc outs C o s m oQ ue s t : E nga gin g Astr onom ica l Soc iety o f G ay Stude nts & th e Public th r ough X X X X X X X X X 9 th e Pacific ( AS P) a V ir tu a l R esear c h F a c ilit y T E : S m o k y M ount ain s ST EM Sout hw e s ter n C o lla b o r at iv e: B r id g in g th e C ass X X X X X 5 C o m m unity C o lle ge G a p s in th e K -12 to Po s t- Se c onda r y Educ a t io n Pa thw ay N AS A@ M y L ib rary : A N atio n a l E ar th an d S p ace Spa c e Sc ie nc e Sc ie nc e Init iat iv e tha t In s t it u t e/ N AS A @ M y D u s e nbe r y C onne c ts N AS A, Public X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 22 Libr ar y Libr ar ie s a nd th e ir C o m m unit ie s N ASA' s U n iv er se of Le a r ning: S p ace T e lesco p e S c ie n c e In s t it u t e/ U n iv er s e o f S m it h An In te gr ate d Astr ophy s ics X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18 ST EM Le a r ning a n d L it er acy X Le a r ning Pr ogr am Im p acts a n d feed b acks o f a U n iv er sity O f Alaska , w ar m in g Ar ctic: Enga ging S p a rro w X X X X X X X X 8 Fa ir ba nk s le ar n e r s in S T E M u s in g N AS A a n d G L O B E asset s Enha nc e m e n t o f Astr onom y U n iv er sity O f C o lo r a d o , an d E ar th S c ie n c e T each in g D u n can X X X X X X X 8 B oulde r U s in g H ig h R e s o lu t io n X Im m er s iv e E n v ir o n m e n t s D em o n s t r a t io n o f th e feasib ilit y o f im p r o v in g scie n t ific liter acy U n iv er sity O f M ic h ig a n , M ille r a n d lifelong lear nin g th r ough a X X X X 4 An n Ar bor ju s t - in - t im e d issem in a t io n p r o cess U n iv er sity O f T exas, S T E M E n h a n cem en t in E ar th B a guio X X X X X X X X X 9 Au s t in / SEES Sc ie nc e M ission Ea r th: Fus in g G LO B E U n iv er sity O f T o le d o w ith N AS A Assets to B u ild X X X X 4 C z ajk o w sk i Sy s tem ic Innov a t io n in S T E M E d u catio n U n iv er sity O f N o r th w est E a r th a n d S p ace W inglee X X X X X 5 W ash in g to n , S eattle Sc ie nc e s Pipe lin e ( N ESSP) N AS A a n d W G B H : Br in g in g th e 15 W G B H Educ a t iona l C onnolly U n iv er se to Am er ica' s X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 16 Founda t io n C lassr o o m s TO TAL S : 7 7 14 5 4 9 8 6 8 12 7 10 4 6 7 2 14 11 6 6 3 6 4 5 13 13 13 7 7 3 6 3 15 8 9 6 Objective 2: Improve Science Literacy (Example) https://pbslearningmedia.org/universe Improve science literacy by engaging students with authentic scientific practices (i.e., analyzing and interpreting data) in the context of disciplinary core ideas. Resources address 67% of the 18 “NASA-applicable” science disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) in the national education standards (NGSS). Twenty (20) resources use digital tools developed specifically to enable student engagement with science practices BUAC resources address NASA-relevant national education standards (NGSS) across two-dimensions; disciplinary core ideas 29,124 Unique Users (DCIs) and scientific practices: 16 205,881 Page Views 12 Topical Collections 197 Resources App B-8

Impact Examples 17 Checks and Balances • Each agreement has an Independent Evaluator, reporting to the PI - Independent evaluators have developed their own Community of Practice - Participate in affinity conferences and SciAct annual meeting - Rely on their advice for collective impact across top-line Objectives • For products, there is a separate independent review process • Several of the agreements have additional internal, rigorous review processes e.g. NISENet, WGBH • Dr. Jon Miller/University of Michigan, performs two U.S. surveys annually 18 App B-9

Forward Planning SMD Science Activation “…solving pressing societal issues will require both a scientifically informed citizenry and a robust scientific and technical workforce.” Learning Science Through Computer Games and Simulations, p.22 19 SMD Science Activation Assessment and Planning FY 2019-20 2020 APR MAY JUN/ JUL OCT/NOV JAN-JUN JUL-DEC NASEM Assmt Report SciAct Proposals Selection Due Annual Meeting Next Five Milestones Years • Assessment’s Findings and Recommendations will inform Science Activation Program for the next five years • Discuss at annual meeting this November • Issue guidance to PI’s early 2020 • Receive updated proposals from current PIs and exercise options • Use of annual NASA Science solicitation (ROSES) to request proposals to fill identified gaps 20 App B-10

2018 SMD Collective Relationships Independent Evaluation, SMD Semi-annual Surveys Working Groups: • EdTech SMD Earth SMD Space • Visualization NASA HQ Leads/PI’s Affinity Groups: Dissemination • Universal Design Content Audiences Universe of Learning • Maker PBS Learning Media Planetariums • Women in STEM NASA eClips Science Centers/Museums • American Heliophysics Infiniscope Public and State Libraries Indigenous Nations Astrophysics Surveys Challenger Centers Earth NISENet Girl Scouts Planetary NASA@MyLibrary Educators Learners Infrastructure APOD, Eyes, Treks, Scientific visualizations, Solar System Ambassadors, Night Sky Network, American Camp Association, National Parks, 3D Resources, JSC Astromaterials, Museum Alliance, LPI/smdepo.org, Space 365, GLOBE, National Space Grant Consortium 21 Use of Real Science Data: Examples • Digital platforms for learning: • WGBH: PBSLearningMedia https://pbslearningmedia.org/universe and adapted Helioviewer for students https://student.helioviewer.org/ • ASU: Infiniscope https://infiniscope.org/ • AMNH: OpenSpace https://www.openspaceproject.com/ • STScI: ViewSpace https://viewspace.org/ and https://projectpanoptes.org/ • JPL: Eyes products https://eyes.nasa.gov/ • JPL/SSERVI: Treks products https://trek.nasa.gov/ • Citizen Science to engage learners and enhance literacy: • Aurorasaurus http://www.aurorasaurus.org/ • GLOBE Observer https://observer.globe.gov/ 22 App B-11

Risks • Turnover of personnel at all interfaces • Lack of resources (time, capacity) to work with new interfaces/expand while balancing priority agreement commitments • Leadership single point failure, flat organization • Adaptability Opportunities • Collective Impact measures across the ecosystem and Nation to include: Rigor (evidence-based, logic model), Scalability, Underserved learners, Evidence of activity in all 50 States (GPRAMA measure), Enhanced SME Connections (GPRAMA measure) • Total Solar Eclipse in 2024 (U.S.) • Build upon current relationships for Long-term impact • Fill gaps in Ecosystem 23 Questions? • Balancing local needs with a National program, is this model scalable? • If so, how can we better serve communities and the Nation given our unique assets? • Further, how can SciAct optimize for the next five years? • Is a balanced program for Learners of All Ages still optimal or is a more targeted approach recommended? • Should we invest further in: • Homeschoolers • EdTech • STEM Equity • Universal Design for Learning • Partnering at the Macro/Program level or continue organically at the agreement level? 24 App B-12

Back-up 25 SMD Science Activation Program - Summary ExternalAssessment Opportunities • Enabling of SMD content and experts into National Academy of Science: Board of Science additional areas and venues Education and Space Studies Board • Improved coordination across SMD science education • Reduction in fragmentation and duplication of efforts • Increased support of targeted audiences based on needs assessments • Improvement in the understanding of science literacy Risks/Areas of Concern Measurable Achievement • Progress towards CoSTEM goals by 2020 • More dynamic education environment post • Statistical Improvement in applicable S&E ESSA Indicators by 2020 • Budget uncertainty until restructuring progress • Statistical improvement in scientific literacy surveys is demonstrated. Need $42M/year to by 2020 successfully restructure • Budgets increase reflect progress towards Desired • Stakeholders disconnecting Science and Outcome (Goal is $50M/year by 2020) combining with Education • Identification of milestones to fill gaps in Formal and Underserved areas 26 App B-13

SMD Science Activation Awardees: Cross- Discipline Space Science Institute – Boulder, CA. Paul Dusenbery, Principal Investigator for “NASA@ My Library: A National Earth and Space Science Initiative that Connects NASA, Public Libraries and their Communities” University Of Washington, Seattle –Seattle, WA. Robert Winglee, Principal Investigator for “Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP)” Arizona State University– Saint Paul, MN. Paul Martin, Principal Investigator for “NASA Space and Earth Informal Science Education Network (SEISE-Net)” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor –Ann Arbor, MI. Jon Miller, Principal Investigator for “Demonstration of the Feasibility of Improving Scientific Literacy and Lifelong Learning through a Just-in- Time Dissemination Process” University Of Colorado, Boulder – Boulder, CO. Douglas Duncan, Principal Investigator for “Enhancement of Astronomy and Earth Science Teaching Using High Resolution Immersive Environments” WGBH Educational Foundation – Boston, MA. Rachel Connolly, Principal Investigator for “NASA and WGBH: Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms” American Museum of Natural History - New York City, NY. Rosamond Kinzler, Principal Investigator for “OpenSpace: An Engine for Dynamic Visualization of Earth and Space Science for Informal Education and Beyond” National Institute of Aerospace Associates – Hampton, VA. Shelley Spears, Principal Investigator for “NASA eClips 4D Multi-Dimensional Strategies to Promote Understanding of NASA Science: Design, Develop, Disseminate and Discover” 27 Astrophysics – Lead: Hashima Hasan SETI Institute - Mountain View, CA. Pamela Harman, Principal Investigator for “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts” SETI Institute –Mountain View, CA. Dana Backman, Principal Investigator for “Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA)” Space Telescope Science Institute - Baltimore, MD. Denise Smith, Principal Investigator for “NASA's Universe of Learning: An Integrated Astrophysics STEM Learning and Literacy Program” Earth Science – Lead: Lin Chambers Gulf of Maine Research Institute- Portland, ME. Leigh Peake, Principal Investigator for “Real World, Real Science: Using NASA Data to Explore Weather and Climate” Institute for Global Environmental Strategies –Arlington, VA. Theresa Schwerin, Principal Investigator for “NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative” University of Alaska, Fairbanks –Fairbanks, AK. Elena Sparrow, Principal Investigator for “Impacts and Feedbacks of a Warming Arctic: Engaging Learners in STEM using NASA and GLOBE Assets” University of Texas, Austin –Austin, TX. Margaret Baguio, Principal Investigator for “STEM Enhancement in Earth Science” University of Toledo –Toledo, OH. Kevin Czajkowski, Principal Investigator for “Mission Earth: Fusing GLOBE with NASAAssets to Build Systemic Innovation in STEM Education” Wayne County Intermediate School District –Wayne, MI. David Bydlowski, Principal Investigator for “AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN)” 28 App B-14

Space Science – Lead: Hakeem Oluseyi Arizona State University –Tempe, AZ. Ariel Anbar, Principal Investigator for “NASA SMD Exploration Connection” Challenger Center for Space Science Education--Washington, DC Denise Kopecky, Principal Investigator for “CodeRed: My STEM Mission” Jet Propulsion Laboratory –Pasadena, CA. Michelle Viotti, Principal Investigator for “NASAActive and Blended Learning Ecosystem (N-ABLE)” Northern Arizona University—Flagstaff, AZ. Joelle Clark, Principal Investigator for “PLANETS (Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science)” Exploratorium – San Francisco, CA. Robert Semper, Principal Investigator for “Navigating the Path of Totality” NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD. C. Alex Young, Principal Investigator for “Heliophysics Education Consortium: Through the Eyes of NASA to the Hearts and Minds of the Nation” Southwestern Community College –Sylva, NC. Matt Cass, Principal Investigator for “Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative: Bridging the Gaps in the K-12 to Post-Secondary Education Pathway” 29 SciAct 2.0 Concept for Discussion Measures of Success Strategic Partner Rubric • Individual agreements’ metrics • Qualitative and Quantitative connected to the four macro Weighted Scorecard Objectives “Spark” • Both from the initial decision • Cross-cutting (column) measures Metric(s) and for operational performance • Collective Impact measures (e.g. scalability, meeting underserved, Active 50 states, SME connections) 11/2018 30 App B-15

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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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