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Aug
02
2016

2017 Eclipse Mania Has Begun!

Posted by Darlene Yan
Darlene Yan

Where will you be on August 21st, 2017?

Photo Credit: Mark Bender

This month marks the pre-anniversary of the amazing total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. from coast-to-coast next summer on August 21, 2017.

What is Multiverse doing about it?

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Tags: awareness community eclipse film megamovie roadtrip
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Jul
08
2016

Multiverse + Google = Great Things

Posted by Darlene Yan
Darlene Yan

logoWe are very proud to announce our sponsorship by Google’s Making & Science Initiative! They are a new division within Google that is partnering with Makers Faire, Exploratorium, and other great science educators to make things happen.

You can check Multiverse (us!) out on their new website.

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Jun
24
2016

The Clock is Ticking! (Fri July 1st 9:00am pst)

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

Support “Full Spectrum,” a film project to create a new social image of who scientists are and who can be scientists. 

Support this great documentary film project by our very own Bryan Mendez! There are only 6 days left in Seed & Spark’s Untold Story Crowdfunding Rally and we need as many followers and pledges to come on board as possible in these final days! We need $9k to be pledged in order to get ANY money at all to kick start this project, and we need at least 500 followers to make it to the next round of competition – only the top 10 films with the highest followers advance to the next round with possibility of matching funds from Project Greenlight.

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Jun
08
2016

MAVEN Video Wins People's Choice in Data Stories

Posted by Karin Hauck
Karin Hauck

A video about Martian atmosphere loss has won a people's choice competition held by Science magazine. The video, "Martian Atmosphere Loss Explained by NASA,"  was part of the prestigious magazine's Data Stories competition. These videos could be in the fields of planetary science, oceanography, meteorology, neuroscience, criminology, and many others. The video was enthusiastically supported by our MAVEN Educator Ambassadors (MEAs)! The MEAs are a group of master teachers of grades 6-12, members of a community of practice we've built around the science of the MAVEN mission.

 

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Tags: Martian atmosphere loss MAVEN science education
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Feb
22
2016

Reflections on the Creation of a Heliophysics Community of Practice

Posted by Andi Nelson
Andi Nelson

[This is one of a series of blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum.]

Since January 2012, a group of science educators, NASA mission scientists and education specialists have met monthly online to discuss current heliophysics research and share educational resources and best practices to incorporate into their classrooms.

Originally, this group began as a group of twelve middle and high-school science educators recruited to participate as Lead Teachers to establish a Heliophysics Community of Practice (HCoP). These teachers were previous participants in existing NASA SMD E/PO Heliophysics teacher professional development programs, such as the Heliophysics Educator Ambassadors (HEA), the Geomagnetic Event Observation Network by Students (GEONS), THEMIS professional development programs and Van Allen Probes workshops.

Several participants had kept in touch with each other informally, continuing the supportive relationships they had formed during their educator programs. Using multi-mission funding and efforts, NASA E/PO educator coordinators were able to establish a more formal opportunity for these educators to meaningfully engage with others and support them in continuing to teach heliophysics in their existing classrooms.

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Tags: best practices community of practice educators heliophysics NASA science teachers
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Feb
17
2016

Reflections on Reporting the Accomplishments of NASA SMD Education Professionals

Posted by Bryan Mendez
Bryan Mendez

[This is one of a series of blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum. ]

After you’ve done your fantastic work educating students and teachers, after you’ve inspired the public about the exciting science that NASA is doing, it’s time to tell people what you have accomplished. The NASA Science Mission Directorate science education and public outreach forums have been there to help projects tell their stories of success. There are many ways that education and public outreach (E/PO) project managers have been requested and required to report on their activities to NASA. Here are some example and how the forums helped.
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Feb
04
2016

Reflections on Supporting NASA in Working with Informal Educators

Posted by Lindsay Bartolone
Lindsay Bartolone

[This is one of a series of blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum. ]

For the past six years, I have been a part of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Education and Public Outreach (EPO) Forums. These forums were created to support NASA mission education teams in producing effective and efficient programs and materials for their audiences. In order to help NASA’s SMD EPO professionals develop the most effective programs possible, the Informal Education Working Group, which I chair, convened a literature review to gather the best practices from research, and to point our community members to professional organizations and resources that can guide their development of programs and activities for informal audiences.  We also conducted a national survey of informal educators to determine their needs for professional development sessions and materials.

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Tags: best practices informal education NASA
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Jan
26
2016

Reflections on Evaluating the Work of NASA SMD Education Professionals

Posted by Hilarie Davis
Hilarie Davis

[This is one of a series of  blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum. ]

Evaluation for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Heliophysics Forum focused on the three main goals: 1) Engage and develop the education and public outreach (EPO) community,  2) Analyze heliophysics EPO products and projects, and 3) Coordinate communication about EPO work. Through multiple evaluation activities over multiple years, we found the Forum was able to support the EPO community with professional development, an online community of practice, collaborative projects, and a database of resources. Community members became more engaged over time with each other and with the forum’s activities. They asked for, and received professional development on topics such as social media, scientist engagement, misconceptions, evaluation, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), product review, 508 compliance (accessibility), and storytelling.  They met monthly online, and yearly face-to-face, and collaborative projects grew out of that to co-host events, develop new initiatives, and share audiences.

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Tags: community of practice educators evaluation NASA NASA Wavelength outreach professional development
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Dec
18
2015

Teacher Professional Development—What Do Teachers Want and Need from NASA?

Posted by Ruth Paglierani
Ruth Paglierani

[This is one of a series of blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum. ]

three people outdoors holding up circuit boards and smiling

We often ask ourselves, “What do educators really want when it comes to their own professional development (PD)?” In order to get beyond what we think they want, the NASA SMD K-12 working group carried out a national survey of over 1,000 formal and informal educators in the summer of 2012. We sent out our survey through NASA and national education networks so we could get a sense of:

  1. Who was using NASA resources
  2. What educators were looking for when using NASA resources
  3. What attracted them to NASA workshops and other educational opportunities

Here is a summary of what we heard back… It's well worth a read if you are thinking about creating professional development opportunities for educators in your area!

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Tags: educators NASA professional development teachers
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Dec
16
2015

Reflections on Community & Relationship-Building in NASA's SMD EPO Community

Posted by Nancy Ali
Nancy Ali

[This is one of a series of blog posts about our six-year involvement leading the NASA Heliophysics Science Education and Public Outreach Forum. ]

Only three weeks into my new job at UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab, I was invited to attend the NASA Science Mission Directorate Education/Public Outreach (SMD EPO) Forum retreat. This gathering, which was held in Colorado in conjunction with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference in 2010, brought together top heliophysics scientists and educators from around the United States.

As it turned out, this retreat not only initiated me into the heliophysics community, it also set the stage for my work collaborating with NASA scientists and educators for the next five years. The community of practice that was forged at this retreat provided the basis for learning about heliophysics content, getting connected into the latest NASA mission news and events, and sharing of ideas, best practices and research regarding educating students, teachers and the public about the wonders of NASA heliophysics science.

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Tags: diversity EPO heliophysics NASA
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