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NASA's explorer school and spaceward bound programs: Insights into two education programs designed to heighten public support for space science initiatives

Acta Astronautica

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DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2009.09.019

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Introduction: NASA has played an influential role in bringing the enthusiasm of space science to schools across the United States since the 1980s. The evolution of this public outreach has led to a variety of NASA funded education programs designed to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and geography (STEM-G) careers. Purpose: This paper investigates the educational outreach initiatives, structure, and impact of two of NASA's largest educational programs: the NASA Explorer School (NES) and NASA Spaceward Bound programs. Results: Since its induction in 2003 the NES program has networked and provided resources to over 300 schools across the United States. Future directions include further development of mentor schools for each new NES school selected, while also developing a longitudinal student tracking system for NES students to monitor their future involvement in STEM-G careers. The Spaceward Bound program, now in its third year of teacher outreach, is looking to further expand its teacher network and scientific collaboration efforts, while building on its teacher mentorship framework. ?? 2009 Elsevier Ltd.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
NASA's explorer school and spaceward bound programs: Insights into two education programs designed to heighten public support for space science initiatives
Series title:
Acta Astronautica
DOI:
10.1016/j.actaastro.2009.09.019
Volume
66
Issue:
7-8
Year Published:
2010
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Acta Astronautica
First page:
1280
Last page:
1284