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Section #? Education and Public Outreach. Dr. Philip Plait Education Resource Director Sonoma State University. E/PO Program Requirements. From the OSS Implementation Plan: http://spacescience.nasa.gov/admin/pubs/edu/imp_plan.pdf

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Education and Public Outreach

Dr. Philip Plait

Education Resource Director

Sonoma State University


E/PO Program Requirements

From the OSS Implementation Plan: http://spacescience.nasa.gov/admin/pubs/edu/imp_plan.pdf

Plan to spend 1 to 2 percent of program’s total budget on education and the public understanding of science. (R1)

Base educational products and activities on the criteria contained in the national Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education Standards (R2)

Provide meaningful opportunities for underserved and underutilized groups (R3)

Make materials widely available and easily accessible, using modern information and communication technologies where appropriate (R4)

Involve scientists in ways that enhance OSS research goals (R5)


E/PO Program Requirements

  • Enhance the breadth and effectiveness of partnerships among scientists, educators, contractors, and professional organizations (R6) by:

    • Focusing on high leverage opportunities,

    • Building on existing programs, institutions, and infrastructure,

    • Emphasizing collaborations with planetariums and science museums,

    • Coordinating with other ongoing education and outreach efforts:

      • Inside NASA,

      • Within other government agencies,

      • Involving the contractors in OSS’s education and public outreach programs.

  • Evaluate for quality, impact, and effectiveness. (R7)

  • Each E/PO Program must have a goal (R8)


GLAST E/PO Program Goal

We will utilize the observations and scientific discoveries of the GLAST mission to improve the understanding and utilization of science and mathematics concepts for grades 9-12. (R8)

Central image from Active Galaxies poster


E po management
E/PO Management

  • Reporting to SLAC Project Management - Weeklies & monthly

  • Reporting to GSFC Project Management - Monthly

  • Reporting to NASA OSS

    • EDCATS (activities and events)

    • Space Science Education Resource Directory (products)

  • Review participation (SEU, JOG, NAR, PDR, MCDR, etc.)

  • Presentations and telecons for Science Working Group

  • Day to day supervision of E/PO staff at SSU

  • Schedule and budget management for SSU, GSFC

  • Integration of EPO efforts from IDS, MSFC, GSFC, UCSC & SSU

  • Science Education oversight for all EPO products and alignment with National Standards


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E/POEvaluation & Dissemination

  • Formative and summative evaluation by WestEd (R7)

    • Pre- and post-tests for workshops

    • Web-tracking and surveys

    • Use of workshop materials in classroom

  • WestEd also measures dissemination

    • NASA distribution channels

    • EPO site usage

    • Marketing by Videodiscovery, TOPS, PBS, etc.

    • Educator conferences

  • Subcontract with WestEd in place, workshop reviews are ongoing


E/POWeb Based Materials

  • GLAST Outreach Web Site (R4)

  • http://glast.sonoma.edu

  • Evaluated by WestEd in 2003

  • Revised entirely following review


E/POWeb Based Materials

  • Space Mysteries (2004-2006) (R4)

    • Originally funded by NASA’s LEARNERS program

    • Interactive web-based games that teach physical science and mathematics

    • Three mysteries are now in release

    • Two more will be developed with GLAST funds

      • First is in design process

    • http://mystery.sonoma.edu

Image from New Space Mystery Flash animation of sky seen in different regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum


E po educator training
E/PO Educator Training

  • California Science Teacher’s Association(R6)

    • Combined Swift and GLAST booth (10/01, 10/02, 10/03, 10/04)

    • 750 GLAST EPO flyers distributed in SEU folders (10/01)

    • 1000 GLAST AGN posters distributed in SEU kits (10/02)

    • AGN workshop by Plait & Silva (10/03), Cominsky & Silva (10./04)

  • National Science Teacher’s Association(R6)

    • 2500 GLAST EPO flyers distributed in SEU folders (3/01)

    • 1500 AGN posters distributed in SEU kits (4/02)

    • 700 AGN posters in SEU kits at regional NSTA (7/02, 11/02)

    • TOPS workshop by Plait & EA Taylor (4/03)

    • AGN workshop by Silva & EA Ford (4/04)

    • AGN workshop by Silva at NSTA-Regional (12/03)


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E/PO Educator Training

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics(R6)

    • 1000 GLAST flyers distributed in SEU folders (4/01)

    • 1000 GLAST AGN posters distributed in SEU kits (4/02)

    • TOPS workshop by Cominsky and EA Ford (4/03)

  • Other venues (R6) :

    • American Association of Physics Teachers

      • Poster at joint AAS/AAPT meeting (1/01)

      • 100 GLAST AGN posters in SEU kits (4/03)

      • AGN and TOPS workshop (4/03)

    • STANYS – 500 AGN posters in SEU kits (11/02)

    • 1200 AGN posters in SEU kits distributed by Educator Ambassadors

    • 900 AGN posters in SEU kits to OSS Broker/Facilitators


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E/PO Educator Training

  • Other venues (R6) :

    • American Association of Physics Teachers

      • Poster at joint AAS/AAPT meeting (1/01)

      • 100 GLAST AGN posters in SEU kits (4/03)

      • AGN and TOPS workshop (4/03), AGN and booth in (8/04)

    • STANYS – 500 AGN posters in SEU kits (11/02)

    • 1200 AGN posters in SEU kits distributed by Educator Ambassadors

    • 900 AGN posters in SEU kits to OSS Broker/Facilitators

    • Gamma 2001 (4/01) (25 participants) (GSFC sponsored)

    • NASA Dryden (3/03) AGN workshop by Plait

    • Modeling the Universe workshop, sponsored by GLAST (NSTA 4/04, HEAD 9/04)

    • “Things My Mother Never Told Me About the Universe” (CSTA 10/03) by Lynn Cominsky

    • “Seven Ways a Black Hole Can Kill You” (CSTA,10/03) by Plait


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E/PO Educator Training

  • MSFC-sponsored Workshop (R5, R6)

    • Hawaii July 2002 AAVSO Conference

    • Partially funded by GLAST EPO

    • Spear presented “Gamma rays and Blazars: more work for variable star observers”

    • AAVSO is now partner in GLAST Telescope Network

    • AAVSO members are encouraged to observe selected blazar fields, and to record their results in on-line database.

    • Next HEA workshop is summer 2005 (was scheduled for 2004, but AAVSO director passed away.) Las Cruces, NM


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E/PO Educator Training

  • GLAST Ambassadors Program (R3, R6)

    • Educator Ambassadors help us develop, test, and disseminate GLAST E/PO materials. Chosen from national competition

    • 10 GLAST Ambassadors now funded, trained at SSU in 7/04 with 14 others funded from different programs.

EA Della investigates spacetime

EA Garrett builds tasty AG model


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E/PO Educator Training

  • Meet the award-winning GLAST Ambassadors:

    • Jeff Adkins, Deer Valley High School, Antioch, California

    • Teena Della, Terry Fox Secondary School, Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada)

    • Sharla Dowding, Newcastle High School, Newcastle, Wyoming

    • Deanna Duncan, School for Environmental Studies, Cabarrus, North Carolina

    • Michiel Ford, Holton High School, Holton, Kansas

    • Mary Garrett, Instructional Designer, Michigan

    • Walter Glogowski, Ridgewood High School, Norridge, Illinois

    • Ellen Holmes, Bangor Public Schools, Bangor, Maine

    • Daryl Taylor, Williamstown High School, New Jersey

    • Pamela Whiffen, Palo Verde Middle School, Phoenix, Arizona

  • http://glast.sonoma.edu/ambassadors


E/PO Educator Training

  • EAs at Workshops and Meetings since PDR in 5/03

  • 5/1/03 – EA Jason Smith presented “The GLAST Mission and the Technology of Exploration” at Space Day at St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic School, Carnarvon, WA

  • 5/5/03 – EA Teena Della presented “The Educator Ambassadors of GLAST” to the B.C. Colleges and Universities Earth Sciences Articulation Meeting, Malaspina University College, Nanaimo, BC

  • 5/10/03 – EA Teena Della presented “Creating and Teaching Astronomy” to Learning Online in BC

  • 5/15 and 5/27/03 –EA Tim Brennan presented“History of Telescopes” to students at Pomfret Elementary School, Pomfret, VT

  • 5/26/03 – EA Jason Smith presented “The GLAST Mission & Space Mysteries” at the Alexandria City Schools Professional Development Day, VA

  • 6/5/03 – EA Teena Della presented the GLAST mission to students at Terry Fox Secondary School, Port Coquitlam, BC


E/PO Educator Training

  • EAs at Workshops and Meetings since PDR in 5/03

  • 6/29-30/03 – EA Daryl Taylor presented'Wal-Mart Fizzix' and 'NASA in the Classroom‘ to the Bay District Schools, Panama City, FL

  • 7/12/ 03 – EA Teena Della did a GLAST presentation to K-12 teachers at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

  • 7/19/03 –EA Mike Ford presented “Seeing the Invisible Universe” to teachers in Holton, Kansas.

  • 7/22/03 –EA Tim Brennan presented“Where Particle Physics Meets Orbiting Astronomy: NASA’s GLAST Program and the Future of Gamma-Ray Astronomy” at Spaceshop XX held at Tufts University, Medford, MA

  • 7/25/03– EA Mike Ford presented “How We See the Invisible” to the Holton Chamber of Commerce

  • 7/28 and 8/1/03 –EA Tim Brennan presented“Where Particle Physics Meets Orbiting Astronomy: NASA’s GLAST Program and the Future of Gamma-Ray Astronomy” plus "Invisible Light Sources and Detectors” in Maine Math and Science Alliance.


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E/PO Educator Training

  • EAs at Workshops and Meetings since PDR in 5/03

  • 8/26/03– EA Jason Smith talked about the GLAST mission at the Challenger Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • 10/4/03 –EA Tim Brennan presented“Where Particle Physics Meets Orbiting Astronomy: NASA’s GLAST Program” at the AAPT in Maine

  • 10/17/03– EA Mary Garrett presented “Out of this World Mathematics” to the Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

  • 10/18/03 – EA Mike Ford presented “Seeing the Invisible Universe” to teachers in Holton, Kansas.

  • 10/24/03 – EA Teena Della discussed GLAST with the BC Association of Physics Teachers

  • 11/13/03 – EA Jeff Adkins discussed GLAST at the NCN-AAPT

  • 11/14/03- EA Mike Ford presented “Astronomy with the GLAST Telescope Network (GTN)” and “Invisible Universe” at NSTA Mid-west Regional in Kansas City

  • 11/19/03 – EA Jeff Adkins discussed GLAST with the teachers of the Antioch School District, California


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E/PO Educator Training

  • EAs at Workshops and Meetings since PDR in 5/03

  • 11/14/03 EA Jason Smith presented “The Gamma-ray Universe” at the NSTA regional meeting in Louisville, KY

  • 12/04/03– EA Tim Brennan presented “NASA’s GLAST Program and the Future of Gamma-Ray Astronomy” to the Vermont Science Teacher Association

  • 12/2/03EADaryl Taylor “Bringing NASA into the classroom” to teachers at Rutgers University

  • 1/24/04 – EAMike Ford “Exploring the Invisible Universe with your Students” to teachers in Holton, Kansas

  • 2/13/04 – EAMike Ford “Mission of GLAST and the GTN” to Lawrence Astronomy Associates, at Lawrence University, Kansas

  • 2/20/04 - EA Teena Della “Magic in the Classroom” at the CTA Professional Development Day

  • 2/28/04 - EA Teena Della “NASA’s GLAST mission” at the BC Association of Physics Teachers

  • 3/12/04 – EA Mary Garrett “Active Galaxies and Mathematical Models” at the MACUL conference in Michigan


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E/PO Educator Training

  • EAs at Workshops and Meetings since PDR in 5/03

  • 3/12/04 – EA Daryl Taylor “What NASA Can Do for You” at the Black Horse Pike Public Schools Inservice Training Day

  • 4/3/04 – EA Jeff Adkins discussed GLAST during a “A Project-based Space Academy at Deer Valley High School” at NSTA-regional

  • 5/7/04 - EA Teena Della “NASA: Magic in the Classroom” at the BC Science Teachers Association

  • 6/21/04- EA Mary Garrett presented “Active Galaxies: Activities in Science and Mathematics from NASA” at ISTE, in New Orleans

  • 6/28/04 – EA Ellen Holmes presented “Exploring the Invisible Universe” at the Challenger Center in Maine

  • 7/9/04 – EA Teena Della presented “What’s New with NASA?” at Simon Fraser University

  • 7/13/04 – EA Walter Glowgowski presented “Things that Go Bang in the Sky: AGN and NASA’s GLAST telescope” at the Illinois STA

  • 7/12/04 – EA Ellen Holmes presented “Exploring the Invisible Universe” at the NASA Joint Propulston Conference in Florida


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E/PO Educator Training

  • EAs at Workshops and Meetings since PDR in 5/03

  • 8/2/04 – EA Jeff Adkins presented “Using Digital Image Analysis to teach parallax” at the AAPT national meeting in Sacramento, CA

  • 8/9-12/04 – EA Teena Della presented “Space Mysteries” at the Canadian Space Agency Educator Conference

  • Workshops and Meetings in 2004 (submitted)

    • 9/04 – EA Ellen Holmes will present “Active Galaxies” at Southworth Planetarium in Bangor, Maine

    • 10/04 – EA Sharla Dowding will present “Huge Black Holes: Measuring the Monster in the Middle” at the Montana Educator’s Conference

    • 11/04 – EA Jeff Adkins will present “Activities from NASA’s GLAST mission” at the NSTA-regional in Portland, Oregon

    • 2/05 - EA Ellen Holmes will present “Size Matters: Using GLAST to explore the very small and very large matters in our Universe”, at SEEC in Newbern, Maine


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    E/PO Educator Training

    • Texas A&M University (Kingsville) (R3)

      • Hispanic Speaking Institution

      • Will hold a teacher training workshop in 2005

    • UC Santa Cruz (R3, R5, R6)

      • GLAST Balloon flight with HS teachers

      • Tesla coil show at many venues

      • Summer program with HS teachers


    Glast exhibit booth
    GLAST Exhibit Booth

    • Meets R5 and R6

    • HEAD 11/00, 4/02, 9/04

    • AAS 1/01, 6/01, 1/02, 6/02, 1/03, 6/03, 1/04, 6/04

    • Gamma 2001 4/01

    • Santa Fe GRB 9/03

    • CSTA 10/01, 10/02, 10/3, 10/4 (with Swift)

    • NSTA SE 12/01 (with Swift)

    • AAPT 1/03, 8/04 (with Swift

    • AAPT-NCN 4/03 (with Swift)

    • Expanding Your Horizons 5/02, 5/04 (with Swift)


    E/PO Printed Materials

    • TOPS Learning Systems (2002-2006) (R2)

      • 3 year subcontract: goal is three modules of lesson activities

      • First module of lesson activities now in print!

      • FAR OUT MATH - uses simple slide

      • rules to understand powers and logarithms

      • Next module: SCALING THE UNIVERSE

        • Reviewed extensively by WestEd

        • Almost in print

      • TOPS has own dissemination channel

      • TOPS workshops given at NSTA

      • and NCTM in spring 2003

    http://www.topscience.org/


    E/PO Printed Materials

    • Other printed materials (R2, R6))

      • Active Galaxy Educator’s Guide and wallsheet

        • Extensively field tested

        • 3 activities that use instructional design template developed with EAs

          • Building Perspectives on Active Galaxies

          • Zooming in on Active Galaxies

          • Light Travel Time and the Size of Active Galaxies

      • Cosmic Journeys trading card game features GLAST as one of five missions to build

      • GLAST CDs – have entire E/PO website

      • New GLAST poster

      • GLAST miniplots

      • GLAST stickers


    E/PO Printed Materials

    • New materials in development (R2, R6))

      • GLAST Race Card Game

        • Students compete to build the satellite and observe objects

      • AGN Pop-up Book

        • Activities, a story and more

      • Supernova Educator’s Guide

        • Joint with XMM-Newton


    Slac virtual visitor s center
    SLAC Virtual Visitor’s Center

    Interactive Gamma-ray exhibit will be added to

    http://www2.slac.stanford.edu/vvc/

    in 2004 – in progress (R4, R6)


    PBS Television Special

    • PBS Television Special (2003-2006)(R4, R6)

      • Subcontract with Thomas Lucas now in place

      • Program script now in development

      • Focus on GRBs and Black Holes

      • 1 hour program on PBS NOVA

      • $1M NSF grant received for TV and Large format full digital dome show

      • with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science

      • Will include Swift launch

      • Should air by the end of 2005 or early in 2006


    Global telescope network
    Global Telescope Network

    • Program objects are AGN and GRBs (R3, R4, R5, R6)

    • GTN website: http://glast.sonoma.edu/gtn

      • Has finding charts for each target object

      • Background information about robotic telescopes and active galaxies

    • SSU has designed archive for images

    • AAVSO will archive magnitudes from CCD observations

    • Other notable partners

      • Holton, KS Elk Creek Observatory

      • WIRO, Wyoming

      • Hands On Universe Project

    GLAST Optical Robotic Telescope at the California Academy of Science’s Pepperwood Natural Preserve


    Glast public relations
    GLAST Public Relations

    • Articles for HEAD newsletters

    • Press release coordination

    • “Giveaways” at science meetings

      • Silly putty egg balls

      • AGN flashlights

      • Magic cubes

      • Cosmic Journeys trading cards and GLAST mission cards

    • GLAST video

    • GLAST public brochure –

      • New brochure at printers


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    E/PO Summary

    • GLAST E/PO is exciting the public and students of all ages

    • We meet all requirements for NASA E/PO

    • We are on budget and moving ahead on all scheduled items

    • Over 4000 teachers have been trained in 25 states

    • GLAST E/PO materials are in the hands of over 11,000 teachers nationwide


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