Diverse Education Projects Identified
Volume 12, Number 1, March 1996
by James Thieman and Nathan James
The Space Science Data Operations Office (SSDOO) and its support contractor,
Hughes STX, both have active education and outreach committees. Both committees
met in joint session on January 30, 1996, to discuss their activities with Dr.
Richard Fahey, the chair of the Space Sciences Directorate Education and
Outreach Committee. Dr. Fahey had recently been appointed as the chair of that
committee and spent the first part of the meeting explaining his philosophy of
education and outreach and some of his plans for the future. He stressed his
belief that NASA personnel should be working together with teachers in pairing
arrangements to improve science education since most scientists are not trained
to go into the classroom as educators. He also encouraged filling out the
educational volunteer form to be entered in a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
data base by the education resources office.
A variety of on-going projects was described by the SSDOO/Hughes STX committee
members as follows. There were other activities on-going as well that could not
be discussed because of time constraints.
- INSPIRE: a program for high school students to bring the excitement of
observing natural and man-made radio waves in the audio region.
- Creation of a complete set of World Wide Web (WWW) pages for the lay person
describing an exploration of the Earth's magnetosphere, including historical
- A variety of summer student programs including tasks to allow them to create
WWW pages helping to educate the general public about the space sciences.
- Cooperative programs with the Howard B. Owens Science Center of the Prince
George's County, Maryland, public school system to help the science center set
up and use a new computer laboratory to be connected to the Internet.
- Participation in a Space Sciences Education Workshop to be held in February
1996 at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
- Development of three-dimensional and other attractive imagery of the Sun as
teaching aids for classroom and science museum settings.
- Creation of the "Schoolyard Solar System" to give students a concept of the
size of the solar system.
- Interactions with DuVal High School and Greenbelt Elementary School for
popularization programs in the classroom.
The meeting lasted longer than anticipated not only because of the breadth of
activities being described but also because of the interest in and lively
discussions about each activity. It was clear that the committee members
approach their voluntary service with enthusiasm.
GSFC organizational page
Curators: Erin Gardner
and Miranda Beall
Responsible Official: Dr. Joseph H. King, Code 633
Last Revised: 21 Nov 1996 [EDG]