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.

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.

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