NASA Mission Tools Suite for Education

Monday, 15 December 2014
Emily L Schaller, National Suborbital Education and Research Center, Palmdale, CA, United States and Aaron R Duley, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
The NASA Mission Tools Suite for Education (MTSE) is a unique web‑based educational tool that allows K‑12 classrooms to connect with NASA Airborne Science Program missions around the world in real-time. Since its inception in 2012, over 7000 students in 72 schools in 18 US states, Guam and Chile, have participated in the program. Many NASA Airborne Science field campaigns (Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3), Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX), Operation IceBridge, and DISCOVER-AQ) have used MTSE to connect to K-12 classrooms. MTSE supports opportunities for to educators to supplement their core science curriculum by engaging students in dialog with actual mission scientists, pilots, and engineers. By using the tool, students can follow an aircraft’s location during a flight, view relevant satellite, RADAR, forecast and modeling products, and ask questions in real time.