Tools for Scientist Engagement in E/PO: NASA SMD Community Workspace and Online Resources

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Heather Dalton1, Stephanie Staples Shipp1, Jennifer Grier2, Nicholas A Gross3, Sanlyn Buxner2, Lindsay Bartolone4, Laura M Peticolas5, Morgan Woroner6 and Theresa G Schwerin7, (1)Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, United States, (2)Planetary Science Institute Tucson, Tucson, AZ, United States, (3)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (4)Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL, United States, (5)University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States, (6)IGES, Arlington, VA, United States, (7)Organization Not Listed, Washington, DC, United States
The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forums are here to help you get involved in E/PO! The Forums have been developing several online resources to support scientists who are – or who are interested in becoming – involved in E/PO. These include NASA Wavelength, EarthSpace, and the SMD E/PO online community workspace.

NASA Wavelength is the one-stop shop of all peer-reviewed NASA education resources to find materials you – or your audiences – can use. Browse by audience (pre-K through 12, higher education, and informal education) or topic, or choose to search for something specific by keyword and audience. http://nasawavelength.org.

EarthSpace, an online clearinghouse of Earth and space materials for use in the higher education classroom, is driven by a powerful search engine that allows you to browse the collection of resources by science topic, audience, type of material or key terms. All materials are peer-reviewed before posting, and because all submissions receive a digital object identifier (doi), submitted materials can be listed as publications. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/earthspace.

The SMD E/PO online community workspace contains many resources for scientists. These include one-page guides on how to get involved, tips on how to make the most of your time spent on E/PO, and sample activities, as well as news on funding, policy, and what’s happening in the E/PO community. The workspace also provides scientists and the public pathways to find opportunities for participation in E/PO, to learn about SMD E/PO projects and their impacts, to connect with SMD E/PO practitioners, and to explore resources to improve professional E/PO practice, including literature reviews, information about the Next Generation Science Standards, and best practices in evaluation and engaging diverse audiences. http://smdepo.org.