Lunar and Planetary Institute






Reaching the Moon

Agenda | Participants | Resources | Notes | Evaluation Responses | Steering Committee

March 9, 2008
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Houston, Texas

Evaluation Summary

We received 22 survey responses, with overwhelmingly positive results.

All of the participants agreed or strongly agreed the sessions were effective in exchanging information and encouraging discussion.

90% to 95% agreed to strongly agreed that the forum provided new content they would share, that they have a better understanding of the international plans to explore the Moon, that the presentations provided resources they are interested in using with their audiences, that they have acquired a new understanding that will be valuable in future programs and activities, that the group discussions provided useful ideas on ways to adapt and use educational resources, that they able to share professional experiences regarding educational outreach, activities, resources, and issues with respect to the Moon, and that the demonstrations were informative and a productive way to spend time.

In general, the opportunities to share in group discussions, networking with the broad variety of education colleagues was considered the most valuable aspect of the forum.  Suggestions for the future included having more time, tables in the lecture room, non-dairy lunch options, and starting later in the morning.  Future forum topics varied greatly.  Final thoughts were extremely positive.

Evaluation Details

Questions

Strongly Agree

Agree

Neutral

Disagree

Strongly Disagree

The forum provided new content I will share about the Moon and lunar exploration with my audiences. 

12

8

2

 

 

The sessions were effective in exchanging information and encouraging discussion. 

16

6

 

 

 

I have a better understanding of the international plans to explore the Moon. 

13

7

1

1

 

The mission presentations provided resources I am interested in using with my audiences. 

14

7

 

1

 

The group discussions provided useful ideas on ways to adapt and use educational resources for my audiences. 

13

8

 

1

 

I was able to share my professional experiences regarding educational outreach, activities, resources, and issues with respect to the Moon. 

13

8

1

 

 

The demonstrations over lunch were informative and a productive way to spend time.
One response: “?” and another was “n/a”  

15

4

 

1

 

I have acquired a new understanding while at this forum that will be valuable in my future programs and activities. 

13

8

 

1

 

What were the most valuable aspects of this forum?

  • LRO and LCROSS presentations were excellent.
  • Technical info on missions
  • Ways to discuss how to re-capture student attention about the Moon
  • The dialogue/discussions
  • More data on lunar spacecrafts
  • Dialogs; idea exchange; diversity of the audiences
  • Discussions
  • Contact with many new sources of information; news of current and future lunar exploration
  • Presentations by experts; excellent displays during lunch
  • Variety of participants
  • Small group discussions
  • Talking to participants
  • Networking with other professionals; the openness and willingness to share with total different strangers; opinions of others were valued
  • Interaction
  • Resources I will be able to use in my classroom
  • Networking
  • Information sharing/discussions; presenters
  • Conversations w/people
  • Gathering of a diverse community for a focused learning time on a current space-related topic
  • Sharing & networking

What should be improved for future Forums?

  • I thought they worked and very well.  Having a group leader that has designated helped.
  • Think out of the box
  • Tables during speaking sessions
  • More frequent breaks; more movement
  • Student work (unintelligible)
  • International collaborations of the planetary sciences and their application to the educational level
  • Not so early in the morning, please.
  • Mixed groups—subgroups containing members from each type of participant (educators k-12, grad, etc.)
  • Like the mission info
  • More time; was incredible
  • More emphasis on educational products available
  • Room with tables may be nice
  • More time?  Wider perspectives—ask: process “hard” questions

What are additional resources or materials pertinent to this topic that you recommend the community become familiar with?  Please note that these will be shared on the Web site.

  • LCROSS community involvement should be more publicized.  This was the first I heard of it.
  • Msip.asu.edu
  • Mesdt.asu.edu
  • Covered in discussion
  • animated moon map, crossword puzzles
  • commercial space exploration progress
  • Speakers, hands-on experiences; new media.
  • Exploring the Moon

The Forums are intended to explore educational topics of interest to the planetary science and education community. What topics do you believe would be of appeal at future Lunar and Planetary Conferences?

  • One on the “constellation” program itself.
  • Messenger mission
  • Space science and college level robotics together
  • Future colonization of other planets; Earth as a planet
  • You covered it all!
  • NASA missions to study Earth processes
  • What is being developed in EPO to support missions or good EPO efforts
  • Overview of E/PO
  • Moon, Mars & focus ? of NASA
  • New Media—seems like a topic that we all could use

Other thoughts that you would like to share?

  • Excellent Forum.  Worth the trip.
  • Excellent job!
  • Interdisciplinary connections
  • Start at 9am?  Thank you!  Non-dairy option for lunch?
  • Great job!  I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you.
  • A great day for an octogenarian grandfather.
  • Great experience—thanks for letting me attend!
  • Great
  • Great job!
  • Very well done

 

Last updated
July 18, 2008