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Getting Involved
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NASA’s Broker program concluded in June 2007.  
For more information at NASA, go to

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Getting Involved

There are several ways to get involved, from proposing outreach activities that connect to ongoing space science research, to joining an ongoing educational effort.

Preparing a NASA SMD proposal that includes an EPO segment. Check out Science Mission Directorate Research Opportunities.

Preparing a supplement to your SMD research grant. Check out Science Mission Directorate Guidelines and Opportunities for E/PO.

For inquiries specific to ROSES EPO programs such as the research supplements and the programmatic solicitations
please e-mail [email protected]

Potential Partners

SCORE Region Museums, Planetariums, and Organizations

Directory of Prospective Partners in Educational Initiatives
Compiled by the Space Science Institute, this is a rich resource of institutions and programs. Some are national in scope, others are more specific to the western Broker/Facilitator region than to the SCORE region.

Space Grants
Many Space Grants have education and public outreach programs and/or assist researchers and educators in participating in education programs. The following Space Grant programs are in the SCORE Broker region.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCU)
A list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Tribal Colleges
Created in response to the higher-education needs of American Indians, Tribal Colleges generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means of accessing education beyond the high school level. They have become increasingly important to educational opportunity for American Indian students. Tribal Colleges are unique institutions that combine personal attention with cultural relevance, in such a way as to encourage American Indians —especially those living on reservations — to overcome the barriers they face to higher education.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
HACU is committed to Hispanic success in education, from kindergarten through graduate school and into the work force. HACU's goals are to promote the development of member colleges and universities; to improve access to and the quality of postsecondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and to meet the needs of business, industry, and government through the development and sharing of resources, information, and expertise.

NASA Minority University Research and Education Programs (MUREP)
MUREP focuses primarily on expanding and advancing NASA's scientific technological base through collaborative efforts with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).

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Information for Funding

The following links are intended to help space scientists who are developing education and public outreach proposals, programs, and products.

Contact information for the Science Leads/PIs and Education Leads/Points of Contact for the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) missions in operation or development.

Explanatory Guide to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach Evaluation Criteria.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate Education/Public Outreach Program's Goals and Objectives

Partners in Education: A Strategy for Integrating Education and Public Outreach into NASA's Space Science Programs describes the Science Mission Directorate's approach for making education at all levels, and the enhancement of public understanding of science, integral parts of space science research activities.

Implementing the Science Mission Directorate Education/Public Outreach Strategy summarizes the results of the deliberations of a task force of scientists and educators chartered to consider how OSS's Education/Public Outreach Strategy— “Partners in Education: A Strategy for Integrating Education and Public Outreach into NASA's Space Science Programs”— should be implemented.

Evaluation Criteria for proposed NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach activities.

Frequently Asked Questions about the NASA Science Mission Directorate Education and Public Outreach Evaluation Criteria.

Examples of activities and proposals that have involved scientist participation in Education and Public Outreach activities. Presented by the Space Science Institute.

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Articles relating to science education reform and the role of scientists in that reform from the Space Science Institute.

Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin Current Issue
This quarterly newsletter explores issues related to planetary science and exploration, and includes "Spotlight on Education," featuring workshops, funding opportunities, and other pertinent resources that can support scientists in their involvement in outreach.

Susan Loucks-Horsley, 1999, Ideas that Work: Science Professional Development Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 70 pp. 1-800-621-5785. Suggestions for developing effective professional development programs for K–12 educators.

Bringing the Excitement of Science to the Classroom by the Teachers and Mentors of the Partners In Science Program. A "how-to" manual and participant account of one of the first and most widespread scientific work experience programs. Carried by Research Corporation .

You and the Media: A researcher's guide for dealing successfully with the news media, by Herbert O. Funsten and published by the Public Information Committee of the American Geophysical Union.

National Standards for K–12 Programs and Projects

The National Science Education Standards are intended to serve as a guide to defining scientific literacy for K–12 children, provide guidance for teachers and other educators in the development of curriculum and professional development, and aid policy makers and the community in supporting and implementing effective programs.

Principles and Standards of Mathematics from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

National Educational Technology Standards Project from the International Society for Technology in Education.

State Science Standards

Arizona Department of Education Science Standards

Kansas State Department of Education Science Education Standards

Louisiana Department of Education Science Content Standards

New Mexico Public Education Department Science Standards

Oklahoma State Department of Education Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS)

Texas Education Agency Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science (TEKS)

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Last updated
July 6, 2007