Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH)

Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH)

The Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) team seeks to enhance the ability of planetary scientists, aka “Content Heroes,” to engage Latinx and Black youth and their families. The ReaCH team has initiated a series of pilot workshops in 2022 titled Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement at multiple locations across the country. In addition to planetary scientists, NASA Science Activation teams and informal educators who serve minority communities are invited to participate in these workshops. The design of these workshops has been, and will continue to be, informed by needs assessments of planetary scientists and informal educators, research literature, lived experiences of ReaCH team members and workshop participants, and iterative, formative evaluation of workshops.

In addition to providing their expertise and sharing their public engagement experiences, planetary scientists participating in these workshops will come away with actionable strategies for engaging Black and Latinx audiences and begin to build relationships/collaborations with other participants. Following each workshop, a public engagement event will be held at a local institution allowing workshop participants the opportunity to utilize engagement strategies discussed in the workshop. Stipends are available for those who are able to accept them.

Information on Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement workshop locations, dates, and application process is below.

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Map of PEW Locales for Pilots Communities

Possible locations for Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement workshops (red dots). Locations are near concentrations of planetary research facilities (gray dots) and/or Latinx/Black communities (blue triangles/green squares). Black/Latinx community locales shown here have the highest populations based on 2010 census data. Yellow dots mark the locations of 2022 pilot workshops.

  Latinx Communities
  Black Communities
  Planetary Research Center
  Workshop Pilot Locations (2022)
  Potential Workshop Location (2023–2025)

Upcoming Events

Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement workshops

April 6–9, 2022
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

August 4–6, 2022
Space Center Houston
Houston, TX

November 2022
Applied Physics Lab
Laurel, MD
(pilot, planned)
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ReaCH Seminars

TBD

The Planetary ReaCH Team

Andy Shaner
Andy Shaner

Principal Investigator
Lunar and Planetary Institute

(He/Him/His)

Margaret Baguio
Margaret Baguio

Co-Investigator
University of Texas – Austin

(She/Her/Hers)

Yolanda Ballard
Yolanda Ballard

Lunar and Planetary Institute

(She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Sanlyn Buxner
Dr. Sanlyn Buxner

Planetary Science Institute

(She/Her/Hers)

Joelle Clark
Joelle Clark

Northern Arizona University

(She/Her/Hers)

Kevi Duty
Kevi Duty

Co-Investigator
Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs

Jeanette Joyce
Jeanette Joyce

External Evaluator
McREL International

(She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Kennda Lynch
Dr. Kennda Lynch

Co-Investigator
Lunar and Planetary Institute

(She/Her/Hers)

Celena Miller
Celena Miller

University of Texas – Austin

(She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Alexandra Matiella Novak
Dr. Alexandra Matiella Novak

Co-Investigator
Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Aimee Merkel
Dr. Aimee Merkel

Co-Investigator
Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics

Dr. Edgard Rivera-Valentín
Dr. Edgard Rivera-Valentín

Co-Investigator
Applied Physics Laboratory

(They/Them/Theirs)

Lori Rubino-Hare
Lori Rubino-Hare

Co-Investigator
Northern Arizona University

(She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Nick Schneider
Dr. Nick Schneider

Co-Investigator
Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics

(He/Him/His)

Susan Shebby
Susan Shebby

External Evaluator
McREL International

(She/Her/Hers)

Christine Shupla
Christine Shupla

Co-Investigator
Lunar and Planetary Institute

(She/Her/Hers)

Collaborations and Support

  • ASTRO CAMP Community Partners Program
  • InSight mission to Mars
  • Juno mission to Jupiter
  • Lucy mission to Trojan Asteroids
  • MAVEN mission to Mars
  • NASA Eyes on the Solar System
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Solar System Exploration Division
  • NASA Johnson Space Center Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science Division
  • NASA Solar System Ambassadors
  • NASA Solar System Treks
  • NASA Space Place
  • NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institutes (SSERVI)
  • National Institute of Aerospace: eClips
  • Outer Planets Assessment Group
  • Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS)
  • Small Bodies Assessment Group

The Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) project is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number 80NSSC21M0003. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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