Opportunities and Resources for STEM Outreach and Professional Development

Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement: Workshops in 2023

Planetary scientists and astrobiologists (including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, engineers, and technicians) and informal (out-of-school time) educators are invited to apply to attend a 2023 Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement professional development workshop organized by the LPI. During these workshops, scientists and educators are paired together and supported in bi-directional conversations around diversity and inclusion in engaging Black and Latinx audiences in planetary science. Visit Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement to learn more.

Professional Learning Resources for Educators and Scientists

The National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network offers free resources designed for informal educators, scientists, and STEM professionals. These include training materials, tools, and guides related to science communication, methods for engaging the public, and ways to enhance collaborations. Visit Professional Learning Resources to learn more.

Become an Eclipse Ambassador

ASP and NASA Eclipse Ambassador Application In October 2023 and April 2024, two eclipses will be happening across the United States. In an exciting new partnership, undergraduate students and amateur astronomers will engage their local communities, providing solar viewing glasses as well as context for underserved communities off the central paths. Visit Eclipse Ambassador to learn more.

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STEM professionals are invited to volunteer in Letters to a Pre-Scientist’s pen pal program, which connects students to scientists. The program strives to build student awareness, interest, and confidence in exploring a future in STEM. Visit Pen Pal Program to learn more.

Become a GLOBE Scientist

GLOBE is a worldwide science and education program supported by NASA, NSF, and NOAA that connects students, teachers, and STEM professionals to advance the understanding of Earth as a system. The GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) is the bridge connecting the researchers of today with those of tomorrow. GISN scientists promote Earth science in schools, act as mentors, or volunteer to form meaningful relationships with students and teachers. Visit The GLOBE Program to learn more.

Join Gage

A close-up of a logo Description automatically generated Gage is the world’s largest directory of women and gender minority professionals in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine (STEMM). It is a resource for educators, journalists, policy makers, and others who are seeking expertise in STEMM. Join the Gage directory to be contacted for opportunities to get involved in education, outreach, media, and research from around the world. Visit Gage to learn more.

Professional Development Opportunities – edX Courses

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Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].