Learn: Science Activation

The NASA Science Activation (SciAct) program connects diverse learners of all ages with science in ways that activate minds and promote a deeper understanding of our world and beyond.

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NASA Earth Science and Education Update: Introducing the Science Activation Program

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Meet the sciact COMMUNITY

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Senior Director, Science Education

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Program Specialist

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Education Specialist

Kim Holloway

Program Coordinator / Social Lead

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Find connections to NASA science experts, real content and experiences, and learning resources. Activate minds and promote a deeper understanding of our world and beyond.

The Science Activation program is a cooperative network of competitively-selected teams from across the Nation working with NASA infrastructure activities to share NASA science with learners of all ages. The program is informed by a 2019 assessment from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and was recognized with a NASA Agency Honor Award in 2022.

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By the numbers

  • We Collaborate - 48 Active Teams. A cooperative network of competitively-selected teams and NASA infrastructure activities across the Nation connects NASA science experts, content, and experiences with communities to activate minds and deepen understanding of our world and beyond.
  • We Leverage - 590 Partnerships. We extend our reach through strategic partnerships with community-based and audience-based organizations to support institutional, state, and local efforts. These partnerships have nearly doubled since 2016.
  • We Connect - 963 scientists involved. NASA and NASA-funded scientists work with Science Activation behind the scenes and directly with learners to share the story, the science, and the adventure of NASA science. The number of scientists involved has increased 50% since 2016.
  • We Innovate - 133 Papers published. Our teams use evidence-based solutions to reach and motivate learners of all ages and document them so that others can benefit. Our work has been cited more than 1200 times to date.
  • We Provide - 1265 learning resources in a searchable catalog.
  • We Engage - 76 Million learner interactions. In 2023, Science Activation teams facilitated 65 million learner interactions in the US and its territories, and another 10 million in 171 other countries around the world. This 45% increase over 2022 is credited to the annular solar eclipse and strengthened community partnerships.
  • We Reach - 55 States and territories. The SciAct program reached learners in all 50 states, DC, and all US territories in 2023. Explore our network in our Interactive Reach Map.
  • We Empower - 100% communities. More than half of SciAct teams focus on broadening participation of underserved communities; while the rest support broader participation more generally.
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