NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team

Published: 
Nov 13, 2017

Team Mission

NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team (NASA HEAT) brings engaging educational programs about heliophysics to communities across the nation. NASA HEAT does this by contributing to the NASA Science Activation program’s goal of partnering with scientists, educators, and communicators to provide authentic science-based content and experiences based on identified audience needs and refined by rigorous evaluation. Formerly known as the Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC) and NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), the group was renamed to NASA HEAT to take advantage of the focused portfolio and reach of NASA HEAT members.

NASA HEAT communicates the story of heliophysics to many audiences throughout the United States. From running successful, nationwide educational programming to smaller, community-centric projects, NASA HEAT’s varied members provide innovative, engaging programs to reach the nation.

Members

 

What does your team hope to achieve?

NASA HEAT’s mission is to advance national science education goals by providing educational opportunities to learn about heliophysics and the big questions NASA’s Heliophysics program is addressing. These educational programs intentionally support Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and use the unique assets of the members working together to explore, develop, implement, replicate, and disseminate activities and resources.

NASA HEAT aims provide target audiences with outcomes based educational experiences that incorporate NASA resources, missions, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), and authentic learning experiences based on the following essential heliophysics questions:

  • What causes the Sun to vary?
  • How do Earth, the planets, and the heliosphere respond?
  • What are the impacts on humanity?

 

Learn More

PI C. Alex Young and other members of NASA HEAT have been selected to lead the Eclipse 2023 and 2024 coordination efforts for Science Mission Directorate and Science Activation, consistent with leveraging partnerships, science excellence, meeting the needs of audiences, and collaborations. The team will emphasize learning outcomes and the process of science, as well as sustainability, in this effort. NASA HEAT also coordinated NASA’s national programming for the 2017 eclipse: eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Project Website

eclipse2017.nasa.gov
Twitter.com/NASASpaceSciEdu

Publications

Shonfeld, M., et al. (2021). Learning in digital environments: a model for cross‑cultural alignment, Educational Technology Research and Development.

Semeter J., MacDonald, E.A., Hunnekuhl, M., Hirsch, M., Zeller, N. (2020). The Mysterious Green Streaks Below STEVE. AGU Advances. AGU access, e2020AV000183.

Knezek, G.A., Christensen, R.W. & Ng, C.Y. (2020). Inspiring STEM Engagement: Space Science Education in the 21st Century. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 285-290. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Cline, T., et al., (2020). The STEAM Innovation Laboratory: Beyond the Makerspace Paradigm. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 291-313. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Odenwald, S., Davis, H. & Bowers, S. (2020). A Retrospective Analysis of the Impact of SpaceMath@NASA on Student Performance in Math and Science. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 315-338. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Des Jardins, A., et al., (2020). Space Public Outreach Team: Successful STEM Engagement on Complex Technical Topics. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 339-359. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Viggiano, G., Davis, H., Ng, C. & Sweeney, M. (2020). The Effects of a Museum of Science Fiction Event on Participant Knowledge and Interest in Science. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 361-382. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Knezek, G. & Christensen, R. (2020). Researching Impact: Measuring Technology Enhanced Outcomes from the NASA Space Science Education Consortium. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 39(4), 399-420. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Fung, S., et al., (2020). Propagation Teepee: A Possible High-Frequency (15-30 MHz) Remote Lightning Signature Identified by Citizen Scientists. Geophysical Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL087307

Lopez, R., et al., (2020). Space science as a context for science education. INTED2020 Proceedings, 516-522.

Hunnekuhl, M., & MacDonald, E. (2020). Early ground-based work by auroral pioneer Carl Størmer on the high-altitude detached subauroral arcs now known as “STEVE”. Space Weather, 18, e2019SW002384. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019SW002384

Chu, X., et al., (2019). Identifying STEVE's Magnetospheric Driver Using Conjugate Observations in the Magnetosphere and on the Ground. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 12665– 12674. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL082789

 

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