NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) works to bring NASA research and technology for heliophysics to audiences throughout the country by using a varied portfolio of education programs for learners of all ages. It does this by contributing to NASA’s Science Activation 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), the group was renamed to NSSEC to take advantage of the full portfolio and reach of NSSEC members.
NSSEC communicates the interrelated story of space science to many audiences throughout the United States. From running successful, nationwide educational programming to smaller, community-centric projects, NSSEC’s varied members provide innovative, engaging programs to reach the nation.
- American Association of Physics Teachers
- ARISA Lab
- Astronomical League
- Indigenous Education Institute
- International Society for Technology in Education
- Montana Space Grant Consortium
- Museum of Science Fiction
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Astrophysics
- Family Science Night
- Afterschool Universe
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Heliophysics
- NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
- National Society of Hispanic Physicists
- Radio JOVE
- Rice University
- Science Friday Initiative
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of North Texas
What does your team hope to achieve?
NSSEC’s mission is to advance national science education goals by providing educational opportunities to learn about what NASA’s Heliophysics studies and the big questions they are addressing. These educational programs intentionally support DEIA and use the unique assets of the consortium members working together to explore, develop, implement, replicate, and disseminate activities and resources.
NSSEC aims provide target audiences with outcomes based educational experiences that incorporate NASA resources, missions, 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?
NSSEC coordinated NASA’s national programming for the 2017 eclipse: eclipse2017.nasa.gov
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. - Carl Sagan