Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS) is five-year interdisciplinary and cross-institutional partnership to develop and disseminate out-of-school time curricular and professional development (PD) modules that integrate planetary science, technology, and engineering. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center, and the Museum of Science Boston are partners in developing, piloting, and researching the impact of three out of school time planetary science and engineering curriculum and related professional development units. These units and professional development support products are being developed and tested with diversity and inclusion of youth as drivers.
What does your team hope to achieve?
We will have three nationally available engineering units along with planetary science lessons and educator support materials. We are developing these products to inspire all youth, particularly underserved youth, in STEM learning. By providing engaging and inspiring activities for out-of-school contexts, we aim to positively impact student attitudes towards science and engineering and inspire further interest in NASA and STEM.
“We have an extremely talented team who bring together diverse expertise – all focused on bringing STEM experiences to youth in out-of-school time programs. We love the collaborations with each other and with the rest of the NASA collaborators in the SMD education group.” Joëlle Clark, Principal Investigator.
“We’re excited to be part of this project and to build on work we’ve already done with support from NASA to bring engaging aerospace and aeronautical engineering activities to afterschool programs,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham, PLANETS Co-Investigator.
"We geologists and planetary scientists are excited to be on the PLANETS project because it enables us to share our love of science, engineering, and exploration of the Solar System through proven educational channels and with many more learners than we would be able to do on our own." Moses Milazzo, USGS PLANETS Co-Investigator