Astrogeology Science Center

Astro Making a Difference in STEM Education

6 October 2017

USGS Astrogeology Science Center is on board for the development of STEM curricula for middle and elementary school students to facilitate interest in learning about planetary science, technology and engineering. In 2015, NASA funded the Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS) project, a partnership involving multiple agencies, to get the wheels turning. Research scientist and educator Moses Milazzo and other subject matter experts (SMEs), at the Astrogeology Science Center, created a model for improved collaboration between SMEs, curriculum developers, professional development experts, and educators to strengthen the process. Science materials for two out-of-school time modules were designed for middle school students during 2016 and 2017, and a third module for elementary school students is underway. Find out more information on how Astrogeology and others are making a difference in education in the excerpt below.

 

SEM Collaboration

USGS and affiliates working together to make STEM optimal.

Excerpt: Planetary Learning that Advances the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS) was selected as one of 27 new projects to support the NASA Science Mission Directorate’s Science Education Cooperative Agreement Notice. Our goal is to develop and disseminate out-of-school time (OST) curriculum and related educator professional development (PD) modules that integrate planetary science, technology, and engineering. We operate as a partnership between planetary science Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), curriculum developers, science and engineering teacher professional development experts and OST teacher networks. The PLANETS team includes the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at Northern Arizona University (NAU); the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center (Astrogeology); and the Boston Museum of Science (MOS). As part of this overarching project, we will create a model for improved integration of SMEs, curriculum developers, professional development experts, and educators during all stages of curriculum development. Continue Reading.