The THEMIS/ARTEMIS team, recognizing our country's need for improved mathematics, science, and technology education, has developed a comprehensive education and outreach program. Lead by UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory, we partner with science centers, K-12 educators, professional science organizations, and mission scientists to implement a comprehensive education and public outreach program.
Successes to date include:
- The Heliophysics Educator Ambassador project, in which teacher leaders participate in one week of professional development, and in turn, provide professional development for their teacher colleagues. A collaboration of 8 NASA missions, this project is in its third year and has reached over 700 teachers.
- High quality science and math educational materials which have been reviewed by NASA scientists and pilot tested by teachers
- The Geomagnetic Event Observation Network by Students (GEONS) project. Magnetometers are placed and provide real-time data from 10 schools across the country, with teachers receiving long-term professional development in reading and interpreting the data. Students learn Earth's magnetic field and its changes related to auroral substorm activity.
- Probing the Mysterious Aurora, a ViewSpace show for museums and science centers across the country.
- Launch of a new Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) site serving Nevada.
- Providing professional development to teachers, with a focus on Tribal Colleges and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in order to reach minority and underserved groups.
- Launch and update of the THEMIS/ARTEMIS Education and Public Outreach website