Education & Outreach Overview

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:

  1. 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.
  2. High quality science and math educational materials which have been reviewed by NASA scientists and pilot tested by teachers
  3. 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.
  4. Probing the Mysterious Aurora, a ViewSpace show for museums and science centers across the country.
  5. Launch of a new Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) site serving Nevada.
  6. 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.
  7. Launch and update of the THEMIS/ARTEMIS Education and Public Outreach website

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