Space science is enjoying a golden age! Definitive evidence of the
existence of black holes, the discovery of planets outside the solar system,
and the understanding of how our active Sun affects Earth's space
environment, are just a few examples of the exciting discoveries that
astonish and fill us with wonder. Space scientists are poised to answer
fundamental questions about the destiny of the cosmos and the possibility of
life beyond Earth. Solving the mysteries of the Universe — what a wonderful
way to spark our imaginations!
Our Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory
has earned a reputation that sets the standard for excellence in space
science education and public outreach. We develop innovative programs that
serve educators, students, science museums, and the general public.
a team of dedicated scientists, educators, students, artists, writers,
computer programmers, and staff working in a dynamic environment that
develops our talents and ideas to their fullest potential for the benefit of
space science education.
proud to share with you our vision, our values, and our programs. Explore
the Universe with us!
Dr. Isabel Hawkins,
Astronomer and Founding Director of of the Center for Science Education
science, the study of the solar system and the Universe beyond, integrates a
variety of scientific disciplines, mathematics, and technology. In an
increasingly technological society, science education is critically
important, enabling people to make informed decisions about our place in
space, our environment, and the future of our planet. Space scientists
offer unique and profound contributions to those who hunger for meaning,
knowledge, and discovery. Through education and public outreach, we strive
to make that specialized knowledge accessible to everyone.
humanity shares a sense of wonder at our Universe. With appreciation for
space science discoveries that continually amaze and educate us, we strive
to spark excitement and engage minds.
the scientific literacy of the general public
teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology
Facilitate and increase scientists' involvement in education and public
the participation of underserved groups in space science
space science research discoveries for broad audiences
easy and equitable access to space science resources
In our team, we work collaboratively, embracing contributions from a variety of cultures and perspectives.
We encourage open dialogue and sharing of ideas with full consideration, courtesy and regard for everyone.
We seek opportunities to develop ourselves professionally by acquiring new skills, knowledge and greater self awareness.
We approach our work with full measures of creativity, imagination and innovation, striving to develop and deliver excellent products and services.
encourage the flow of knowledge and provide equitable and easy access to
space science resources, we serve and partner with the following groups:
collaborate with educators to understand how students learn, and what
excites and motivates them.
- We help educators adapt the unique knowledge derived from space science
research for their classrooms.
- Other benefits we provide for teachers include improved content knowledge,
new curriculum materials, and mentoring opportunities.
- Working with college educators, we strive to enhance the science literacy
of undergraduate students.
develop curricular resources to help prepare future teachers of science,
mathematics, and technology.
- In partnership with science museums, we reach broad segments of the
population, including underserved groups, in exciting and innovative ways.
- We provide professional development for practicing teachers by enhancing
existing programs at museums and other venues.
- We want to spark interest in the wonders of our Universe and foster
interaction between the general public and the space science community.
partner with space scientists and assist them in making unique and effective
contributions to education and public outreach.
- An important part of our mission is to share the scientific process,
discoveries, and new knowledge from space science research with broad
Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum:
National coordination and support of NASA Sun-Earth Connection
education and outreach programs from satellite missions and research
Science Education Gateway:
Education support for NASA missions, web-based curriculum development,
and a national science museum partnership.
on the Sky:
Enhancing basic literacy through science and technology.
||The CSE@SSL team. Front Row (kneeling) (left
to right): Karen Meyer, Greg Schultz, Isabel Hawkins.
Second Row (standing) (left to right): Igor Ruderman, Renee Frappier, Ruth Paglierani, Laura Peticolas, Darlene Yan, Bryan Mendez, Karin Hauck
Dr. Isabel Hawkins
Astronomer, Senior Fellow and CSE@SSL Founding Director
Coordinator of Public Programs - SECEF
Coordinator of Public Programs - Eye On The Sky Director
Dr. Bryan Mendez
Specialist - SEGway,
PI of SECEF
Program Manager - SECEF
Program Manager - CSE@SSL
Specialist - SEGway
Acting Director, CSE@SSL
Senior Writer - SECEF
Programmer Analyst - CSE@SSL
Administrative Assistant - CSE@SSL
Museum Scientist - SECEF
Program Coordinator - CSE@SSL
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| Yan, Darlene