Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project

 

Project overview

The Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project is raising the capacity of museums and informal science educators to engage the public in Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics, and their social dimensions through the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). SEISE is creating hands-on activity toolkits (250 toolkits per year over four years), small footprint exhibitions (50 identical copies), and professional development opportunities (including online workshops).  

Explore Science: Earth & Space logo

SEISE is one of 27 projects from across the United States selected by the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) for cooperative agreements totaling $42 million. These SciAct Collaborative projects are working together to implement a new strategic approach to engaging learners of all ages in NASA science education programs and activities. SciAct Collaborative projects support learning about Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. Collaborative goals include enabling STEM education, improving U.S. scientific literacy, advancing national educational goals, and leveraging science activities through partnerships.

To view a list of the 27 selected organizations, along with an introductory video visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/list-of-science-education-partners-for-nasa-stem-agreements/


Opportunities for NISE Network Partners

Both new and existing NISE Network museum partners located in the United States are invited to participate in SEISE project activities. Toolkits and exhibitions will be available to informal learning organizations through a competitive application process. Opportunities include:

  • Toolkits with hands-on educational activities (250 toolkits each year over four years)
  • Small footprint exhibitions (50 identical copies)
  • Online professional development workshops for informal science educators

Online applications will be made available for each opportunity as the project progresses. Watch the NISE Network newsletter for more details.


2018 Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkits

Applications for physical toolkits were due November 1, 2017.


Digital Toolkit

Digital toolkits available as a free download:

 


Timeline

  • 2016: project planning and development
  • 2017: 250 copies of the 2017 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshops
  • 2018: 250 copies of the 2018 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshop, first set of exhibition copies shipped
  • 2019: 250 copies of the 2019 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshops, remaining set of exhibition copies shipped
  • 2020: 250 copies of the 2020 toolkits shipped, corresponding online professional development workshops

Project partners

The project is led by Science Museum of Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN), in collaboration with Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), University of California Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), and the Museum of Science (Boston, MA). 

Project team members and advisors include:

  • Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC
  • Arizona State University, AZ
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, CA
  • Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Emily Maletz Graphic Design, Portland, OR
  • The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
  • Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC
  • Museum of Science, MA
  • National Girls Collaborative Project, Seattle, WA
  • Science Museum of Minnesota, MN
  • Sciencenter, Ithaca, NY
  • Space Sciences Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • University of California Berkeley, CA
  • University of Notre Dame, IN

Partnerships include:

  • Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
  • Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)
  • Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) members
  • Museum Alliance (JPL)
  • NASA visitor centers
  • STAR Library Education Network (Star_Net) / Space Science Institute
  • Visitor Studies Association (VSA)

Local partnerships may include:

  • Museums
  • Planetariums
  • K-12 schools and teachers
  • University researchers and students
  • Amateur astronomers
  • Out-of-school time programs
  • Libraries
  • Community organizations

Recipients of 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits: 

250 NISE Network partner organizations were awarded a physical 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit:


Acknowledgements

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).