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Frequently Asked Questions
Common Definitions
Menu of Opportunities for Scientists In Education
(MOSIE) and Other EPO Ideas

There are several established programs available for Scientists looking to become involved with Education/Public Outreach.


As a resource for space scientists who have received SMD research awards, the SMD E/PO Support Network has compiled a listing of E/PO opportunities. The highlighted projects have ongoing, nationally distributed opportunities for space scientists to participate in meaningful ways.

The menu provides two types of opportunities for scientists: 1) volunteer opportunities and 2) participation in funded projects. In addition to these listings, MOSIE includes examples and ideas for successful E/PO proposals.


Educator Partnership Programs

Project ASTRO: Astronomers and Educators as Partners for Learning
Project ASTRO is a national program to help improve the teaching of astronomy and physical science in general in 4th through 9th grade classrooms (and youth groups). Professional or amateur astronomers are linked with local teachers or youth group leaders, and "adopt" a classroom or community group, visiting 4 to 10 times per year. Partners at each regional site are trained together at 2-day workshops, and then develop an individualized program to share the excitement of modern astronomy and the power of the scientific method with their class or group.


Resources for Involving Scientists in Education (RISE)
Project RISE conducts workshops and publishes materials to help scientists and engineers play effective roles in improving science education. Scientists can participate in a number of ways including working directly with students, working with teachers, supporting systemic reform, and helping develop instructional materials.


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