Introduction

Connecting You to Resources and Experts


Informal educators make some of the most important connections on behalf of NASA’s Universe of Learning. Whether you work in a museum, science center, public library, or another venue, you directly connect with learners of all ages. Our team aims to support you by creating projects that are based on academic research, educational best practices, and astronomy data that you can use with a range of learners in person or online. There are two ways to learn about all the engaging projects the NASA’s Universe of Learning team produces: Use the filter bar at the top of the Educational Resources and Events page to find an activity that suits your audience, product type, or theme. Or, read summaries of our projects and learn what to follow throughout the year, like upcoming challenges or events for your audiences.

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ENLIST A SCIENTIST OR ENGINEER TO SUPPORT YOUR WORK

Connecting informal educators directly to scientists and engineers who actively support NASA Astrophysics missions is at the core of our NASA’s Universe of Learning program. Evaluations prove that learners more deeply engage with science when it is delivered or reviewed by experts. We also know that scientists and engineers are the best sources to help us collaboratively add direct links to current research to our projects and events, incorporate new science results into our products, and ensure the science content is both accurate and current.

PROVIDE AND REVIEW CONTENT:
You may request scientists or engineers provide science content that relates to their research, and review your products as they are developed.

DIRECTLY CONNECT WITH AUDIENCES:
Invite an expert to give a presentation to share information about one of their areas of expertise during an in-person or online event.

DEMONSTRATE SCIENCE:
Take it one step further by asking an expert to participate in a hands-on activity during live events in person or online.

TALK ABOUT IT!
Ask scientists and engineers to participate in short videos to share background about a celestial object or topic.

EXHIBIT AND PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENT:
Enlist experts to help develop instructive webinars, and participate in lively discussions with science center and museum staff before they go on to help develop the programming.