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Title: NASA Earth Science Education Roadmapping Overview 19 May, 2005 http:www.ncar.ucar.edueoroadmap

NASA Earth Science Education RoadmappingOverview
19 May, 2005http//
Roberta Johnson, UCAR
  • Earth science education roadmap background and
  • Background on NASA Roadmapping Process
  • Progress to date on Earth science education
  • Purpose of 2nd Community Meeting What we need
    from you
  • Overview of Agenda and expected outcomes

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Delivering Science to Society
Education Support Systems
Education Goals and Objectives NASA-wide and
Earth Science Education
NASA Earth Science Education Roadmapping 2005
2015 (Legacy)
  • Goal To develop a Roadmap for implementation of
    the Earth Science Education Strategy for the
    2005-2015 timeframe
  • To promote community involvement in planning
    process and inform NASA planning through
    community input
  • To analyze the Strengths, Weaknesses,
    Opportunities, and Threats to the Earth Science
    Education program
  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of the
    Earth science education landscape, inviting input
    and participation from broad Earth science
    education community
  • Based on this input, to develop an implementation
    approach that includes priorities and recommended
    activities as a function of time
  • Once APIO planning activities began, to integrate
    with Roadmap 9, and inform Roadmap 10, SMD
    Education and Office of Education

NASA Earth Science Education Roadmapping Schedule
  • Steering Committee established, July-August 2004
  • SWO survey to NASA Earth science education
  • Steering Committee Meeting, August 2004
  • Planning for roadmap, community meeting, roles of
  • Community Meeting November 1-4, 2004, Asilomar
    Conference Grounds, Monterey, CA
  • Focus on gaining input from community on
    landscape, SWOT analysis, implementation steps
  • Steering Committee Meetings, 6-7 January and
    18-19 April, 2005
  • Synthesize community input, writing assignments,
    revision, input to Roadmaps 9/10
  • Roadmap input to Advance Planning process in
  • 2nd Community Meeting, 18-20 May, 2005
  • Share Draft Roadmap highlights, 2nd opportunity
    for community input to developing roadmap
  • Final Roadmap submitted to NASA in September 2005
  • Steering Committee Membership
  • Dr. Roberta Johnson (UCAR), Chair
  • Dr. Raj Chaudhury, Norfolk State University
  • Charlie Fitzpatrick, ESRI
  • Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, NASA Goddard
  • Jean May-Brett, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Dr. Mary Schon, Disney Epcot
  • Dr. Heidi Cullen, The Weather Channel
  • Anne Tweed, President, National Science Teachers
  • Dr. Barbara Spector, Univ. South Florida

Community-wide MeetingNovember 1-4, 2004,
Asilomar, CA
  • Overview of Challenge, Changes at NASA and
    impacts on science and education
  • Objective-Oriented Focus Group Discussions
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Higher Education
  • Informal Education
  • Underrepresented and Underserved
  • Information Infrastructure
  • Cross-Cutting Focus Group Discussions
  • Envisioning the Future for Earth Science
  • Forging Alliances and Networks
  • Forming Inquiring Minds
  • Harnessing Exploration, Inspiration, and Awe
  • Linking Earth System Research and Applications
    with Education
  • SWOT
  • Active Learning through Systems, Models, and
  • Using Observatories, Technology, and Data for
  • Why Should I Care?
  • 150 participants from across the country
    participated in the meeting

NASA-wide Strategic Roadmaps
  • In Fall 2004, NASA initiated a cross-agency
    planning activity involving a large segment of
    the nations science and engineering community to
    develop roadmaps for the next 30 years.
  • Strategic Roadmap A coordinated and
    comprehensive longitudinal strategy, with key
    achievements, options, and decision points
    identified, that provides a foundation for NASAs
    long-term priorities and investments
  • 13 Science roadmaps and 15 Capability Roadmaps,
    including a comprehensive Education Roadmap
  • All these NASA roadmaps to be integrated into a
    unified plan
  • Science roadmaps have education liaisons
    identified to gather information from the science
    roadmaps and inform the development of the
    education roadmap (liaisons would be members of
    the Education Roadmap committee)
  • Science Roadmap committees met from January May
  • In late April, the process was sped up so that
    roadmap reports would be available in late May
  • NASA-wide Education roadmap put on hold?

Strategic Roadmaps
Tri - Chairs
DoD Participation
Leverages off Integrated Space Operations
Summit, (ISOS) process until RTF
Presidential Initiatives and Directives
  • Climate Change Research (June 2001)
  • Climate Change Science Program (CCSP)
  • Climate Change Technology Program (CCTP)
  • Global Earth Observation (July 2003)
  • U.S. Integrated Earth Observation System (IEOS)
    Strategic Plan
  • Provides a coherent overarching strategy to
    connect previously disjointed efforts
  • Provides compelling rationale for societal,
    scientific, and economic imperatives
  • Recommends and five specific near-term
    opportunities for investment
  • U.S. participation in the International Global
    Earth Observing System
  • of Systems (GEOSS)
  • Vision for Space Exploration (January 2004)
  • Collaborative Oceans Research (December 2004)
  • Earth Science and Applications from Space is the
    only NASA Strategic Roadmap that addresses all of
    these Presidential commitments

National Goals for Space Exploration
  • Implement a sustained and affordable human and
    robotic program to explore the solar system and
  • Extend human presence across the solar system,
    starting with a human return to the Moon by the
    year 2020, in preparation for human exploration
    of Mars and other destinations.
  • Develop the innovative technologies, knowledge,
    and infrastructures both to explore and to
    support decisions about the destinations for
    human exploration.
  • Promote international and commercial
    participation in exploration to further U.S.
    scientific, security, and economic interests.
  • Study the Earth system from space and develop new
    space-based and related capabilities for this

Added in The New Age of Exploration to
address other Presidential initiatives and
directives not covered in the Vision for Space
Status of Earth Science Roadmap
  • Met January May, 2005
  • Identified achievements by decade through 2035 in
    five lines of inquiry/clusters
  • Atmospheric composition
  • Climate and weather
  • Water
  • Life
  • Solid Earth
  • Decision points, prioritization criteria
  • Recommendations
  • Report to be submitted 22 May
  • Includes 2 pages on Unique Opportunities in
    Education and Outreach for the Earth sciences
    (drawing on the materials developed through this
    Earth science education roadmapping activity)

Compelling Questions
  • How Does the Earth Support Abundant Life?
  • How does the atmosphere protect and sustain us?
  • How are our weather and climate evolving?
  • What controls the availability of water on the
  • How does life influence and respond to
    environmental processes on Earth?
  • How stable is the solid Earth?
  • What role do we as humans play in driving changes
    in the Earth system?

Science Integration Objectives
  • Science
  • Understand the Earth as a system of interacting
    natural and human systems, including
  • Atmospheric Composition the sources, sinks, and
    transformations of aerosols and atmospheric
    chemical species
  • Climate and Weather the Earth's weather and
    climate, and its future condition
  • Water the storage, distribution, and transport
    of water in all its forms
  • Life biogeochemical cycles and the distribution
    and processes of life within Earths ecosystems
  • Solid Earth the variability of the Solid Earth
  • Integration
  • Evolve predictive understanding for science and
    society through
  • Exploration and Discovery - Explore unknown
    aspects of the Earth system by implementing new
    investigations enabled by new insights,
    technologies, capabilities, and vantage points
  • Continuous Awareness - Develop new scientific
    understanding of dynamic processes and
    demonstrate capabilities useful for operational
    concerns by providing prompt recognition and
    adaptive observation of dynamic events through
    the networking of distributed observing and
    modeling systems
  • Developing Perspectives - Develop new scientific
    understanding of long-term Earth processes and
    trends by sustaining and integrating
    comprehensive global observing and modeling

Earth Science Applications from Space
Strategic Roadmap Anticipated Achievements
  • Agency Strategic Objective Advance scientific
    knowledge of the Earth system through space-based
    observation, assimilation of new observations,
    and development and deployment of enabling
    technologies, systems, and capabilities,
    including those with the potential to improve
    future operational systems

Status of Earth Science Education Roadmap
  • Steering committee has
  • Synthesized input from community meeting to
    develop roadmap implementation strategies for
    each of the key objective areas for NASA
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Higher Education
  • Informal Education
  • Underrepresented and Underserved
  • Developed text that synthesizes input received
    from community on cross-cutting topics
  • Done their best to exercise judgment on consensus
    of discussions (i.e., each individual comment
    will not necessarily be reflected in the final
  • Analyzed linkage between Earth science research
    focus areas and education
  • Attempted to remain nimble to be able to respond
    to developments in the Earth science and
    education roadmaps
  • Earth science scientific and integration
  • Guiding questions, cluster concept

Draft Roadmap Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Approach to Earth science education
  • Introduction
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Overarching Principles and Cross-cutting
  • NASA Earth Science Research and Education
  • Roadmaps
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Informal Education
  • Higher Education
  • Underrepresented
  • Resources Internal and External
  • Implementation Strategy Roles and
  • Integration, Synthesis, and Key Dependencies

Elementary and Secondary
Systematic development of an understanding and
acceptance of NASA as a provider of educational
high quality PK-12 classroom materials,
opportunities and experiences. This awareness by
the agency is pivotal in Earth System Science
education. A NASA climate that expresses a
support of education by all divisions and
sections is critical. The outline is organized to
reflect needs, followed by implementation
strategies then followed by outcomes.
Create and deliver high quality Professional
Development opportunities (1-10)
Sustained professional development
NASA and its partners will be leaders in
delivering ESS PD to improve teaching capacity
and student learning
NASA will be partnered with other associations
and agencies to support ESS among elementary and
secondary science students
Create and Maintain successful Partnerships that
promote Earth System Science education efforts
Create and maintain external partnerships (0-6)
Promote Inter-NASA Agency collaboration efforts
to support preK-12 ESS initiatives (1-4)
Engage in coalition activities in support of high
quality advanced ESS courses (1-3)
Expand the Reach of NASA Education Programs and
Educational Materials
NASA's reach will be expanded so that all
teachers of science will be actively using NASA
education programs to meet their professional
development needs, providing relevant ESS data
for their students as part of their curricula and
using NASA resources to meet science education
Make NASA Research Data available to teachers to
support their science programs (3-6)
Create New Online Dissemination Network
Opportunities (0-6)
Establish an ongoing NASA Educational Programs
advisory board to identify strategies for
reaching, networking and working with larger
numbers of teachers. (0-3)
Improved K-12 Education in Earth Syetem Science ?
Improve usability of Educational Materials
(Existing and Future)
Actively involve teachers in the development of
NASA Educational Materials
Increased impact of NASA ESS educational tools in
PK-12 classrooms and courses

Create an easily navigable website for teachers
so that NASA EPO materials are readily available
An easily navigated web based system exists and
is maintained to make ESS resources available to
Align all Educational Materials with NSES and
Benchmarks for Classroom Implementation (Begin 0-
Educational Materials are aligned with NSES and
meet the goals established by NCLB legislation.

Develop a coordinated ESS EPO strategy to meet
the needs of Elementary and Secondary educators
Design and provide for a process for creation,
maintenance, and evaluation of NASA EPO programs
and products (1-4)
A NASA EPO program that is networked, effective,
sustainable and is providing educational
materials that are meeting the needs of secondary
and elementary science educators.
Design and implement an ongoing strategy for
broadest possible dissemination of effective
products in original and electronic formats (
Design a plan for internal (NASA-wide) and
external (interagency and community-wide)
coordination of efforts (0-3)
(0-3 YRS) ? ? ? (3-6 YRS) ? ? ? (6-10 YRS) ? ? ?
Overarching Guidance - Systematic development of
an understanding and acceptance of NASA as a
provider of educational
high quality higher education resources and
materials, opportunities and experiences. This
awareness by the agency is
pivotal in ESS Education. A NASA climate that
expresses a support of education by all divisions
and sections. Activities accomplished through
collaborations between colleges, universities,
community colleges, research institutions,
education consortiums (such as Space Grant, Sea
Grant, Land Grant), and state education agencies.
Construction and use of processes and products
should involve collaborations among partners and
resources should be available to all educational
Higher Education
Integrate ESS concepts and inquiry-based
approaches in advanced courses for undergraduate
majors and graduates
Students in advanced courses are better prepared
for roles in ESS workforce
Improved geoscience education courses for
students majoring in geoscience at undergrad and
grad levels
Design interventions to mitigate resistance to
inquiry based learning at these levels
Programs ready for implementation at the graduate
level to promote inquiry based learning more
Assess upper-level instruction for learning
approaches, increase awareness of inquiry-based
learning approaches, advocate for change
Graduate education faculty aware of need for
reform of learning approaches and ready to
participate in change
National educator/scientist collaboratives
underway to improve ESS education
Professional development for geoscience educators
for the undergraduate/graduate community
(scientists/grad students teaching at undergrad
level as well as education faculty and grad
Build functional natl scientist/educator learning
Reward system for university faculty - implement
Faculty rewarded for advancing ESS education
Establish on-going learning communities between
scientists and educators
Collaborative efforts between education and
science faculty to improve ESS education
Program developed in collaboration with
Reward system for university faculty - design
Improved Higher Education in Earth System
Science ?
Establish communication bridges across
organizational cultures
Scientists and educators become aware of each
others roles, research interests, and potential
contributions to collaborative educational
enhancement in the geosciences.
Reward system for university faculty - awareness
University systems and faculty aware of the need
to include work education enhancement toward
merit advancement
Educate faculty in student-centered teaching and
facilitating inquiry
Faculty aware of the need for reform in teaching
and ready to engage in improved practice
Improved geoscience education courses for
non-majors in Earth System Science
All students have the opportunity to engage in
projects that demonstrate the need for and impact
of ESS
Integrate service-learning projects into courses
for non-majors
Increase number and scope of ESS modules/courses
for non-majors including learning through inquiry
A broader understanding of ESS by all learners at
undergraduate level, with impact on future
(0-3 YRS) ? ? ? (3-6 YRS) ? ? ?
(6-10 YRS) ? ? ?
Overarching Guidance Formulation of a coherent
and unified approach to provide current and
accurate information for
access by public, informal education stakeholders
and policymakers and opinion-makers and the users
of NASAs Earth science data and
resources. The objectives are, specifically (1)
To communicate NASAs progress, the value and
relevance of its results and resources, and its
future plans to decision makers and opinion
shapers (2) To increase public awareness of
NASAs key role in Earth science and engage them
in our missions, discoveries, and applications of
our research and development results (3) To
improve the capacity of other communicators,
particular information education stakeholders, of
Earth science to deliver engaging NASA content.
Informal Education
(0-3 YRS) ? ? ? (3-6 YRS) ? ? ?
(6-10 YRS) ? ? ?
Overarching Guidance Formulation of a coherent
and unified approach to increase the
participation and engagement of
groups traditionally underserved by NASAs Earth
science programs,
data and resources. The objectives are to (1)
Increase NASAs awareness of the needs of various
populations who have been traditionally
underrepresented as participants in NASA Earth
Science programs and as users of NASA Earth
Science data and resources (2) Increase the
awareness amongst these groups of NASAs key role
in Earth Science and the relevance of its results
and resources (3) Improve the capacity of
individuals from these groups to become engaged
in NASA programs and help shape its future plans
to increase awareness of NASA Earth Science among
all relevant stakeholders.
Historically Underserved Groups
(0-3 YRS) ? ? ? (3-6 YRS) ? ? ?
(6-10 YRS) ? ? ?
Purpose of 2nd Community Meeting Overview of
  • To gain input from community on progress made on
    topics discussed at the November community
    meeting and to gain input from community on
    topics that have arisen since the first community
    meeting (from developments in Earth science and
    Education Roadmap activities)
  • Individual roadmaps for
  • Elementary and Secondary
  • Higher Education
  • Informal Education
  • Underrepresented Minorities
  • Cross-Cutting Topics
  • Planning for 20-30 year timeframe
  • The learning cycle and how we do science
  • Linkage of Earth science research achievement
    plans with education
  • Plenary sessions interspersed with discussion
    sessions to share results of each session with
    all attendees.
  • Opportunity to network, build community

What we need from you
  • In each session, leaders will provide brief
    overview of progress made to date on topic, and
    help get the discussion going.
  • Also consider the following
  • Are important topics included?
  • Are important topics missing?
  • Cross-cutting issues?
  • Discussion Group Leaders roles are to introduce
    sessions, facilitate discussion, record results,
    and present session results in plenary two
    leaders per session
  • Seeking broad participation from attendees, to
    ensure that we have input from all sectors of
    education spectrum
  • Take a risk, last chance for brilliant ideas!
    Have fun! Get to know each other, network!