NASA Summer of Innovation In Our Nation’s Capital

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Blog on the Universe is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education.


This Links and References page was created in support of the proposal titled NASA Summer of Innovation in Our Nation’s Capital, submitted by the DC Space Grant Consortium in response to NASA’s Summer of Innovation Cooperative Agreement Notice Solicitation.


DC SoI Partner Organization Links

American University / District of Columbia NASA Space Grant Consortium

ARIES Scientific

National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE)

District of Columbia Public Schools

Facts and Statistics

Archdiocese of Washington, the Archdiocesan Schools in the District of Columbia

4 Consortium of Catholic Academies school sites for summer programming

DC Association of Chartered Public Schools

Overall Enrollment Statistics

8 chartered school sites for proposed summer programming thus far:

Friendship Public Charter School Technology Preparatory Academy

William E Doar Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School

Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)² – Howard University

Integrated Design and Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School

Kamit Institute for Magnificent Achievers

See Forever Foundation & Maya Angelou Public Charter School

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School

DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation

works w/150 Comm-Based Orgs reaching 15,000 DC youth in out-of-school pgms

Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum (NASM)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Carnegie Institution of Washington, Carnegie Academy for Science Education (CASE)

Howard University, School of Education

University of the District of Columbia (UDC), School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

The INSPIRE Project (non-profit dedicated to STEM education)

Owen Software Development Co. Ltd

Magnolia Consulting, LLC (assessment)

Edge Advertising (marketing/communications plan)

Programs Based on Educational Research. Some Examples:

Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics. Susan Loucks-Horsley, Katherine E. Stiles, Susan Mundry, Nancy Love, Peter W. Hewson , 2nd Edition. Corwin Press, Inc. (2009)

A widely cited and highly regarded reference for improving professional practice and student achievement, and is basis for design of our PD programs.


Powerful Learning. S Brigid Barron; Linda Darling-Hammond, George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia (2008)

Studies show that deep understanding derives from collaborative methods; and learners who are critical thinkers, effective writers and speakers, and take part in complex, meaningful projects that require sustained engagement.


Relevant NASA E/PO Assessment Citations, Magnolia Consulting

NASA Assessment Report: E/PO for Dawn Discovery Mission, 2010 (PDF)


NASA Assessment Report: Family Night, National Air & Space Museum, 2008 (PDF)


Counley, J., Wise, J., Asplund, S., Newson, H., Ristvey, J.D., & Wilkerson S.B. (2008). Finding Meteorites After School: Introducing Children to a Scientific World. The

Afterschool Review, spring 2008, 10-12.


McFadden, L.A., Roundtree-Brown, M.K., Warner, E.M., McLaughlin, S.A., Behne, J.M., Ristvey, J.D., Wilkerson, S.B., Duncan, S.D., Gilliam, Walker, G.H., & Meech, K.J. (2005). Education and public outreach for NASA’s Deep Impact Mission. In C.T. Russell (Ed.),Deep Impact Mission: Looking beneath the surface of a cometary nucleus (pp.373-396). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.


Lauer, P., Akiba, M., Wilkerson, S.B., Apthorp, H., Snow, D., & Martin-Glenn, M. (2003, November). The Effectiveness of Out-of-School Time Strategies in Assisting Low-Achieving Students in Reading and Mathematics: A Research Synthesis. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.



Programs that are Part of the Proposed DC SoI Initiative

Journey through the Universe (NCESSE)

1999-05 Support from NASA Grants NAG5-8477 $602K, NAG5-12219 $770K)

The Learning Community Model – an approach to a  STEM Learning Community

Example of Sustainable Community Engagement – The Big Island of Hawaii

Testimonials from education leadership in under-served communities

Achievements at the Community Level

NASA Content: Grade K-12 Education Lesson Compendia developed for NASA

Delivery by National Teams of Visiting Researchers and highly effective teachers


Researchers Visiting Classrooms

200,000 students, by over 100 Researchers, reflecting  7 NASA Centers

Family Programming

Professional Development for Grade K-12 Teachers

National Standards, NCLB, and Focus on Under-served Communities


Building for Sustainability


Student Weather Action Center (SWAC) (ARIES)


NASA Group Achievement Award: Sun-Earth Day 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008

NASA/GSFC Grp Achieve. Award: 2001, Sun-Earth Connection Ed Forum

NASA/GSFC Excellence in Outreach Award, 2000

Online Resources:

SED-Sun-Earth Day

SWMV-Space Weather Media Viewer

Voyage National Program (NCESSE; NASA HQ Grant  NAG5-6786, $960 K)

Photo-albums of Voyage Solar System on National Mall, at NASA JSC, elsewhere

Voyage Grade K-12 Solar System Lesson Package : 3,000 teachers trained per yr

Exhibition Serving as Focal Point for a STEM Learning Community


First Light (CASE)


Kinetic City (AAAS)



Family Science Night at the National Air and Space Museum (NCESSE)

Sponsored by NASA’s EPOXI Mission, and NASA”s MESSENGER Mission

2008 Formal NASA Assessment Report – Outstanding Results (Download PDF)


Science Discovery Day (PDF) (Howard U.)


NASA SEMAA (University of the District of Columbia)


Blog on the Universe (NCESSE)

About This Blog

Live Twitter Coverage of  NASA MESSENGER Flyby of Mercury, Sept. 29, 2009

Regular Updates of NASA MESSENGER Mission to Mercury

Teachers Lesson Planner


MESSENGER Educator Fellowship Program (NCESSE)

Supported by NASA Discovery Program, subcontract from Carnegie ($1.6 M)

Staying Cool Grade K-12 Lesson Package: NASA Review Rated it “Outstanding”

2010 Call for MESSENGER Fellows for Summer Institute in Washington, DC
















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