National Space Biomedical Research Institute Education and Public Outreach Program: Education for the next generation of space explorers

Marlene Y. MacLeish, William A. Thomson, Nancy Moreno, Patrick J. Gannon, Roland B. Smith, Clifford W. Houston, Gary Coulter, Gregory L. Vogt

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    Abstract

    The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Education and Public Outreach Program (EPOP) is supporting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) new vision for space exploration by educating and inspiring the next generation of students through a seamless pipeline of kindergarten through postdoctoral education programs. NSBRI EPOP initiatives are designed to train scientists and to communicate the significance of NSBRI science, as well as other space exploration science, to schools, families and lay audiences. The NSBRI EPOP team is comprised of eight main partners: Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Binghamton University-State University of New York (BUSUNY), Colorado Consortium for Earth and Space Science Education (CCESSE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM), Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (RU-UTMB), and Texas A&M University (TAMU). The current kindergarten through undergraduate college (K-16) team, which was funded through an open national competition in 2004, consolidates the past 7 years of K-16 education activities and expands the team's outreach activities to more museums and science centers across the nation. NSBRI also recently expanded its education mission to include doctoral and postdoctoral level programs. This paper describes select K-16 EPOP activities and products developed over the past 7 years, and reports on new activities planned for the next 3 years. The paper also describes plans for a doctoral program and reports on 1st-year outcomes of the new postdoctoral program.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)599-606
    Number of pages8
    JournalActa Astronautica
    Volume60
    Issue number4-7 SPEC. ISS.
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aerospace Engineering

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    MacLeish, M. Y., Thomson, W. A., Moreno, N., Gannon, P. J., Smith, R. B., Houston, C. W., Coulter, G., & Vogt, G. L. (2007). National Space Biomedical Research Institute Education and Public Outreach Program: Education for the next generation of space explorers. Acta Astronautica, 60(4-7 SPEC. ISS.), 599-606. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2006.09.033