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R. R. Gould (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
The NASA Office of Space Science (OSS) has established four Education Forums corresponding to the four OSS science themes: The Sun-Earth Connection; Solar System Exploration; Origins; and the Structure and Evolution of the Universe. Hosted by leading space science research institutions across the country, the Education Forums work in concert with a network of OSS Broker/Facilitators to provide a variety of important services to the space science community, including identifying and developing high-leverage opportunities for space scientists to participate in education and outreach. This session will sample the broad spectrum of Forum projects and will discuss several forthcoming opportunities of special interest. The discussion will include ways to expand space science presence in the pre-college curriculum; resources to help space scientists collaborate with science museums, planetariums, and other informal science education media; and outstanding challenges in astronomy education.