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Session 15 - The Sun and Solar Wind.
Display session, Monday, June 08
Atlas Ballroom,

[15.01] NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum

I. Hawkins (UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab.), R. Vondrak (NASA/GSFC), K. Alcorn (UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab.), J. Thieman (NASA/GSFC)

The Office of Space Science (OSS) recently created a new Education Ecosystem structure to facilitate the participation of OSS scientists in K-14 education and outreach. As part of this Ecosystem, four Education Forums have been established at major institutions active in each of the space science themes: the Structure and Evolution of the Universe; the Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems; Solar System Exploration; and the Sun-Earth Connection.

The University of California at Berkeley and NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center are jointly hosting the Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum (SECEF). The goal of SECEF is to tap SEC NASA science knowledge and mission discoveries to: (a) excite and inspire students of all backgrounds and ages through space and solar physics discoveries in ways that are both tangible and meaningful to their daily lives; (b) achieve significant and sustained enhancement of science, mathematics, and technology education at K-14 (kindergarten through community college) levels; (c) provide tools and assistance to educators; (d) help develop an appreciation of the analytical approach of science; and (e) contribute to the scientific and technological literacy of the general public.

We will present an overview of the SECEF, with particular emphasis on how the Ecosystem structure will benefit and assist solar and space physicists in the context of their education outreach efforts. We will also give a summary of high-leverage education and public outreach activities that we've already carried out in partnership with science museums, featuring the science, data, and people of NASA SEC missions.

This work has been supported by NASA Cooperative Agreement NCC5-253 between UC Berkeley/Space Sciences Laboratory and NASA/GSFC.

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