8th HEAD Meeting, 8-11 September, 2004
Session 27 Education
Poster, Friday, September 10, 2004, 9:00am-10:00pm

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[27.07] The SEU Educator Ambassador Program

S. Silva, L. Cominsky, P. Plait (Sonoma State University), J. Lochner (GSFC), N. Leon (JPL)

The Structure and Evolution of the Universe (SEU) Educator Ambassador (EA) Program consists of twenty-three educators (from 20 different states and Canada) who work to develop workshops and curriculum materials in conjunction with scientists from seven different NASA missions and programs and E/PO team members at Sonoma State University. These educators were selected via a nation-wide application process. The selection process included the qualifications of the candidates, their plans to disseminate educational materials and information in their local, state, and regional areas and particular attention was paid to applicants with special abilities to reach under served communities.

SSU E/PO team members and EAs disseminate curricular materials via workshops and conferences at the national, state, and local levels. Such interactions allow for direct feedback on the quality and effectiveness of the E/PO materials and programs, as well as affording a high-leverage opportunity to teach additional teachers to use NASA mission materials in their classrooms. During 2002-2003, the original cohort of 11 EAs presented over 100 workshops that trained over 14,000 teachers.

EA selection and training occur every other year: terms are renewed annually, and include a stipend of $2500 and additional travel funding to present a workshop at one educatorís meeting per year. Educator Ambassadors are currently funded by the following missions and programs: Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST), Swift, XMM-Newton, Astro E-2, LISA, GALEX and the HEASARC. We welcome future participation in the EA program by any and all NASA missions, and hope to extend the program to reach throughout NASA's Astronomy and Physics division, as well as across the entire United States.

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The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: sarah@universe.sonoma.edu

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