TIME: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
NASA is interested in ecosystems – not just the planetary kind, but the STEM Learning kind too. In 2020 a five-year project was funded by the Science Mission Directorate to bring together SLEs and NASA science engagement programs. This breakout will share findings from the first 18 months of the project, including four case studies from rural and indigenous communities. Included in the session will be an overview of the research, highlights of the four case studies sites (AK, AZ, NC, ME), and a showcase of NASA programs and resources (including some cool citizen science programs).
Format: This will be a mixed format presentation with the first hour having the speakers discuss the NASA SciAct Broadening Participation Ecosystem research project, data analysis and concerns. This section will include table discussions around the research findings and a group share out of how the materials might be used to further individual ecosystem work. The second hour will be an interactive Q&A and curated showcase of NASA publicly facing programs which are actively looking for collaborators. The breakout will conclude with a 10 minute review of the research and goals with a lead out call to action.