SOFIA’s Outreach Programs:                       Partnerships on Earth and in the Sky     •    Over-arching Goals:        ...
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SOFIA — The Observatory                                                         open cavity "                             ...
U.S. Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors 2011 continued                •  U.S. AAA flights – May 26, June 1, June 3            ...
Deutsches SOFIA Institut                                                            1x DSI – partner schools (29) & 1x DLR...
SOFIA AAA Program in Full Operations (2014+)   Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors        Goal: Educators experience and unders...
Deutsches SOFIA Institut                                                                              SOFIA <> Interdicipl...
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Over-arching Goals of SOFIA's outreach programs:
– Enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education in communities
across the U.S. and Germany
– Support NASA and the DLR’s goals of inspiring the next generation of explorers.
– Contribute to general public understanding of the value of scientific research.
– Foster international visibility of the SOFIA program’s achievements and discoveries.

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SOFIA's Outreach Programs Partnerships on Earth and in the Sky

  1. 1. SOFIA’s Outreach Programs: Partnerships on Earth and in the Sky •  Over-arching Goals: –  Enhance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education in communities across the U.S. and Germany –  Support NASA and the DLR’s goals of inspiring the next generation of explorers. –  Contribute to general public understanding of the value of scientific research. –  Foster international visibility of the SOFIA program’s achievements and discoveries.D. E. Backman Page 1
  2. 2. Kuiper Airborne Observatory FOSTER (Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment) Program FOSTER " It’s 3 AM onboard the KAO! ...! Flight Staff! Mission Director! Scientists Reporter! Teachers!D. E. Backman
  3. 3. SOFIA — The Observatory open cavity " (door not shown)! Educator work stations! pressure bulkhead! Scientist work stations, TELESCOPE! telescope and instrument control, etc.! scientific instrument (1 of 7)!D. E. Backman
  4. 4. U.S. Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors 2011 continued •  U.S. AAA flights – May 26, June 1, June 3 M. Beard M. Blessing C. DeWolf San Jose, CA Herdon, VA Remus, MI K. J. Fredette T. Paulsen M. Piper Palmdale, CA Mellen, WI Frankfort, ILD. E. Backman Page 4
  5. 5. Deutsches SOFIA Institut 1x DSI – partner schools (29) & 1x DLR School-Labs (9) German educator flight July 15Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy Jörg Trebs Thomas Mann Oberschule - Dr. Wolfgang Vieser Berlin Reinickendorf Christoph-Probst-Gymnasium, Gilching @ Munich D. E.Dörte Mehlert Dr. Backman
  6. 6. SOFIA AAA Program in Full Operations (2014+) Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Goal: Educators experience and understand the scientific research process •  Teams of 2-4 educators chosen via national calls for proposals •  Proposal judgment criteria: –  Quality of plans to enhance local STEM education and public outreach –  Geographic and demographic diversity •  Partnered with consenting research teams •  Trained to understand flight research project •  Involved in flight series w/ research partners •  Supported by SOFIA Outreach after flights to fulfill proposed projects •  Participants become a growing on-line support community •  60+ educators per year (classroom teachers, science museum staff, etc.)D. E. Backman Page 6
  7. 7. Deutsches SOFIA Institut SOFIA <> Interdiciplinarity Mechanic und structure of SOFIA-Telescope SpectroscopyStratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy IR-Observations Astrobiology Developing own materials with DSI support D. E.Dörte Mehlert Dr. Backman

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