In keeping with National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program goals, Space Grant Fellows will develop a project that promotes the understanding of space-related research to the public. A link to descriptions of fellowship projects from 1995 to the present can be found on the Graduate Fellowship Program home page. Other examples include working with educators (from primary/secondary schools, science museums, parks/forests/reserves, 4-H and other Cooperative Extension agents, etc.) by:
- developing curricular and/or educational outreach materials designed to communicate science to a specific audience (all precollege-related program materials should align with Arizona and/or National Math, Science, Geography or Technology Standards);
- developing informational data bases (with science education goals) for sharing over the Internet;
- developing skills in science writing and journalism;
- developing a demonstration project and associated educational materials for an existing educational program; or
- designing and carrying-out some other creative science outreach project.
At the start of the Fellowship
- Successful candidates will identify a project based on the goals listed above, and an "educational outreach advisor" from the organization or institution (i.e. a school, museum, park/forest, or an existing educational program) they propose to work with.
In the Fall & Spring
- All Fellows will be asked to give an informal oral report that includes progress, successes and challenges, and lessons learned. In the Spring, this presentation (coupled with the reporting requirements listed below) will serve as the application for those who hope to apply for 2nd year funding from the UA/NASA Space Grant Steering Committee.
- In early Spring, Fellows will be asked to complete a mid-year evaluation and activity report.
At the end of each Fellowship year
- NASA, which has made education related to the foci of its Mission Directorates, Aeronautics Research, Science, Space Technology, and Human Exploration and Operations (see: http://www.nasa.gov/about/directorates/index.html) a primary mission element, is very interested in learning about the success Graduate Fellows experience and the challenges they face. NASA is equally interested to know how their investment in educational outreach projects become self-sustaining after Space Grant support ends.
- To communicate this, Fellows will be asked to provide a succinct annual review of their educational outreach project, including project goal(s), the logistics established to reach that goal, educational objectives, target audience, methods, progress to date, impact, and planned activities for year two (if applicable). The review must also include a plan for how the outreach project can be sustained after the fellowship period is completed.
- At the end of year one, this review will serve as a renewal proposal for those applying for 2nd year funding, coupled with the Spring oral report, outreach advisor letter (see below), and confirmation that your home department is willing to provide cost-sharing for year two.
- The fellow's "educational outreach advisor" will be asked to provide a letter indicating the progress made towards the stated educational outreach objectives of the project.