NASA TV airs a variety of regularly scheduled, pre-recorded educational and public relations programming 24 hours a day on its various channels. Programs include NASA Gallery, which features photographs and video from NASA’s history; “Video File”, which broadcasts b-roll footage for news and media outlets; “Education File,” which provides special programming for schools; “NASA Edge” and “NASA 360,” hosted programs that focus on different aspects of NASA; and “This Week @ NASA,” which shows news from NASA centers around the country. Live ISS coverage and related commentary is aired daily at 11 a.m. EST and repeats throughout the day.
The network also provides an array of live programming, such as 24-hour coverage of Space Shuttle missions, ISS events (spacewalks, media interviews, educational broadcasts), press conferences and rocket launches. These often include running commentary by members of the NASA Public Affairs Office who serve as the “voice of Mission Control,” including Rob Navias, Josh Byerly, Nicole Cloutier and Brandi Dean.
NASA Education Program: Overview
NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
NASA will continue to pursue three major education goals:
– Strengthening NASA and the Nation’s future workforce
– Attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines
– Engaging Americans in NASA’s mission
NASA’s education program strives to “inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics” by supporting education in the Nation’s schools and to “engage the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery” by supporting informal education and public outreach efforts. NASA’s commitment to education places special emphasis on these goals by increasing elementary and secondary education participation in NASA projects; enhancing higher education capability in STEM disciplines; increasing participation by underrepresented and underserved communities; expanding e-Education; and expanding NASA’s participation with the informal education community.
The Office of Education will continue to support NASA’s strong historical role in education at all levels, with linkages to NASA research as a central part of our focus. The majority of NASA support to higher education is delivered through the NASA Mission Directorates.
The Office of Education supports the work of the Mission Directorates by coordinating projects for students, faculty, and institutions that broaden the base of those who compete for NASA research awards. These efforts will help create and sustain the scientific and engineering workforce of the future. In addition, the Office of Education will continue to emphasize sharing the results of NASA missions and research programs with wider audiences by using science discoveries and research applications as vehicles to improve teaching and learning at all levels.
Strategic management of the NASA education portfolio requires the participation of the Office of Education, the four Mission Directorates and all ten NASA Centers. This extensive participation provides broad education engagement with NASA content, people and facilities. Close and effective consultation, coordination and cognizance among all entities are critical to the optimal fulfillment of NASA’s objectives relative to its education investment.
Apollo 17 Moon Walk
The Office of Education administers national education efforts that draw on content from across the agency. As an institutional management office, the OE is responsible for ensuring compliance with external requirements and laws, NASA-wide processes, procedures, standards, audits and accounting related to Education. It also provides the leadership for coordinating and integrating NASA’s education strategic framework, implementation approach and policies.
The OE provides national partnership networks and infrastructure to disseminate NASA education content and activities developed by the Mission Directorates, Centers and education partners. It solicits external advice and represents the agency externally, especially in interactions with Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and other federal agencies. The OE refers external inquiries to specific managers within its own office or any of the Mission Directorate or Center Education Offices as appropriate.
The Office of Education provides integration and evaluation support to the Education Coordinating Council. As such, the OE maintains a centralized database of all NASA education activities and investments, and coordinates the evaluation and assessment of the Agency education portfolio. The integration and evaluation results are aggregated to demonstrate the total impact of NASA education efforts and assessed to provide data to the ECC to improve the effectiveness of the overall Agency education investment strategic framework.
The Mission Directorates, Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology, and other HQ organizations that fund education efforts are responsible for embedding education components into their research and development programs and flight missions, for administering the discipline/content-specific activities for which they provide funding, and for ensuring meaningful collaboration between the NASA science/engineering community and the education community. Each Mission Directorate supports the NASA education portfolio by providing discipline-specific content, funding and human resources to plan and implement educational programs, projects, products and services.
Additionally, Mission Directorates and other HQ organizations that fund education at NASA develop partnerships specific to their disciplines and needs, including discipline-specific interactions with other federal agencies. Each Mission Directorate identifies an Education Lead, who represents their Associate Administrator to the Office of Education and to the Education Coordinating Committee with the authority to commit resources. The Education Leads reside in Mission Directorate office space and work for the Mission Directorates. Education Leads are responsible for program coordination with the Office of Education and the Centers, program evaluation using ECC criteria, and data distribution to the central Agency education database.
Center Education Offices are responsible for implementing NASA education programs, projects and activities for the Mission Directorates and the Office of Education, as well as planning and implementing education projects that are unique to and funded by their Centers. Centers are responsible for execution of programs and projects and for institutional assets. The Center Education Offices provide expertise in state standards and requirements in their area of geographic responsibility for K-12 education, and provide valuable field-based input into education program planning.
First Marshal Space Flight Center Director, Dr. Wernher Von Braun, in his office with rocket models in background, May, 1964 and, right, a book about von Braun proclaiming him as The Rocket Man: The Man Who Took America to the Moon, His Weekly Notes from 1961-69.
Center Education Offices work closely with their regional customer base in support of systemic reform initiatives in formal education, assist with the generation and communication of knowledge for their unique research and technology development requirements by involving colleges and universities across the country, and establish linkages with informal education networks in support of agency national STEM education initiatives. Center Education Offices maintain cognizance of all NASA-funded education efforts that take place in their geographic region and/or programmatic areas of responsibility, regardless of funding source.