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Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Helpful Links

For Scientists

The community
Astronomers and space scientists with a passion for communicating science to public audiences can find eager partners in science centers and planetariums. If you’re seeking a collaborator for a project you’ve envisioned, or just want to make yourself available as a resource, these professional organizations can be good places to begin.

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) “supports and stimulates excellence and innovation in science resources in promoting public understanding of science and technology.”

The International Planetarium Society (IPS) is the largest organization of planetarium professionals in the world.

NASA’s Science Education Support Network can also help broker relationships with Informal Science institutions.

. . . and what they want

In 1999 the NASA Earth Science Enterprise conducted a survey of informal science institutions and their ideas for collaboration.

The Great Lakes Planetarium Association has offered some recommendations for ways in which the NASA Space Science community could collaborate with planetarians.

The audience
Before getting involved in an informal science education project, you may wish to reacquaint yourself with the audience.

How Do Museum Visitors Understand the Universe, which was published in the May/June 1999 ASTC Newsletter, presents an overview of several front-end studies.

The Scientist’s Role
Creating exhibits and programs requires the interaction of a wide range of professional disciplines, including science expertise.

ASTC has posted a series of “behind the scenes” profiles of how projects are done, and what people – including space scientists – are involved.

A NASA-developed roles matrix highlights the variety of roles that scientists can play.

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