The goal of S2N2 is to increase awareness of and participation in OSS missions and Education/Public Outreach (E/PO) programs by creating collaborative pipelines between educators, scientists, and anyone who works with E/PO. S2N2 will facilitate cross-support of various groups (formal and informal education, space scientists, general public, clubs, service organizations, etc.) and provide opportunities for them to work together. S2N2 will also be a clearinghouse for OSS mission information and related education products throughout the northwest. OSS is the branch of NASA responsible for solar system missions, astrobiology and space science research satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
The S2N2 approach is to have a strong B/F presence in each of the partner states. The Space Grant programs in each of these states are hosts to S2N2 operations and activities. Thus it is possible to match up the needs and desires of educators and space scientists in each state with the opportunities available from OSS E/PO.
The types of services S2N2 provides are quite diverse. Space scientists interested in E/PO
can contact S2N2 to learn about opportunities and possible partners.
Educators can use S2N2 to make contacts and learn about possible sources of funds for
curriculum development and reform, special events, and professional development opportunities
in space science. Museums, science centers, schools, libraries, planetariums, clubs,
community groups and other organizations that desire to bring the excitement of space science
to a wide audience can count on S2N2 for help in defining and implementing projects and
finding resources to carry them out.
To see more of what the Office of Space Science is doing in the realm of education and public outreach, you can access the latest copy of Voyages, their E/PO Newsletter at http://spacescience.nasa.gov/education/news/index.htm
Voyages is published 3 times each year and highlights programs, events and products supported by the NASA Office of Space Science, as well as the many and diverse contributions made by the space science community in support of education as a core mission of NASA.