Space Science Network Northwest (S2N2)

Broker/Facilitator Program

NASA Office of Space Science

Broker/Facilitator Regions
The Montana Space Grant Consortium is a partner in the new Space Science Network Northwest (S2N2), one of seven regional Broker/Facilitators (B/F) of NASA's Office of Space Science (OSS) Education and Public Outreach Program.  Although S2N2 members in the Northwest region are affiliated with Space Grant Consortia,  nationally that is not always the case.  Some OSS E/PO Support Network groups are hosted by or funded through other organizations such as museums, science centers, research institutes, etc.  In the Northwest, S2N2 members are affiliated with the Space Grant Consortia in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawai'i. The Association for Women in Science and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific are also partners on S2N2 projects. 

What is "S2N2"?

STEREO mission 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.

How You Can Use S2N2

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.

Your S2N2 point of contact for Montana

Donna Minton, PhD
Montana Space Grant Consortium
Dept. of Physics, Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: (406) 994-6172

OSS Newsletter on Education and Public Outreach

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

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.

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Updated July 1, 2005