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At the School of Earth and Space Exploration, we are committed to science literacy. Outreach activities include a K-12 classroom field trip program, a speakers’ bureau, science events open to the public, 3D planetary shows in the Marston Exploration Theater, interactive exhibits at the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, and exhibits at local science events.

The School’s faculty, graduate students, and staff also appear regularly on local and national news and in major magazines and news sites as subject matter experts, on educational television shows on PBS and the Discovery Channel, and are featured in exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, the Arizona Science Center, and Grand Canyon National Park where faculty assisted in developing the “Trail of Time,” an interpretive walking geological timeline.  Many of the faculty are also authors of popular books and textbooks on science

In terms of pedagogy, the school’s faculty and staff have developed innovative teaching methods being used nationally to teach science through an exploration of the unknown, rather than through mastery of what is known. The School’s Center for Education Through eXploration designs, develops, and deploys exploration-based learning experiences through the use of digital platforms including:

  • Habworlds Beyond, an online science course for non-scientists that explores the formation of stars, planets, Earth, life, intelligence, and technological civilizations;
  • Online Immersive Virtual Field Trips;
  • The “Inspark Science Network,” which digitally-empowers educators in the U.S. to create and share next-generation courseware and technology;
  • Infiniscope: Created in partnership with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, this project makes the vastness of space and space exploration inviting, accessible, and interactive for educators and learners of all ages

In addition, the School also leads the NASA Psyche Mission Capstone Projects, which are culminating, project-based courses focused on the Psyche Mission and undertaken by university students in the final (senior) year of university; and the “Psyche Inspired” program, which brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works.