The Impact of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Education and Public Outreach Programs

Buxner, Sanlyn R. and Canipe, Marti and Wenger, Matthew C. and Hsu, Brooke and Jones, Andrea and Hessen, Katie (2014) The Impact of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Education and Public Outreach Programs. In: Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 361-363.

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Abstract

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Education and Public Outreach Program includes Lunar Workshops for Educators (LWEs) held at several sites throughout the U.S. and a large public engagement program, International Observe theMoon Night (InOMN). Program evaluation has revealed that LWEs result in growth in participants’ knowledge related to current lunar discoveries and exploration of the Moon. Teachers learn about misconceptions about the Moon and ways to teach about lunar science and exploration to address students’ misconceptions. The LWEs also impact the teaching practices of some participants more broadly to incorporate inquiry and other teaching techniques modeled in the workshops. InOMN events are social experiences in which visitors reported the value of seeing their children learning new things, being moved by seeing beautiful and valuable objects, and gaining information and knowledge. Each program has met the goal of engaging participants in the excitement of lunar exploration.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 06:14
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1360

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