Take your entire
community—thousands of students, their teachers, their families, and
the public—on a Journey through the Universe.
At a time when the No Child Left
Behind Act places new emphasis on student achievement in science,
leading school districts to enhance educator professional development,
update the science curriculum, implement new assessment protocols, and
find ways to get both students and teachers (particularly elementary
school generalists) excited about, and comfortable with science….
At a time when the nation
recognizes that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) education—at the state and local levels—must rise to the
immediate challenges of creating a workforce capable of competing in
21st century science and technology global markets…
The National Center for
Earth and Space Science Education offers the Journey through the
Universe program to communities across the nation—to provide an
authentic window on science as a human endeavor, using sustainable
programming designed to both inspire…and educate.
What the human race
knows about our world and the greater Universe is used to inspire the
next generation of scientists and engineers
through interactions with the current generation; give
teachers the tools and training to conduct powerful lessons in the
classroom that are deeply relevant to the science curriculum; and
provide venues for family learning where parents and their children
programming is for grade K-12 students, their teachers, and their
families, is fully customizable to your community’s needs in space and
Earth science education, and offers broad content. Programming can
focus on a specific grade level(s), or be implemented K-12; and can be
implemented across an entire school district, within one region of a
district, or in rural areas across several school districts. It’s your
program, and you design it.
- Packages of lessons customizable
to your standards of teaching and learning, and a diverse suite of
training programs for your teachers.
- Scientists and engineers from
across the nation visiting thousands of your students—one classroom at
a time—providing an authentic and very personal window on the process
of scientific discovery, and serving as role models and heroes to the
- Programs designed for family
learning, engaging parents in the education of their children, and
launching families on their own personal journeys of discovery.
- A framework for partnership
between school districts, science centers, universities, civic and
business organizations, and the public—all stakeholders in educational
success at the local level.
- Programming designed for
sustainability, with ownership by the community’s Local Team.
- Customizable assessment of all
- National resources provided on an
- Pricing on a strictly cost
recovery basis, and we can help you identify organizations in
your area that might be interested in underwriting the program.
We are also happy to
work with you to craft a ‘test-bed’ program if you want to assess
program success on a small scale.
We included a significant amount of information
about the program on this web site. We wanted to give you the ability
to explore the program as deeply as you desire. To help you explore
effectively, we have tried to organize the information in layered
pages, and with each page presenting information in order of
importance. We are also happy to walk you through the web site, and
address any questions you might have. Contact us any time.
The navigation column at the top left of the page
accesses all program information. You might start out by exploring the
program’s core goals and our fundamental approach to community-wide
Overview section provides a look at all Content currently
available, our Pedagogy
for science education, good descriptions of the three Journey
Visits, and Family and
Public Programs, a list of the Provided Resources made
available on an ongoing basis, how the programming addresses Standards and NCLB, our
commitment to Assessment,
approaches to customizing programming for Sustainability, and how
program Cost is
Other main sections of the web site accessed at
the upper left include background on our Organization, a look at the
dedicated Teams of
researchers and educators from around the nation that travel to your
from the participating communities, a summary of Milestones and Achievements
since program inception in 1997 including a program history, and the Learning Community Network
we are committed to build as part of the Journey program.
If you’d like, you can also go directly to Build Your Program, which
will walk you through the steps for customizing a program for your
community, and link you step-by-step to the appropriate sections of
this web site. Then you can contact us with what you have in mind.
We’ll calculate a cost based on resource requirements, and work with
you to maximize your program’s ability to meet your strategic needs and
We invite you to take the Journey.
—The Journey through the
Universe Program Team