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3,620 Grade K-13 Educators Trained Educator Workshopon inquiry-based, hands-on lessons in the Earth and space sciences, and aeronautics and astronautics, at 56 professional development workshops (an average of 64 educators per workshop.)

School Programs by 114 Visiting Researchers and 9 Visiting Educators from 38 research institutions nationally:

  • 1,554 schools visited across 13 communities (an average each year of 25 schools per community.)
  • 4,657 programs conducted in grade K-20 classrooms.
  • 196,700 grade K-13 students participated in classroom programs (an avg. of 40 students per classroom program; an annual average of 3,600 students per community.)
  • 7 NASA field centers & institutes, 11 colleges & universities, 7 corporations, and the Smithsonian were among the home institutions of the Visiting Researchers and Visiting Educators.

95 Family/Public Events conducted for a combined 34,400 parents, students, and teachers, corresponding to an average of 360 attendees per event.

47 Journey through the Universe Weeks conducted across 13 communities nationally.

Program models developed and assessed over a wide range of environs, including: under-served rural communities with both large and small geographic footprints; inner-city urban areas with high minority populations; a multiple school district model; school district-led, science center-led, and university-led initiatives; a single grade level model across a large school system; and a comprehensive grade preK-20 approach in smaller school districts.

Development of grade K-13 lesson packages so well mated to curricular standards for teaching and learning that they can be adopted by a school district as the curriculum, as was the case for sixth grade in Washington, DC, in 2000.

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