How does the Universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone? NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences that enable educators to engage their audiences in the science, the story, and the adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of the Universe. Youth, families and lifelong learners are enabled to discover the Universe for themselves. The Universe of Learning program is a unique partnership between the Space Telescope Science Institute, Chandra X-ray Center, Caltech/IPAC Communications and Education, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Exoplanet Exploration Program, and Sonoma State University, funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. We are creating an integrated team of scientists, educators, and communications professionals who work together and with the education community to strengthen science education and scientific literacy.
NASA’s Universe of Learning connects the science, technology, subject matter experts (SMEs), and adventure of NASA Astrophysics with STEM concepts, education standards, and 21st century skills central to science understanding and literacy. Resulting products, programs, and professional development experiences will span a spectrum of environments and applications, enabling a rich learning “ecosystem” across the traditional boundaries of education.
The goal of the program is to create and disseminate education products, programs, and professional development experiences that use NASA Astrophysics science, technology, and subject matter experts to advance the following Science Mission Directorate education objectives on a national scale:
The Astrophysics program is defined by fundamental questions about our universe and our place in it that intrigue scientists, youth, educators, and lifelong learners alike, organized under the three themes:
Our team will carry out a wide range of activities. Over the lifetime of the program, we will:
Our institutions are directly connected to the full range of NASA Astrophysics missions, have a long tradition of partnering scientists and educators to create innovative education programs that are grounded in audience needs and education standards, and work closely with an extensive network of partners. NASA’s Universe of Learning is a partnership among:
NASA’s Universe of Learning materials are based upon work supported by NASA under award number NNX16AC65A to the Space Telescope Science Institute, working in partnership with the Chandra X-ray Center, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Exoplanet Exploration Program, and Sonoma State University.