The Museum of Life and Science

Group of young adults posing together with a life size paper astronomy cut out
February 2019

The Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC ran an afterschool program called Teen Cosmos Collective; a series aimed at building science communication skills, space content knowledge, and science literacy and identity. This 10-week program engaged teens from audiences underserved by STEM programming (young women and girls, people of color, persons with disabilities), and was one of seventeen projects across the country made possible through made possible through training, resources, and mini-implementation funds from NASA’s Universe of Learning and ASTC.

 Each week, participants made great use of innovative resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning to help research, inform, and inspire their own original pop-up programs and exhibit components. They also made use of NISE Network materials, activities, and curriculum to help practice their skills in science communication on the floor, and as helpful reference points.

 The combination of wonderful NASA’s Universe of Learning resources, with the support of NISE Net activities, made this program possible.