The NASA’s Universe of Learning team connects the public to the data, discoveries, and experts that span NASA’s Astrophysics missions. Our multi-institution team is made up of scientists, engineers, and educators who have direct connections to these missions working at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Caltech/IPAC, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, and Jet Propulsion Lab.
For Early Release Observations, NASA’s Universe of Learning can work with informal learning sites like libraries, museums, and planetariums to build connections with subject matter experts, showcase resources that break down hard to understand science concepts around what Webb will unfold, and support institutions through enriching professional development experiences throughout the months leading up to EROs in July. Visit our new website here and feel free to reach out to our team for any further questions.
The Infiniscope team empowers educators of all kinds to bring dynamic digital learning experiences to their audiences. Through immersive 360-degree virtual environments, customized simulations, and real-time adaptive feedback, Infiniscope makes the wonders of Earth and space science accessible to learners of all ages. Our team includes educators, learning designers and NASA scientists working together to develop high-quality educational materials that encourage exploration and discovery.
The Infiniscope team has developed resources to engage learners in NASA science and to learn more about Webb. Visit our website (https://infiniscope.org) to access a wide variety of digital learning experiences or contact our team to learn more about our Webb Virtual Tour and our wildly popular Webb Kahoot!
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States.
The NISE Network and its partners have developed a variety of hands-on STEM public engagement activities and professional development resources. Materials are designed for use in museums, science centers, and planetariums; they are also suitable for use in other informal learning settings such as afterschool programs, summer camps, libraries, scouting groups, community organizations, and university public outreach programs. Activities may also be adapted by educators for use in formal education K-12 classroom settings.
A compilation of resources suitable for James Webb Space Telescope public engagement is available at: https://www.nisenet.org/webb. If you are new to the NISE Network please visit: https://www.nisenet.org/gettingstarted. To contact NISE Network, please go to https://www.nisenet.org/contact.
For James Webb Telescope programming, the OpenSpace team is available to collaborate with libraries, museums, and planetariums to develop a dynamic tour of the mission, highlighting engineering aspects of the flightpath and instrument design, important science goals of scheduled targets, and engagement with subject matter experts involved in the project. Leading up to Webb’s first observations, the OpenSpace team can support event hosts with tutorial sessions to pilot the Webb visualizations in OpenSpace software. Visit our website and reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NASA-funded OpenSpace software brings the latest techniques from data visualization to the public. Built upon space and Earth datasets from NASA and other institutions, OpenSpace allows users to virtually tour our dynamic Earth, solar system and the universe beyond. OpenSpace software is used by scientists, museums, and space enthusiasts to create a range of immersive visual experiences from planetarium shows to social media content. Our multi-institution team is made up of scientists and engineers who are well-versed in navigating groups of all ages through the virtual universe.