Informal education professionals are invited to apply here for free membership to NASA's Museum & Informal Education Alliance. (Please use your professional email address on your application, not your personal one.) Not sure what "informal education professional" means? Read more below and feel free to email us with questions. Not eligible, but still interested in NASA educational resources? Try our public resources and other networks.
The Alliance is the starting point for informal educators seeking free NASA educational resources and services. It is also where NASA experts can find a ready-made audience who can engage the public worldwide.
NASA has a great library of funded curriculum and activities, multimedia, planetarium shows, professional learning, marketing, and networking platforms. The Alliance is designed to save you time by helping you find what you need to teach your audiences about NASA-centric STEAM topics. If your organization is already a member, it makes signing up for your own account even easier. If not, we'd love to add your organization to our network.
We also offer direct access to NASA experts to answer your questions and keep you and your staff updated on the latest at NASA. We have hosted more than 600 live teleconferences on a variety of topics, all recorded and archived, geared specifically towards informal education.
Finally, we act as liaisons between, and advocates for, our members to NASA leadership. Let us know what NASA can do to help you further engage and grow your audiences! "Informal education" is a constantly evolving field, and the Alliance evolves with it, providing resources to better engage and inspire your informal audiences, whatever that means to you. Join the Alliance!
Our 2,000+ Alliance members include staff and educators representing a wide range of organizations, such as
- federal and non-federal NASA Visitor Centers and affiliates
- air and space centers
- aviation museums
- children’s museums
- natural history museums
- science and technology centers
- out-of-school-time organizations (e.g. after school programs, summer camps)
- youth-serving organizations (e.g. YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, 4-H)
- botanical gardens
- nature centers
- national, state, and local parks
- Challenger Learning Centers, and other "learning centers"
- education labs for students and/or teachers
- theaters and auditoriums for astronomical shows
- scientific and engineering societies
- art and historical museums
You may also be interested in:
- NASA Express email list for K-12 and other teachers
- NASA Aeronautics STEM monthly newsletter
- JPL Educator Resources for curriculum and activities
- STAR Net Clearinghouse targeting libraries with STEM activities
- The Night Sky Network for amateur astronomers
- Earth to Sky for outdoor educators
- The Solar System Ambassadors for education volunteers
For more information, please review the Museum & Informal Education Alliance FAQ.
The Museum & Informal Education Alliance was developed, and is managed, by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Education Office, at the California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, California, for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).