TEAM II / CP4SMPVC: Stories From the Field

Destination Mars: The New Frontier
November 20, 2018

Destination Mars: The New Frontier Explores Humankind's Efforts to Reach the Red Planet.

NASA logo
June 5, 2018

NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) has selected three informal education organizations to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning to inspire the next generation of explorers.

The TEAM II solicitation of approximately $2 million will be awarded to the selected projects from the organizations:

Screenshot of students, astronauts in conversation
May 4, 2018

On April 25, 2018, students with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Growing Beyond Earth Project spoke with NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, who are living and working aboard the International Space Station.The Expedition 55 astronauts answered questions about life aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans and conducting science in space. The Earth-to-space call aired live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

students in hard hats in a cave smile at the camera
November 28, 2017

Lunar Caves Analog Test Sites (LCATS) is a Space-STEM learning curriculum that engages a pipeline of motivated middle and high school students and has them assisting aerospace professionals in solving real-world space exploration technology development challenges through investigations of science experiments, space exploration mission operations, technology development, and habitability system architectures.

teen volunteers work with museum visitors on spectroscopy project
September 27, 2017

Pacific Science Center wanted to engage their many audiences -- the public, school-aged children, teens -- with the topic of remote sensing. It is unfamiliar to many, but the ability to obtain information from a distance has countless direct applications to our daily lives. They especially wanted to encourage interest in the wide field of remote-sensing careers, particularly among groups underrepresented in STEM fields.

Girl holding her Morning Start quilt art
September 27, 2017

For people living in southern and eastern Oregon, visiting the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) means a sixteen-hour road trip. For OMSI then, serving rural communities with STEM content means taking the show on the road.

boy wearing bird wings in  a wind tunnel
July 31, 2017

FLIGHT at Edventure Children's Museum in Columbia, South Carolina incorporates real airplane elements throughout the exhibit - including right through a wall! In addition to "flying" the Boeing 757 emerging from the side of the building, visitors experience a learning theater made from airplane fuselage sides and seats, a child-sized wind tunnel, "Flight School" with Boeing 777 simulators, an airplane manufacturing robot, a paper airplane test flight station, and more.

January 17, 2017

Boston Children’s Museum is pleased to announce the newest version of its award-winning Beyond the Chalkboard website, which now includes a series of NASA-inspired activities and resources for after-school teachers around the world. Beyond the Chalkboard is filled with hundreds of free activities created specifically for after-school educators, and this new version of the site showcases brand-new earth and space science activities that bring inspiring NASA resources into children’s lives.

Children cleaning their legos/spacecraft parts
December 16, 2016

In the Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school district, 56% of 4th graders score below proficiency standards in science. Out of school, children can lose up to three months of academic achievement over the summer. Yet teachers facing the transition to Next Generation Science Standards are often unsure how to bring science and engineering into their classrooms; out-­of-school time educators and parents without expertise in such topics are also often hesitant to pursue them with children and don’t know where to get resources.

family looking out cupola in ISS exhibit
December 16, 2016

Kids love astronauts.  They want to be them, and are curious about what it’s like to live and work in space.   And, unlike some things that entrance children, most adults share this interest. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis wanted to build on this shared fascination to create a learning experience for families. But how to bring the reality of living and working in space down to Earth?