The SMD Science Activation Program (SciAct) seeks to further enable NASA science experts and content into the learning environment more effectively and efficiently with learners of all ages. Competitively selected teams from across the Nation work in partnership with each other and with NASA to connect NASA science experts, real content, and experiences with community leaders to do science in ways that activate participation and promote understanding. Baselined in 2016, SciAct is building longterm relationships to bring NASA science to learners of all ages.
At a top level, SMD SciAct Objectives are: • Enable STEM Education • Improve U.S. Scientific Literacy • Advance National Education Goals • Leverage Efforts through Partnerships
Taking into account evolving NASA and national education priorities and following a program review by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in 2019, additional teams are now invited to propose to complement those awards continuing into the SciAct 2.0 period (2021-2025). Proposals should not duplicate work already being done within Science Activation. Specific focus areas for this opportunity are: • Heliophysics content, including the upcoming annular (2023) and total (2024) solar eclipses. For more information on NASA heliophysics activities, see B.1 the Heliophysics Research Program Overview and https://science.nasa.gov/heliophysics. • Dissemination of SMD assets (science content and data, space and airborne platforms, and scientific and technical personnel) into communities or specific audience networks. • Integration of data into science learning, in alignment with the SMD Strategy for Data Management and Computing for Groundbreaking Science, and the NASA Science Data Overview.
- Notice of Intent: April 15, 2021
- Proposal: May 14, 2021