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For Educators

The Science Mission Directorate has an essential role in NASA's education mission "to inspire the next generation of explorers." The discoveries and new knowledge from our missions and research programs consistently engage people's imaginations, inform teachers, and excite students about science and exploration. We are committed to utilizing our resources to foster the broad involvement of the Earth and space science communities in education and public outreach (E/PO) with the goal of enhancing the nation's formal education system and contributing to the broad public understanding of science, mathematics and technology.

NASA's Science Education Program creates products using NASA's results in Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics research. The program sponsors educational activities at all levels of formal and informal education to provide opportunities for learners to investigate their world and their universe using unique NASA resources.

Leadership of the Science Mission Directorate EPO program is provided by Stephanie Stockman.

  • NASA's Earth & Space Science Education Product Review

    NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) sponsors independent peer reviews of its Earth and space science education materials for formal (K-12 and higher education) and informal education.

  • NASA Wavelength This online catalog of NASA Earth and space science resources is for educators of all levels – from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. Use NASA Wavelength to quickly and easily locate resources, connect them to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources you discover with others through social media and email.

  • Earth & Space Science Explorers

    The Earth Explorers Series was a monthly series that introduced people to NASA Earth Explorers, young and old, with a variety of backgrounds and interests.