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Education & Public Outreach
SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program
SOFIA Presentations to Educators
Materials- Classroom activities related to
SOFIA science and technology.
SOFIA E/PO Staff - Meet the SOFIA Education & Public Outreach staff
Us - The SOFIA E/PO wants to hear from you with
your comments, questions and feedback.
SOFIA E/PO is geared toward people involved in science education such as K-14 classroom teachers, planetarium and science museum educators, community organization leaders, scientists doing E/PO, amateur astronomers with public outreach programs, and journalists writing about science education. Here you will find information about SOFIA E/PO activities including workshops, presentations and other educational events, programs being implemented and planned, and content resources for astronomy and space science education.
SOFIA was designed from
the ground up with the capability to allow visiting
educators and journalists to closely observe and
even participate in the research process. This ability
to allow non-research visitors to get close to the
workings of the observatory, to observe first-hand
how scientists really think, work, interact and use
technology is a key feature of SOFIA.
With this unique educational
capability integrated into an observatory which is
already science-rich and technologically intensive,
SOFIA offers great opportunities to enhance scientific
literacy both for the general public and for pre-college,
undergraduate, and graduate education. SOFIA's Education
and Public Outreach (E/PO) program will bring the
excitement, hardships, challenges, discoveries, teamwork
and educational values of SOFIA to students, teachers,
and the general public on a national and even international
SOFIA will promote excellence
in science, mathematics, and technology education
through direct involvement of non-scientists in partnerships,
workshops, internships, and as participants/observers
on research flights.
The SOFIA E/PO Program is a partnership with The
SETI Instituteand the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific, both non-profit
organizations with experience in developing and managing
complex educational programs for astronomers, students
and the public.