The National Air and Space Museum and the
Science Information Infrastructure/SEGway (Science Education Gateway)
The Science Information Infrastructure is a collaboration between science museums, researchers and educators to increase public use of remote sensing data and develop planetary and space science online curricula for use in the classroom. The SII project began in 1995 after receiving funding from NASA through a Cooperative Agreement Notice entitled "Public Use of Earth and Space Science Data over the Internet". Distribution of SII online educational activies is through the SEGway (Science Education Gateway) web site.
The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) houses the national collection of artifacts relating to the development of aviation and space flight. This collection is displayed in over 20 galleries including exhibits on topics as varied as early flight, military aviation, exploring space, and terrestrial remote sensing. The Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) and Educational Services Unit collaborated on the SII project with additional support from the Department of Exhibits. By participating in the SII program, NASM was able to utilize its unique resources and large audience to promote awareness and use of NASA data via the internet for K-12 education and the general public.
NASM Online Galleries and Activities for SEGway
Links to Online Resources
As part of the National Air and Space Museum's commitment to the SII
project, a series of teacher workshops was conducted by curriculum specialists
in NASM's Educational Services Department. These workshops gave educators an
opportunity to test new online activities and curricula and develop lesson plans
for using online resources in their own classrooms. In addition, CEPS staff
gave participants an overview of CEPS remote sensing resources, ongoing research
at the Museum, and background in planetary science.
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