The SAGE III on ISS Education and Public Outreach program shares the excitement of the SAGE III on ISS mission (planned launch 2014) highlighting its pathfinder qualities, its legacy and role in climate study continuity, and its partnerships with the ISS, other NASA centers, and international collaborators. The program uses formal and informal education approaches to engage students, teachers, and the public in atmospheric science topics including ozone and aerosols, engineering, and technology. The program also strengthens NASA's future workforce by contributing to STEM education initiatives and by attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines. The E/PO activities consist of a diverse range of programs and events that leverage ongoing activities and partnerships across NASA Earth Science missions and other agency educational and outreach programs including GLOBE and MY NASA DATA, as well as create new avenues for reaching target audiences.

Lead Organizations

Langley Research Center (LaRC)




SAGE III on ISS is a partnership with the ISS Program, ESA, SpaceX and Ball Aerospace; E/PO efforts have collaborated with these partners. Additional E/PO partnerships include GLOBE, NIA, MY NASA DATA

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. Students use GLOBE data and measurement protocols to investigate their environment. GLOBE’s overall goals include: improve student achievement, enhance awareness and support activities of individuals throughout the world to benefit the environment, contribute to scientific understanding of Earth as a system and connect and inspire the next generation of global scientists. The SAGE III on ISS effort related to GLOBE will support student Earth science inquiry by providing teacher training focusing on atmosphere investigations and the Earth as a system.

The National Institute of Aerospace produces NASA eClips that are short, relevant educational video segments designed to inspire and engage students, helping them see real-world connections with STEM education. Video segments are produced for targeted audiences: grades K–5, 6–8, and 9–12, and are augmented by teacher resources and training to support the use of best practices and for effective implementation in a 21st Century classroom designed for maximum impact on student learning and flexibility in a teacher’s instructional planning.

The Mentoring and Inquiry using NASA Data on Atmospheric and Earth Science for Teachers and Amateurs (MY NASA DATA) program provides teaching resources for K–12 education programs and facilitates access to portions of NASA’s Earth Science data repository. The program includes peer-reviewed lesson plans available to teachers and students to explore Earth’s climate system. Many of these lessons provide instructions on how to obtain archived satellite observations through software tools provided through MY NASA DATA. The principal goal of the program is to help the student relate their experience with ongoing research systems and to provide a broader context for interpretation and appreciation. The SAGE III on ISS collaboration with MY NASA DATA supports the development of educational products, including lesson or unit plans, activities, and/or complementary games using SAGE III on ISS science data to highlight the importance of making accurate ozone and aerosol measurements.







Effectiveness and Impact

Evaluation findings and impact statements:

SAGE III on ISS E/PO activities will be evaluated using various methods depending on the activity. Public awareness and social media activities will be measured by the numbers of followers and the interactions. Education outreach efforts will be evaluated through an independent evaluator. Activities led by other NASA programs are incorporated into that programs evaluation, such as GLOBE and MY NASA DATA. All evaluation methods will be in compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations 14 CFR§1230, commonly referred to as “the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects.”

This project hasn’t had any evaluation findings yet because none of our programs have completed yet.