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Lessons Learned from Real-Time, Event-Based Internet Science CommunicationsFor the last several years the Science Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center has carried out a diverse program of Internet-based science communication. The Directorate's Science Roundtable includes active researchers, NASA public relations, educators, and administrators. The Science@NASA award-winning family of Web sites features science, mathematics, and space news. The program includes extended stories about NASA science, a curriculum resource for teachers tied to national education standards, on-line activities for students, and webcasts of real-time events. The focus of sharing science activities in real-time has been to involve and excite students and the public about science. Events have involved meteor showers, solar eclipses, natural very low frequency radio emissions, and amateur balloon flights. In some cases, broadcasts accommodate active feedback and questions from Internet participants. Through these projects a pattern has emerged in the level of interest or popularity with the public. The pattern differentiates projects that include science from those that do not, All real-time, event-based Internet activities have captured public interest at a level not achieved through science stories or educator resource material exclusively. The worst event-based activity attracted more interest than the best written science story. One truly rewarding lesson learned through these projects is that the public recognizes the importance and excitement of being part of scientific discovery. Flying a camera to 100,000 feet altitude isn't as interesting to the public as searching for viable life-forms at these oxygen-poor altitudes. The details of these real-time, event-based projects and lessons learned will be discussed.
Document ID
20020022514
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Phillips, T.
Myszka, E.
Gallagher, D. L.
Adams, M. L.
Koczor, R. J.
Whitaker, Ann F.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2001
Subject Category
Social and Information Sciences (General)
Meeting Information
Office of Space Science Education/Outreach Conference(Chicago, IL)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.