NASA's MMS Mission

I am currently the Education and Public Outreach Mission Lead for the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission. I am responsible for mission level public outreach activities and coordination of overall EPO efforts. My responsibilities include planning, coordinating, implementing, and managing the MMS mission’s outreach activities to meet NASA’s EPO goals and guidelines. All of the MMS activities, programs, evaluations and partnerships are fully outlined in a MMS EPO plan. My research based approach lead to the development of a new mission education products designed to help students learn about NASA’s MMS mission, magnetism, solar power and space weather through a variety of inquiry and engineering design methods. Many of these projects are enhanced through model building and digital fabrication: the translation of digital designs into physical objects via 2D and 3D printing. I continue to lead his team in educational technology, social media and podcasting.

Social Media Connections

Sound social media strategies enable users connect with growing and vibrant communities around the world. I currently lead 2 social media teams at Goddard Space Flight Center: Sun-Earth Days (SED), the MMS Mission. Our teams encourage all of our networks to make use of a variety of social media tools that will allow them to share their thoughts, NASA content, and facts through video, imagery and awesome links. This varied approach allows our participants to learn from each other through the use of traditional and nontraditional social media tools. As standard practice we also inlude a Social Media Connections page with key information to ensure that our users have a successful social media experience before, during and after any event.

Sun-Earth Day (SED)

Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. Each year we wrap a fresh new thematic approach around this program to promote NASAs Sun-Earth Connection science, missions and cutting edge research. Over the past ten years, I have worked as lead and co-lead to develop education and public outreach events that highlight the latest heliophysics research and discoveries. Our strategy has involved the use of celestial events, such as total solar eclipses and the Transit of Venus to engage K-12 schools and the public in space science activities, demonstrations, and interactions with space scientists.

Space Weather Action Center (SWAC)

This program encourages students to design, assemble and use an 'easy to make' learning center called a Space Weather Action Centers (SWAC). These centers provide a focused environment where students can monitor and report the progress of a solar storm. As an additional part of the learning experience, students are encouraged to design their action centers with readily available art supplies and downloadable NASA imagery. Ultimately students learn how to present their 'Space Weather' reports through variety of accessible media including inexpensive video editing software and/or already existing school-based broadcast studios.


Whether it's the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA EDGE hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. My co-worker, Bryan Stephenson, and I worked with this team to produce 2 NASA EDGE video podcast shows specifically designed to increase your knowledge about our Sun-Earth Connection! With a few simple clicks you'll be on your way to an unscripted and unpredictable look into some of the latest information on Space Weather, Sun-Earth Day, Solar Week and the new 'student based' Space Weather Action Center!

Space Weather Media Viewer

This Flash-based viewer allows you to view real-time NASA satellite images of the Sun and the Earth. Near real-time images from a variety of NASA satellites and ground-based observatories are presented. Enjoy zooming and panning the images! A scale tool with the size of the Earth is also presented with the solar images.

Polar Sunrise: A Primary Source Activity

During the week of Jan. 23-29 our team was invited to the northern most town in the United States, Barrow, Alaska, where we attended the "Polar Gateways Arctic Circle Sunrise 2008". This conference featured more than 30 astronomers and space scientists, primarily from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. My job was to capture and share the science and feel of the unique environment with students worldwide. While there we gained insight into the Inupiat culture and the communities close relationship with the arctic. We also learned how traditional 'ways of knowing' and western science work together to provide a deeper understanding of this extreme environment. The resulting ecucational project is filled with a rich variety of videos, podcasts, podcast image galleries and activities. Teachers can use the videos and descriptive podcasts to enhance their curriculum, especially when teaching about our Sun's connection to the polar environment.