Montana State University-Bozeman Center for Educational Resources (CERES) leads the New Horizons Formal Education Program. CERES develops the K-12 curriculum for the mission. These curricular modules are available online to students and teachers. They include an educator guide, student handouts, suggested activities and potential cross-curricular projects. http://btc.montana.edu/ceres
It's a 20-year homework assignment, but you won't hear any complaints from the students handed the task. The Student Dust Counter (SDC), designed by students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is part of the New Horizons E/PO program. The device is detecting dust grains produced by collisions between asteroids, comets and Kuiper Belt objects during New Horizons' journey. It is the first science instrument on a NASA planetary mission to be designed, built and "flown" by students. http://lasp.colorado.edu/sdc/
Created by the APL E/PO office, the Space Academy series brings students behind the scenes of current space missions and introduces them to scientists and engineers working on these projects. These educational events are sponsored by APL and Discovery Education; New Horizons is a topic of these programs. These events include student press conferences with mission panelists, moderated by an APL public relations representative. Students have an opportunity to be reporters and ask the panelists questions as if they were at an official NASA press conference. http://www.spaceacademy.jhuapl.edu/
The Maryland Science Center's SpaceLink is a New Horizons E/PO partner in both formal and informal outreach arenas. Part media center, discovery room, and a newsroom, SpaceLink focuses on the "latest and greatest" in space science and astronomy. New Horizons scientists and engineers regularly support SpaceLink's flexible programming, including scientist in residence, credited seminars/workshops for educators, a menu of classroom programs on request, distance learning teacher presentations, and special live events to highlight mission milestones and space-related anniversaries. This allows the guest scientists and engineers to interact directly with the public. These events will also complement the New Horizons mission and instrument exhibits housed at the Maryland Science Center. The Maryland Science Center is also orchestrating the national Plutopalooza events at museums and science centers as well as the support for the mission's educator fellows program. http://www.mdsci.org/
Howard B. Owens Science Center created a New Horizons planetarium show for small school-based planetariums. This interactive program follows the New Horizons mission from launch to arrival at Pluto, allowing participants to investigate the science questions posed by the mission team. http://www.pgcps.pg.k12.md.us/~hbowens/planetarium.html
A multi-faceted NASA outreach program targeting elementary age children through adults. A variety of unique educational products in a variety of media are distributed via the internet and an extensive network of local community and national partnerships. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov
The New Horizons spacecraft (in model form) sails through the world's largest complete solar system model. This project places New Horizons in the context of the solar system through use of the Maine Solar System Model (MSSM). The MSSM features a scale of 1:93,000,000 and a Pluto–Sun distance of 40 miles. This is an outdoor roadside model along Route 1, which is the major roadway in northern Maine. Since completion in June 2003, the model has been visited by many educational groups, tourists and parents with children. Visitors pick up a brochure that contains educational information for the solar system model at either Pluto (located at the Houlton Information Center) or the Sun (University of Maine at Presque Isle). http://www.umpi.maine.edu/info/nmms/museum.htm
Passport to Knowledge (P2K) is public television's longest-running series of interactive science adventures, and also appears on NASA-TV. P2K's mission is to excite young people by connecting them to real world research embodying key science concepts and the innovative use of high technology. P2K shows diverse, young researchers at work on scientific frontiers, presenting inspiring role models for the next generation of scientists, technicians and engineers. All P2K projects feature websites with hands-on inquiry-based activities, state and national standards correlations, biographical and career information about the researchers seen on camera, and links to the best of NASA and other online resources. Real Science, Real Scientists, Real Locations, Real Learning.
Discover New Horizons in Prime Time! In 2006, we took national TV audiences on a deep-space adventure with the New Horizons team as it prepared for the first mission to the ninth planet. The Passport to Pluto documentary series goes inside this historic NASA endeavor, from Pluto's discovery at Lowell Observatory in 1930 through launch of the New Horizons spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This documentary, a New Horizons Education and Public Outreach product, has aired on the Discovery Science Channel as well as on NASA TV. In May 2007, during National Space Week, the Discovery Channel aired the updated version of Passport to Pluto. This "sequel" takes viewers through the preparations for and success of New Horizons' Jupiter encounter.
Passport to Pluto segments have also been packaged into podcasts that showed Web viewers how the team is "flying" the fastest spacecraft ever launched, and how they buzzed the solar system's largest planet just 13 months after liftoff. How did New Horizons scientists and engineers tackle the technical challenges of the Jupiter encounter? How do you do a full Pluto Closest Approach rehearsal? The podcasts, still playing in the Gallery section of the New Horizons website, answer those questions!
Recap the team's activities since launch in From Earth to Jupiter, go inside the planning and preparations for the Jupiter Gravity Assist in The Jupiter Flyby, and look at the amazing science data New Horizons is gathering in Encounter with Jupiter: Science Never Sleeps.
In an effort to educate U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) museum guests about New Horizons, a model of the solar system has been set up on the Center grounds with placards providing information about each planet. A New Horizons display is set up near Pluto to educate guests about the objectives of the mission. www.spacecamp.com