IGES is leading the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) through a five-year cooperative agreement. NESEC is one of 27 projects selected in September 2015 by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) as part of a competitive announcement. Click here to see a list of the 27 projects selected and introductory video.


NESEC is a partnership between IGES and NASA Earth science divisions at three NASA Centers: Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Langley Research Center.


NASA Earth STEM Assets are at the foundation of all NESEC activities and fuel three interrelated areas: 1) Authentic STEM Experiences for learners through GLOBE Student Research Campaigns and GLOBE Observer citizen science; 2) Direct Connections to Learners through partners; and 3) organizing Thematic Core Content and working strategically with external partners and collaborators to adapt and disseminate core content to support the needs of specific education audiences

This cross-organization team is building pathways between NASA’s Earth-related STEM assets to large, diverse audiences in order to enhance STEM teaching, learning and opportunities for learners throughout their lifetimes.These STEM assets include subject matter experts (scientists, engineers, and education specialists), science and engineering content, and authentic participatory and experiential opportunities.


NESEC activities and products include:


GLOBE Observer  – Download the GLOBE Observer app and start contributing ground observations to NASA science related to clouds. Coming in 2017: Mosquito Mappers (mapping mosquito larvae) and Adopt-a-Pixel (mapping land cover).


Strategic Partnerships: NESEC is building pathways to learners by leveraging the large reach of strategic collaborations that directly reach large, national groups of learners and educators of all levels. These include external partnerships with groups like Odyssey of the Mind, an International creative problem-solving competition, as well as fostering collaborations across the NASA SMD collective of education projects and networks, Including: [email protected]Science Museum of Minnesota/National Informal Science Education Network (NISE-Net)WGBH/PBS Learning Media2017 Total Solar EclipseEarth to SkyNASA Museum Alliance; and more