Activity 2-1 |
2-1: Align the
If you are designing your product for NASA, explore the following
sites and identify a NASA research question and dataset. The
question and resource you select become two of the parameters
for your design.
NASA Mission Directorates*
(Mahone & Jacobs, 2004)
NASA has restructured strategic
enterprises into mission directorates to better
support its vision (see
NASA’s Current Missions).
The four mission directorates are:
Research: Research and develop aeronautical
technologies for safe, reliable, and efficient
Science: Carry out the
scientific investigation of the Earth, moon, Mars,
and beyond; chart the best route of discovery; and
reap the benefits of Earth and space exploration for
Exploration Systems: Develop capabilities and
supporting research and technology that enable
sustained and affordable human and robotic
exploration; include the biological and physical
research necessary to ensure the health and safety
of crew during long duration spaceflight.
Space Operations: Direct spaceflight
operations, space launches, and space communications
as well as the operation of integrated systems in
low-Earth orbit and beyond.
*Note: The links above lead
you to the most recent descriptions of NASA research
efforts in the four directorates. Work with your
facilitator if you have trouble locating up-to-date
Once you have identified a potential
research question, contact a scientist as a content expert or an educator/educational specialist if you are a scientist. The scientist plays a valuable role as a member
of your design team for numerous reasons. The scientist will:
- Enable you to have greater access to data.
- Provide firsthand insights into the actual
- Ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the
- Identify and elaborate on the investigation
questions driving the research.
- Point out other related investigations that might
be more interesting or appropriate.
- Align your product with NASA criteria B.4 (see
Virtual Design Center Step 2: NASA Criteria Connect).
Some strategies for enlisting a scientist/educator are 1) contacting the education outreach branch of the NASA mission directorate for a recommendation, 2) asking for recommendations to your Virtual Design Center facilitator, and 3) working with the Center for
Educational Technologies® Mid-Atlantic
Regional Space Science Broker program to identify and contact an
Deliverable 2-1: Description of the
Science Outline. Fill in the outline with your
research question, your resources, such as datasets, and
the scientist you identified. You submit this form after
completing deliverable 2-2.
Review the following examples of
deliverables for activity 2-1. The first is a NASA-sponsored
Classroom of the Future project. Examples 2, 3 and 4 are
deliverables submitted by previous Virtual Design Center
participants. (Note: Examples 2-4 were produced when NASA was
organized under enterprises; thus, these designers specified
their research questions by enterprise rather than
Continue to Activity 2-2.
Activity 2-1 |