Cornerstone Evaluation Associates

Our Projects

E/PO - Education and Public Outreach

Monitoring teacher training for an E/PO dedicated to exploring Earth’s magnetism

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California/Berkeley is leading the multi-faceted E/PO effort for the THEMIS Mission that is focused on measuring the auroral activity of changes in the Earth’s magnetosphere. The E/PO effort includes teacher professional development workshops, the launch of a GEMS site in Nevada and the development and maintenance of a web site devoted to teachers and students. E/PO leaders have concentrated most of their work, however, on establishing ten ground-based magnetometer stations across the nation and training a teacher from each of these rural, traditionally under-served and under-represented sites to use the data with students through THEMIS-developed lessons and activities.

Cornerstone has provided the THEMIS E/PO effort with ongoing feedback so that E/PO leaders can make informed decisions about all components of the project as well as provide NASA with evidence of the project’s success. These data come from usability and readability studies of the THEMIS web site, teacher workshop questionnaires and subsequent telephone interviews concerning the use and dissemination of workshop materials and intensive interviews with teachers having magnetometer stations.

Evaluating teacher training and materials for an X-ray spectroscopy E/PO

The Exploration of the Universe Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is leading the E/PO effort for the Suzaku/Astro-E2 Mission dedicated to exploring X-ray spectroscopy. The three-pronged E/PO effort includes preparing and disseminating an educational video and teacher guide on spectroscopy, developing and maintaining a web site devoted to teachers, students and the general public and sponsoring a student competition—

Cornerstone has provided the E/PO effort with ongoing information including web site usability and readability studies, documentations of the ongoing program (its strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for needed changes) and teacher feedback on workshops and teaching materials. These data have been used to ensure program improvement and provide NASA with evidence of the project’s success.