Lunar Extreme Program

The Lunar Extreme Program was part of DREAM: The Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon. DREAM2 is the next generation of the DREAM team. The DREAM2 Education Team is no longer offering this program. The pages are kept here as an archive of a very successful program, with links to resources that endure.

In spring 2012, DREAM Education Team taught high school students and teachers about the DREAM science science goals in order to prepare them for participation and interaction with DREAM scientists at a Lunar Extreme Workshops (LEW). The first LEW took place at Goddard Space Flight Center from June 20-24, 2011 and focused on how extreme solar storms affect the Moon. The 2012 LEW took place at Ames Research Center from June 18-22. This LEW brought DREAM scientists together with teachers and students (scientists-in-training) to investigate the effects of impacts on the lunar surface at all scales.

The target audience for involvement in the Lunar Extreme Program is high school students who have already been exposed to physics, Earth science, chemistry, computer modeling, or preferably a combination of the above and the teachers of those subjects. Teachers were provided with small stipends for their time and participation.

What does the Lunar Extreme Program include?

Beginning in January, teacher/student teams were provided weekly with resources and activities pertaining to DREAM's science goals. Students were encouraged to read and study the resources on their own and then to meet with their teacher and other team members at least once a week for teacher-led activities that reinforce the concepts from their reading. Teams have the flexibility to meet whenever and where ever they wish, such as after school. At least once or twice per month, students had the opportunity to virtually meet and hear from DREAM scientists, who will put the student's new understanding in context as it relates to DREAM's science goals.

What do the Lunar Extreme Workshops include?

During the LEW, teams interacted with DREAM scientists, observed the process of science in action, and learned more about NASA careers and opportunities. The direct interaction with scientists, both prior to and at a LEW, offered opportunities for students to learn more about available careers, and meeting and interacting with the passionate people who perform these careers every day hopefully inspired these students to enter the science, engineering, or NASA workforce.