Overview: NASA’s Universe of Learning connects the science, technology, subject matter experts, and adventure of NASA Astrophysics with STEM concepts, education standards, and 21st century skills central to science understanding and literacy. Resulting products, programs, and professional development experiences will span a spectrum of environments and applications, enabling a rich learning “ecosystem” across the traditional boundaries of education. The goal of the program is to create and disseminate education products, programs, and professional development experiences that use NASA Astrophysics science, technology, and subject matter experts to advance NASA's Science Mission Directorate education objectives on a national scale.

How does the Universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone? NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences that enable educators to engage their audiences in the science, the story, and the adventure of NASA’s scientific explorations of the Universe. Youth, families and lifelong learners are enabled to discover the Universe for themselves.

The Universe of Learning program is a unique partnership between Caltech/IPAC, Space Telescope Science Institute, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the first five years, Sonoma State University was also a partner. The program is funded by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. We are creating an integrated team of scientists, educators, and communications professionals who work together and with the education community to strengthen science education and scientific literacy.


This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC65A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.