NESTA is delighted to announce that the Windows to the Universe project will be joining NESTA as its new home.
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has agreed to provide NESTA a $500,000 grant over two years for a critically important transition of Windows to the Universe to sustainability as an Open Educational Resource. This project, which will begin this month, will involve the transition of Windows to the Universe management from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (where it has found its home since June 2000) to NESTA. Dr. Roberta Johnson, NESTA's Executive Director, will continue to lead the project, as she has since its inception at the University of Michigan. The move will provide NESTA one of the world’s most popular Earth and Space science education and outreach websites as a vehicle for reaching teachers and students around the world.
The project will support a major redesign and updating of the website, including implementation of new capabilities and technologies, while maintaining the website as a globally free educational resource for the Earth and Space sciences and related disciplines. Through the programs we develop, we will make it possible for partner organizations, programs, scientists and educators to share information about their research, resources, programs, products and events through the website so that it becomes a community education and outreach facility for the Earth and Space sciences. Windows to the Universe content development will continue at the UCAR Office of Education and Outreach, through on-going and new Windows to the Universe projects. These activities will be coordinated by Windows to the Universe management at NESTA, and supplemented by new programs and projects offered through NESTA and other organizations. The goal of this major change is to allow the Windows to the Universe project (the website and our professional development programs) to flourish – with expanded, up-to-date content, resources, and professional development offerings in multiple languages made available through a community of contributors. We will keep you posted as this project develops.
As a result of this project, NESTA will soon open an office in Boulder, Colorado, and will be hiring a small staff to undertake activities on the project.