The West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (WVSPOT) inspires an appreciation of STEM and STEM careers in K-12 students through the delivery of interactive presentations by undergraduate students that highlight cutting edge space science and engineering research in the Mountain State.
For K-12 audiences:
(1) Increase awareness of and interest in astronomy and space-related STEM research, programs, and careers in West Virginia.
(2) Increase exposure to college role models.
For college ambassadors:
(1) Increase 21st century skills such as science communication, public speaking, autonomy, and ability to adapt.
(2) Increase astronomy and space science content knowledge.
Supported through a joint partnership between the Green Bank Observatory and NASA, the West Virginia Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT) recruits and trains college presenters to bring presentations about current West Virginia space science, technology, and engineering to West Virginia K-12 classrooms, museums, and youth programs.