About UAMN Space Outreach

NASA logo with the word "partner" underneath.NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team

UAMN is a partner in the NASA Heliophysics Education  Activation Team (HEAT)  (formerly NSSEC: National Space Science Education Consortium).

NASA HEAT connects audiences across the nation to the innovative and captivating science of heliophysics. From nationwide educational programming to community-centric projects, NASA HEAT is actively partnering with museums, youth organizations, classroom teachers, and many others to teach people about our closest star, the Sun, and how it affects our lives.

UAMN focuses our efforts in NASA HEAT on:NASA HEAT logo

  • Connecting afterschool and out-of-school educators to resources and training
  • Partnerships with Alaska community organizations (schools, libraries, museums, youth organizations)
  • Space science outreach through community science nights and family programs
  • Serving minority audiences, including rural Alaskans

NASA HEAT website

Other NASA HEAT partners

NASA HEAT supported under cooperative agreement number NNH15ZDA004C.

Interior Alaska Space Outreach
Several adults and children launching paper rockets on a large lawn. The museum building is in the background.

Presented by Dr. Walt and Marita Babula.

Beginning in 2020 with new funding, UAMN  expanded opportunities for Fairbanks area and Interior Alaska residents to explore space science.

The first annual museum Space Camp, presented by Dr. Walt and Marita Babula,  took place in June 2021. Space Camp continued to be held in 2022 and 2023.

UAMN also offers a wide variety of space-related learning opportunities, including family programs and virtual content. Check our calendar and Virtual Museum page.

National Informal STEM Education Network

National Informal STEM Education Network logo.
UAMN is a member of the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net), a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States.

Through NISE Net, UAMN receives Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits, and shares the activities at public events such as Science Potpourri, Museum Sleepover, and more.


Sketch of UAMN & proposed planetarium.

Planetarium at UAMN


We are excited about the upcoming planetarium addition! Groundbreaking and construction will begin in summer 2024 for a planetarium attached to the west side of the museum.

Learn more here


This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A and cooperative agreement number NNH15ZDA004C. 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.