Ms. DeVore, as a child growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in California, was inspired by the night-time sky. She brings this passion to exploring for evidence of Extraterrestrial Intelligence and sharing her efforts with students throughout the country.
Edna DeVore is the Director of Education at the SETI Institute. She’s been a researcher, planetarium director, teacher, and curriculum writer, and currently directs education projects related to astronomy, space science and SETI. Today, she leads “Reaching for the Stars: NASA Space Science for Girl Scouts,” a new project that aims to engage more girls in space science. Notable among other education projects are the “Life in the Universe” curriculum materials for students in grades 3-9 and a high school course, “Voyages Through Time”. Edna co-directed the education and public outreach programs for two NASA missions: SOFIA and Kepler, plus education programs for the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the MAVEN Mission. SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) is a modified 747 commercial jet that carries a large (2.5 m) telescope up to 45,000 feet to observe the universe in infrared wavelengths – a part of the spectrum which cannot be seen from the ground. The Kepler Mission
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