NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team



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AAPT is a partner in the NASA Heliophysics Education Activation Team (HEAT). This multi-year initiative from NASA leads the development of research-based instructional materials for astrophysics taught in the context of introductory and upper division physics and astronomy courses.

NASA HEAT Space Physics Ambassadors are available to provide support in the use of these materials through virtual (and sometimes in-person) workshops around the U.S. Contact Rebecca Vieyra at for more information.


Resources for Teachers

Resources are provided in the following formats:

Tutorial: A structured investigation that can be done during a lecture or as a separate laboratory activity.  These may or may not include hands-on materials, but all are intended to be done by students in small groups.

Concept Questions: Conceptual questions posed to students during lecture for students to discuss in small groups, then vote on the answer. They are primarily used by the instructor as an embedded assessment to measure class understanding of a concept, and by students as a means to solidify their understanding of the concept.

Homework Questions: Traditional homework-style questions that can be used as part of a regular homework assignment.

Monthly Workshop Series: Learn more and REGISTER HERE.

HEAT Monthly workshop series

NASA HEAT Space Physics Ambassadors: Contact Rebecca Vieyra at to be put in contact with a NASA HEAT Space Physics Ambassador near you.

2023 Ambassadors

  • Jason Barbour (Maryland)
  • Emily Bogusch (Arizona)
  • Nivedi Das (Massachusetts)
  • Jarrod Gorman (Massachusetts)
  • Tony Musumba (California)
  • Brenda Paul (Georgia)
  • Kevin Simmons (Florida)
  • Hava Turkakin (New York)

2022 Ambassadors

  • Christine Bernhardt (District of Columbia)
  • Ed Izaguirre (California)
  • Rod Milbrandt (Minnesota)
  • Steven Montoya (Arizona)
  • Fana Mulu-Moore (Colorado)
  • Gaea Sawan (Texas)
  • Ronald Schlaack (Michigan)
  • Liang Zeng (Texas)


This project is funded through NASA Grant/Cooperative Agreement Numbers NNX16AR36A and 80NSSC21K1560.