Name: Dr. Richard Shope
Bio: As President of the World Space Foundation, Dr. Shope develops collaborative projects and directs tiered mentorships, inquiry science expeditions, and action science theatre productions. World Space programs reach over 5000 K-12 Students each year.
From 1999-2002, Dr. Shope carried out NASA/JPL outreach to Native American communities, including the Diné Nation, which had sought to raise consciousness about including Native American participation in NASA Missions. Specifically, Dr. Shope was tasked by NASA to study the community impact of the Lunar Prospector Mission, which, controversially, had aboard the ashes of the late astronomer Eugene Shoemaker. Results of the study led directly to the establishment of a summer internship program for a cohort of nine Diné youth, three years in a row at JPL, which included a visit to NASA Ames, which operated the Lunar Prospector Mission.
From 1994-2009, Dr. Shope coordinated science education and public outreach programs nationwide for various flight projects at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); developed curriculum for flight projects (Pluto, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Europa, the Sun, the Moon, and more); created science highlights for NASA Headquarters; and served as Principal Investigator for NASA-funded education and public outreach projects, known for his abilities to communicate complex science concepts in exciting and expressive ways, especially reaching thousands of urban youth and rural American Indian youth.
From 1971-1994, the MIME Wrighting program reached over one million schoolchildren nationally and throughout Southern California and Mexico. The MIME Approach continues to be applied as an integral part of the World Space Enterprise Expeditions, as students ACT OUT THE SCIENCE STORY!