Education and Outreach

Education & Outreach Summary


SSAI is committed to improving quality of life by helping to communicate scientific advancements that enable the public to enhance their personal, professional, and living environments. Interactions with the public in the form of webinars, public demonstrations, and regular events, such as Goddard’s Sunday Experiment Day and Earth Day fairs, are routine affairs for our Education and Outreach teams at SSAI.   Moreover, we facilitate the international public’s active involvement in the scientific process through large scale citizen science programs, which are designed, engineered, and managed by SSAI personnel; as well as through long-term, hands-on academic research programs, by providing financial services, scientific advising, personnel and project management, technical support, programmatic support, and project coordination and analysis.


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SSAI – A World Leader in Citizen Science

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, as well as make meaningful contributions to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  SSAI proudly supports NASA’s GLOBE Program website (, mobile applications, social media accounts, and multiple education and outreach initiatives.


The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) ProgramLaunched worldwide in 1995, GLOBE serves as a hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE’s vision promotes students, teachers, and scientists in 125 countries to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations concerning the environment and the Earth system, while working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA, and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in studies and research about the dynamics of the Earth’s environment. To date, teachers, students, and citizen scientists associated with over 35,000 schools participate in the GLOBE program, by contributing scientific measurements to the GLOBE database, which currently includes over 200 million in-situ measurements.  

SSAI’s support for GLOBE infrastructure includes data entry, content production, mobile application (available in 9 different languages) and data visualization tools, and APIs to support the automated input and export of measurements.  Recent innovations include the delivery of an Elasticsearch-based API to GLOBE for extremely fast data retrieval, the prototype of a virtual reality-based “Data on a GLOBE” data visualization, and the incorporation of Amazon Rekognition AI system to screen citizen-science-uploaded photographs.

The SSAI team has been recognized with multiple NASA Achievement awards for their efforts, including: Development of the GLOBE Observer App - “for sustained excellence in delivering critical Science Mission Directorate (SMD) mission content to students and citizen scientists”- and Migration of the GLOBE System from Its Legacy Environment to the cloud - “for exceptional achievement in effective utilization of internet and commercial technologies.” Most recently, the SSAI-led team received the Robert H. Goddard Center Award for successfully supporting citizens at home during the COVID-19 pandemic through the NASA@Home initiative.  

The Bahethi Family Foundation

The story of our founders, Om and Sara Bahethi, is similar to that of many immigrants from India. In the 1960s, Om and Saraswati Bahethi left Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to begin the next phase of their lives in the Northeast United States.

In 1967, Om left his home in the Thar Desert, his wife, Saraswati, and his oldest son, Ravi, to pursue his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at the State University of New York, SUNY, in Buffalo. Saraswati followed him with Ravi in 1970, and soon they added their youngest son, Praveen, to the family.

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During these formative years in Buffalo, many people provided aid to the Bahethi Family in the form of scholarships, Federal and State aid, and the kindness of friends and neighbors. In 1977, after working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a contracting company, Om and Sara branched out on their own to form a company called Science Systems and Applications, Inc., SSAI.

In 2012, Om and Sara founded the Bahethi Family Foundation to empower people in science and technology. Om and Sara have donated over $3 million to scholarships, schools, colleges, and universities throughout the Northeast US and Rajasthan, India. They plan to continue their generosity to promote science and technology education, giving back to enable opportunities for others as the generosity of others enabled them.

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