Paragon TEC, as a prime contractor for the last decade, was solely responsible for the IT environment focused on MIS and CRM for the Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) National Office. This included the management, design and installation of 24 state-of-art Aerospace Education Laboratories (AELs) in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Paragon TEC also developed a web-based IMS to standardized data collection and reporting for the 24 SEMAA sites.
Since that time, Paragon TEC has continued to update and improve our Information Management System (IMS) to meet NASA’s reporting requirements and performance measurement goals as they have evolved. Data collection includes capturing the number of participants, student demographics, use of NASA facilities and content, school districts, partnership and sustainability efforts, actual expenditures, family involvement and stakeholder feedback on a quarterly basis to ensure that performance goals are being achieved.
Paragon TEC developed and maintains a similar IMS for ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp program (2007 – current) which is comprised of 23 sites located at college and universities extending from as far north as Alaska to as far southeast as Florida. In addition to being a prime contractor, Paragon TEC has been awarded the status of a first-tier subcontractor by Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.
For the past several years, Paragon TEC has provided IT support to Harris Corporation on an IDIQ basis. Currently, we are engineering new user interfaces and queries to allow the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs users to research open claims and expedite their resolution.
- Since 1996, Paragon TEC has provided support and materials in all formats to further national educational objectives from early childhood to continuing professional education.
- During 1996-97, Paragon TEC conducted a formative baseline evaluation of the NASA Glenn Scholars and Fellowship Program.
- From 2001 to 2005, Paragon TEC supported the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP)
- From 2002 to 2003, Paragon TEC refined the 1997 survey instrument for the NASA Glenn Scholars and Fellowship Program to capture program strengths and weaknesses and additional participant data.
- During 2005-2007 Paragon managed Awareness Days at Glenn Research Center.
- During 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, Paragon TEC supported the NASA Educator Astronaut Teachers component of the Educator Astronaut Program.
- From 2006 to 2013, Paragon TEC operated the National Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Office to assist with the coordination of the SEMAA program nationwide. Paragon TEC had provided other major support to SEMAA since 1996.
- From 2006 to 2010, Paragon TEC conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) Project (150+ schools located in 50 states). This included development of a Project Evaluation Plan and the review/creation of evaluation measures based on reporting requirements.
- In 2008, Paragon TEC developed an evaluation plan for all NASA Elementary and Secondary Projects.
- In 2008, Paragon TEC conducted survey research to obtain quantitative and qualitative data to assess the effectiveness of the Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST Project in meeting project goals.
- In 2011, Paragon conducted a study to assess and measure the effectiveness of Lewis’ Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project (LERCIP).
- Through the years, Paragon has supported and developed education-related collaborative relationships with various organizations in federal, state, and local government as well as academia. These include the U.S. Department of Education, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Cuyahoga Community College, and York College.
- Currently, Paragon TEC is responsible for NASA Glenn Education Support Services (ES2) Base Operations & Additional Tasks. ES2 consists of an overarching suite of ongoing education projects and activities. In addition to Baseline Support Services for Glenn Research Center, were tasks from NASA’s Headquarters, Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, and Langley Research Center.
- Paragon TEC also managed the Visitor Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center from 2009 to 2014. Paragon was responsible for all operational aspects of the GSFC Visitor Center including the overall facility and various technical exhibitions and displays. Paragon managed one of the major high-tech exhibits called Science on a Sphere which targeted walk in visitors, formal education event participants, and science professionals who used the system as a platform to share their work with the science community. This mesmerizing visualization system, was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and allows data to be projected on a 6-foot-diameter sphere.
- Paragon TEC has provided technical, market, economic and other studies, products, and activities to support communication and education initiatives for NASA’s Aeronautics programs.
We helped to define, test and disseminate messages including the development of materials and message architectures. These messages have included public outreach campaigns with respect to both the Agency as a whole as well as specific Centers and Directorates.
- Paragon TEC was tasked with the management of education communication support services at NASA Headquarters from 2006 to 2013, supporting NASA’s Education goals through communications and stakeholder engagement. Paragon delivered a robust communication infrastructure that supported all of the organizations internal activities and external engagement programs.
- For three years ending in 2012, Paragon TEC led visitor education and community outreach support services for NASA Glenn Research Center that involved visitors, teachers, students, and the regional community with NASA accomplishments and activities regarding the aeronautics and space program and their benefit to humankind.