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Rusty Low Rusty Low

EarthEd2YC Webinar Series for Two Year College Faculty: May 2, 2014, 1:00 PM EST

April 24, 2014 - 2:15 PM CDT


NASA’s Earth Forum and NAGT’s Geo2YC have launched a new series of webinars for geoscience faculty at two-year colleges, called EarthEd2YC. Each webinar includes 30 minutes of professional development for full-time and part-time faculty seeking educational resources and other guidance from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Earth Science Education and Public Outreach Forum(SMD E/PO) and NAGT’s Geosciences for Two-Year Colleges (Geo2YC) professional division.

Next Webinar:…

Cassie Soeffing Cassie Soeffing

Ed Table Talk - BlogTalkRadio

April 22, 2014 - 2:11 PM CDT

Science Education: The Next Generation—That's what we're talking about! Pull your chair up to the table Tuesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. ET and join Education Table Talk. NSTA's Ted Willard, NSTA Past President Pat Shane, and Rhode Island Department of Education Science and Technology Specialist Peter McLaren will be discussing the Next Generation Science Standards and how they will change science education for decades to come.

The link below is active to the archive of the live…

Laura Peticolas Laura Peticolas

Heliophysics 'Fleet' of Spacecraft and Satellite Missions Artistic Image

April 22, 2014 - 6:43 AM CDT

For those of you working in the Heliophysics world, you can find the most up-to-date Heliophysics Mission image here: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/753965main_hso-fleet_full.jpg

Artistic rendition (not to scale) of satellites and spacecraft studying the Sun and its influence on Earth’s near-space environment and interface with interstellar gas.




Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

Free Moon Lecture by Dr. Maria Zuber - Apr 22

April 21, 2014 - 2:34 PM CDT

Old Moon, New Moon
Tuesday, April 22
6:45pm – 8:00pm ET


Dr. Maria T. Zuber of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be giving a free lecture about the Moon tomorrow night!


Since before the first single-celled organisms, the Moon has illuminated the night sky. Although the Moon is our nearest neighbor, it is far enough away that landing on it represented the pinnacle of human achievement. Studying…

Michelle Nichols Michelle Nichols

NASA SMD Informal Education Resource Samplers

April 18, 2014 - 8:35 AM CDT

The Informal Education Working Group for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education and Public Outreach Forums has created handouts featuring a sampling of resources that have been developed by NASA SMD Education and Public Outreach Programs. These resources may be of interest to the informal education museum community. Six samplers are available:

  • Science on a Sphere presentations
  • Planetarium shows
  • Programming resources
  • Interpreter resources
  • Digital…

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Jessica Taylor Jessica Taylor

Air Quality Awareness Week

April 18, 2014 - 7:52 AM CDT

Learn more about how air quality affects you during Air Quality Awareness Week (April 28-May 2, 2014). NASA is working to improve the use of satellites to monitor air quality for public health and to better understand what’s happening with the air quality at the surface of the Earth- where we breathe.  Throughout the week, check NASA Langley’s Science Directorate page for classroom activities and daily posts about how NASA is helping to better understand the air we breathe: 

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

2014_04_10 Planetary Science E/PO Community Tag-Up Notes

April 17, 2014 - 3:40 PM CDT

Attached are the notes and PowerPoint from the April 10, 2014 Planetary Science E/PO Community Tag-Up.

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Jessica Taylor Jessica Taylor

Applications due for NASA's LEARN Teacher Program

April 17, 2014 - 1:12 PM CDT

Apply today to participate in a research experience for teachers working on authentic NASA science projects!

  • Two-week training on-site July 7-11 and 14-18, 2014.
  • Continuing research collaboration w/NASA Research Mentor through July 2015.

NASA’s LEARN Project (Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research) is looking for STEM teachers, grades 6-12, to join a Research Team that will collaborate with NASA scientists on authentic research projects.  Selected teachers receive…

Cassie Soeffing Cassie Soeffing

NSTA proposals due by April 15, 2014 for NSTA 2015

April 14, 2014 - 10:42 AM CDT

Deadline update -- Get your proposals in by April 15, 2014 for NSTA 2015

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit your session proposals for NSTA 2015 National Conference in Chicago, March 12–15. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on April 15. Click here for details on strand information and to submit a proposal.

Questions? Please e-mail Linda Crossley at NSTA lcrossley@nsta.org.

Please note that this information is for teacher sessions only. If you wish to submit an…

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

NASA Wavelength: Finding and Supporting the E in STEM / NASA Engineering Lessons

April 10, 2014 - 10:55 AM CDT

Check out the latest blog post on NASA Wavelength by Sandra Weeks, McREL, on NASA SMD education resources that can support NGSS and engineering. The blog post includes links to sampler lists of resources for elementary, middle, and high school levels. Please visit, http://nasawavelength.org/blog/finding-and-supporting-e-stem.

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

ChemCam Mars Workshop for High School Teachers

April 10, 2014 - 10:52 AM CDT

Mars Through Time

July 8-11, 2014

Presented at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


Mars Through Time is a four day, high school teacher professional development training focusing on Mars science and exploration and the nature and process of science. Participants explore the relationship between technology and science using the history of Mars exploration as an example. Participants also learn about and discuss the…

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

ASP 2014 – Preliminary Information on Scheduled Events Available

April 9, 2014 - 3:02 PM CDT

Early bird registration is now open! Preliminary information on the ASP 2014 schedule of plenaries, panels, and workshops is available online at http://bit.ly/1erDdQZ. Abstract proposals are also being accepted at this time. 

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

VINES – Informal Educator Professional Development

April 9, 2014 - 3:00 PM CDT

Register by May 5


This free professional development workshop is open to Virginia education specialists at museums, parks, zoos, and historic sites. Facilitated by Dr. Joanna K. Garner, Research Associate Professor of The Center for Educational Partnerships, this interactive workshop will show participants how to make the most of informal education learning environments. Attendees will take away strategies and materials to promote enduring personal connections with and…

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

IGES 2014 Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest – Entries Due May 16

April 9, 2014 - 2:58 PM CDT

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) invites students grades 5-8 to submit photos to the 2014 Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest. We know that our Earth is dynamic – constantly changing and shifting due to weather, seismic activities, erosion, and even asteroids! Change is part of living on Earth. To participate in the contest, students should take a photo of change in their local environment between the dates of April 14-25, 2014, and write a brief essay (400 words…

Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

2014_03_13 Planetary Science E/PO Community Tag-Up Notes

April 9, 2014 - 2:16 PM CDT

Attached are the notes and PowerPoint from the March 13, 2014 Planetary Science E/PO Community Tag-Up.

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Heather Dalton Heather Dalton

2014_02_13 Planetary Science E/PO Community Tag-Up Notes

April 7, 2014 - 3:24 PM CDT

Attached are the notes and PowerPoint from the February 13, 2014 Planetary Science E/PO Community Tag-Up.

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Karin Hauck Karin Hauck

Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Releases Report on Coordinating STEM Education Programs

April 7, 2014 - 2:43 PM CDT

The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 called for a Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education 5-Year Strategic Plan.  The Act similarly requires that a report provide an update on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the efficiency and coherence of federal STEM programs, and dissemination of STEM education research and resources.  This Progress Report was recently published by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and includes an…

Laura Peticolas Laura Peticolas

Earth Science 4-D Planetarium Show Proposals Requested for Science Center in L.A.

April 3, 2014 - 3:55 PM CDT

Good Afternoon, 

Discovery Science Center of Los Angeles invites proposals for a 4-D theater at Discovery Science Center of Los Angeles. 

Opening in Fall 2014, Discovery Science Center Los Angeles (DSCLA) will fill a deep community need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. DSCLA will leverage its location in the Hansen Dam Recreation area to educate visitors about Earth, natural resources and environmental stewardship. Visitors will learn more about…

Mitch Watkins Mitch Watkins

Astrophysics E/PO Monthly Tag-Up Notes: February 2014

March 27, 2014 - 9:39 AM CDT

Astrophysics E/PO Community Tag-Up

February 25, 2014


Next Tag-Up


The next Astro E/PO Community tag-Up will be Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 2 pm ET / 1 pm CT / 12 pm MT / 11 am PT


A.  NASA Updates

B.  NGSS Update

C.  Forum Updates:  NASA Wavelength, Diversity Professional Development Planning

D.  Workspace Project Profiles

E.  Conferences/Events:  NSTA, Science and Engineering Festival, AAS-Boston, Astronomy Night on the Mall, ASP

F.  Community…

Mitch Watkins Mitch Watkins

Astrophysics E/PO Monthly Tag-Up Notes: January 2014

March 27, 2014 - 9:34 AM CDT

Astrophysics E/PO Community Tag-Up

January 21, 2014


Next Tag-Up


The next Astro E/PO Community Tag-Up will be Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 2 pm ET / 1 pm CT / 12 pm MT / 11 am PT.


A.  NASA Updates

B.  NGSS Update

C.  Meeting Updates:  AAS DeBrief, ACA, NSTA, Science & Engineering Festival

D.  Workspace Project Profiles

E.  Forum-Community Updates


A.  NASA Updates - Hashima Hasan


Congress passed the FY 14 appropriations bill last…

Cassie Soeffing Cassie Soeffing


March 25, 2014 - 11:30 AM CDT

NASA SMD E/PO forums will be hosting an exhibitor booth (#1324) at the National Science Teachers Convention in Boston, MA on April 2-5, 2014.

Karin Hauck Karin Hauck

New Heliophysics App – DIY Sun Science!

March 24, 2014 - 12:44 PM CDT

New Heliophysics App – DIY Sun Science!

The DIY Sun Science app, funded by NASA and developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science with help from scientists and educators at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab, allows families and educators to investigate and learn about the Sun at home, at school, or anywhere you go! This app is the second in a series (including DIY Nano) that provides over a dozen free, easy to use, hands-on activities. Plus, view live images of the Sun from NASA’s SDO…

Bonnie Meinke Bonnie Meinke

Activities Compilations

March 14, 2014 - 10:03 AM CDT

One-page Resource Guides: One for each science topic to help you easily find some top resources!

The AAUW's Online Resources for Women and Girls lists STEM programs for girls, activities, education research, and even more resources. It’s a one stop shop for relevant information.


Excited to host your own event or connect with our resources?

Be sure to visit the NASA Science4Girls homepage for libraries

We are here to help! Email AstroForum@stsci.edu 

Martha Wawro Martha Wawro

AGU Honors and Awards Deadlines

March 13, 2014 - 3:56 PM CDT

The AGU Honors and awards deadlines are approaching.  Union Award deadlines are March 15 and the Section and Focus Group award deadline is April 15. More information about all of the awards can be found at http://honors.agu.org/

Specifically the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Space Physics Aeronomy (SPA) Education and Outreach group is seeking nominations for the SPA Richard Carrington (SPARC) Education and Public Outreach award.  The SPARC award was established in 2012, and is…

Rusty Low Rusty Low

Connecting Gifted Students with NASA Resources

March 11, 2014 - 3:34 PM CDT

 This professional development training is sponsored by the Solar System Ambassadors Program, a NASA Nationwide partner, and builds on the work of the "Gifted Students are Underserved Too" Birds of a Feather Breakout, SMD E/PO Earth Forum Virtual Retreat.

Date:  March 17, Monday
Time:  3 pm - 4:30 pm PT (6 pm - 7:30 pm ET)
(Phone lines open at 2:45 am PT - 5:45 pm ET)

Call-In:  888-282-0432
Passcode:  Ambassador
Leader:  Kay Ferrari


This telecon will…