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The National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH is guiding accessibility implementation in WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project. Team member Madeleine Rothberg will be presenting on Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017, 5:00 pm EST, at the OZeWAI (Australian Web Adaptability Initiative) Conference in Canberra, Australia, where she will join a panel that includes Microsoft, ABC, and Blackboard. Madeleine will discuss the decisions, trade-offs, and innovations that impact the...

NASA chartered a group of planetary scientists and technologists to run a community workshop and prepare a report that represents the planetary science communities’ perceptions of where planetary sciences will be by the year 2050, with science goals and technology requirements mapped out over the coming 3 decades. The workshop was a great success, with creative and innovative input from both in-house and virtual participants. The full report is still in work. 

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The fourth Science and Collaboration webinar for the ENSO Phase III "Water in Our Environment" will be held on Thurs., Dec. 7th at 8 pm (EST). We will focus on our second guiding investigative question- "What impacts does water, above and below ground, have on our environment?"

You can find out more about this event here.

Friday, March 16 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Georgia World Congress Center, A303

NASA launched a citizen science app to help identify and eradicate mosquitos. Learn how to use this app. Great handouts and NASA resources.

Presenter(s): Dorian Janney (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center: Greenbelt, MD)

FORMAT: Presentation
SUBJECT: Informal Science Education, Life Science, Engineering-Technology-and the Application of Science, Earth and Space Science

Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras, and Other Sensors
March 17, 2018, 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Georgia World Congress Center, A314

National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference

Take a look at your environmental study site from 150 meters above ground level. STEM presentation from NASA’s AREN Project and the GLOBE Program.

Presenters:  David Bydlowski and Andy Henry, AREN Project

Attached are the quad charts; evaluation summary; and 3 attachments, a set of slides showing use of OpenSpace during Year 2 across the OpenSpace Informal Science Institution Network, and the 2017 progress report.

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International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide celebration of the Moon and NASA lunar and planetary science, led by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team. The LRO team is based out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and we host an InOMN event locally each year. This nugget highlights our 2017 event.


International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual celebration of the Moon, the science discoveries enabled by NASA’s missions, and the people who have made them possible. It is a time to celebrate the personal and cultural connections we all have to the Moon, and to highlight our Moon’s connections to moons and planets across the Solar System, and beyond. This program is led by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission team. The attached nugget highlights global participation in...


Eclipse fever is not over! The latest news– EclipseFest, a collaboration between NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission team and the San Francisco Giants’ Minor League Affiliate, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, won Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year, as voted on by fans: in a category with 9 other teams from larger markets, EclipseFest garnered 66% of the fan vote. On August 21, 2017, members of the LRO team from NASA GSFC supported EclipseFest through exhibits, hands-on...


Did you miss GME Webinar #3? Jessica Taylor, NASA LaRC scientist, Maureen Wickenheiser, teacher at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Carleton, MI, and her Grade 2 student, Cale Jones and Sara Mierzwiak, GME Research Assistant were just awesome! 

Go to our You Tube page to view the video:

What color is the sky today? Sky color will be the focus of the Student Follow Up Webinar.

Students are asked to observe the color of their sky on any of the following...


This nugget showcases the outreach GME–The University of Toledo has done this fall. Every year GME-UT participates in STEM in the Park held at Bowling Green State University to educate the general public about the resources available through GLOBE and NASA. GME-UT is willing to assist our GLOBE-trained educators in the collection of GLOBE data whenever needed.


A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued. 

A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST.  Registration is now available at:

The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018.  Significant changes include:

  • Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch...

See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders.  

Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM Pacific (Extended End Time)
Call-in: 1-877-951-7311 (New Call-In Number)  For non-US call-in numbers, click here.
Passcode: 4256755

Come learn how and why NASA satellite data is being used to predict the onset of water-related and vector-borne diseases as well as to inform operational users so they can...

2017 Fiske Planetarium Annual Report


The NASA eClips™ team joined NASA Langley Research Center in celebrating their 100th Anniversary with a Centennial Open House on October 21, 2017. Over 20,000 people attended the daylong event, while 2,000 people stopped by the NASA eClips™ booth. At the booth, educators presented the “Launchpad: Colors of Ice” activity and showcased the “Our World: NASA at Jamestown” video. NASA Langley has a Nondestructive Evaluation Science Branch that continues to be the world’s leading NDE lab in the...

NASA eClips™ was presented at the 2017 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) National Conference on October 26th by Stacy Dees, Outreach Program Manager from the National Institute of Aerospace. The presentation, titled “Incorporating NASA eClips™ products and activities into K-12 STEM Outreach,” was presented during the session “NASA Educates to Innovate: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act” to a group of around eighty (80) women...


Attached are the annual progress report documents for the NASA SMD Exploration Connection team at Arizona State University.

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The AREN Project Annual Reports:

  • Evidence of Results / Impact
  • Top Level Goals 1 and 4 for SMD
  • Yearly Quad Chart
  • Annual Progress Report


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GME Webinar #3-November 7 Tuesday at 8:00 pm EST

Why does the color of the sky change?


Jessica Taylor, NASA LaRC scientist

Maureen Wickenheiser, teacher at St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Monroe, MI, and her Grade 2 students, Gabriel Bruck & Caleb Jones

Kelly Reeves, teacher at Jackman Road Elementary

Jessica Taylor (NASA LaRC scientist) will present research on aerosols and tell the audience on how they can get involved in GLOBE Aerosols Campaign. Why study...


Attached is a nugget from one of GLOBE Mission EARTH partners: Tennessee State University.

 The first class day of the fall semester began on the day of the Solar Eclipse occurred. Dr. David Padgett took full advantage of the event by collecting GLOBE data. Pre-service teachers enrolled in World Regional Geography (GEOG 1020) sections collected ambient air temperature, surface temperature, and cloud cover data, before, during, and after the August 21 solar eclipse event.  Data was...


ASU’s NASA Exploration Connection PI Recognized as “Top 10 Teaching Innovator”


Ariel Anbar was named as 1 of only 10 top teaching innovators in the first-ever such selection by The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Anbar’s innovation was developing the NASA-supported Habitable Worlds online science class for non-scientists which is organized around NASA SMD themes. Habitable Worlds was recently recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as an exemplar of personalized,...


On September 25, NASA Langley presented the session, "The Importance of Questioning and Observation Skills through NASA's Elementary GLOBE Resources: Developing Young Scientists" at the Southeastern American Camp Association (ACA) Conference in Wilmington, NC.  About 18 people participated in the session. Participants included Camp Directors and Camp Facilitators.  Elementary GLOBE resources model the practices of science. Participants read the Elementary GLOBE storybook, The Scoop on Soils...


On Saturday, October 21, 2017 NASA Langley Research Center opened the doors to visitors for the first time in five years. Over 20,000 people visited the facility to celebrate NASA Langley’s Centennial.

The Science Education Team was responsible for two exhibit areas: a Teacher Resource Room and the GLOBE Citizen Science tent. Visitors left with over 15,000 resources; some of the resources available included: NASA Earth Systems posters, GLOBE Cloud Charts, Elementary GLOBE Storybooks, Air...


GME – West engages 4th graders in GLOBE pedosphere protocols as they learn about geographic regions of California. Practiced collaboration and analytical skills are evident as they learn about rock formations/fossils and how landscapes change over time due to weathering  (NGSS 4-ESS1-1 and 4-ESS2-1.)

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