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  • Over 1500 people attended the Night Sky Festival held August 10-12 at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.
  • Staci Tiedeken of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center represented the Solar System Exploration Division at the festival. She discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various meteorites and Earth rocks for attendees to analyze and explore.
  • Representatives from James Webb Space Telescope and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera were also present, and festival...

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The Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC), a NASA spinoff challenge to develop new ideas for commercialization, seeks concept papers from multi-disciplinary student teams enrolled at an eligbile Minority Serving Institution (MSI). More information about MITIC at: https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/nasamittic.cfm

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September 18, 2018: 7:00 pm CT

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  • The Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC), a NASA spinoff challenge to develop new ideas for commercialization, seeks concept papers from multi-disciplinary student teams enrolled at an eligbile Minority Serving Institution (MSI). More MITTIC information at: https://microgravityuniversity.jsc.nasa.gov/nasamittic.cfm
  • Information Sessions
  • August 30, 2018: 7:00 pm CT
  • September 18, 2018: 7:00 pm CT
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Program Description:The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with a science related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the graduate students coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring and is considered to be a part time position that supports the graduate students major area of study and...

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Program Description:The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while...

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The Infiniscope team launches a new partnership with the Chief Science Officer Program through their CSO Summer Institute held July 19th, 2018 at Arizona State University.

300 newly elected CSO’s from around the country developed networking skills and science action plans. These action plans include Infiniscope products and involvement of their teacher advisors in the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network to extend the content they have available in planning their community STEM...

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Announcement for Proposals (AFP) For a Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project (NNH18ZDA016K)

Point of Contact: George Tahu; Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov.

This AFP solicits proposals to define, organize, and execute a contest for U.S. K-12 students to select a name for the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020 on a non-reimbursable, i.e., no-exchange-of-funds, basis. The Mars...

The MEI (MUREP Educator Institute) attendees received GLOBE Training in Clouds and Surface Temperature Protocols at the NASA Centers this summer. NASA’S Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) invites professors and their education students to attend a 5-day institute at each center. This year GLOBE trainers worked alongside with NASA education specialists to train the MEI participants. Marile Colon Robles from NASA Langley, and Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, lead scientist for the...

Over 5400 people joined in celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing at the Bowie Baysox baseball game on July 20th. Upon entry into the stadium, baseball goers were greeted with astronaut cutouts which they could take their pictures with. They were also able to explore a variety of other activities, including:

  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Moon
  • Properties of meteorites and terrestrial rocks
  • Living in space - astronaut food
  • Citizen science with...

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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating at the NASA ALA Booth. The exhibit enabled participants to get information about sample return missions, resources, and observe and hold authentic Lunar and meteorite samples including an Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) sample determined to be from Vesta, Genesis Mission flight wafer samples, Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disks, and meteorite hand samples.

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From June 22-25, the NASA@ My Library team and other NASA groups interacted with hundreds of professional library staff from around the country at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The NASA@ My Library team presented numerous NASA Hyperwall talks highlighting STEM activities such as Loony Lunar Phases and Strange New Planet. In addition, they hosted three, hour-long sessions highlighting new tech trends in STEM, afterschool partnerships, and 2017 eclipse...

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170 librarians (nearly double the number of librarians interested in 2017) opted to join the Infiniscope Teaching Network at ALA Conference held in New Orleans June 22th-25th, 2018. Their membership provides free access to digital materials they find valuable in planning upcoming STEAM outreach events hosted by their libraries. Librarians were excited because the content can be used:

  • as a bookmark on a web browser as a no maintenance resource for patrons to explore;

  • in...

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On May 19, 2018, Holli Kohl and Jeannie Allen (GSFC/SSAI) supported the third annual Albuquerque Science Fiesta with a NASA activity table. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event, primarily in family groups.

The NASA table was the debut of a new activity developed in partnership between GLOBE Observer and Explora!, a hands-on science center in Albuquerque. In the activity, families created a land cover map of the park the event was in using legos. We then compared the map to NASA...

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2018 Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition

https://education.agu.org/grants/data-visualization-storytelling-competition

Students are invited to enter AGU's Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition and show how they can creatively present data pertaining to the Earth, solar system, and the universe. Winners will receive the opportunity to present their visually based story on the NASA Hyperwall, travel grants, and complimentary registration to Fall Meeting. This...

Good afternoon, 

The Bureau of Land Management, California Office of Communications in Sacramento is looking for public affairs specialist to lead web and printing programs. 

Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-11/12 | Sacramento, CA

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/503149700

 

This position is open to the public and the job announcement closes on July 11.

 

Please distribute widely. 

Thank you,

Samantha Storms
Public Affairs Specialist, New Media Lead

Arizona State University’s Infiniscope team (funded under NASA’s Science Mission Directorate), in collaboration with Smart Sparrow, hosted a one-day EdTech conference at NASA Ames on June 15, 2018.

The day was opened with a welcome by NASA’s Kristen Erickson, SMD Science Engagement and Partnerships Director. The conference brought together international EdTech presenters and over 245 attendees (representing 121 institutions) to learn about digital learning innovation in the sciences and...

AREN Project -- Monthly Status Report for April, 2018

 

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We have started our series of summer camps in underserved regions and they are getting attention. See the local news acticle at

https://www.yaktrinews.com/news/40-davis-high-school-students-participate-in-nasa-camp/756772814

Hispanic families from the Diamantes program at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, NC, visited NASA Langley and the National Institute of Aerospace to meet Hispanic Subject Matter Experts (SME). 

•23 upper elementary and middle school children had lunch with 6 Hispanic SME mentors. They shared their path to NASA with highlights of perks and challenges of being Hispanic and bilingual. The students also toured NASA Langley.

•24 parents visited the National Institute of...

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On June 6, the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) released Mosquito! Community Research Guide, a freely available international curriculum for elementary-secondary that uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for actions that are student-defined and implemented. It was field tested internationally at nine sites, including schools in Reston, VA, and Leominster, MA.

GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO MHM) training and educational resources are linked to...

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Would you like to take middle school children beyond the solar system? With Afterschool Universe you can!

Afterschool Universe is a freely available curriculum for an out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school students (roughly grades 6-8 or ages 11-14) developed by NASA. Using hands-on activities and interdisciplinary teaching techniques, it explores basic astronomy concepts and takes participants on a journey through the universe. Afterschool Universe offers an opportunity...

From May 24-26, 837 student teams (7 per team) from 33 U.S. states and 13 countries competed at the world finals of this creative problem solving extravaganza - Odyssey of the Mind (held at Iowa State University).

NASA scientists and educators worked with >4,000 K-12 students, coaches, and parents in 36 classroom sessions, 7 science talks, and at the Creativity Festival. Students learned how to be citizen scientists using NASA’s GLOBE Observer app to provide ground observations of clouds...

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On May 30, 2018, NASA scientists and public engagement professionals shared NASA science with 4,200students and teachers from 58 schools acrossthe Boston area at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Students discovered a wide array of NASA careers, observed the Sun through a solar telescope, explored a supernova in virtual reality, launched water bottle rockets, and listened to Astronaut Sunita Williams share her experiences in space. Goddard Planetary Scientist Maria Banks wowed...

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On May 23, 2018, seven high school students, their teachers and the Lexington School for the Deaf’s administrators, connected via video conference with GLOBE SME’s at NASA Langley: Dr. Margaret Pippin, Jessica Taylor, Tina Harte, Marilé Colon Robles, and William Wood.  Interpretation services were provided by Christina York, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at NASA Langley, and an interpreter at the Lexington School for the Deaf.  The students asked questions about clouds and weather...

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STEM Day at Fenway Park was held in Boston, MA on May 30, 2018 and reached ~4000 students and educators.  This cross-collaborative effort, led by NASA GSFC, enabled Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a variety of organizations to share rich science content reflecting NASA research & exploration.

NASA Astromaterials scientists Dave Draper & Liz Rampe presented their research to a packed stadium of participants.

The NASA Astromaterials tables enabled participants to observe and hold...

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