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NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

You are invited to join our next Mars MAVEN webinar, on February 28 (1pm HT, 3pm ADT, 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT):

Making Mars: The story Mars tells about planet formation and migration in the early Solar System
Mars' composition and properties were influenced by where and how it formed. Join Dr. Katherine Kretke of the Southwest Research Institute to learn about planetary formation and migration and how Mars is proving to be a crucial piece...

On a chilly Friday in February, 28 teachers and two GLOBE researchers with the Arctic and Earth SIGNs project gathered in Tok, Alaska.

Drs. Elena Sparrow and Katie Spellman (University of Alaska Fairbanks) ran a workshop for teachers of the Alaska Gateway School District to learn how to use GLOBE protocols and NASA resources to study climate change in their schools and Alaska Native communities

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The Infiniscope Teaching Network creates next-generation science learning experiences using Smart Sparrow’s e-Learning platform. The platform enables educators to develop and customize adaptive learning experiences to best meet the needs of their unique learners, and provides insight into learner performance with data analytics.

Last week, ACT Inc., the company behind the ACT college readiness test, invested $7.5 million in Smart Sparrow as part of a new partnership advancing...

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NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Monday, Feb. 12, to media and social media for “State of NASA” events, including a speech from acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, and unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agency’s work. These events follow President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal delivery to the U.S. Congress.  . . Lightfoot will provide a “State of NASA” address to the agency’s workforce at 1 p.m. EST from Marshall Space Flight...

January began and ended with two spectacular lunar events. The largest ‘supermoon’ of the year welcomed us into 2018 then the month ended with the Super Blue Blood Moon on January 31st. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) communications team at GSFC conducted two successful social media campaigns to coincide with these lunar events in order to promote lunar science and exploration. 

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The following teachers will share their GLOBE implementation ideas:

Gina Springer and Vicki Willet, teachers from Licking Heights Schools in Licking Height, OH, will describe an activity which illustrates how the sun warms the earth for first graders.  

Juliet Hamilton, grade 4 GLOBE teacher from Skyridge Elementary in Auburn, CA, will talk about how she has implemented GLOBE in her classroom this year.

Susan James, Grade 5 teacher from St. Peter Elementary School in Mansfield, OH...

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PLANETS partners Northern Arizona University, the Museum of Science Boston, and the USGS Astrogeology Center announce the release of two new out-of-school time Engineering Everywhere units for grades 6th-8th. Both units are free to download and feature a series of collaborative activities and a context-setting video that challenge youth in using an engineering design process.

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Wow.  It's been a year since I last posted an update of helio visualizations available at the NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.

With the Sun still relatively quiet (from a magnetic activity perspective), it's been another year dominated by particles and fields...

Alfven waves (basic)

Alfven waves (kinetic)

... down to the ionosphere with new products supporting GOLD and ICON...

(with more collected in the gallery "Interface to Space").

...and visits to the...

The GENIAL (Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos)  Summit, funded by the NSF, was held June 5–6, 2017, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA. Ninety-one practitioners, community leaders, media specialists, and researchers from across the United States and Puerto Rico participated.

Goals

  • Identify needs and opportunities for Latinos in informal science learning (ISL) environments.
  • Facilitate and strengthen professional relationships.
  • Identify...

Solar Week is lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth age 11-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. There’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists. 

The Space Studies Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Explorer 1 mission and the associated discovery of the Earth’s radiation belts. The event will also be the first celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Space Studies Board in 2018. The agenda will focus on scientific and technological advances over the last 60 years, beginning with the history of the mission and radiation belt discoveries and...

The CosmoQuest project is looking for input on how people are learning and doing science in a variety of environments that will allow us to compare the needs of different free-choice learners and the needs of formal educators. We could use your help both as survey participants, and in getting the surveys out to wider audiences. Please take any and all surveys that are relevant to you and share these links as relevant through your program newsletters.

Podcast Listeners Survey...

NASA CubeSat 101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers Cover ImageNASA CubeSat 101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers

NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative is excited to announce the release of NASA CubeSat 101: Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers. The guide is intended for first-time CubeSat developers, and especially for CubeSats being developed at educational institutions, interested in applying for a launch opportunity through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.  It covers the CubeSat development...

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GME Webinar #5 - Classroom Career Connections

 Presenters: Svetlana Darche and Tracy Ostrom, GME West & Jessica Taylor, NASA LaRC

This webinar will include a test-drive of the Green 360 Career Catalyst, an on-line college and career readiness resource. The webinar will include a focus on the importance of networking as a career exploration strategy with NASA scientist, Jessica Taylor, discussing the networking opportunities within NASA and the GLOBE program.

To make the most out of...

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Join us for the ENSO Phase III Science and Collaboration webinar on Tues., Jan. 9th at 9 am EST/ 2 pm UT/ 9 pm Thailand time

This webinar will focus on the impacts of water- both above and below the surface- on the regions in Far Asia and the Pacific. We will hear from a GLOBE scientist and teacher in Thailand, as they share their experiences with the flooding that has increased during the past few monsoon seasons. They will describe how they have their students use GLOBE protocols to...

NASA is looking for experienced scientists to join the staff as Program Scientists in the Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science divisions of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.  

A program scientist:

Performs a range of scientific program planning duties. Takes responsibility for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out Science Mission Directorate (SMD) investigations. Develops, reviews, and...

Posted on behalf of: Kelly Bidwell  GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) :

We are excited to announce that the GSA Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES) is currently accepting applications for fellowships beginning in October 2018 in Washington, D.C.

We're particularly seeking accomplished researchers who can take temporary leave from their universities or research institutions to serve as Fellows, as well as rising-star researchers for Associate Fellow positions. OES is also eager to...

2018-2019 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is accepting proposals for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications must be from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines.

NASA will award training grants to the respective universities, with the...

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is initiating a national search for the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR). We seek your assistance in the identification of visionary candidates to lead the Directorate during the coming years. Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy served in the position from 2011 through 2016, with Dr. James Lewis serving as the acting Assistant Director since January 2016 as Dr. Ferrini-Mundy accepted the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation....

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The following funding announcements have limits on institutional eligibility. Please read the full announcements carefully before applying.

Funding Announcement #1

Solicitation Number: NNH18ZHA002N-MAA Release Date: 12/21/2017   Close Date: 04/30/2018

Solicitation Title: Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Aerospace Academy (MAA)

The goal of the NASA MAA is to utilize NASA’s unique resources to:  Build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12...

The citation is: Edu, Inc. (2017). Eclipse 2017 Livestream – An evaluation report for NASA. Palo Alto, CA: Spencer, D., Graham, J., & Pickering, D.

Abstract From InformalScience.org: 

The Exploratorium’s livestream of the August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse reached over 63 million people. Live programs in English and Spanish provided an informal learning experience outside the museum. Over 2.75 million people viewed on-demand videos on eclipse science. Sixty major media providers...

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NESSP activities for December included a invited talked at a National Conference, successful support for a new Career and Techincal Edcuation progrm in Oregon and a Space Station Downlink

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There are a variety of education and public engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public at the 2018 LPSC conference, in the Woodlands, TX.  The SMD Science Activation teams and infrastructure community is invited to join us and invite your scientists to participate in student and public engagement activities.

Abstract submission guidelines: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/abstract-submission/

Education and Engagement details:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”...

NASA Spotlites - Science for Students by Students
Wednesday 01/17/2018
6:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar

NASA Spotlites – Science by Students for Students

Join us to learn how to engage students in a problem based activity that results in students producing NASA Spotlite videos. 

What's a NASA Spotlite video? These 90 to 120 second videos are written, filmed, edited, and produced by students as they think through an engineering design process. Each video targets a science...

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