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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...Download
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...Download
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...Download
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...Download
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...Download
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...Download Attachments
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...Download
The Midwest U.S. GLOBE Student Research Symposium took place on May 18-19, 2018 hosted by the AREN Project, at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. 52 Students,9 GLOBE teachers representing two GLOBE Partners from MI and OH, attended. The students presented a total of 31 GLOBE research projects in a poster presentation session. Student projects were reviewed both by their peers and by local scientists.
GLOBE GIO Director Tony Murphy, and GLOBE Mission EARTH...Download
The GLOBE Observer team has two job opportunities we would appreciate you passing along to your networks as appropriate. GLOBE Observer is part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global...
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of 46 states, Washington D.C., and 6 territories that empowers public libraries to engage their communities.
100 state and public library representatives participated in the STAR Library Network’s hands-on space science training during the CSLP Annual Meeting, April 9-12 in Denver, CO.Download
NASA Astromaterials connected audiences with authentic and unique NASA assets including STEM experts, astromaterial samples, and curation labs. Sharing these assets within the context of exciting NASA Events & programs provided relevance, enthusiasm, and STEM career awareness.Download
STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education
Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/10/2018
Stipend Amount: $4,500
Application Deadline: 5/25/2018
The New York City College of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) as well as a baccalaureate degree. Both degree programs are hands-on with engineering applications in areas such as CAD, CAM, Materials...
Black Hole Outreach and Education with NOVA and the ASP
Join WGBH's NOVA program "Black Hole Apocalypse" and educators from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on May 22 at 6pm PT 9pm ET for a webinar that explores of the cosmos’ greatest mysteries: black holes. They will share some fun, hands-on activities about gravity and finding black holes using indirect evidence, and take a deep dive into the new NOVA Black Holes app. This session is a great fit for both classroom and out of...
NASA Night Sky Network amateur astronomy clubs do extensive outreach in their communities across the country – from star parties and community events to astronomy lectures and more.
Since 2004, member clubs have reported more than 36,000 events and just reached the milestone of 4 million people directly interacting with NASA resources.
There are an average of 22 astronomy club events per day across the US. Find your local astronomy club and events here: nightsky.jpl.nasa.govDownload
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) will celebrate its 100th anniversary (IAU100). To commemorate this milestone, the IAU will organise a year-long celebration to increase awareness of a century of astronomical discoveries as well as to support and improve the use of astronomy as a tool for education, development and diplomacy.
The IAU is issuing a call for proposals for Special Projects in support of IAU100 Goals at local and national levels. An IAU100 Special Project is...
And the winners are…..
On May 1, 2018, more than 100 students from Michigan & Ohio presented over 70 research projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student conference at The University of Toledo’s Student Union. This conference, originally named SATELLITES: Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space, has grown over the years. The speaker, John Moore from the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, showed students how their data can be visualized by...Download
April 12 Live Webinar - Global Connections & Collaborations
•>90 teachers and students attended from 17 countries
•Student team presentations about local investigations in US, Croatia, Taiwan, and Finland:
Nature Science Technology Center, Ottawa Hills, Ohio described water collection and testing before and after back-country filtration and explained how to easily create and share H2yOu Water stories.
Medicinska Skola, Varazdin, Croatia studied impact and quality of water on...Download
Presenters: Kathleen Johnson, Donald DeRosa, and Peter Garik from Boston University.
The GLOBE Greenup Webinar will explore green up events in phenological gardens. We will discuss taking data of budburst of shrubs and trees and observations of blooming of flowers using USA Phenological Network specified plants and GLOBE protocols. Examples of phenological garden plants, data, and observations will be from schools in Providence, RI.
On April 23, 2018 twenty four educators from the local community participated in the Earth Day Educator Experience led by the Science Education team at NASA Langley. The day was centered on providing unique opportunities for educators to engage with NASA assets including viewing facilities, meeting Subject Matter Experts, and learning about NASA educational resources. The educators spanned across all grade bands (elementary, middle, and high school) and the majority of educators were from...Download
On March 24, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History, Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, was joined by NASA solar scientists Masha Kuznetsova and Leila Mays, and Jon Linker, Predictive Science Inc., as they explained solar eclipses, the aurora borealis, and the science behind them using the NASA-funded, open source OpenSpace software in AMNH’s LeFrak giant screen 3D theater. This program also included a viewing of Aurora Borealis, a 3D film directed by Ikuo Nakamura,...Download
On September 2017, two PoPNet (Portal to the Public) sites joined the NASA@ My Library project to train SMEs and develop virtual programs at Partner Libraries. In May 2018, five additional PoPNet sites will join the project! PoPNet is a network that improves scientist-public engagement. Each PoPNet pilot site trained 4 SMEs and conducted 5-9 programs at Partner Libraries reaching over 200 patrons. The new PoPNet sites will each recruit 5 SMEs and prepare them for virtual programs. Go to