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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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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In April, over 1600 Students from 30 states and Mexico were able to interact and hear from a NASA Scientist, Dr. Doug Ming,  about the latest Mars rover activities, what the scientist teams are learning from these activities, and some of the challenges humans will face if we plan to live and work on Mars.

Conducted at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Astromaterial Webinars connect NASA scientists with learners from all backgrounds in formal and informal settings to provide the spark to...

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Authors: Kevin Czajkowski, Jessica Taylor & Tracy Ostrom

GLOBE Mission EARTH is exploring different ways their Subject Matter Experts can connect with students.

This nugget provides a few examples of the connecting SMEs to students.

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On April 19–20, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in an Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Travelers, school groups, and the public had the opportunity to learn about NASA Earth and planetary science at this pop-up booth style event. Our contributions to the event included Hyperwall presentations and hands-on activities focusing on the Earth and Moon, Titan, and...

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Presenter: Tracy Ostrom, UC Berkeley

Tracy provides a follow up session to Susan Hassol's presentation given on April 10 for students. Making sense of past, current, and future climate conditions is complex. Simple communication strategies are presented.

To view the webinar from April 10, go to https://youtu.be/1hJ-fl7O8CI

Please register for this event: https://tinyurl.com/GMEWeb8Student

From April 6–8, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The Solar System Exploration Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center hosted two booths at the event, both organized by Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC. The booths featured Goddard’s support of lunar and martian science and exploration. At the Moon table, visitors learned...

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The ASP's 130th Annual Meeting (Advancing Astronomy for All: A Conference on Education, Communication, and Diversity in Science) welcomes your contributions to the advancement of science literacy through astronomy. Share your work and network with other innovative leaders in astronomy education and outreach.

Learn from a thoughtful network of educators and expand your understanding of what's possible in astronomy education with us. Meeting will be held from September 10 - 13, 2018 in...

The NASA Astromaterials team shared information about Rocks from Space (large to microscopic) and associated NASA resources to science teachers at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. The teachers listened to Sample Disk Program presentations at NASA’s Hyperwall, learned about on-going sample return missions and signed up to get more information about the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk certification training and webinars to connect...

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The Infiniscope team spent time engaging with science teachers in the NASA booth, at the NASA Hyperwall, and through an NSTA session at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. Science teachers learned about the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network and everything it has to offer regarding STEM-focused activities and the upcoming community building features. 331 teachers opted to join the network based on the use of authentic NASA data...

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Presenter: Susan Joy Hassol, Director of Climate Communications: science and outreach

Making complex issues such as Climate Change understandable and relatable to our students and greater community can be a challenging task, to say the least. Making sense of past, current, and future climate conditions is more complex than simply looking at CO2 and temperature values.  And understanding how climate change effects on our nation's environmental and economical securities plays a role in how...

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The GME team was interacting with science teachers using GLOBE and NASA activities at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. With over 8,000 teachers in attendance, you could find the team doing numerous activities: presenting at NASA’s Hyperwall and NSTA sessions, manning stations at the NOAA and NASA booths and distributing information at NESTA Shar-A-Thons.

Hyperwall Presentations at the NASA booth:

GLOBE: Viewing Clouds from...

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AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) -- Wayne RESA, Wayne MI - Monthly Status Report -- March, 2018

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ISTE/NASA Virtual Workshop – Demystifying Coding – Have Your Pi and Eat It, Too!

Tuesday, March 20, 1:30 pm PT/ 4:30 pm ET

 

Join us Tuesday, March 20, 1:30 pm PT/ 4:30 pm ET for the next free ISTE/NASA virtual workshop, where you’ll learn how to get started with coding using Raspberry Pi and block coding. Register now for the March 20 event.

 

Direct link to register: http://iste.adobeconnect.com/e3b7wyn41cn1/event/event_info.html

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Presenter: Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor in the Dept. of Earth & Environment, Boston University

Weather and its day-to-day changes are omnipresent in a child’s life.   Observing weather and its day-to-day changes allows students to interact with their environment, take measurements, make predictions, and establish deep foundational knowledge called for by the standards.  In this webinar, we will discuss how measurements made as part of the GLOBE Protocols can help students in all of these...

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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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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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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 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.

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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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