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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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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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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...

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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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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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

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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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...

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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.

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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

Description:
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...

A nugget from joint efforts of the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative and the AREN Project.

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Total observations: 56,514 cloud observations 3x more than North American Solar Eclipse!

The NASA GLOBE Clouds Challenge, organized by NASA Langley with strong collaborations from GLOBE and GLOBE Observer social media, motivated people around the world to make up to 10 GLOBE cloud observations daily from March 15 - April 15, 2018. GLOBE received over 56,500 cloud observations from more than 15,000 locations in 99 countries, including observations from every continent  even Antarctica....

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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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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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From March 30 to April 1, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington, D.C.’s ComicCon, with an estimated attendance of 67,000 people.Dawn Myers of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission led the effort on behalf of NASA. At the booth in the exhibit hall, visitors learned about lunar topography and moon landing sites with LRO, terrestrial elevations from the ICESat-2 mission, and the Global...

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LPI recently completed the 2017-18 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series titled Diving into Ocean Worlds, featuring presentations about ocean worlds of the outer solar system (Europa, Titan, and Enceladus) and beyond, and what we have learned about habitability from exploration of these worlds. 

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Wednesday, April 18–Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, The Exploratorium, San Francisco

Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the  West Coast. 

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat...

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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 Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative supported GLOBE-trainee Amanda Clapp with a GLOBE field day for her students, centered around atmosphere protocols.

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

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•Finished production of GRACE satellite video, incorporating changes from test audiences (and the SciAct members who saw and commented on it). Are now distributing to planetariums throughout the US.

•Finished production of a short video on the detection of life around nearby M dwarf stars.  Posted a version on Vimeo https://vimeo.com/218834480 and will soon distribute to other planetariums.

Entered the “STEM for ALL” video showcase.

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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

Register even if you can't make the live...

All are invited to join our next Mars MAVEN webinar, on April 18 (1pm HT, 3pm ADT, 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT):

Do Habitable Worlds Require Magnetic Fields?
What does it take for a planet to be hospitable for life? Join MAVEN Co-Investigator Dr. Dave Brain of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) to learn about the role that a global magnetic field may play in the evolution of a planet’s atmosphere and in planetary habitability. 

 Topic: Do Habitable Worlds...

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