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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plays an essential role in inspiring the next generation of explorers. The discoveries and new knowledge from our missions and research programs engage and excite peoples’ imaginations about science and exploration. Here museum and science center educators, librarians, after-school providers and other informal educators will find information about educational resources, programs, events, and opportunities.

NASA Wavelength is a searchable database that contains a wealth of SMD educational products for the informal learning environment.

NASA’s Museum Alliance community brings current NASA science and technology to museum visitors. NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors and Night Sky Network Amateur Astronomy Clubs volunteer networks offer speakers for programs and events.

If you would like to be part of SMD’s E/PO Community, please contact the SMD Education Forum that most closely aligns with your interests; contacts are listed at the top of the People Tab.

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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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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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...

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...

Earth to Sky’s Interpreting Climate Change Workshop was held Nov 13-14, 2017. Content focused on climate science basics and linking NASA ABoVE campaign research to the lower 48 states. Communication techniques featured sessions on putting research to practice. Course materials are posted at https://tinyurl.com/ets-nai-2017.

Evaluation results:

Participants had a high level of satisfaction with the workshop; 100% of the participants felt the workshop met their expectations and would...

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See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders.  

Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM Pacific (Extended End Time)
Call-in: 1-877-951-7311 (New Call-In Number)  For non-US call-in numbers, click here.
Passcode: 4256755

Come learn how and why NASA satellite data is being used to predict the onset of water-related and vector-borne diseases as well as to inform operational users so they can...

The NASA eClips™ team joined NASA Langley Research Center in celebrating their 100th Anniversary with a Centennial Open House on October 21, 2017. Over 20,000 people attended the daylong event, while 2,000 people stopped by the NASA eClips™ booth. At the booth, educators presented the “Launchpad: Colors of Ice” activity and showcased the “Our World: NASA at Jamestown” video. NASA Langley has a Nondestructive Evaluation Science Branch that continues to be the world’s leading NDE lab in the...

The AREN Project Annual Reports:

  • Evidence of Results / Impact
  • Top Level Goals 1 and 4 for SMD
  • Yearly Quad Chart
  • Annual Progress Report

 

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Date: Tues., Oct. 3rd

Time: 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/ 5 pm PT/ 1 am UT

Log in information: https://gsfc610.adobeconnect.com/webinar1/

8 to 8:30 pm: To start off Phase III of our ENSO Campaign, we are going to focus on Earth’s water. The first half of the webinar will be a presentation from a NASA scientist, Dr. John Bolten. He will share the many ways in which NASA missions are able to study Earth’s water.

 8:30 to 9 pm: The second half of our webinar will focus on Collaboration....

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AREN Project Quad Chart for September, 2017

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Invite your after-school group or class to join us for the Fall 2017 Solar Week, October 23-27

www.solarweek.org

Please join us for Solar Week/ Fall 2017, October 23-27– a lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists.

Every fall and spring since...

Gearing up for Another Year of Student-Produced Spotlite Videos!

The NASA eClips team is seeking middle and high school digital media/technology teachers, science teachers, and STEM teachers/coaches to include their students in producing Spotlite videos for NASA. The purpose of these short videos is to correct a science misconception. Students assume the role of producers as they research, create a storyboard, write a script, and film and edit a video to correctly teach a science concept...

On August 21, 2017, the NASA eClips™ team hosted a viewing party at a local church in Virginia for the 2017 Eclipse. Around fifty participants learned about the sun by watching the NASA eClips™ videos “Our World: The Sun, A Real Star” and “Launchpad: Solar Eclipses”, by creating solar images using the NASA eClips Interactive Lesson on Solar Images, and by making a pinhole viewer with instructions from www.eclipse2017.nasa.gov. Attendees used their solar eclipse glasses to view the stages of...

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Shannon Verstynen and Victoria O’Leary of the NASA eClips™ team, along with three volunteers, traveled to the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw, South Carolina to lead National Eclipse spectators in outreach activities. Over 200 children and their families participated in the NASA eClips™ Solar Images interactive lesson, where they learned about the ways NASA studies the sun, created solar images and UV bracelets, and modeled an eclipse...

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Joan Harper-Neely, STEM Education Specialist for NASA eClips™, and Christian Mouton, student producer from Hampton High School, attended the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) STEM Mixer. Christian presented to a group of 75 service members and guests the NASA eClips™ Spotlite video on Physical Change which his team produced during a workshop at NIA this past summer. NASA Spotlite videos correct science misconceptions and are...

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On August 2, 2017, STEM Education Specialists for NASA eClips™ presented nine workshop sessions to 150 high school students attending the Hispanic College Institute sponsored by the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). The HCI, held at Virginia Tech, helps prepare underrepresented students for a college experience and exposes them to possible STEM careers. The STEM focused workshops featured NASA eClips™ resources, including the recently approved solar eclipse lesson, Solar...

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July 17-19, 2017, educators and staff from the NASA eClips™ team facilitated learning for seven local high school students using the engineering design process to produce Spotlite videos. Student production teams spent 3 days researching, storyboarding, writing scripts, filming and receiving feedback from the NASA 360 team, Elizabeth Joyner from SMD at NASA Langley MyNASAData, several teachers from Hampton City Schools, and Suzanne Zaremski of NIA. Once the Spotlite videos are approved by...

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On July 11-12, 2017, the NASA eClips team facilitated outreach at four branches of Hampton City Public Libraries. Hands-on activities focusing on the upcoming total solar eclipse were facilitated with over 350 students. A Hampton University intern, and students from local high school honor societies and the Virginia Governor's School summer program volunteered during the events. Families were encouraged to view the NASA eClips™ videos Launchpad: Solar Eclipse and Our World: The Sun a Real...

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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The best place to watch the eclipse will be along the path of totality. The second best? At the Exploratorium or on its website or mobile app. With the support of NASA, the Exploratorium is sending field crews to two different locations along the path of totality....

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The Exploratorium has a new video up, called "Observing the Sun", which gives a quick overview of how humans have observed the sun over time.  We are really happy to be able to offer this video in both English and Spanish, and you can find them here on our website:

English: https://www.exploratorium.edu/video/observing-sun

Spanish: https://www.exploratorium.edu/video/observando-el-sol-eclipse-total-de-sol

and here on our YouTube channel:

Spanish: 

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 12:00– 4:30 p.m. East Coast. 9am -1:30pm West Coast.  11am-3:30 pm Central  ADDRESSES: National Institute of Aerospace, Room 142, 100 Exploration Way, Hampton, VA 23666. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Beverly Girten, Executive Secretary, NAC Ad Hoc Task Force on STEM Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546, (202) 358–0212, or beverly.e.girten@nasa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be open to the public up to the seating capacity of...

Overview Video of the 2017 Eclipse from the Exploratorium

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed Sun will be visible along a 70-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people are expected to travel to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covers the face of the Sun.

https://youtu.be/8ae8yI14Uo4


People not in the path will experience a partial eclipse. For...

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The NASA eClips™ Video “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was recommended by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Product Review Panel for broad distribution and approved for inclusion in the NASA Wavelength Database.

This video can be viewed on the NASA eClips website at:
https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/playlists/launchpad?v=
launchpad-engineering-design-to-support-scientific-discovery

And on Youtube at:...

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Nugget submitted by the American Museum of Natural History to highlight the recent heliophysics public program in the Hayden Planetarium. The program featured heliophysics datasets from the NASA Goddard Community Coordinated Modeling Center visualized in the OpenSpace software platform.

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Please check out this video to learn about how the Exploratorium will make music from a Total Solar Eclipse. You can view on our YouTube channel, link here:

https://youtu.be/Hh5kK37KSEE

Description:
On August 21st, 2017, Wayne Grim, a Bay Area composer and Staff Sound Artist at the Exploratorium, will be producing a real-time sonification of the eclipse that will be streamed by the Exploratorium as part of a composition for the renowned musical group Kronos Quartet. This auditory...

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