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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.

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

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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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The eclipse professional development from Monday June 19 is now available for free rebroadcast.  Teachers watching the rebroadcast can qualify for 1.5 hours of professional development training, and those doing the homework and observing the eclipse can get 4 hours.  After watching, the web page has the links to download the powerpoint in pdf or pptx.  

http://space.rice.edu/eclipse/eclipse_training.html

There will be one more "live" training session, Wednesday at 3:30 pm CDT.  ...

Eclipse 101 for teachers!!

Due to popular demand, I am offering three additional online eclipse teacher professional development sessions.

These will be:

Monday June 19, 2 - 3:30 CDT

Monday June 19, 7 - 8:30 pm CDT

Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 - 5 pm CDT

These are FREE to teachers but preregistration is REQUIRED.  Contact Patricia Reiff (rreiff@rice.edu) for login instructions.

A PDF of the powerpoint is posted at Eclipse101.pdf .  This has links to the movies which are...

The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales from Around the World

These multi-cultural eclipse folktales were researched and recorded by professional storytellers Cassandra Wye and Fran Stallings at the request of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, to engage a variety of audiences, particularly in preparation for the August 21 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. The stories were selected and performed to engage a variety of ages. The project includes 11 audio recordings and one video recording which...

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Dr. Patricia Reiff, veteran of 15 trips to the center line (13 total and 2 annular, with only two clouded out), has been presenting many eclipse trainings, webinars, and public talks about the eclipse. These talks include eclipse animations created with HEC support. 

Recent presentations include:

•ESIP “Out to Lunch” webinar May 17 (available at https://youtu.be/oCSVQDtpsQw )

•“Earth to Sky” webinar May 25:  Available at  http://www.earthtosky.org/professional-development

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Discovery Dome reached over 300 visitors and passed out over 1,500 eclipse glasses at the Astronomy Night on the Mall. We put the “A” in STEAM by hosting a local arts group “Neshamah” with a new original dance and music celebrating 50 years of the Voyager Mission.  We provided solar system visuals to go with the dance composition, which featured original music played on a computer  like a theramin. The dance alternated with presentations on the solar eclipse, which included the animations we...

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Total Solar Eclipse App

For Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Explore Total Solar Eclipse, our first mobile app that incorporates live webcasting. This free app gives you access to our live video streams of the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017, which will cross from the west to east coasts of the United States.   Tune in to five simultaneous video streams, all from your smart phone or tablet: 1) Live coverage hosted by Exploratorium educators and...

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Total Solar Eclipse App

For Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Explore Total Solar Eclipse, our first mobile app that incorporates live webcasting. This free app gives you access to our live video streams of the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017, which will cross from the west to east coasts of the United States.   Tune in to five simultaneous video streams, all from your smart phone or tablet: 1) Live coverage hosted by Exploratorium educators...

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017
2pm - 3pm EDT / 11am - 12pm PDT

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is hosting several online professional development workshops about the August 21st solar eclipse.

 

On August 21st, 2017, communities all across the US will gather to witness a truly historic event, a total solar eclipse. Do you have your plans finalized for the...

Streaming the Eclipse: How to Utilize Online Live Streams at Your Eclipse Event

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
2pm - 3pm EDT / 11am - 12pm PDT

• Learn more: http://bit.ly/2qouL3G

• Sign up to join this online workshop: http://bit.ly/2rHGv5a

 

With the August 21st total solar eclipse just around the corner, a high-quality online stream of this rare event can add content and context for your visitors. Robyn Higdon from the Exploratorium, with help from Frank Kusiak at the Lawrence...

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is hosting several online professional development workshops about the August 21st solar eclipse.

On August 21st, 2017, communities all across the US will gather to witness a truly historic event, a total solar eclipse. Do you have your plans finalized for the big event? It's not too late! 

 

The NISE Network runs a series of free online workshops to increase the number of professional development opportunities available to...

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