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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.

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...

With just over two months to go until the August 1, 2017 deadline, now is the time to focus on your Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program application! Fulbright Scholars are selected for their academic merit and leadership potential to teach, research, and exchange ideas. There are nearly 500 awards available in more than 125 countries; complete details are located in the Catalog of Awards.

You are invited to join any of our upcoming webinars. We run a series of Application Walk-Through and...

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace have released a new NASA eClips video,  Real World: Earth Systems.    This video focuses on 1) our Earth as a dynamic system with diverse subsystems that interact in complex ways and 2) how NASA gathers and analyzes data.

Description: earth systems pic.tiff

The video aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and addresses these key questions:

·       What are Earth's subsystems and how do they interact?

·       How are these subsystems and the global Earth...

See attached for NASA@ My Library May nugget pertaining to kits!

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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the U.S.A. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed sun will be visible along a 60-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.

People in the rest of the country will experience a partial eclipse. For those who can’t make it to the path, the Exploratorium, with our NASA partners, will be filming...

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On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the National Institute of Aerospace’s NASA eClips™ team exhibited at the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, a flagship event for the NASA Langley Centennial. The booth promoted three activities as part of a newly developed “NASA eClips™ Guidelite” lesson on solar images, the Sun’s corona, and the 2017 total solar eclipse. Over 3,000 people attended the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, while roughly 500 parents and children participated in creating solar images and...

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GLOBE Mission EARTH Webinar #14 / Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 pm EDT

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Observing the Solar Eclipse on August 21Learn about the solar eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017 from two experts: Dr. Michael Cushing, Director of Ritter Planetarium & Brooks Observatory at the University of Toledo and Stephen J. Edberg, NASA scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jill Teige will reveal the new GLOBE webpage for the solar eclipse. Sara Mierzwiak from the University of Toledo will...

I will be offering this summer several sessions of online eclipse traning for teachers.  They will get a certificate for continuing education hours. There will be two sessions: one on general eclipse information and another on safe observing techniques.  There will be an assignment:  to either travel to totality to observe, or to host a "partial party" at another location (e.g. their school).   This I hope will enable teachers to get out of less interesting professional development...

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NASA LaRC Science Directorate Education supported OSACB and the NASA centennial event at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) on Saturday April 8th, 2017, in Newport News, VA. The Science Directorate booth featured the NASA GLOBE Observer app, in which users could contribute sky and cloud observations to NASA and GLOBE databases and access satellite flyover times and corresponding satellite imagery directly within the app.

Supporting interactive activities included GLOBE elementary sky...

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The Festus Public Library (Festus, MO), Monmouth Public Library (Monmouth, OR), and Valley of the Tetons Library (Driggs, ID) hosted public programs to view a virtual presentation by Lou Mayo, Program Manager of the Heliophysics Education Consortium, in collaboration with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Distance Learning Team. Community leaders received eclipse information and asked questions to help them plan their events. This effort is part of the NASA@ My Library...

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Working through Difficult Concepts in the Explore Science: Earth and Space ToolkitNISE Network online workshop

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2pm - 3pm EDT / 11am - 12pm PDT

Sign up to join this online workshop: http://bit.ly/2paG0Mc

Visitors bring different experiences and knowledge to the activity table, which sometimes helps and sometimes adds confusion to their learning. In this online workshop, learn how to identify common patterns of thinking (including misconceptions, preconceived notions and vernacular...

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