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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.

Monthly project status update attached.


The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 digital toolkit is now available for download.

Explore Science: Earth & Space logo

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  

Toolkit Audience & Content


  • Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and...

NASA Langley's Science Eductaion Team collaborated with the Office of Education on their new Earth Digital Badge - exploring the role of cloud types in the Earth’s Energy Budget.  Through the online training, teachers and students become part of the GLOBE Program and make citizen science cloud observations.

NASA Langley's Office of Edcuation developed these badges to celebrate Langley's Centennial. Two other badges are also available: Journey to Mars how drag is used to land the...


I am pleased to announce that Rice University, under partial NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium support, has commissioned Don Davis to create fulldome animations of the geometry of solar and lunar eclipses.   

Previews of these animations can be seen at:

To get on our email list for additional information and links to more eclipse tips and tricks, please sign up at

To get higher...

Carolyn  Ng Carolyn Ng

New EPO Opening

January 5, 2017 - 10:05 AM CST

There is a new Science Education and Public Engagement position at NASA/GSFC:

It's a junior position. Salary range is $45-55K, depending upon experience.  

I was recently reading the October, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  


In this issue, I read the the editorial, "From the Editor's Desk."  The editorial was titled, "Tying It All Together With Earth Science," and it was written by Patty McGinnis.  In the editorial she emphasizes how the teaching and learning of Earth and Space Science is more crucial today, than...



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Real People Behind Hidden Figures, Stars Join NASA to Mark Anniversary, Celebration of Diversity

NASA will kick off a yearlong centennial celebration for its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, with events Thursday, Dec. 1 highlighting the critical work done by the African American women of Langley’s West Computing Unit, a story told in the book and upcoming movie Hidden Figures.

The day will begin with an education...

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents: ‘Hidden Figures’ Virtual Event

You might think you know NASA’s story, but there’s always a story behind the story. Did you know the first computers were people? That in the early days of spaceflight, there were women (including minorities) working to make sure that the United States was able to successfully launch humans into space and breaking social barriers at the same time?

Join NASA experts, director Ted Melfi, and Octavia Spencer, who...

You are invited to join our next Mars MAVEN webinar, on November 30 (1pm HT, 3pm ADT, 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT):  The MAVEN Mission and Mars' Auroras.

The NASA Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN) has been studying Mars’ climate evolution since September 2014, particularly the loss of its atmosphere to space due to interactions with the sun and the solar wind.  Among its discoveries, MAVEN has observed auroras in unexpected locations in the Martian...

AREN Presentation - NASA SMD STEM Science Activation Baseline Meeting -- November 15, 2016 -- Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center -- Leesburg, VA

Claire Raftery Claire Raftery

Live eclipse webcast TODAY

November 10, 2016 - 10:42 AM CST

The National Solar Observatory is beginning a series of monthly webcasts in the lead up to the eclipse. Each month will cover 3 topics:

1. Solar spotlight - an introduction to solar science

2. Eclipse tips - a demo of an activity 

3. Straight from the scientist - a presentation from a solar expert. 

Join us TODAY for our first live Eclipse-cast on YouTube at 1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern. We will be introducing the Sun by the Numbers, demoing a fun arts and crafts activity that...

Open position to join NASA Langley's Science Education team in Hampton, VA.  Poistion with contractor SSAI, apply online.

Associate Outreach Coordinator
Reference #: 16-1975
Open Date: 11/8/2016
Location: Hampton, VA
US Citizenship Required: No

Attached are the introductory slides from the NISE Network / Science Museum of Minnesota  October 2016 in-person project meeting held in Saint Paul, MN that Kristen Erickson mentioned on the October 26th call and asked us to share with the SMD EPO community. 

We are happy to share these introductory slides with you. A PDF of the introductory slides are attached.


You can always learn more about the NISE Network by visiting our website at

You can learn more about...


Below are links to a variety of professional development materials created by the NISE Network over the past eleven years.  The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and...

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is pleased to offer 250 free Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the US.  In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online for free download in February 2017.

A total of...

The NASA GSFC Office of Education at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NYC invites you to attend the Beginning Engineering, Science, & Technology-(BEST) Program!  BEST is a free multi-session STEM educator professional development cohort to help you improve STEM education experiences for your students and community.  You will participate in hands-on NASA-themed engineering design challenges, receive presentations from NASA subject matter experts, and develop your own BEST...

Date: Oct. 25, 2016

Time: 11am–12:30pm PDT, 2–3:30pm EDT

Speaker: Conor Nixon, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Direct from a Cassini Project Science Group workshop held a mere two weeks before the October CHARM!  Hear about what we know about Titan topics that were investigated early in Cassini’s mission. Learn what questions have baffled and perplexed Cassini scientists for a long while (cough cough cryovolcanism cough cough). Join us...

Are you  interested in NASA Science or science education? If so, sign up to receive an email newsletter about NASA’s science and science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.”

Science starts with a question, and so does "Science WOW!" Each week kicks off with a science question with answer link.

"Science WOW!" also highlights a NASA science education tool such as NASA apps, interactive games, 3-D printing templates etc.

The newsletter is designed to help the public,...

If you run an out-of-school time STEM program or know someone who does, we could use your help. Please consider participating in this needs assessment yourself or passing the following message on to colleagues ( The PLANETS program (NNX16AC53A) at Northern Arizona University is conducting a study to identify STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professional development needs of out-of-school time (OST) educators. This survey should take less than 20...

2017 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium Informational Webinar

Are you interested in learning more about the 2017 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium? Join Dr. Julie Malmberg (GLOBE) and Matt Silberglitt (WestEd) for an informational webinar covering the guidelines and requirements for student reports, the rubrics, and the timeline. There will also be time for questions. The science symposium is open to all GLOBE students ranging from K-16.

The webinar will take...

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will be accepting applications from Sept. 1 through 30, 2016.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

While applications are being sought nationwide,...

Thanks to NASA support, we are creating a *short* (3-7 minute) piece on the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse, August  2017.  The idea is to make it in fulldome so it can be an outreach piece for events (short enough that we can reach a lot of people in a short time), or as an "interstitial" (before or after the regular dome showings in a theater), or as a feature in a live presentation.  The final product will be free (but may involve a format fee).    Over 100 planetariums downloaded our piece...


NASA launched its MissionSTEM website in 2012 to broaden the reach of the Agency’s civil rights technical assistance among our grantee institutions. To learn more about MissionSTEM, go to

The Opening session of the MissionSTEM Summit will be broadcast live on NASA TV from 9:30 AM to 10:50 AM EDT. The entire event will be streamed live on Ustream. If your institution would like to host a viewing event for faculty, staff, and students,...

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ADDRESSES: NASA Headquarters, Room 9H40, Program Review Center, 300 E

Street SW., Washington, DC 20546

The meeting (10 AM-5PM Eastern Time)  will be accessible remotely by following these instructions as published in the Federal Register:

Any interested person may dial the toll free access number 844-467-6272 or toll access number 720-259-6462, and then the numeric participant passcode: 329152 followed by the # sign.

To join via WebEx, the link is


CAISE Online Forum on Design Based Research (DBR), Design Based Implementation Research (DBIR), and Informal STEM Learning: May 16- 20, 2016

This forum will explore design-based research (DBR) and design-based implementation research (DBIR) as paradigms, approaches and methodologies in informal STEM education (ISE) projects. Developed in the learning sciences, DBR and DBIR are often applied to the problems of formal education, but have been emerging in our field.  In this discussion we...