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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.

  • 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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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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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating at the NASA ALA Booth. The exhibit enabled participants to get information about sample return missions, resources, and observe and hold authentic Lunar and meteorite samples including an Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) sample determined to be from Vesta, Genesis Mission flight wafer samples, Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disks, and meteorite hand samples.

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From June 22-25, the NASA@ My Library team and other NASA groups interacted with hundreds of professional library staff from around the country at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The NASA@ My Library team presented numerous NASA Hyperwall talks highlighting STEM activities such as Loony Lunar Phases and Strange New Planet. In addition, they hosted three, hour-long sessions highlighting new tech trends in STEM, afterschool partnerships, and 2017 eclipse...

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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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STEM Day at Fenway Park was held in Boston, MA on May 30, 2018 and reached ~4000 students and educators.  This cross-collaborative effort, led by NASA GSFC, enabled Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a variety of organizations to share rich science content reflecting NASA research & exploration.

NASA Astromaterials scientists Dave Draper & Liz Rampe presented their research to a packed stadium of participants.

The NASA Astromaterials tables enabled participants to observe and hold...

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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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Black Hole Outreach and Education with NOVA and the ASP 

Join WGBH's NOVA program "Black Hole Apocalypse" and educators from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on May 22 at 6pm PT 9pm ET for a webinar that explores of the cosmos’ greatest mysteries: black holes. They will share some fun, hands-on activities about gravity and finding black holes using indirect evidence, and take a deep dive into the new NOVA Black Holes app. This session is a great fit for both classroom and out of...

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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Four state library partners, supported by COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), recently joined the NASA@ My Library team (see map) with an additional eleven state libraries planned by Fall 2018. State library partners will receive and then circulate 3 NASA-themed kits to public libraries in their state.These kits will contain several hands-on activities and a facilitation guide with access to online NASA resources.

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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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The ASP's 130th Annual Meeting (Advancing Astronomy for All: A Conference on Education, Communication, and Diversity in Science) welcomes your contributions to the advancement of science literacy through astronomy. Share your work and network with other innovative leaders in astronomy education and outreach.

Learn from a thoughtful network of educators and expand your understanding of what's possible in astronomy education with us. Meeting will be held from September 10 - 13, 2018 in...

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

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On February 27, 2018, over 60 NASA@ My Library Partners participated in a hands-on Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Certification training program in Denver, CO, led by Suzanne Foxworth and Bridget Mcinturff from the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

This training was a collaboration between SSI’s NASA@ My Library program and mindSpark Learning – launched and funded by the Morgridge Family Foundation. This project is part of the STAR...

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On February 28 to March 1, 2018, over 80 NASA@ My Library Partners (including 4 state libraries and public library staff from 49 states) gathered for intensive professional development training in Denver, CO. These NASA@ My Library Partners participated in numerous discussions, demonstrations and hands-onSTEM activities. This project is part of the STAR Library Network (www.starnetlibraries.org).

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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...

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.

Podcast Listeners Survey...

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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https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/Conversations/draft-gpm-november-7

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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