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Presenters: Kathleen Johnson, Donald DeRosa, and Peter Garik from Boston University.

The GLOBE Greenup Webinar will explore green up events in phenological gardens. We will discuss taking data of budburst of shrubs and trees and observations of blooming of flowers using USA Phenological Network specified plants and GLOBE protocols. Examples of phenological garden plants, data, and observations will be from schools in Providence, RI.

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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...

The 2018 conference for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific will be from September 10 - 13, 2018 in the Sonoma Wine Country. There will be workshops, panels, oral sessions, poster sessions, professional networking, opening reception, formal dinner, and optional extracurricular tours (including wine tasting and tours of Mission Sonoma and Sonoma Square).  

See ASP 2018 Meeting Details about meeting registration, lodging, and other important information. (

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STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education

Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/9/2018

Description:
The New York City College of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) as well as a baccalaureate degree. Both degree programs are hands-on with engineering applications in areas such as CAD, CAM, Materials Testing, and Robotics. The...

On March 28, LPI staff assisted Dr. Michael Evans of NASA JSC with the use of LPI's portable planetarium at Texas A&M University-Galveston. Dr. Evans was introducing students on campus to planetary geology and encouraging them to register for a planetary geology course he will be teaching in fall 2018. 

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Solar System Ambassadors at NSTA 2018

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The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative supported GLOBE-trainee Amanda Clapp with a GLOBE field day for her students, centered around atmosphere protocols.

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On March 23, 2018, The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) published the third in its series on Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education investments, Actions Needed to Better Assess the Federal Investment, in the context of the America COMPETES Act (2007) and The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

Why GAO Did The 2018 Study

Education programs in STEM fields are intended to enhance the nation's global competitiveness. GAO reported in...

•The STEAM Innovation Lab team hosted a lab tour for Dr. Steve VandenAvond (Northern Michigan University)

I finally made it back to Marquette and wanted to take a second to thank you once again for taking time out of your busy life to show me the lab and all of the wonderful initiatives that you have going.  I couldn't be more excited about continuing to learn from you and helping in some way to move STEM education and the use of virtual reality in education forward.  I was so impressed...

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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

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The MUREP Educator Institutes (MEIs) brings together students and professors from Minority Serving Institutions to each of the NASA centers for an authentic STEM experience. The GLOBE Mission Earth team (University of Toledo and NASA Langley) have been working in collaboration with Texas State University, the GLOBE Implementation Office, GLOBE Partners, and NASA to incorporate GLOBE training into the 2018 summer activities.

Recent Preparation Activities

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NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

You are invited to join our next Mars MAVEN webinar, on February 28 (1pm HT, 3pm ADT, 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT):

Making Mars: The story Mars tells about planet formation and migration in the early Solar System
Mars' composition and properties were influenced by where and how it formed. Join Dr. Katherine Kretke of the Southwest Research Institute to learn about planetary formation and migration and how Mars is proving to be a crucial piece...

On a chilly Friday in February, 28 teachers and two GLOBE researchers with the Arctic and Earth SIGNs project gathered in Tok, Alaska.

Drs. Elena Sparrow and Katie Spellman (University of Alaska Fairbanks) ran a workshop for teachers of the Alaska Gateway School District to learn how to use GLOBE protocols and NASA resources to study climate change in their schools and Alaska Native communities

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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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NASA is looking for experienced scientists to join the staff as Program Scientists in the Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Science divisions of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.  

A program scientist:

Performs a range of scientific program planning duties. Takes responsibility for the science content of flight mission programs or projects to carry out Science Mission Directorate (SMD) investigations. Develops, reviews, and...

There are a variety of education and public engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public at the 2018 LPSC conference, in the Woodlands, TX.  The SMD Science Activation teams and infrastructure community is invited to join us and invite your scientists to participate in student and public engagement activities.

Abstract submission guidelines: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/abstract-submission/

Education and Engagement details:

The 2017 Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Professional Development Institute was held at the Hotel Roanoke on November 16-18, 2017.  Over 800 formal and informal educators from across the Commonwealth attended.

NASA Langley activities included:

• Tours of the Langley Centennial Trailer and visit with Spacey Casey

• Pre-conference workshop on Elementary GLOBE

• 8 concurrent sessions hosted by SD Education and Office of Education staff in the "NASA Room"

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There are a variety of education and public engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public at the 2018 LPSC conference.  Please join us and invite your scientists to participate in student and public engagement activities.

Submit an Abstract —

The LPSC abstract deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5pm US Central Standard Time.  In addition to abstracts on a variety of planetary science topics, we are soliciting abstracts for Education and Public Engagement posters. ...

School Site Visits!  GME-West continues to support teachers and students.  At Antioch and Arise high schools, students learn site definition and hydrology protocols along the delta and in a local creek in preparation of Student Research Symposium projects. At Skyridge elementary school students learn how to use a calitoo and collect data to measure Aerosols as they participate in NASA’s Air Quality Campaign.

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Mapping GLOBE Atmosphere and Surface Temperature Data Using ArcGIS Online

 Presenters: David A. Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography, Tennessee State University, TSU students

This webinar spotlights Tennessee State University's Geographic Information Systems Day and National Geography Awareness Week outreach activity.  Ninth grade students attending Nashville's Stratford STEM Magnet High School collected GLOBE Atmosphere and Surface Temperature Protocol data on the Friday prior to...

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Follow-on to last week's NASA Advisory Council Science meeting. Agend attached. WebEx and dial-in info included in agenda.

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The National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH is guiding accessibility implementation in WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project. Team member Madeleine Rothberg will be presenting on Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017, 5:00 pm EST, at the OZeWAI (Australian Web Adaptability Initiative) Conference in Canberra, Australia, where she will join a panel that includes Microsoft, ABC, and Blackboard. Madeleine will discuss the decisions, trade-offs, and innovations that impact the...

NASA chartered a group of planetary scientists and technologists to run a community workshop and prepare a report that represents the planetary science communities’ perceptions of where planetary sciences will be by the year 2050, with science goals and technology requirements mapped out over the coming 3 decades. The workshop was a great success, with creative and innovative input from both in-house and virtual participants. The full report is still in work. 

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