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On May 19, 2018, Holli Kohl and Jeannie Allen (GSFC/SSAI) supported the third annual Albuquerque Science Fiesta with a NASA activity table. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event, primarily in family groups.
The NASA table was the debut of a new activity developed in partnership between GLOBE Observer and Explora!, a hands-on science center in Albuquerque. In the activity, families created a land cover map of the park the event was in using legos. We then compared the map to NASA...Download
2018 Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition
Students are invited to enter AGU's Data Visualization and Storytelling Competition and show how they can creatively present data pertaining to the Earth, solar system, and the universe. Winners will receive the opportunity to present their visually based story on the NASA Hyperwall, travel grants, and complimentary registration to Fall Meeting. This...
The Bureau of Land Management, California Office of Communications in Sacramento is looking for public affairs specialist to lead web and printing programs.
Public Affairs Specialist, GS-1035-11/12 | Sacramento, CA
This position is open to the public and the job announcement closes on July 11.
Please distribute widely.
Public Affairs Specialist, New Media Lead
Arizona State University’s Infiniscope team (funded under NASA’s Science Mission Directorate), in collaboration with Smart Sparrow, hosted a one-day EdTech conference at NASA Ames on June 15, 2018.
The day was opened with a welcome by NASA’s Kristen Erickson, SMD Science Engagement and Partnerships Director. The conference brought together international EdTech presenters and over 245 attendees (representing 121 institutions) to learn about digital learning innovation in the sciences and...
Hispanic families from the Diamantes program at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, NC, visited NASA Langley and the National Institute of Aerospace to meet Hispanic Subject Matter Experts (SME).
•23 upper elementary and middle school children had lunch with 6 Hispanic SME mentors. They shared their path to NASA with highlights of perks and challenges of being Hispanic and bilingual. The students also toured NASA Langley.
•24 parents visited the National Institute of...Download
From May 24-26, 837 student teams (7 per team) from 33 U.S. states and 13 countries competed at the world finals of this creative problem solving extravaganza - Odyssey of the Mind (held at Iowa State University).
NASA scientists and educators worked with >4,000 K-12 students, coaches, and parents in 36 classroom sessions, 7 science talks, and at the Creativity Festival. Students learned how to be citizen scientists using NASA’s GLOBE Observer app to provide ground observations of clouds...Download
The GLOBE Observer team has two job opportunities we would appreciate you passing along to your networks as appropriate. GLOBE Observer is part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global...
STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education
Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/10/2018
Stipend Amount: $4,500
Application Deadline: 5/25/2018
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...
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...
NASA Night Sky Network amateur astronomy clubs do extensive outreach in their communities across the country – from star parties and community events to astronomy lectures and more.
Since 2004, member clubs have reported more than 36,000 events and just reached the milestone of 4 million people directly interacting with NASA resources.
There are an average of 22 astronomy club events per day across the US. Find your local astronomy club and events here: nightsky.jpl.nasa.govDownload
And the winners are…..
On May 1, 2018, more than 100 students from Michigan & Ohio presented over 70 research projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student conference at The University of Toledo’s Student Union. This conference, originally named SATELLITES: Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space, has grown over the years. The speaker, John Moore from the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, showed students how their data can be visualized by...Download
April 12 Live Webinar - Global Connections & Collaborations
•>90 teachers and students attended from 17 countries
•Student team presentations about local investigations in US, Croatia, Taiwan, and Finland:
Nature Science Technology Center, Ottawa Hills, Ohio described water collection and testing before and after back-country filtration and explained how to easily create and share H2yOu Water stories.
Medicinska Skola, Varazdin, Croatia studied impact and quality of water on...Download
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.
On March 24, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History, Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, was joined by NASA solar scientists Masha Kuznetsova and Leila Mays, and Jon Linker, Predictive Science Inc., as they explained solar eclipses, the aurora borealis, and the science behind them using the NASA-funded, open source OpenSpace software in AMNH’s LeFrak giant screen 3D theater. This program also included a viewing of Aurora Borealis, a 3D film directed by Ikuo Nakamura,...Download
On September 2017, two PoPNet (Portal to the Public) sites joined the NASA@ My Library project to train SMEs and develop virtual programs at Partner Libraries. In May 2018, five additional PoPNet sites will join the project! PoPNet is a network that improves scientist-public engagement. Each PoPNet pilot site trained 4 SMEs and conducted 5-9 programs at Partner Libraries reaching over 200 patrons. The new PoPNet sites will each recruit 5 SMEs and prepare them for virtual programs. Go to
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...Download
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. (
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.Download
The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative supported GLOBE-trainee Amanda Clapp with a GLOBE field day for her students, centered around atmosphere protocols.Download
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...Download
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).Download