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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has an essential role in NASA's education mission “to inspire the next generation of explorers.” SMD encourages researchers to participate in education and public outreach (E/PO) in a meaningful way. Here you will find information that will allow you to:

  • Become part of SMD’s E/PO community or partner with a community member
  • Participate in an SMD Education opportunity
  • Find funding opportunities to propose an E/PO project to SMD
  • Find resources for your programs

NASA Wavelength is an intuitive and searchable database of SMD educational products and activities. Find resources for your classroom visit or community event!

Created in response to requests for “quick references to E/PO resources” from scientists, the Astrophysics E/PO Resource Sampler and Planetary Science E/PO Resource Sampler are quick-start guides and “samplers” of the variety of Astrophysics and Planetary Science education and public outreach (E/PO) resources.

If you are an Earth or space science researcher who is doing - or interested in - education and public outreach, and 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.

For Graduate Students and Postdocs

This year’s application deadline for grants from the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research is April 7, 2017.  This program provides 3 to 5 competitive grants each year in the range of $2,500 to $5,000 USD for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide.  Grant funds may be used to assist with travel and subsistence costs, as well as laboratory and computer analysis of research samples and findings. Masters,...

Don't forget - the deadline for AGU Union Honors is March 15.  Please consider nominating an outstanding colleague for the Athelstan Spilhaus award for lifetime achievement in outreach.  SPA has been fortunate in getting a number of winners and excellent nominees.  Please nominate so we can recognize the many worthy candidates we have in this field.  Note the awardee must be an AGU member, but the nominator and those who write seconding letters need not be! 

Here is the basis for the...

JOIN GLOBE Mission EARTH Webinar #10 on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 pm EST

Using the GLOBE Visualization Tools

Your students have entered their data in the GLOBE website and what’s next?  With the visualization tools, students can map, graph, filter and export data that have been measured across GLOBE protocols since 1995. Marcy Burns, teacher at Main Street Intermediate School in Norwalk, Ohio, will describe how her students use the visualization tools. Dr. Czajkowski will...


Using the GLOBE Visualization Tool

Your students have entered their data in the GLOBE website and what’s next?  With the visualization tools, students can map, graph, filter and export data that have been measured across GLOBE protocols since 1995. Marcy Burns, teacher at Main Street Intermediate School in Norwalk, Ohio, will describe how her students use the visualization tools. Dr. Czajkowski will demonstrate the use of the tools and describe ways students can visualize their data to...


GLOBE CLOUD PROTOCOL WILL BE UPDATED ON THE GLOBE WEBSITE.  Come and learn about the  NEW and IMPROVED CLOUD PROTOCOL! Dr. Kevin Czajkowski will thank all the students who entered surface temperature data for the Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign. He will introduce Joe Cartensen from Clay High School from Oregon, Ohio and Sarah McCrea from NASA Langley Research Center. Joe will provide some helpful hints to...

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January 18, 2017 - 11:03 AM CST

GME webinars occur every 2 weeks and features work being done in the classrooms using GLOBE and NASA reseources.

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CGS is looking for an Education Research Analyst, who will serve as a task lead for various activities related to benchmarking, policy analysis, and research projects that are essential to the Council of Graduate Schools’ mission. Full position description, including position requirements and requisite skills, as well as a link to apply for this job can be found here:


The position is open until filled, but review...

The American Institute of Physics is seeking a Science Policy Analyst. The successful candidate will actively monitor and analyze developments in federal science legislation, budgets, leadership, and related matters, for FYI, an authoritative news and resource center for federal science policy. Under the guidance of the Director of Science Policy, write, edit, and publish content for multiple FYI products as part of an editorial team. Make contributions to the development of a growing suite...

We invite educators and planetary scientists and engineers to submit an abstract for the 48th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference education and engagement poster sessions. LPSC will be March 20-24, 2017 in The Woodlands, Texas. The abstract deadline is Tuesday, January 10, 2017. To submit, follow the abstract submission instructions and choose the topic “Education and Engagement” on the abstract submission form.

The Lunar and Planetary Institute will be conducting education...

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...

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

Manages research elements within the Heliophysics Research Program. Develops solicitations and evaluates research proposals. Initiates and monitors research contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements. 

 Closes Wednesday 11/23/2016  See full announcement for U.S. Citizens

Only been about six months since my last post of releases.  Here's some of the newer goodies for use in visuals.

Our big release for the MMS fleet passing through a magnetic reconnection event.  This was a particularly challenging visual to produce, requiring sub-second accuracy in the positioning to plot the data vectors along the track

Four MMS spacecraft with vector field measurments.

Detecting electron acceleration in Earth's radiation belts

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...

NASA Langley’s Science Directorate Trainers, Jessica Taylor and Sarah McCrea, were invited by NASA’s White House Liaison to lead two training sessions for STEM Role Models at NASA Headquarters. On Thursday, October 13 Taylor and McCrea led a train-the-trainer session to effectively prepare colleagues to serve as confident role models, particularly for girls. Thirty-five STEM professionals from across 14 federal agencies attended and developed their own training plans. Attendees were selected...


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,...

Posted on behalf of Max Bernstein at NASA HQ

NASA's Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel meeting reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other solicitations. Just follow the links below to the volunteer review forms and click the boxes to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter. If your skills match our needs for this review we will contact you to discuss scheduling. 

We are currently seeking...

Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the graduate students coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring and is considered to be a part time position that supports the graduate students major area of...

Our goal here at CosmoQuest is to create a community of people wanting to work together to understand the universe; a community of people doing science and who can explain why what they do matters. We have resources available to help others get involved with astronomy, physics, science, and much more.

We would like to invite you to be a part of what we are doing, and help us learn how to improve what we’re doing by taking our survey and sharing our survey with your community. Whether you...

Are you an early career scientist preparing to present your research at the DPS 48/EPSC 11 meeting? Are you nervous? Are you looking for advice? Join others like you for this educational opportunity to receive feedback from seasoned presenters! Participants in the Early Career Presenters Review have the opportunity to present their DPS 48/EPSC 11 oral or poster presentation and receive feedback before presenting during the regular meeting. In addition to presenting their research,...

The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) is looking for volunteers to advise a team of high school students participating in the 2016-2017 Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program. ExMASS is part of CLSE’s education efforts with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). Working alongside their teachers and an advisor, students undertake authentic, open-inquiry, lunar or asteroid research projects that...

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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The announcements for the two vacancies in Heliophysics have been extended thru August 9, 2016 due to system outages.  Please see updated links below:


This position is included within a specialty that is managerial in nature and involves planning and coordination of NASA programs in research, the development and operations of missions and instrumentation, and utilization of...

July 22, 2016

On 22 July The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the following:


Federal Research Grants: Opportunities Remain for Agencies to Streamline Administrative Requirements.
GAO-16-573, June 22


Trending question on the NSTA listserv, from NSTA member Sara Severance: "We're exploring what it means to be principled and show integrity in science and I'm wondering if you know of any famous (or not so famous) NON-examples of integrity in science? When did dishonesty in reporting data lead to some devastating consequences? Any insights are appreciated!" Read answers on the blog, and add your own in the comments section. Click here for more information.