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.
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 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
- Presentation to Educator...
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...
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:
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. ...
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...Download
The fourth Science and Collaboration webinar for the ENSO Phase III "Water in Our Environment" will be held on Thurs., Dec. 7th at 8 pm (EST). We will focus on our second guiding investigative question- "What impacts does water, above and below ground, have on our environment?"
You can find out more about this event here.
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.
A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST. Registration is now available at: https://nsfgrantsconferences.com/pappg-update-webinar/
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Significant changes include:
- Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch...
See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders.
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...
On September 19, 2017 sixteen employees at NASA Langley from across various organizations on Center participated in a role model training workshop. The three hour, highly participatory and interactive program is designed to help participants reflect on their identity as a role model and provide research-based strategies to effectively engage youth, particularly girls, in STEM.
NASA Langley's Science Directorate developed this training model to help build skills of effective STEM Role...Download
The NASA GISS CCRI program has extended the application period for graduate students to apply for a paid internship opportunity in NYC.
Stipend award: $9,750
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...Download
Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while...Download
September 27, 2017—Deep Dips: Designing a Mission Orbiter
The MAVEN mission has been orbiting Mars since 2014, making periodic “deep dips” to sample Mars’ upper atmosphere. Lockheed Martin designed the MAVEN spacecraft and manages mission operations. The spacecraft is based on the flight-proven designs of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Juno spacecraft, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, which has since based the design of NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex...
The Deputy Associate Administrator for Research (DAAR) within the Office of the Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate (AA/SMD), and is part of SMD's senior leadership team. The DAAR will provide strategic leadership for SMD's science program and will work with other members of the Front Office as well as SMD division-level leadership to ensure the overall coordination of the program with the Directorate as well as the Office of the Chief Scientist, other NASA Mission...
Lead Presenter: Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, GLOBE Scientist
In this 45 minute webinar, Dr. C will review the GLOBE surface temperature data submitted during the solar eclipse. Dr. C needs your help in collecting surface temperature data for his Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign. Teachers share their previous experiences with his campaign.
JOIN US for our First Webinar produced by GLOBE Mission EARTH.
Register in advance for this meeting:
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. The best place to watch the eclipse will be along the path of totality. The second best? At the Exploratorium or on its website or mobile app. With the support of NASA, the Exploratorium is sending field crews to two different locations along the path of totality....Download
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2017/abstract-submissions/ Abstract submission deadline: 2 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT
Session ID#: 25703
Session Description: This session welcomes presentations related to evaluation and assessment efforts of education and public outreach (EPO) and communication programs. The desire to improve outcomes and impacts, along with continual pressure from funding agencies and other stakeholders has made evaluation a critical piece of all EPO programs and is...
Citizen science has gained recognition due to new technologies, the open innovation movement, and federal sponsorship. Recent citizen science programs are often broad in scope and interdisciplinary in nature. They can be disruptive and go well beyond traditional outreach and education. These varied programs can have common elements, e.g. image analysis, crowd-sourced signals from social media, and geospatial visualization....
Share your most effective, most fun, and most interesting science demonstrations, hands-on activities, and simple measurements that help learners of any age understand concepts related to any AGU field. Be sure to include instructions (or a link to the instructions), as well as alignments to the Next Generation Science Standards or other educational standards, where appropriate. Sharing your accomplishments can contribute to...
The NASA eClips™ Video “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was recommended by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Product Review Panel for broad distribution and approved for inclusion in the NASA Wavelength Database.
This video can be viewed on the NASA eClips website at:
And on Youtube at:...Download
Digital media students from Arlington Career and Technical Center participated in a culminating event at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) to recognize their efforts in production of NASA Spotlite videos, as part of the NASA eClips 4D program. Sharon Bowers (NIA) collaborated with, Tom O'Day (Arlington Tech digital media teacher) and Pam Nagurka (Arlington Public School STEM Specialist) to support the Arlington Tech student teams as they developed the Spotlite videos to address and...Download
Please check out this video to learn about how the Exploratorium will make music from a Total Solar Eclipse. You can view on our YouTube channel, link here:
On August 21st, 2017, Wayne Grim, a Bay Area composer and Staff Sound Artist at the Exploratorium, will be producing a real-time sonification of the eclipse that will be streamed by the Exploratorium as part of a composition for the renowned musical group Kronos Quartet. This auditory...