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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...

On August 21, 2017, the NASA eClips™ team hosted a viewing party at a local church in Virginia for the 2017 Eclipse. Around fifty participants learned about the sun by watching the NASA eClips™ videos “Our World: The Sun, A Real Star” and “Launchpad: Solar Eclipses”, by creating solar images using the NASA eClips Interactive Lesson on Solar Images, and by making a pinhole viewer with instructions from Attendees used their solar eclipse glasses to view the stages of...

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Joan Harper-Neely, STEM Education Specialist for NASA eClips™, and Christian Mouton, student producer from Hampton High School, attended the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) STEM Mixer. Christian presented to a group of 75 service members and guests the NASA eClips™ Spotlite video on Physical Change which his team produced during a workshop at NIA this past summer. NASA Spotlite videos correct science misconceptions and are...


The Exploratorium has a new video up, called "Observing the Sun", which gives a quick overview of how humans have observed the sun over time.  We are really happy to be able to offer this video in both English and Spanish, and you can find them here on our website:



and here on our YouTube channel:



Overview Video of the 2017 Eclipse from the Exploratorium

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the United States. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed Sun will be visible along a 70-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people are expected to travel to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covers the face of the Sun.

People not in the path will experience a partial eclipse. For...

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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...

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Dr. Patricia Reiff, veteran of 15 trips to the center line (13 total and 2 annular, with only two clouded out), has been presenting many eclipse trainings, webinars, and public talks about the eclipse. These talks include eclipse animations created with HEC support. 

Recent presentations include:

•ESIP “Out to Lunch” webinar May 17 (available at )

•“Earth to Sky” webinar May 25:  Available at


Wanted: Citizen Scientists to Help Fight Mosquito-borne Diseases!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PT (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET)
Mosquito Habitat Mapper

Date: Tuesday, June 6th, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern
Webinar Details: link for webinar-

Ever wondered what you could do to help eliminate the danger of mosquito-borne diseases? Ready to learn more about the World’s Most Dangerous Animal, the pesky...


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
2pm - 3pm EDT / 11am - 12pm PDT

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is hosting several online professional development workshops about the August 21st solar eclipse.


On August 21st, 2017, communities all across the US will gather to witness a truly historic event, a total solar eclipse. Do you have your plans finalized for the...

Streaming the Eclipse: How to Utilize Online Live Streams at Your Eclipse Event

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
2pm - 3pm EDT / 11am - 12pm PDT

• Learn more:

• Sign up to join this online workshop:


With the August 21st total solar eclipse just around the corner, a high-quality online stream of this rare event can add content and context for your visitors. Robyn Higdon from the Exploratorium, with help from Frank Kusiak at the Lawrence...

Wanted: Citizen Scientists to Help Fight Mosquito-borne Diseases!
Mosquito Habitat Mapper

Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 10 pm to 11 pm (ET)

Webinar Details:   link for webinar-

Ever wondered what you could do to help eliminate the danger of mosquito-borne diseases? Ready to learn more about the World’s Most Dangerous Animal, the pesky mosquito, and find out how you can assist your local community to become citizen scientists- armed with their...


On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the National Institute of Aerospace’s NASA eClips™ team exhibited at the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, a flagship event for the NASA Langley Centennial. The booth promoted three activities as part of a newly developed “NASA eClips™ Guidelite” lesson on solar images, the Sun’s corona, and the 2017 total solar eclipse. Over 3,000 people attended the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, while roughly 500 parents and children participated in creating solar images and...


Working through Difficult Concepts in the Explore Science: Earth and Space ToolkitNISE Network online workshop

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2pm - 3pm EDT / 11am - 12pm PDT

Sign up to join this online workshop:

Visitors bring different experiences and knowledge to the activity table, which sometimes helps and sometimes adds confusion to their learning. In this online workshop, learn how to identify common patterns of thinking (including misconceptions, preconceived notions and vernacular...

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) Explore Science: Earth & Space 2017 digital toolkit is now available for download.

Explore Science: Earth & Space logo

In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society.  

Toolkit Audience & Content


  • Activities are designed for use in children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and...

I am pleased to announce that Rice University, under partial NASA Heliophysics Education Consortium support, has commissioned Don Davis to create fulldome animations of the geometry of solar and lunar eclipses.   

Previews of these animations can be seen at:

To get on our email list for additional information and links to more eclipse tips and tricks, please sign up at

To get higher...

Attached are the introductory slides from the NISE Network / Science Museum of Minnesota  October 2016 in-person project meeting held in Saint Paul, MN that Kristen Erickson mentioned on the October 26th call and asked us to share with the SMD EPO community. 

We are happy to share these introductory slides with you. A PDF of the introductory slides are attached.


You can always learn more about the NISE Network by visiting our website at

You can learn more about...


Below are links to a variety of professional development materials created by the NISE Network over the past eleven years.  The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and...

Twenty-two afterschool facilitators from across the United States participated in a GLOBE Workshop at NASA Langley.  The afterschool facilitators all serve students as part of the US Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) program.  All the students that participate are from underserved communities and qualify for free or reduced price lunch.

This GLOBE training workshop is one component of the GLOBE 21CCLC Atmosphere Investigation. The workshop...

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TODAY (Saturday):

12 noon           Dr. Carter Emmart will be showing "Open Space" a new software package made with NASA support!

and 1 pm:

(and twice tomorrow as well)


4 pm:   WORLD PREMIERE:  ‘Seeing the Skies through Navajo Eyes", created by the Indigenous Education Institute with NASA support

Dr. Nancy Maryboy will comment on the new show.

(will also show twice...

Here is a fascinating project: Voices of Humanity (VoH) - giving a voice to all of humanity in space exploration. Professor Philip Lubin at UC Santa Barbara and some of his students are working on a public engagement and educational outreach program by placing the essence of  humanity, in the form of documents, poetry, pictures, movies, music, tweets,  digital DNA and other data, into every spacecraft and eventually to the stars. Their group was funded by NASA NIAC program with a Phase I...

June 30, 2016

RELEASE 16-067

NASA Awards Grants to Nine Informal Learning Institutions

NASA has awarded almost $10 million in grants to informal education organizations in seven states to help inspire the next generation of scientists and explorers.

The organizations include two botanical gardens, five museums, one foundation and one NASA visitor center. The selected projects include botany experiments focused on growing food in space, technology challenges using caves as an...

Join us on Wednesday, April 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm Eastern time to learn about watersheds and the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Register today!

What is a watershed? Why are watersheds important? What are signs of a healthy watershed? Why are some watersheds or water reservoirs losing their water? Water management for watershed regions, how do NASA satellites help monitor watershed regions, what are hands on investigations students can conduct to monitor their watershed areas...

Friday, May 1 2015, 1:00pm EST/ 12:00pm CT/ 11:00am MT/ 10:00 am PT

This month's webinar is hosted by Dr. Sherry Oaks,  Front Range Community College The title of her talk is, "Climate Data in the Classroom."


NASA’s Earth Forum and NAGT’s Geo2YC have launched a series of webinars for geoscience faculty at two-year colleges, called EarthEd2YC. Each webinar includes 30 minutes of professional development for full-time and part-time faculty seeking educational resources and other...
















Articles and Reports:

Allen, S. (2004). Designs for Learning: Studying Science Museum Exhibits That Do More Than Entertain. Science Education, 88(Suppl. 1), S17-S33.

Anderson, D., Lucas, K., Ginns, I. (2003). Theoretical Perspectives on Learning in an Informal Setting. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 40(2), 177-199.

Bevan, B., Michalchik, V., Bhanot, R., Rauch, N., Remold, J., Semper, R., and Shields, P. (2010) Out-of-School Time STEM: Building Experience, Building Bridges....