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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...

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A nugget from joint efforts of the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative and the AREN Project.

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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...

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On April 23, 2018 twenty four educators from the local community participated in the Earth Day Educator Experience led by the Science Education team at NASA Langley. The day was centered on providing unique opportunities for educators to engage with NASA assets including viewing facilities, meeting Subject Matter Experts, and learning about NASA educational resources. The educators spanned across all grade bands (elementary, middle, and high school) and the majority of educators were from...

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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,...

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Total observations: 56,514 cloud observations 3x more than North American Solar Eclipse!

The NASA GLOBE Clouds Challenge, organized by NASA Langley with strong collaborations from GLOBE and GLOBE Observer social media, motivated people around the world to make up to 10 GLOBE cloud observations daily from March 15 - April 15, 2018. GLOBE received over 56,500 cloud observations from more than 15,000 locations in 99 countries, including observations from every continent  even Antarctica....

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In April, over 1600 Students from 30 states and Mexico were able to interact and hear from a NASA Scientist, Dr. Doug Ming,  about the latest Mars rover activities, what the scientist teams are learning from these activities, and some of the challenges humans will face if we plan to live and work on Mars.

Conducted at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Astromaterial Webinars connect NASA scientists with learners from all backgrounds in formal and informal settings to provide the spark to...

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Authors: Kevin Czajkowski, Jessica Taylor & Tracy Ostrom

GLOBE Mission EARTH is exploring different ways their Subject Matter Experts can connect with students.

This nugget provides a few examples of the connecting SMEs to students.

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From March 30 to April 1, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington, D.C.’s ComicCon, with an estimated attendance of 67,000 people.Dawn Myers of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission led the effort on behalf of NASA. At the booth in the exhibit hall, visitors learned about lunar topography and moon landing sites with LRO, terrestrial elevations from the ICESat-2 mission, and the Global...

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The NASA Astromaterials team shared information about Rocks from Space (large to microscopic) and associated NASA resources to science teachers at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. The teachers listened to Sample Disk Program presentations at NASA’s Hyperwall, learned about on-going sample return missions and signed up to get more information about the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk certification training and webinars to connect...

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Wednesday, April 18–Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, The Exploratorium, San Francisco

Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the  West Coast. 

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat...

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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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The GME team was interacting with science teachers using GLOBE and NASA activities at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. With over 8,000 teachers in attendance, you could find the team doing numerous activities: presenting at NASA’s Hyperwall and NSTA sessions, manning stations at the NOAA and NASA booths and distributing information at NESTA Shar-A-Thons.

Hyperwall Presentations at the NASA booth:

GLOBE: Viewing Clouds from...

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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

  • Presentation to Educator...

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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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The Infiniscope Teaching Network creates next-generation science learning experiences using Smart Sparrow’s e-Learning platform. The platform enables educators to develop and customize adaptive learning experiences to best meet the needs of their unique learners, and provides insight into learner performance with data analytics.

Last week, ACT Inc., the company behind the ACT college readiness test, invested $7.5 million in Smart Sparrow as part of a new partnership advancing...

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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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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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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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International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide celebration of the Moon and NASA lunar and planetary science, led by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team. The LRO team is based out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and we host an InOMN event locally each year. This nugget highlights our 2017 event.

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International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual celebration of the Moon, the science discoveries enabled by NASA’s missions, and the people who have made them possible. It is a time to celebrate the personal and cultural connections we all have to the Moon, and to highlight our Moon’s connections to moons and planets across the Solar System, and beyond. This program is led by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission team. The attached nugget highlights global participation in...

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This nugget showcases the outreach GME–The University of Toledo has done this fall. Every year GME-UT participates in STEM in the Park held at Bowling Green State University to educate the general public about the resources available through GLOBE and NASA. GME-UT is willing to assist our GLOBE-trained educators in the collection of GLOBE data whenever needed.

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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...

NASA eClips™ was presented at the 2017 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) National Conference on October 26th by Stacy Dees, Outreach Program Manager from the National Institute of Aerospace. The presentation, titled “Incorporating NASA eClips™ products and activities into K-12 STEM Outreach,” was presented during the session “NASA Educates to Innovate: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act” to a group of around eighty (80) women...

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