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Nuggets submitted by the NASA SMD science education community can be found here. Every week, SMD selects one nugget from the community to send to the White House. The most recent submission is posted below. Links to nuggets submitted over the past six months can be found in the first post in the feed below.

To submit a nugget:

1) Create your nugget using the template provided in the link below.

2) Use the following template for naming your file: DATE SUBMITTED_PI LAST NAME_SMD DIVISION (Astro, Earth, Helio, Planetary, or CrossDivision)

3) Email your completed nugget file and one high resolution image file used in the nugget to Maria Washington.

4) Post your nugget to the workspace (Create+ --> Nugget), making it public, and tagging your group, the SciAct Collective, and the Community Page.
 

Most Recent White House Submission

Click Here for the Current Nugget Template


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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Earth to Sky’s Interpreting Climate Change Workshop was held Nov 13-14, 2017. Content focused on climate science basics and linking NASA ABoVE campaign research to the lower 48 states. Communication techniques featured sessions on putting research to practice. Course materials are posted at https://tinyurl.com/ets-nai-2017.

Evaluation results:

Participants had a high level of satisfaction with the workshop; 100% of the participants felt the workshop met their expectations and would...

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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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Eclipse fever is not over! The latest news– EclipseFest, a collaboration between NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission team and the San Francisco Giants’ Minor League Affiliate, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, won Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year, as voted on by fans: in a category with 9 other teams from larger markets, EclipseFest garnered 66% of the fan vote. On August 21, 2017, members of the LRO team from NASA GSFC supported EclipseFest through exhibits, hands-on...

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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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Attached is a nugget from one of GLOBE Mission EARTH partners: Tennessee State University.

 The first class day of the fall semester began on the day of the Solar Eclipse occurred. Dr. David Padgett took full advantage of the event by collecting GLOBE data. Pre-service teachers enrolled in World Regional Geography (GEOG 1020) sections collected ambient air temperature, surface temperature, and cloud cover data, before, during, and after the August 21 solar eclipse event.  Data was...

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ASU’s NASA Exploration Connection PI Recognized as “Top 10 Teaching Innovator”

 

Ariel Anbar was named as 1 of only 10 top teaching innovators in the first-ever such selection by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

Anbar’s innovation was developing the NASA-supported Habitable Worlds online science class for non-scientists which is organized around NASA SMD themes. Habitable Worlds was recently recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as an exemplar of personalized,...

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On September 25, NASA Langley presented the session, "The Importance of Questioning and Observation Skills through NASA's Elementary GLOBE Resources: Developing Young Scientists" at the Southeastern American Camp Association (ACA) Conference in Wilmington, NC.  About 18 people participated in the session. Participants included Camp Directors and Camp Facilitators.  Elementary GLOBE resources model the practices of science. Participants read the Elementary GLOBE storybook, The Scoop on Soils...

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On Saturday, October 21, 2017 NASA Langley Research Center opened the doors to visitors for the first time in five years. Over 20,000 people visited the facility to celebrate NASA Langley’s Centennial.

The Science Education Team was responsible for two exhibit areas: a Teacher Resource Room and the GLOBE Citizen Science tent. Visitors left with over 15,000 resources; some of the resources available included: NASA Earth Systems posters, GLOBE Cloud Charts, Elementary GLOBE Storybooks, Air...

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GME – West engages 4th graders in GLOBE pedosphere protocols as they learn about geographic regions of California. Practiced collaboration and analytical skills are evident as they learn about rock formations/fossils and how landscapes change over time due to weathering  (NGSS 4-ESS1-1 and 4-ESS2-1.)

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GLOBE Mission EARTH Partners: NASA Langley RC, University of Toledo, and Tennessee State University disseminated information about GLOBE and NASA Resources at the National Science Teachers Association in Baltimore last week. Presentations (listed below) and NGSS Learning Progressions for the GLOBE Atmosphere Protocols with NASA Resources are located on the NSTA site under the presenter(s) names or the mission-earth website on GLOBE.

Here is a list of the NSTA Sessions delivered in...

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GME Webinar #1-Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign and Results of the Surface Temperature Changes during the Solar Eclipse

Presenters: Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, GLOBE Scientist, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio and Rick Sharpe, GLOBE Teacher, Huntington High School, Huntington, West Virginia

Dr. C reviewed the GLOBE clouds, air temperature and surface temperature data submitted during the solar eclipse. Dr. C then asked teachers and students to help in collecting surface temperature...

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This is a busy time for the Fiske Video Production Team.

2017 eclipse:  We secured awesome video from a balloon at 104,000 ft. during the August eclipse. It became a training mission for Univ. of Colorado Aerospace Engineering students to do this mission, so we cooperated with our own university rather than elsewhere in NASA in this instance.  Attached is a still photo showing the whole moon shadow over the Grand Tetons. The video is being edited.

We're getting 360 degree, high...

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This is a busy time for the Fiske Video Production Team.

2017 eclipse:  We secured awesome video from a balloon at 104,000 ft. during the August eclipse. It became a training mission for Univ. of Colorado Aerospace Engineering students to do this mission, so we cooperated with our own university rather than elsewhere in NASA in this instance.  Attached is a still photo showing the whole moon shadow over the Grand Tetons. The video is being edited.

We're getting 360 degree, high...

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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...

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Nugget announcing the public launch of WGBH's first set of interactive digital resources produced as part of the “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms" project. (Cooperative Agreement Notice Award No. NNX16AD71A; WGBH Principal Investigator: Rachel Connolly).  

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Due to an overwhelming response from Michigan and Ohio teachers, The University of Toledo held two professional developments on Elementary GLOBE this past summer. UT solicited teams of teachers from the same school or feeder pattern so that older students could work with younger students to collect and submit GLOBE data.  

22 Grade K-8 teachers from 11 Schools were trained in Clouds, Air Temperature & Surface Temperature GLOBE Protocols. Teachers experienced what their students will be...

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GME – West kicks off the school year with eclipse viewing at Antioch High School.

Next Step? Infusing GLOBE protocols and NASA assets into a variety of science classes across multiple grade levels 4th -12th.

Goal? Students DOING Science

 

CA GLOBE Students Reached 2016-2017 = 590 Grades 9-12 (5 schools)

CA & NM GLOBE Students Projected 2017-2018 = 1,025 Grades 4-12 (11 schools)

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The GLOBE Annual Meeting took place from July 30 to August 3, 2017 in New Haven, CT. Our whole team, including some of our Advisory Committee members, was involved in the protocol training, session presentations and poster presentations.

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Dearborn Heights teen spent summer interning with NASA program

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Keeping track: Crestwood students monitor environment during eclipse project

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