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Nuggets submitted by the NASA Science Activation 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


Hispanic families from the Diamantes program at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, NC, visited NASA Langley and the National Institute of Aerospace to meet Hispanic Subject Matter Experts (SME). 

•23 upper elementary and middle school children had lunch with 6 Hispanic SME mentors. They shared their path to NASA with highlights of perks and challenges of being Hispanic and bilingual. The students also toured NASA Langley.

•24 parents visited the National Institute of...

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On June 6, the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) released Mosquito! Community Research Guide, a freely available international curriculum for elementary-secondary that uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for actions that are student-defined and implemented. It was field tested internationally at nine sites, including schools in Reston, VA, and Leominster, MA.

GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO MHM) training and educational resources are linked to...

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From May 24-26, 837 student teams (7 per team) from 33 U.S. states and 13 countries competed at the world finals of this creative problem solving extravaganza - Odyssey of the Mind (held at Iowa State University).

NASA scientists and educators worked with >4,000 K-12 students, coaches, and parents in 36 classroom sessions, 7 science talks, and at the Creativity Festival. Students learned how to be citizen scientists using NASA’s GLOBE Observer app to provide ground observations of clouds...

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On May 19, 2018, Holli Kohl and Jeannie Allen (GSFC/SSAI) supported the third annual Albuquerque Science Fiesta with a NASA activity table. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event, primarily in family groups.

The NASA table was the debut of a new activity developed in partnership between GLOBE Observer and Explora!, a hands-on science center in Albuquerque. In the activity, families created a land cover map of the park the event was in using legos. We then compared the map to NASA...

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On May 30, 2018, NASA scientists and public engagement professionals shared NASA science with 4,200students and teachers from 58 schools acrossthe Boston area at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Students discovered a wide array of NASA careers, observed the Sun through a solar telescope, explored a supernova in virtual reality, launched water bottle rockets, and listened to Astronaut Sunita Williams share her experiences in space. Goddard Planetary Scientist Maria Banks wowed...

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On May 23, 2018, seven high school students, their teachers and the Lexington School for the Deaf’s administrators, connected via video conference with GLOBE SME’s at NASA Langley: Dr. Margaret Pippin, Jessica Taylor, Tina Harte, Marilé Colon Robles, and William Wood.  Interpretation services were provided by Christina York, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at NASA Langley, and an interpreter at the Lexington School for the Deaf.  The students asked questions about clouds and weather...

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STEM Day at Fenway Park was held in Boston, MA on May 30, 2018 and reached ~4000 students and educators.  This cross-collaborative effort, led by NASA GSFC, enabled Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a variety of organizations to share rich science content reflecting NASA research & exploration.

NASA Astromaterials scientists Dave Draper & Liz Rampe presented their research to a packed stadium of participants.

The NASA Astromaterials tables enabled participants to observe and hold...

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The Midwest U.S. GLOBE Student Research Symposium took place on May 18-19, 2018 hosted by the AREN Project, at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. 52 Students,9 GLOBE teachers representing two GLOBE Partners from MI and OH, attended.  The students presented a total of 31 GLOBE research projects in a poster presentation session. Student projects were reviewed both by their peers and by local scientists. 

GLOBE GIO Director Tony Murphy, and GLOBE Mission EARTH...

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The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of 46 states, Washington D.C., and 6 territories that empowers public libraries to engage their communities.

100 state and public library representatives participated in the STAR Library Network’s hands-on space science training during the CSLP Annual Meeting, April 9-12 in Denver, CO.

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NASA Astromaterials connected audiences with authentic and unique NASA assets including STEM experts, astromaterial samples, and curation labs. Sharing these assets within the context of exciting NASA Events & programs provided relevance, enthusiasm, and STEM career awareness.

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STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education

Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/10/2018
Stipend Amount: $4,500 
Application Deadline: 5/25/2018

Description:
The New York City College of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) as well as a baccalaureate degree. Both degree programs are hands-on with engineering applications in areas such as CAD, CAM, Materials...

NASA Night Sky Network amateur astronomy clubs do extensive outreach in their communities across the country – from star parties and community events to astronomy lectures and more.

Since 2004, member clubs have reported more than 36,000 events and just reached the milestone of 4 million people directly interacting with NASA resources.

There are an average of 22 astronomy club events per day across the US. Find your local astronomy club and events here: nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov 

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And the winners are…..

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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On September 2017, two PoPNet (Portal to the Public) sites joined the NASA@ My Library project to train SMEs and develop virtual programs at Partner Libraries. In May 2018, five additional PoPNet sites will join the project! PoPNet is a network that improves scientist-public engagement. Each PoPNet pilot site trained 4 SMEs and conducted 5-9 programs at Partner Libraries reaching over 200 patrons. The new PoPNet sites will each recruit 5 SMEs and prepare them for virtual programs. Go to

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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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On April 19–20, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in an Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Travelers, school groups, and the public had the opportunity to learn about NASA Earth and planetary science at this pop-up booth style event. Our contributions to the event included Hyperwall presentations and hands-on activities focusing on the Earth and Moon, Titan, and...

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Four state library partners, supported by COSLA (Chief Officers of State Library Agencies), recently joined the NASA@ My Library team (see map) with an additional eleven state libraries planned by Fall 2018. State library partners will receive and then circulate 3 NASA-themed kits to public libraries in their state.These kits will contain several hands-on activities and a facilitation guide with access to online NASA resources.

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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...

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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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