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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

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).  


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...


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)


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.


Dearborn Heights teen spent summer interning with NASA program


Keeping track: Crestwood students monitor environment during eclipse project


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 Monday, August 21st, 2017, Shannon Verstynen and Victoria O’Leary of the NASA eClips™ team, along with three volunteers, traveled to the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw, South Carolina to lead National Eclipse spectators in outreach activities. Over 200 children and their families participated in the NASA eClips™ Solar Images interactive lesson, where they learned about the ways NASA studies the sun, created solar images and UV bracelets, and modeled an eclipse...

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...


This summer the Boston University, partner of GLOBE Mission Earth team, ran professional development for elementary and middle school teachers from the high need school district of Providence, RI. In attendance were teachers new to GLOBE: 13 elementary teachers from 4 elementary schools spanning grades 2-5, and 4 middle school teachers from 3 schools. In addition, 4 teachers with GLOBE experience attended for a second summer to share their experience using GLOBE in their classrooms. The...


NESSP hosted 8 tribal teams to launch 4 high altitude balloons during the Solar Eclipse of Aug 21,2017. The teams were from Oregon, Washington and Idaho and included about 100 students. 4 other teams dropped out due to fire concerns. In addition to the balloon activities, NESSP hosted NASA STEM activities on Sunday for about 300 students and 300 residents (mostly Native American). During the eclipse event we hosted about 700 spectators (though the activities were only locally advertised -...


On August 16, 2017 the NASA Langley GLOBE Partnership led two GLOBE Workshops for teachers from Saint Mary Star of the Sea School in Hampton, VA and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Newport News, VA.

•Seven elementary teachers attended the Elementary GLOBE session, led by trainers Tina Harte and Elizabeth Joyner; focusing on the process of environmental data collection through the development of literacy skills.

•Two middle school teachers attended the GLOBE Hydrology Training led by...


On August 2, 2017, STEM Education Specialists for NASA eClips™ presented nine workshop sessions to 150 high school students attending the Hispanic College Institute sponsored by the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). The HCI, held at Virginia Tech, helps prepare underrepresented students for a college experience and exposes them to possible STEM careers. The STEM focused workshops featured NASA eClips™ resources, including the recently approved solar eclipse lesson, Solar...


July 17-19, 2017, educators and staff from the NASA eClips™ team facilitated learning for seven local high school students using the engineering design process to produce Spotlite videos. Student production teams spent 3 days researching, storyboarding, writing scripts, filming and receiving feedback from the NASA 360 team, Elizabeth Joyner from SMD at NASA Langley MyNASAData, several teachers from Hampton City Schools, and Suzanne Zaremski of NIA. Once the Spotlite videos are approved by...


On July 11-12, 2017, the NASA eClips team facilitated outreach at four branches of Hampton City Public Libraries. Hands-on activities focusing on the upcoming total solar eclipse were facilitated with over 350 students. A Hampton University intern, and students from local high school honor societies and the Virginia Governor's School summer program volunteered during the events. Families were encouraged to view the NASA eClips™ videos Launchpad: Solar Eclipse and Our World: The Sun a Real...


July 26, 2017, STEM Education Specialist Joan Harper-Neely from the NASA eClips™ team led fourteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers attending the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) summer conference in using the engineering design process to produce NASA Spotlite videos. Teacher production teams spent several hours learning to implement the design challenge, designed with NASA content, into the CTE curriculum.  


CBEC partners with NASA to offer STEM program

GRASONVILLE — The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, in a cooperative agreement with NASA, added a cutting-edge STEM educational program to its educational endeavors. This program is designed for middle and high school students.

The program comprises environmental sampling techniques using NASA-approved equipment and associated technology. Students will learn...

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....


Total Solar Eclipse 2017

AMA Reddit with Rob Rothfarb and Nicole Minor from the Exploratorium

Friday August 4th, 1pm-6pm PDT


Meet Our Directors

The Exploratorium has travelled all over the world to chase Total Solar Eclipses since 1998!  For almost two decades, we've presented live stream coverage from the path of totality to audiences world-wide. Our directors will answer YOUR questions LIVE.




Eclipse Sonification with Kronos Quartet Offers a Chance to Listen to “Music of the Spheres”

The Exploratorium will provide a free stream of the live musical collaboration on its Total Solar Eclipse app and online



Summary: When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth on August 21, it won't make a sound—but Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim and the world-famous Kronos Quartet will turn the total solar eclipse into a piece of music unlike any other. The performance will...

A July Nugget for the Solar System Ambassadors.


The Arizona State University Infiniscope Team participated in the NASA booth at the American Library Association National Conference in Chicago in June 2017. Our team showcased our newest digital learning experiences for the librarians offering them free, engaging activities that use NASA data for their audiences. Librarians were also invited to join our Infiniscope Teaching Network to be able to customize these experiences for their local areas.


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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Attached is the NASA@ My Library/SSI Nugget for June


On June 16 - 18, 2017, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington DC’s ComicCon held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Led and primarily funded by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team, GSFC hosted a booth in the FutureCon area of the Exhibition Space as well as 7 panels.​ NASA participated in 13 panels overall, reaching hundreds of people. Overall, the event welcomed about 70,000 visitors throughout the weekend. NASA scientists and outreach...