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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

Matt Cass Matt Cass

STEM Student Success!

March 22, 2017 - 11:50 AM CDT

A few highlights from the impact that the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative is having on rural community college students in western North Carolina.


NASA Exploration Connection Releases Game-based Lesson

“Where are the Small Worlds?” is an interactive and adaptive, game-based learning experience designed for audiences 12 years and older.  NASA SMD data and images are aligned to standards, helping learners understand where these objects are located in a fun and engaging way.

More than 1000 participated in testing

• > 85% want to do more of these

• > 75% are interested in Small Worlds

• > 70% reported greater...

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Approximately 30 students and faculty from Tennessee State University attended at the annual HBCU Student Climate Change Conference held from March 15-19 at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. Dr. David Padgett and his students presented about the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program and provided training. The purpose of the conference is to strengthen the partnerships between students and faculty at historically black colleges/universities and...


March 9th, 2017

NASA LaRC led a Facebook Live event on the NASA Earth account, featuring the GLOBE Observer app and recent app updates.

Viewers joined education outreach coordinator Sarah McCrea and research scientist Bryan Fabbri to learn how to share their cloud observations with NASA and the GLOBE Program, as well as how to compare their ground observations to corresponding satellite data.  Viewers also got a sneak peak of some of the instruments NASA uses to observe the atmosphere...


A new NASA eClips video, titled “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was released March 7th and made available on the NASA eClips websites:

Engineering design and technology development support scientific discovery. In this video, high school students will learn about the roles engineers and...

Christine Shupla Christine Shupla

NASA Eclipse and Science at Camps

March 8, 2017 - 8:33 AM CST

Education specialists from planetary science, Earth science, and heliophysics shared NASA eclipse and STEM resources at the 2017 National American Camp Association (ACA) conference on Feb. 22-24, 2017 in Albuquerque. Over 1300 camp programmers attended the conference.

  • ACA members include Boy and Girl Scouts, YMCA, 4H, and a variety of other camp programmers committed to delivering lessons in community, character-building, and skill development.

  • Approximately 85 camp leaders...


At The University of Toledo on Saturday, February 25, GLOBE Mission EARTH trained almost 200 people to take Cloud Observations during the 2017 Solar Eclipse. 


On Saturday, February 18, 2017 GLOBE Master Trainer and NASA Physical Scientist, Jessica Taylor, led a GLOBE workshop at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU).  NASA Langley provided a hybrid GLOBE Training for both in-service teachers and pre-service students at ECSU.  Participants conducted online GLOBE eTraining prior to participation in the face to face training.  During the workshop, teachers participated in several GLOBE learning activities highlighting the Student Science Research...


On February 14, 2017, The University of Toledo hosted a webinar for teachers, students and scientists on NASA’s SnowEx: NASA Airborne Snow Experiment and GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect / Surface Temperature Campaign. SnowEx led by Dr. Dorothy Hall, a Senior Scientist Emeritus at NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center is a NASA project to observe snow and ice in various regions of the US. One goal is to observe the ice on Lake Erie; the project changed its flight plans to go over Toledo and the NW...


Reaching out to underserved and underrepresented communities, can have major impact on student outcomes. Reacting to a recent visit from one of the NESSP Partners, a teacher commented: “We haven’t been able to offer the students something like this before,” Nickerson said. “They go to OMSI in the fifth grade, but not one of the students yesterday had ever been in a planetarium before.”


The Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program (STEP) provides 6-8 grade science specialists with long-term in-depth professional development as participants learn to present workshops. In 2015, STEP participants conducted 23 workshops in the Houston region, including the school districts of Aldine, Pasadena, Cypress-Fairbanks, Santa Fe, Katy, Fort Bend, and the Harris County Department of Education.

These districts have large numbers of underserved and economically disadvantaged...


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

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The Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program (STEP), funded through NASA SMD EPOESS grant, NNX12AC74G, conducted workshops at the 2016 National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conferences through its train-the-trainer programming for middle school science specialists in the Houston area. In 2016, STEP participants conducted 8 workshops and one short course at National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conferences; sessions were attended by approximately 350 teachers.

  • The Lunar and...


International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide celebration of lunar and planetary science and exploration. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon, and share the personal and cultural connections we have with Earth’s nearest neighbor.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center supports this program every year. The attached nugget showcases highlights from our 2016 event.


International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide celebration of lunar and planetary science and exploration. One day each year, everyone on Earth is invited to observe and learn about the Moon, and share the personal and cultural connections we have with Earth’s nearest neighbor.

The attached nugget provides some highlights from International Observe the Moon Night 2016. Our evaluation team is reviewing surveys from hosts and visitors and will share a full evaluation report on...


[The education programs Afterschool Universe and NASA Family Science Night now fall under HEC (Heliophysics Education Consortium)-funding. Our role on the HEC team is to make cross-divisional connections to our informal education programs (among other things). ]

***See attachment for more info and photos (releases on file)***

 2016 November Heliophysics Nugget - Catawba Engineering Time

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, the Catawba Science Center in Hickory, NC, ran an "Engineering...


On Friday, September 30, 2016 over 100 home schooled students and their families attended Homeschool Day at Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, VA.


TEMPO Activities

•In the TEMPO ozone garden, students had the opportunity to pick two types of bioindicator snap beans: sensitive and tolerant. Students measured the length, the mass and recorded their data. The students developed their science observation and measuring skills.

GLOBE Activities

•Outside, students and parents...


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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Scott Harbour

Space Racers Nugget

November 2, 2016 - 8:11 AM CDT

Space Racers launches this Saturday at 12:00 pm EST. 


Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! Girls make friends from all over the country as they travel with Girl Scouts from different states and pack their bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences. Current Girl Scouts, or any interested girl can contact her local Girl Scout Council to apply! There are three Desintations for the 2017 total solar eclipse plus astronomy camp at University of Arizona to choose from!


NASA Langley’s Science Directorate Trainers, Jessica Taylor and Sarah McCrea, were invited by NASA’s White House Liaison to lead two training sessions for STEM Role Models at NASA Headquarters. On Thursday, October 13 Taylor and McCrea led a train-the-trainer session to effectively prepare colleagues to serve as confident role models, particularly for girls. Thirty-five STEM professionals from across 14 federal agencies attended and developed their own training plans. Attendees were selected...


Students and teachers have participated in Student Watershed Watch Program sponsored by Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) for the past 27 years on the first Wednesday of October. GLOBE Mission EARTH at The University of Toledo incorporated GLOBE protocols in this Citizen Science Project. Toledo Public Schools teachers, Laura Schetter (teacher at the Natural Science Technology Center) and Melody Tsapranis (teacher at Navarre Elementary School)  attended  the GLOBE...


If you run an out-of-school time STEM program or know someone who does, we could use your help. Please consider participating in this needs assessment yourself or passing the following message on to colleagues ( The PLANETS program (NNX16AC53A) at Northern Arizona University is conducting a study to identify STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professional development needs of out-of-school time (OST) educators. This survey should take less than 20...

GLOBE Mission EARTH participated in STEM in the Park at Bowling Green State University on Saturday, September 24, at the Perry Field House. The team of GLOBE Mission EARTH promoted and demonstrated the new GLOBE Observer App to the general public. The parents and children received a crash course on cloud identification and take-home activity cards.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the Park is a yearly event which features over 140 unique hands-on STEM activity...


GLOBE Mission EARTH participated in the Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West’s event, Mars, Stars and More! featuring NASA Glenn outreach program on Friday, September 16. Over 500 fourth graders from eight elementary schools learned about the GLOBE Program and how to identify clouds sponsored by GLOBE Mission EARTH. NASA Glenn’s activities included some of the following: Make-It, Take-It Activities, Demonstration Carts and Photo Booth.

This event showcases just one of our efforts...