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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

Indigenous peoples and climate scientists are working together in collaborative networks to bring together multiple knowledge and science systems.  The result of this work is the Rising Voices Community. The 5th annual meeting of Rising Voices was held at UCAR, Boulder CO, April 13-15, 2017.  Dr. Katie Spellman, University of Alaska Fairbanks  and Dr. Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies,  were both invited presenters on the Research Collaboration Panel Thursday...


On April 13, 2017, CosmoQuest engaged more than 100 people in playing EarthMatch. This new game invites players to match photos of wonders such as the Pyramids with space-based images of those same features. EarthMatch teaches players how space images allow us to study our planet and it supports an upcoming citizen science project involving astronaut images of Earth, which studies geoscience.


NASA LaRC Science Directorate Education supported OSACB and the NASA centennial event at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) on Saturday April 8th, 2017, in Newport News, VA. The Science Directorate booth featured the NASA GLOBE Observer app, in which users could contribute sky and cloud observations to NASA and GLOBE databases and access satellite flyover times and corresponding satellite imagery directly within the app.

Supporting interactive activities included GLOBE elementary sky...


Facilitated by Dr. Margaret Pippin, through the GLOBE Air Quality Student Research Campaign, a group of Science Directorate professionals met with Melissa Niemi's after school Girls in Engineering Math and Science (GEMS) group on April 12th, 2017. 15 students from the Richards Middle School in Columbus, GA virtually connected with Science Directorate role models; Sarah McCrea, Jessica Taylor, Yolanda Shea, Cindy Young, Melissa Yang, and Hannah Halliday.  The session consisted of ice breaker...


The NASA Exploration Connection team shared the Infiniscope Education Portal at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in Los Angeles earlier this month.

The number of teachers signing up for the Infiniscope Teaching Network  exceeded expectations.

Educators were surveyed about hard to teach concepts to help drive future development of lessons.

Response from teachers was very enthusiastic due to the education portal’s:

•Free and open availability

•Delivery via...


The GLOBE Mission EARTH  team (Janet Struble and Tracy Ostrom) and the AREN Project (David Bydlowski and Andy Henry) are out promoting GLOBE in local events (Chabot Science Center in Oakland, CA) and regional (Michigan Science Teachers Association) and national science teacher (National Science Teacher Association) conferences.


In the GLOBE Mission EARTH Webinar #12, eight teachers from Grades 3-12 told their stories on how they implemented GLOBE into their classrooms. To see the webinar, go to

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

To get higher...

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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