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NASA Langley Research Center's (LaRC) Science Directorate and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) will offer three Saturday Professional Development workshops to support science teachers of grades 6 through 12.  Featured resources are provided by GLOBE, NASA eClips, and My NASA Data. A certificate documenting PD hour of participation will be provided for each session attended.  Space is limited.

GOAL: Explore student-centered Earth systems science using NASA data and education...

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Is your neighborhood making you hot?

Preparing to collect your data for the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign

Welcome to the FIRST webinar of this year’s series of webinars supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo.

The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm EST and registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/2019GMEWebinar

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What data did you collect in your neighborhood? What does it mean?

Looking at the GLOBE UHIE-Surface Temperature data from October

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

This is the SECOND webinar in the series supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time...

What can YOU do to not make your neighborhood so HOT? Next Steps

Presenting your research

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

Welcome to the LAST webinar of the school year  supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and registration is required at 

Welcome to this year’s series of webinars supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo and produced by GLOBE Mission EARTH. 

The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and registration is required. See the links listed in the chart.

Each webinar will contain the following:

  • Scientist describing the science content
  • Teacher providing classroom implementation strategies
  • NASA...

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International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation and appreciation of the Moon. All are invited to observe the Moon, learn about NASA planetary science and exploration, and celebrate cultural and personal connections to our nearest neighbor. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetaria, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards around the world. Anyone can participate. All you need to do is...

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites inquisitive adults interested in space science and exploration to attend “Lunar Dirt, Rocks, and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years.” Dr. Grant Heiken (above), a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo, will discuss how he and his colleagues assisted NASA in preparing for the arrival, and analysis, of rocks and soil from the Moon.

This is the first presentation in LPI’s 2019–2020...

Humanity’s relationship with the Moon fundamentally changed on July 20, 1969. Over 50 years of sample analysis and spacecraft observations show the Moon is a unique planetary body in its own right. We now stand poised to return astronauts to the lunar surface. How did we prepare for the Moon 50 years ago? How has our view of the Moon changed in 50 years? Can the lessons of 50 years ago prepare us for tomorrow? Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute and our guest speakers as we explore...

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC.  The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) of National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space...

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Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts who will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while...

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Scientists and communicators from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division and Astrophysics Science Division welcomed 40 members of the Washington D.C. Big Brothers Big Sisters program to NASA Goddard’s Visitor Center on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. Youth and their mentors met 10 NASA professionals from a wide range of jobs and backgrounds and participated in activities featuring the Moon, Mars, meteorites, solar observing, pulsars, and black holes. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs...

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Reaching For The Stars

Space Science Badges were completed by over 68,000 Girl Scouts

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You are invited to join us for a 60-minute virtual panel reviewing the research presented at The First Billion Years: Habitability conference to be held September 8 – 11 in Big Sky, Montana. The conference will focus around three themes: Habitability, Origins of Life, and the Search for Life Beyond Earth. Presentations during this three-day conference will be given by scientists from a variety of disciplines, including prebiotic chemistry, astrobiology, astrophysics, and geology....

Montana State AREN Team Hosts Science Pub Talk on GLOBE Observer's Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Citizen Science Challenge

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @2:00pm EDT @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Year 2 of the Campaign Begins: Discussion on Data Counts, Year 1 Data Champions, ICESat-2 Data, and What Lies Ahead. This webinar will discuss the the successes of the first year of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will highlight those campaign participants (teachers and students) that went above and beyond with taking measurements and using the data to make sense of what is happening in their...

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This is a typical question teachers ask their students on the first day of school. Our teachers participated in GLOBE professional development so that their students can participate in the GLOBE Program this school year. Two partners, Boston University (BU) and University of Toledo (UT), from GLOBE Mission EARTH, trained about 40 teachers from grades 2-12 in Rhode Island and Ohio. Teachers learned how to collect and enter the GLOBE data, visualize the data through GLOBE’s Vis System and then...

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On July 11th, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosted thirty (30) Upward Bound Students and seven (7) teachers supported by college mentors to partake in the first STEM Day event with NASA/AREN. Previously, there was a teacher workshop on May 25th for training purposes in efforts to aid in the organizing of the STEM Day Event. The students were involved in a workshop introduction (1.5 hours), design challenge (1.5 hours) and kite flying (1 hour). The event took place from 9:00 am to...

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  Each spring the Baysox organization in Bowie, Maryland offers tickets to the local Bowie students to attend a baseball game.  Prior to the baseball game the students are encouraged to attend a STEM Expo, two hours prior to the game.  The Baysox organization contacts environmental organizations, in advance,  to participate by demonstrating to the students STEM projects or providing the students with a “hands on” activity related to STEM.  Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in...

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In partnership with the Texas Space Grant Consortium, NASA Astromaterials Subject Matter Experts at Johnson Space Center shared NASA science and exploration with the ~65 SEES high school intern participants. This included sharing a variety of Astromaterials samples, the Apollo lunar laboratory, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and more!

The ISS Imagery & Moon SEES teams were toured around by their Astromaterials scientist mentors!

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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating in the event. We shared information about meteorites from the Moon and Mars, Apollo Moon rocks, and enabled the public to experience collecting 3D printed samples of Moon rocks with Apollo replica tools off of a printed LRO map of the Moon.

More than 3000 people stayed for 10-30 minutes interacting with our subject matter experts!

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In preparation for celebrations and activities centered around the Apollo program and Moon landing, a webinar with Apollo NASA Engineer (for 54 years), Jerry Woodfill, was facilitated by Paige Graff from the Johnson Space Center by JSC Astromaterials in partnership with STAR Library Networks on July 9, 2019.

Feedback included: “This was a great program to help us with our work to excite people about space exploration. Thank you!"

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Infiniscope combined forces with the teams from GLOBE Observer and My NASA Data to train educators to

•use citizen science tools to collect real-time data

•access global real-time data

•access archival global data

•incorporate these data into lessons they build using the Infiniscope adaptive platform

At least half of these educators reported they are planning to use these products in their classroom in the coming year.

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This Nugget provides a brief summary of Solar System Ambassadors public engagement programs held over the past year to celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversaries leading up to the anniversary of the Moon landing mission.  A batch of new reports came in the day after this Nugget was posted.  It was updated on 8/8/2019 to include those numbers.

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Throughout the month of July, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division contributed to the overall social media initiative for the #Apollo50th anniversary, focusing on sharing lunar science through the NASA Moon, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and NASA Solar System social media accounts.

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