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Six NASA CCRI Education Ambassadors collaborated and became selected for an in-flight education downlink scheduled for September 24, 11:20 – 11:40 am ET (tentative)! (See attached for more details).

In-flight education downlinks are opportunities for students and educators to interact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a live, 20-minute question-and-answer session.

Name of Event: NYC-NJ Unite – International Space Station Educational Downlink...


Please share this with your audiences. Full details are at the NASA Press Release

Graphic for STEAM Day for Webb Space Telescope

NASA invites learners of all ages, including students and teachers who recently returned to the classroom environment, to register for a special event ahead of the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb STEAM Day: A Learning Journey Together is a virtual, interactive event that will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 30.

STEAM stands for science, technology,...

The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series presents:

The Adventures of OSIRIS-REx: Journey to Asteroid Bennu and Daring Sample Return

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. (CDT)

In the year 2135, the asteroid, Bennu, will make a close approach to Earth. Although this near-Earth object will not pose a danger to our planet at that time, Bennu is considered a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA). In 2016, NASA sent the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft to Bennu. After spending...

The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS) presents

Venus: Cloudy with a Chance of Lava Flows
Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. CDT

Why is Venus so different from Earth? Despite being our closest neighbor in the solar system, we still have a lot to learn about this mysterious planet. Venus’ super-hot surface is cloaked in thick clouds that make it difficult to observe. Recently, NASA selected two missions that will study...

The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects that develop the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity.

This funding opportunity is soliciting two types of projects through separate competitive priorities.

Priority 1 will support new projects ($250,000 - $500,000...

Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows at NASA on Thursday, October 7th at 7pm CT to learn how to enhance your role as a STEM educator and leader through paid fellowship opportunities at Federal agencies! See attached flyer for details.

Special guests: Dr. Kama Almasi, Mike Vargas, and Svea Anderson.

Register at 


NASA will award approximately $35 million over four years to eight organizations from across the country to bring agency science to learners of all ages, backgrounds, and communities.

Selections were made by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in collaboration with the agency’s Office of STEM Engagement. The total funding for these investigations is approximately $32 million, with an additional $3 million in co-funding from the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program,...

Slooh, the only organization offering live online telescope feeds of amazing astronomical events to students, is launching The Slooh Space Exploration Grant for the 2021-2022 school year. The grant is being provided with the goal of helping one million students nationwide experience the wonder of space from their classroom and home computers. Teachers encouraged to apply by October 18, 2021 to receive Slooh license, professional development, and 40 student seats to bring the wonder of space...

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is currently recruiting graduate students and high school STEM educators to join NASA’s Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program.

The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project hosted at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, NY or NASA Goddard Space...

Explore Earth Webinar


Come join us in a conversation about the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) with GLOBE’s UHIE scientist, Dr. Kevin Czajkowski (Dr. C) from the University of Toledo. Learn about the phenomenon of the “urban heat island effect” where there is an increase in surface temperature due to a neighborhood’s surroundings such as buildings and paved surfaces. Dr. C leads the GLOBE Urban Heat Island...


Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Robert Zellem from NASA's JPL share how astronomers discover and characterize exoplanets.

What is an exoplanet?
An exoplanet is any planet beyond our solar system. Most orbit other stars, but free-floating exoplanets, called rogue planets, orbit the galactic center and are untethered to any star.

Most of the exoplanets discovered so far are in a relatively small region of our...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Paul Abell share with us plans for the DART mission to demonstrate a technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.

This presentation will provide some background on potentially hazardous asteroids, recent Earth impacts, and NASA’s activities to help protect Earth from asteroids.  The presentation will describe NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission as well...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Celebrating Land Cover and Tree Height Observations from the Ground and Space with the Launch of the Landsat 9 Satellite: Celebrating the First Three Years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by Taking a Deeper Dive into the Landsat, ICESat-2, GEDI, GPM, and ECOSTRESS Missions. This webinar will highlight the first three years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by showcasing the land cover, tree...


Greetings from NASA GSFC Office of STEM Engagement @ GISS!

We are currently recruiting graduate students and high school STEM educators to join the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program.

The application deadline has been extended to August 29, 2021 and there is a new project available at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), in Greenbelt, MD.

For detailed information about educator participation in CCRI 2021-2022, including descriptions of the opportunities, please...

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) to implement an important research study to understand the factors that impede or facilitate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the proposed leadership for competed space missions at NASA. The results of this study will inform practical recommendations for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA and its partners to reduce impediments to applicants...

Over the years, I have published topical guides to useful resources for astronomy education on a variety of websites, inculding those of several NASA projects. I got a request recently to consolidate the current guides in one convenient place, so people can find the (darn) things.  

So I have given each current guide a short URL and listed them all on one sheet.  

You can find the list now at: 

New among them are:

1. An updated guide to the work of...

Attached is the full evaluation plan created by Pacific Research and Evaluation (PRE).

The SciAct portfolio is comprised of 28 competitively selected projects, each uniquely designed to bring to life SciAct’s four top-line objectives through focused pursuit of accompanying mid-level objectives. Through portfolio evaluation, PRE seeks to help SMD identify collective impacts and document progress towards achieving stated program-wide outcomes.

PRE has been engaged as Portfolio Evaluators...


The next Getting to Know Goddard session, titled Landsat 9 Continues the Legacy of Land Imaging will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, from 1-2 p.m. EDT

This presentation is free and open to the public on the Goddard channel at:

This session is combined with Engage, the speaker series for Goddard employees, and the Maryland Space Business Roundtable’s regular meeting. 

Since the first Landsat satellite launched nearly 50 years ago, the...

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 @ 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm UTC): At Ease with the Trees: Preparing for Student Investigations and Research Projects with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team, Session II. During this repeat special webinar, participants will be able to work directly, via breakout discussions, with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign team members to focus on several specific research topics for future student projects. These include: “Land Cover and...


Explore Earth: CCRI - Urban Surface Temperatures and Urban Heat Island Effects in Spanish
Temperaturas de la superficie urbana y efectos de la isla de calor

Thursday 07/29/2021
1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT)
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 9-12 

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University in conjunction with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is providing a 1-hour webinar in...

Two new opportunities within SMD’s Science Engagement & Partnerships Division (SEPD). The first opportunity is through USAJOBS and is for a permanent position to serve as the Web Modernization Lead. The second opportunity being offered is through the Talent Marketplace and is for a detail to serve as the Strategic Content Integration Lead. Additional details and instructions on applying are located below.

USAJOBS - Web Modernization Lead (open to the public)

Imagine Philadelphia in 1793. The growing city had a population of 50,000 of which around 2,000 were black Philadelphians, 310 of whom were enslaved. The city was the center of government, trade, science, and medicine. The country was still trying to find its footing; the U.S. Constitution was signed only six years prior in 1787. Then, tragedy strikes as yellow fever breaks out in 1793, killing 5,000 people, 10% of Philadelphia’s population.


Join a "Malignant Tale” to learn the...


Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Andrea Jones help folks prepare for this year's activities for International Observe the Moon Night.

International Observe the Moon Night is a time to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide. Everyone on Earth is invited to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the...

Please help us spread the word about the July 25-August 25 Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge, and particularly our webinar this Thursday, July 22, that is being hosted by L.A. Public Library.  Following is sample text you might customize, and a shareable image is also attached for social.  This webinar is open to all and suitable for ages 8+ so please share with friends and family to learn what they can do besides swat away these pesks.


Webinar: Mosquito Habitat Mapper Photo...


Hello all, 

The Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Project at University of Houston would like to draw your attention to our upcoming session at the AGU Fall Meeting. 

Session Title: ED045. Undergraduate Student-Led STEM Research: Promoting scientific research collaborations between students, scientists, and engineers. 

Abstract submissions are open until August 4

The details of the meeting are still being determined, but authors will be able to present in person or online....

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