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Elizabeth Joyner and the My NASA Data (MND) Team presented to 66 educators and students during the SMD Three-Dimensional Series for Rural K-12 Educators, in partnership with SMD's Einstein Fellows Rachael Ahrens and Michael Guarraia. They highlighted MND's resources for teachers, and trained teacher and student pairs in using the Earth System Data Explorer to access NASA data to support their student research projects. Twenty-two states were represented in the training as well as three other...


Tuesday, February 9, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Continuing with your Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Projects: Looking more in-depth at online tools, story mapping, and the NASA GLOBE Observer trees and land cover tools for student research projects, including student research on lime trees in Croatia. The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will continue Phase II of Year 3 by bringing teachers and students together with the common goal of discussing and...


The 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity and Social Justice will be held May 11 – 18, 2021. Consider presenting a short video.

From the STEM For All Video Showcase team:

We are especially interested in presentation narratives that share how your project survived, adapted, and changed due to COVID-19. What...

Nominate A Teacher or Parent for a Chance to Win A Science Lesson Kit from Olay

In September, Olay announced a 10-year commitment to double the number of women and triple the number of women of color in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers by 2030. Women hold only 24% of these roles, a figure that represents the STEM gap.

Today, the brand takes a step toward closing the STEM gap by helping schools intervene at a critical moment when girls’ STEM interests need to be fed in...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, January 28 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Kelly Beatty discuss the impact of light pollution on society, and our ability to view the night sky.

Light pollution has become a pervasive and ugly consequence of our 24/7 society. Few of us can enjoy a star-spangled night sky any longer, thanks to the glowing pall caused by all the lights that line roadways, parking lots, and backyards. More ominously, a growing body of research finds that...

On Dec. 14, 2020, South America experienced its second total solar eclipse in two years. While the current situation prevented many from traveling to the area, GLOBE community members in the region were able to contribute data using the Eclipse tool in the GLOBE Observer app. GLOBE students in Argentina also submitted video questions about the eclipse, with several answered during NASA’s live broadcast.

On the day of the eclipse, we received over 960 air temperature measurements from...


Keynote Session: A conversation with Dr. Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician, Entrepreneur & Former NASA Astronaut.

Dr. Jemison is an engineer, physician, entrepreneur and former NASA astronaut, who, in 1992 made history as the world’s first woman of color in space aboard the Space-Shuttle Endeavour, and the Spacelab Japan mission. Jemison leads the non-profit initiative 100 Year Starship. 100YSS seeks to ensure that the capabilities for human interstellar travel, beyond our solar...

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' annual Astronomy Days will be virtual this year, with seven days of astronomical programming! Join NCMNS, the Raleigh Astronomy Club, and NASA Langley Research Center to discover the big picture of the universe. There's something for space enthusiasts of all ages! Visit the official event website for full details, including all programs and member benefits:

There will be three presentations using

In May 2020, citizen scientist Carmen Mandel met two major milestones: she marked her one-year anniversary of being a GLOBE Observer and she single-handedly expanded the Clouds satellite match data by 36%. Carmen uses GLOBE Observer to record clouds 2-3 times daily every time she gets a notification that a NASA satellite is overhead. She sends her data to GLOBE, but then she records her observation in her own clouds journal. When she receives an email from NASA Langley Research Center...


Solar System Ambassadors Amy Oliver (AZ), Jaime Cordova (WI) and Hilda Pereyo (OR) are hosting an event in Spanish on January 5, featuring NASA engineer Begoña Vila, from James Webb Space Telescope. If you have Spanish-language audiences in your communities, please feel free to copy the following announcement (provided in Spanish and English) and share the event!

El telescopio espacial James Webb

¿Quieres aprender sobre el telescopio espacial James Webb? Venga a una charla en...

Solar System Ambassadors Amy Oliver (AZ), Jaime Cordova (WI) and Hilda Pereyo (OR) are hosting an event in Spanish on January 5, featuring NASA engineer Begoña Vila, from James Webb Space Telescope. If you have Spanish-language audiences in your communities, please feel free to copy the following announcement (provided in Spanish and English) and share the event!


El telescopio espacial James Webb

¿Quieres aprender sobre el telescopio espacial James Webb? Venga a una charla en...

Posting GBH's Framework for Diversity and Equity in K-12 Science Educational Media Final Report The Framework consists of five parts:

  • Part I, A Summary of Diversity and Equity Research, summarizes key research in diversity and equity related to four themes identified by the advisory group.
  • Part II, Practices that Support Diversity and Equity in K-12 Education, identifies practices that support diversity and equity in science education that are grounded in the research literature....


Astronomy Online: Secrets of Saturn

Virtual family-friendly program from American Museum of Natural History

January 8, 2021, 1 pm EST

Saturn as visualized in OpenSpace.

Why do our planets form a disk around the Sun? The NASA Cassini mission revealed that Saturn is a natural laboratory for investigating this question and even helped to demonstrate how new solar systems form around far-away stars.

Find out about Cassini’s discoveries with American Museum of Natural History Curator Denton Ebel and planetary...

[Note:  this program serves as a model and mentor for our new SciAct SaSa project.]

Dear Colleagues,

Please pass along this fantastic summer internship opportunity to interested undergraduate juniors. We accept students with a wide diversity of majors (biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth/atmospheric science, meteorology, engineering, math, computer science, etc). Application Deadline: January 27, 2021




NASA Student Airborne Research...

The individual needs of teachers vary widely and are ever changing due to COVID-19. GLOBE Mission Earth at the University of Toledo works to meet our teachers’ needs

SME (Subject Matter Expert) Visit

Dr. C (Czajkowski) makes virtual visits to classrooms to explain how GLOBE data informs his research. Looking at the data from St. Peter’s High School’s (Mansfield, Ohio) Purple Air, Dr. C  discusses the data with the students.

Online visit to the classroom

Sara Mierzwiak, research...


NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) members delivered products, gave presentations, and collaborated with NASA en Español, Office of Communications, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to engage many with the December 14th total solar eclipse across South America. NSSEC also collaborated with Science Activation teams: Exploratorium for streaming from Chile and GLOBE Observer for glasses and city locations on the eclipse fact...


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Getting Started with your Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Projects: An open forum webinar with students, educators, and the Trees Campaign core team. With the first four months of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign focusing on the science (Tree Height, Greenings, Carbon Cycle, and Land Cover), we will now focus on how to take that science and create student research projects. We will hear from several students...


NASA’s astromaterials sample collections, which include a library of Apollo lunar and Antarctic meteorite samples, are now offered online through a new virtual exploration tool for scientific researchers and the public. The Astromaterials 3D Explorer site offers an unprecedented research tool to engage the public in a new way to explore the significance of NASA’s space rock collections.

Read more here.

NASA’s Citizen Science Program will be featured on this week’s NASA Science Live show. The episode, which premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16th will highlight a few of NASA’s Citizen Science projects. This is really special because it gives viewers an opportunity to JOIN IN, to not only learn about great scientific collaborations between NASA scientists and volunteers, but also learn about ways they can get involved with NASA science. 


We hope that this episode can enhance the...

Elizabeth Joyner partnered with the GSFC/GISS Office of STEM Engagement to present to 23 teachers participating in the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador Program on December 8, 2020. She featured the My NASA Data Earth System Data Explorer (visualization tool), as well as other NASA Earth data resources which support climate change instruction.

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for NYC metropolitan...


NASA announces its intent to participate in the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” 

The IAC - organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) - is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers...

Engineers Week is February 21-27, 2021. This is a time to:
-Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
-Increase public dialogue about the importance of engineers
-Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

Calling the SciAct Collective to:
-Share engineering challenges and other related resources for pre-K, elementary, secondary and non-formal groups
-Collaborate with professional engineering organizations to deliver hands-on engineering experiences to...

AMNH Virtual Frontiers Lecture: Hot Takes on Cool Worlds

12 pm EST, December 16, 2020

Illustration of Kepler-1652b, a super-Earth exoplanet that orbits an M-type star. Courtesy NASA JPL-Caltech.

Is there a moon around Kepler-1625 b? Can rocky planets around small stars hold onto their atmospheres? Are super-Earths habitable?

Laura Kreidberg, exoplanet atmosphere specialist and director of the APEx Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, reviews the latest controversies and recent discoveries of exoplanet research.

Exoplanet detection may be old news — over 4,000 have...

SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders today announced that it will begin accepting nominations for its recently created Candice Dodson Influencer Award. Dodson was the Executive Director of SETDA from May, 2019 until her sudden passing on July 22, 2020. The award will be funded annually through donations to the Candice Dodson Memorial Fund and sponsorships. 

More info...

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