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Great Space Challenge for all girls, K – 12  open through August 31.


NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.


We are excited that CCRI Educator, Alejandro Mundo, will be featured on NASA STEM STARS en Español!


Please join us on Monday 8/10 at 1:30 pm EDT following this link:



SMD is currently accepting applications for two Program Analyst positions at NASA HQ. These positions are part of a team which manages the budget of one of SMD's five Science Divisions (Earth Science, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, Heliophysics, or Biological and Physical Sciences). These positions work closely with SMD's technical staff of program managers and program scientists, and are responsible for the budget formulation and execution of a portfolio of projects. These positions are...

GIO has posted a new position, that of Assistant Director. Over the last number of years, the growth in The GLOBE Program has increased the number of tasks for the director. In order to re-organize the work, and allow future developments to occur, it was decided that a new position of assistant director should be created. 

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and various UCAR Cooperative Programs (UCP),...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Cynthia Evans tell us about NASA's search for meteorites in Antarctica.

Dr. Evans will describe some of her recent experiences deployed to Antarctica as part of NASA’s Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) 2019-2020 field team.  She will also discuss the importance of NASA’s meteorite collection for understanding solar system evolution and relevance for current and future NASA missions.

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Emily Levesque share the science and adventures behind what it's like to be a professional astronomer and work at the world's cutting-edge observatories.

How can we photograph a black hole? Can we find one star hidden inside another? What will the next generation of telescopes reveal about the cosmos? In this webinar I'll share the science and adventures behind what it's like to...

NASA SEES High School Intern Speaker Series highlights the Artemis Mission


NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series during COVID 19.  Students learn how to apply for college and career exploration.


NASA SEES High School Interns Speaker Series about Space Fact vs Fiction


NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series


The Universal Design for Learning Mobilization Guide for SMD Science Activation Teams was created to support SciAct teams who are getting started in implementing UDL within their projects. The Guide provides a basic overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), guidelines for conducting a UDL Self-study/assessment, thematic findings from Katie Novak’s initial review and one-on-one consultation meetings with select SciAct teams, and UDL implementation tips.  Groups requiring additional...


Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts delivered a live webcast to over 2200 girls, Awesome Girls: Mars to the Stars. The event was open to girls, not just registered Girl Scouts.


In this document, Existing K-12 Distance Learning Surveys, Articles and Teacher Dialogues Tell Us . . . , we reviewed a range of K-12 surveys and articles on distance learning.  And, we've also included summaries of teacher dialogues captured during WGBH's distance learning webinars and peer-to-peer exchanges.




Elizabeth Joyner and Angie Rizzi presented My NASA Data (MND) Resources in two teacher professional development sessions virtually. GLOBE Mission Earth Langley team hosted a B-WET session for 17 elementary to high school teachers from schools in Defiance, OH; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Marquette, MI; and Fredonia, NY.

The second session with Providence City Schools (Rhode Island) included 20 elementary to high school teachers who participate in the GLOBE program during the school year....


17 teachers from five areas around the Great Lakes are participating in the Great Lakes Student Research Campaign professional development funded by NOAA’s B-WET Program leveraging GLOBE Mission EARTH in a hybrid model of local and virtual training. This is a collaborative effort of five GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) partners: Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from the University of Toledo located near the downstream part of the Maumee River, Dr. Amanda Gilbert,...


WGBH presents Usage Metrics for our PBS LearningMedia Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom Collection during COVID-19 School Closures (March 1 – May 31, 2020), Attendance Metrics for Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Webinars and 1:1 Consultations, and Highlights of our ongoing Teach the Moon Campaign.


On June 30, the American Museum of Natural History and NASA@My Library, in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, hosted a live webcast "Follow Perseverance to Mars." The “virtual field trip” used AMNH’s OpenSpace to take viewers to the landing site of the Mars 2020 rover, led by AMNH’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. LPI Staff Scientists Germán Martínez and Kennda Lynch, and NASA Johnson Space Center Exploration Mission Scientist Liz Rampe participated on-screen...


   On July 15, 2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner presented "Find, Access, and Visualize Data with My NASA Data's Earth System Data Explorer" to 53 educators attending the 2020 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Teacher Workshop.

 The two-day teacher workshop featured NASA, NOAA, and university partners as they showcased Earth Science data visualization tools and resources.   Teachers in attendance were middle science through university level educators who are interested in...


On July 9,  2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner presented "Our Earth, Our Data, Our Instruction: Tips and Tricks for Using NASA Data with Students" to 88 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative - Kennedy Space Center. 

Elizabeth modeled how to locate, access, visualize, and download Earth data from the Earth System Data Explorer.  She was joined by Kristin Hunter-Thomson, data literacy expert from Dataspire, who presented instructional...


GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) members participated as a team in Dataspire’s Summer Data Literacy Series. Tracy Ostrom (West Ed/UC Berkey), Elizabeth Joyner (NASA LaRC/My NASA Data) and Angela Rizzi (NASA LaRC/My NASA Data) attended. The group participation was designed to inform consistent efforts across GME related to best practices in support of teachers and students with data literacy. The series consisted of seven interactive webinars exploring a variety of topics that provided concrete...


Dear All,


I am writing to ask you if you would be interested in giving a  virtual presentation to the AGU Fall Meeting? The session is

Session Title:

ED035. Virtual and In-Person Educator and Student Research Programs Promoting Authentic Scientific Experience

Session Description:

We invite presentations of experiences, models, and outcomes of successful initiatives that provide authentic research experiences for students and educators at all levels from elementary school...

Interns at The Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute prepared and distributed STEM@Home science kits for homebound students unable to attend summer camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over 100 kits were distributed across western North Carolina to students in grades 6 -12 through the funding and support of cooperative agreement NNX16AB87A.

“Camp Connect” is a month long (July 1 – August 6) interactive distance learning science experience exploring topics ranging...


NASA STEM Stars en Español is part of a web-chat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics. NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.

To join the event, please use the following link:

Most exciting part of our report: 360 degree camera abord the ISS!

We are getting video footage any day now.

The astronauts who saw the preview say that it is the closest thing they've seen to

showing what life in zero G is like.


Astromaterials scientist, Liz Rampe, presented a webinar titled “Curiosity Rover Update & Preview of Mars 2020” facilitated by Paige Graff and Suzanne Foxworth.  A total of 160 live participants and 100+ archive registrants from 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South Africa were reached by this event.  Numerous SMD Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers, Solar System Ambassadors, Museum staff, Librarians, Challenger Learning...

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