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Register Now to be a Presenter in the 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase: Access, Inclusion & Equity

The 2022 STEM for All Video Showcase will take place May 10th – 17th. We invite you to register to present a short video of your federally funded project to improve STEM teaching and learning. Registration is mandatory to present and is now open until February 11th. We will end registration early if we reach capacity, so do not delay!

This year’s theme is STEM for All: Access, Inclusion...

Have you ever wondered how precipitation impacts the kinds of trees and the land cover found in different locations? Ever wonder how different regions might be impacted by climate change? During this presentation by Dorian Janney, you will learn about and be invited to join an on-going project to look at the potential impacts of climate change on trees and land cover around the world. Project participants will share a tree and land cover observation from one location, and easily get the last...

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This is the second campaign webinar focusing on the GLOBE Africa Region and will highlight the second half of an interview with GLOBE Africa Regional Alumni Coordinator and GLOBE Benin Country Coordinator, Mr. Ylliass Destin Lawani. The featured presentation will be presented by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientist, Dr. Compton Tucker and University of Copenhagen Scientist, Dr. Martin Brandt. They will present their ground-breaking research focusing on the dryer areas of the globe that...

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program Specialist from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies provides supplemental NASA education, content, platforms and resources relevant to the weekly topic for further exploration and discovery.

Using Tools to Explore the...

Join Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator hosts Rachael Arens and Michael Guarraia at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate the first Thursday of each month from 7-8 pm CT as they present a webinar series for rural educators across the nation. The webinars highlight NASA’s assets and connect rural educators to resources, networking, and further professional development opportunities.

Here are the recordings to date:

December 2, 2021: James Webb Space Telescope and Educational...

Are your students looking for opportunities to become NASA scientists? Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, January 6th at 7pm CT as they learn about the STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Summer Intern Program that engages student interns to view and investigate NASA remote sensing data, mission design, analysis of ice sheets, Earth's gravity field, and other observations...

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. David Williams bring us the story of a NASA mission to investigate Psyche, the largest M-type asteroid in the Solar System.

Asteroid (16) Psyche is the largest M-type (metal-dominated) asteroid in the Solar System, and has never been explored by spacecraft.  In January 2017 NASA selected Arizona State University (ASU) to lead a Discovery-class mission to investigate this strange,...

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is seeking proposals from eligible U.S. minority-serving institutions to develop STEM ecosystems through the creation of co-designed STEM engagement activities that focus on building connections between indigenous communities and NASA. Tribal Colleges and Universities, Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions, and Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply. Awards will be made up to a maximum of $250,000/year for three...

NASA Spotlite Challenge: Cloud Detectives
Developed in Collaboration with NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative

NASA eClips and NESEC invite student teams to produce a short video (90 seconds to 2 minutes) confronting one of two misconceptions related to clouds by investigating and collecting evidence, including GLOBE Clouds and NASA data.

In this challenge, student teams:

  • Confront a science misconception by gathering evidence through observations and explorations
  • Capture...

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Following is a message that went out from the USGCRP about upcoming public engagement workshops (virtual) on the fifth National Climate Assessment, which is underway and planned for delivery in 2023. These reports focus on how climate change affects people and places in the U.S. The workshops include a wide range of topics (e.g., air quality, economics, land use/land cover change, coastal effects, etc.), communities (e.g., agriculural and rural; tribal and indigenous people; urban/cities,...

The 53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held as a hybrid conference on March 7–11, 2022. With in-person and global virtual participation, attendees will have the opportunity to share their research and network with colleagues. Planetary scientists, educators, and communication specialists are invited to submit an abstract for the Education and Public Engagement poster session at LPSC 2022.

Abstract Submission Information

A complete list of 2022 topics and...

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Looking at the Land Cover and Tree Canopy of the GLOBE Africa Region and the critical need for GLOBE data observations in the Africa Region. Region Focus: Africa. 

This campaign webinar will begin our two-month focus on the GLOBE Africa Region. Beginning with a recorded discussion with GLOBE Africa Regional Coordinator, Mr. Mark Brettenny, we will focus on the importance of taking land cover and tree height observations across Africa,...

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, January 10 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Jessica Taylor from NASA's Langley Research Center share with us how you can provide data to NASA even on cloudy days.

What to do when clouds fill the view of your sky? Turn this into a citizen science opportunity! Join the GLOBE Cloud Challenge: Clouds in a Changing Climate from January 15-February 15, 2022. Your observations documenting what’s in the sky are helpful to scientists....

The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program Specialist from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies provides supplemental NASA education, content, platforms and resources relevant to the weekly topic for further exploration and discovery.

Unearthing Microfossils –...

We are happy to share the new National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) professional development guide designed to help informal educators find, prepare, and work with STEM experts to engage with the public.

Sincere thanks to all the NASA SciAct colleagues whoWorking with STEM Experts Guide cover including an image of expert  puring a liquid and using a strainer with a girl and her family at a museum public event CREDIT Marbles Kids Museum contributed to the content featured in the guide and reviewed draft sections!

The guide is available for free download on the NISE Network website:

https://www.nisenet.org/working-with-experts

Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm CT as they dive into the science behind the James Webb Space Telescope and explore some educator resources related to this incredible telescope! This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12. Access registration here!

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Jerry Bonnell from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day bring us the best of APOD for 2021.

Along with Robert Nemiroff, Jerry Bonnell has written, coordinated, and edited NASA's 
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) since 1995.  The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.   

About Jerry Bonnell

Dr. Jerry Bonnell received a Ph.D....

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Introducing the Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years? Region Focus: Asia and Pacific. 

This webinar will kick off the main theme for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign: “The Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years?” We will...

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program Specialist from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies provides supplemental NASA education, content, platforms and resources relevant to the weekly topic for further exploration and discovery.

Ice Flows will be...

The US Department of Education's STEM Newsletter has information about:

  • Joint IES & NSF Funding Opportunity for National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes
  • the White House's call for public input on the Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge
  • an EPA Environmental Education Grant
  • and several student STEM opportunities

Airport Design Challenge
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is thrilled to be hosting another round of the very popular 

Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge: Submit Your Ideas Today
On October 20, 2021, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge.” OSTP Director Eric Lander is asking the American public to share their insights on a central question, “How can we guarantee all Americans can fully participate in, and contribute to, science and technology?” The #OSTPTimeIsNow...

Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, November 4th at 7pm CT as they learn from Sarah Kirn, Citizen Science Strategist for NASA, about the variety of available NASA citizen science projects spanning all three scientific domains (Life, Physical, and Earth & Space). Projects can be conducted regardless of educators’ unique geographic locations and can meet the content and age-level...

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, November 22 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Erika Blumenfeld from NASA's ARES program at the Johnson Space Center share with us their new Astromaterials 3D project.

Join us as Transdisciplinary Artist Erika Blumenfeld shares the story of NASA’s Astromaterials 3D project and provides a tour of this powerful website and tool.

About Erika Blumenfeld
Erika Blumenfeld is an independent transdisciplinary artist working at the...

Sharing Planetary Science: Engaging Children
Tuesday, October 19, 3:00 p.m. CDT

All planetary scientists and engineers, including early career scientists and graduate students, are invited to join us on October 19 at 3:00 p.m. CDT for this free seminar. Many scientists are less experienced in interacting with young audiences. Join Sha’Rell Webb (LPI Public Engagement Lead), Vivian White (Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Director of Free Choice Learning) and Christine Shupla (LPI...

Saturday, October 16 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join observers around the world in learning about lunar science and exploration, making celestial observations, and honoring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. This annual, worldwide public engagement event takes place when the Moon is close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a...

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