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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.

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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.

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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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Mentes Curiosas en la NASA (Curious Minds at NASA) is a new weekly segment of an educational show, Mentes Curiosas, airing in Panamá through a collaboration between the public media TV station SER-TV and the U.S. Embassy in Panamá. It focuses on introducing children and families to STEM and NASA Hispanic Role Models.

Episodes of Mentes Curiosas en la NASA during May-June featured NASA scientist Dr. Erika Podest, NASA oceanographer Dr. Jorge Vazquez, NASA JPL communications...

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Congratulations to the My NASA Data team on their Group Achievement Award for outstanding excellence in the development of unique data analysis tools to expand NASA's reach to students and inspire the next generation of NASA Earth explorers. 

The NASA Group Achievement Award is an award given by NASA to groups of government or non-government personnel in recognition of group accomplishments contributing to NASA's mission. This achievement recognizes the team’s accomplishments in providing...

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Follow Perseverance to Mars (OpenSpace & NASA @ My Library Livestream)

June 30, 4 pm EDT

The Perseverance Rover will launch this summer (July 17 – Aug. 5, 2020) and head to Jezero Crater, where it will land at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.

The American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will lead us on an exploration of this exciting landing site as we fly over it together...

Sense of Place - Indigenous Perspectives of Earth and Sky
Featuring Ka'iu Kimura,
Executive Director of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i"


Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific/ 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5815908608377/WN_pCU0nyR4RkWLWvg9rTJjTQ

 

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NASA has opened a pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge to invite fresh ideas and new participants in supporting development of new instruments and technologies to advance the agency’s science exploration goals.

The agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking novel ideas reflective of those currently trending in the commercial sector – particularly in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics and advanced sensors. The Entrepreneurs Challenge aligns with...

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 10:00am EDT (2:00pm UTC): The Baobab Trees in South Africa as a Symbol of Life and Positivity: A historical link to humans through medicine and food. The Baobab is a prehistoric species of tree, which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the arid African savannah, the Baobab tree has a historical link to humans through medicine and food. Finn Rautenbach, a horticulturist, botanist and former curator at the...

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Field Trip: Moon

June 12, 1 pm EDT

Earth's Moon as visualized in OpenSpace. Six emblems on the surface indicate where the Apollo missions landed.

Join the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a live virtual space fight to our Moon. Experience the phases of the Moon as never before and visit landing sites of NASA’s Apollo and Chinese Lunar Exploration programs, including on the far side of the Moon, to find out why these missions play an important role in advancing science on Earth. Discover clues about the...

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in collaboration with the Earth Institute, invites you to a special EI LIVE “MASC Snowflake ID” presentation.
The purpose of the project is to involve students and the public in the science of snowflake classification through Zooniverse while simultaneously building a dataset that will be used to "teach" machine-learning algorithms to identify other, larger sets of snowflakes automatically. The detailed structure of snowflakes tells us a lot...

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Over 6 million children (those under 18) in the US –  about 8% – either do not have a computer at home or have a computer without an internet connection.

The state-level breakdown is available here.

https://censusreporter.org/data/table/?table=B28005&geo_ids=01000US,040|01000US&primary_geo_id=01000US

On May 5, 2020 the Infiniscope team hosted a webinar in support of the mission to enhance inquiry-driven, active learning, at scale. This webinar introduced Screencasting, a method of capturing a computer screen with voiceover as the student demonstrates their knowledge. The webinar featured four Infiniscope Advisory Board members demonstrating practical examples of free resources for screencasting that can be used in an online classroom.

145 attended the live webinar, 65 of these...

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Members of the science community are invited to download the Science Mission Directorate's (SMD's) newest version of its Science Plan, Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence, at https://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy.  

This document was developed through close collaboration with the entire SMD leadership team and NASA Center Directors and was reviewed by the NASA Advisory Committee’s Science Committee and the Space Studies Board. It lays out an ambitious...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 4:00 EDT (8:00pm UTC, 10:00pm CEST): GLOBE IVSS and Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin Argentina: An overview of the combination of trees, land cover, water quality, and mosquito habitats. Join students from the Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin in Argentina as they discuss their GLOBE research of trees, land cover, water quality and mosquito habitats. The students have been taking many GLOBE protocol observations to help construct a comprehensive picture of what is...

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The teams registered in the ROADS on Mars Freestyle student challenge submitted their videos and Mission Development Log May 21. Some 50 teams with 225 students and over a 100 parents in 19 states worked with the students to complete the challenge that required team work in an era of social distancing due to the Covid `19 pandemic. We are still working on judging the submissions but two amaziing examples are included in the ppt

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17 Students and five teachers presented their GLOBE research work virtually on May 19, 2020 in the GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space (SATELLITES) Student Conference. Students who were able and allowed to present virtually did so. Teachers presented student projects for students who were not allowed to due to a school’s policy of not allowing students to present using conferencing software. Research projects were...

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Aileen Toback, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Heritage Middle School in New Windsor, NY, is also a NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Ms. Toback has been participating in meetings with NASA scientists and engaged her students in a snowflake classification project which is part of NASA climate change research. Ms. Toback was recently featured on Times Herald-Record.

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On May 9, 2020, GLOBE Mission Earth’s team from Boston University hosted a virtual profession for
science teachers from Providence City Schools, Rhode Island. Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers who are involved with GLOBE student research projects in the 2019-2020 school year met to learn about a virtual student research symposium for Providence students to present their research. Teachers also learned about GLOBE and related resources available to help them transition from...

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GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar: What's a Phenological Garden? Cycles of Life in Your Classroom and Neighborhood, broke previous records in registration, attendance, largest number of international attendees and featuring an international speaker. Over 100 people registered and over 70 attended the webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm EDT. Starting with the GLOBE Green Up/Green Down Protocol, presenters showcased activities being done by students at schools which can be adapted to home...

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Beginning on Monday April 27th and running through the end of the school year, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is giving teachers a break!

Recognizing the tremendous pressure on teachers created by the shift to online learning, the GMRI team opted to find a way to give our teacher partners a break from carrying the load alone. GMRI Home Delivery is a menu of virtual learning experiences adapted from GMRI’s education programs. All of the programs are facilitated by experienced...

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This is to alert you about the Request for Information on Earth System Predictability R&D that was released by NASA on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's Fast Track Action Committee for Earth System Predictability. The closing has changed from May 15, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

T
he request is for public input on future Earth system predictability R&D activities of Federal agencies as well as their partnerships with the external community. Requested information pertains to...

Brian Campbell and Dorian Janney took part in the 2020 COSI Virtual Science festival, May 6 – 9, 2020, through Facebook Live and Video Premiere events. The festival was, “A Community Celebration of Science,” a four-day community festival that engaged learners of all ages – bringing science to people where they live, work, and lounge – to inspire curiosity and further exploration. Brian’s and Dorian’s features included NASA and GLOBE Program information and  have reached thousands of...

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Students from around the country who received the NASA Earth System Science Award* were invited to one of two webinars on May 4 and 6, 2020.

79 students registered from 26 states and Puerto Rico; 39 students attended live. Marilé Colon Robles, GLOBE Clouds Project Scientist, shared her journey to NASA. Angela Rizzi introduced data tools to help students continue their Earth systems research. Resources included: My NASA Data, Worldview and NASA Earth Observations (NEO).

Over 100 student...

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On May 14, 2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented virtually to 52 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative on the topic of global phytoplankton distribution. Dr. Brad Hegyi explained the Earth system science connections affecting phytoplankton distribution while Elizabeth Joyner presented the variety of educational resources on this topic available through My NASA Data (i.e., mini lessons, story maps, lesson...

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