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The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s public engagement program connects families at home with planetary scientists and demonstrations. Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scienists (VEEPS) are 30-minute online sessions that include a live presentation by a planetary scientist, with related interactive demonstrations and discussions with the audience. 

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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.

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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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Two groups of engineering students from University of Toledo and Boston University designed instrumentation for GLOBE protocols this past semester. The University of Toledo and Boston University Colleges of Engineering held virtual events on May 1 and May 4, 2020 respectively on their senior design projects. Both groups hope that high school students build and use these sensors.

Boston University

Design team: May Alsaleh, Andrew Schenck, Meryl Shea, Thy Vu

Faculty advisors: William...

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STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project have developed a special collection of resources: STEAM Ahead @ Home for library staff and patrons.

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Weekly Online OpenSpace Tour of the Solar System

This tour will be held weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30 pm PST / 7:30 EST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love space? Come and join a California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium presenter on a wander through our Solar System and beyond. Explore with us in this Facebook and YouTube live presentation using 3D space visualization software OpenSpace.

Come ready with your questions about planets or astronomy...

Mars 2020: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

You’re invited to join us as Dr. Kenneth Williford, Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA Mars 2020 mission talks about the various ways in which Perseverance will be seeking signs of life.

Join us May 8 @10:00 PT/ 1:00 ET

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This talk will include a mission overview with payload and exploration strategies, a discussion of the Jezero crater landing site, and a brief history of Mars surface exploration. Q & A session will...

On April 22, 2020 the Infiniscope team hosted an Online Learning eXchange in response to the COVID-19 needs voiced by Infiniscope community members as they move classes online.

The eXchange featured free resources that educators could use immediately, including 15 panelists from the Science Activation Network and other agency members.

160 participants registered, 68 attended live, 12 via recording which continues to be available OnDemand.

Positive feedback from our Infiniscope OLeX...

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Now is the time when many of us are adding plants to our local environments. Many schools have phenological gardens but due to the coronavirus, students are not able to observe the changes occurring. Why not plant your own garden where your children can observe the changes happening to the plants throughout the year. As citizen scientists, they can contribute their data to GLOBE’s Green Up/Green Down Protocol. In this webinar,

  • Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from the University of Toledo will...

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LaRC staff worked with Ohio Department of Education-Science to deliver two virtual professional development sessions for Ohio science teachers. Jessica Taylor and Tina Harte showcased Elementary GLOBE learning modules and provided examples of ways teachers can adapt Elementary GLOBE to a virtual setting on Tuesday, April 28. The following Thursday, Elizabeth Joyner and Angie Rizzi highlighted My NASA Data's resources, i.e., mini lessons ready for Google Classroom integration, and story maps....

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Field Trip Mars

March 8, 2020, 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT

https://youtu.be/EBy36tg2gyc

Field Trip Mars poster showing the time of the event (May 8 1:30 ET) and Mars, surrounded by illustrated spaceships.

Are volcanoes still active on Mars? What does Mars smell like? Where did the water that was once on Mars go? Get answers to these questions—and ask your own — in this family-friendly livestream flyover of Mars on the American Museum of Natural History's YouTube. Using OpenSpace, NASA-funded space visualization software, museum scientists will fly over canyons, hover past impact craters, and...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC; 8:00pm CEST): New Jersey Pinelands: The Nation's First National Preservation Area. Congress created the Pinelands National Reserve (PNR) through the passage of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. Mr. John Moore, Executive Director at the Institute for Earth Observations at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, will discuss how the PNR is listed as the first National Reserve in the nation. Discussion on the PNR being approximately 1.1 million...

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Brian Campbell will highlight the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) and it’s the use of lasers to measure the height of Earth’s objects, like ice and trees.

Join the live event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/880376559129397/

Presenters from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) facilitated an interactive webinar, "Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library," with Christine Shupla from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Elizabeth Nicolai from the Anchorage Public Library in Alaska.

The webinar highlighted NASA and NASA-related resources for libraries to help provide virtual STEAM programming for the 2020 summer reading theme, “Imagine Your Story.” 

Constellation stories from indigenous cultures from...

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My NASA Data’s story maps are now featured on ESRI’s educational website, Teach with GIS, as part of a gallery which showcases exemplar student exercises that use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach a variety of subjects.

The webpage titled “Use NASA Data to Explore Earth Systems” was published on April 15th, 2020 and features the following My NASA Data Story Maps: Hurricanes as Heat Engines, Creation of Urban Heat Islands, Volcanic Eruptions, Sea Ice and the Earth System, and...

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