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Teachers and science club coaches from 15 schools located in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio participated in the Apollo 50 Competition Training on April 16 and 17 at Monroe Community College in Monroe, MI. Tedrick Mealy from the University of Washington NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) lead the training on drones and Lego Mindstorms robots. Collaborating with Robert Winglee from University of Washington NESSP, Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from GLOBE Mission EARTH agreed to...

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Scientists attending the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC; March 18-22, 2019) engaged with early career scientists throughout the week, serving as presentation reviewers and mentors.

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FREE 3 day GLOBE Training Workshop:

WHEN: April 23, 24, 25, 2019

WHERE: Queens College ​(65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367)

  • The workshop is open to all teachers and nature center/parks educators.  
  • There is free parking available on campus
  • 8:30 to 4:30 each day
  • Light breakfast and lunch served each day
  • Participants that complete the workshop will receive a classroom set of equipment ($200.00 - $300.00 value) that will allow them to do a select group of GLOBE...

LAUNCH OF NORTHROP GRUMMAN CYGNUS ON CARGO RESUPPLY MISSION TO ISS – APRIL 17

Date/Time/Location: Wednesday, April 17, 4:46 p.m. EDT, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, on NASA TV and the agency’s website

NASA’s commercial partner Northrop Grumman is scheduled to launch its Antares rocket carrying its Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the international Space Station (ISS) at 4:46 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 17. The launch, as well as briefings preceding and following liftoff, will air live on...

Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) scientists participated in the April 13, 2019 “Owls in Space Symposium” at Rice University. They spoke with university students and current NASA and commercial space professionals during the networking event attended by Rice alumnus NASA Administrator James Bridenstine.

 

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When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019; 4:00PM – 6:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)
Topic: "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Urban Areas" by Vivien Gornitz
 

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/7a3d1222423b9a8e7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.
 

These presentations are part of a monthly series hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA...

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Three workshops reached the following states and individuals:

  • FL on 1/31-2/1/19: 37 participants
  • AZ on 2/4-2/5/19: 38 participants
  • KS on 2/26-2/27/19: 34 participants

This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library Network-Collaborative Summer Library Program partnership.

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Our first GLOBE Observer Mosquito Blitz kicks off on Sunday, April 7 and ends on Citizen Science Day, April 13. We invite you, your family and friends to join us in this focused effort to gather observations of mosquito breeding sites.

To participate, simply follow these seven steps: 

  1. Grab your mobile phone containing the GLOBE Observer app and open the Mosquito Habitat Mapper.
  2. Go outside to check your local environment for standing water (mosquito breeding sites).
  3. Take a...

GLOBE Observer Mosquito Blitz kicks off on Sunday, April 7 and ends on Citizen Science Day, April 13. We invite you, your family and friends to join us in this focused effort to gather observations of mosquito breeding sites.

 

To participate, simply follow these seven steps: 

  1. Grab your mobile phone containing the GLOBE Observer app and open the Mosquito Habitat Mapper.
  2. Go outside to check your local environment for standing water (mosquito breeding sites).
  3. Take a photo of...

AREN Project Press Release

Participate in the 2019 GLOBE AREN Project Wind Speed Engineering Challenge from April 1 – May 31, 2019.  

Challenge:  Engineer a low-cost electronic or non-electronic anemometer (tool for measuring the speed of wind).

The GLOBE Program does not have a protocol for determining wind speed.  The GLOBE Program supports the AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) Project, which utilizes kites to collect data.  In order to safely fly a kite, it is important...

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As part of an ongoing effort to develop and maintain relationships with underrepresented minority students, Infiniscope joined Heard Elementary in Phoenix, AZ by special invitation to engage and excite more than 300 students in exploration of the newest digital learning experiences. Examples include:

  • Mars InSight experience
  • Star life cycle explorer
  • Moon phases augmented reality (AR) explorer

Over the last 3 years, Heard Elementary School students have engaged with Infiniscope...

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On March 13, 2019, the Tom Green County Library System (San Angelo, TX), in collaboration with the Space Science Institute and its NASA@ My Library initiative, launched the Patron Experience Pilot project. The project aims to test ways that libraries can help foster the public’s interest in Earth and space science.

The strategies are designed to first trigger interest in a NASA science topic even among patrons who may be reluctant to say they are interested in science. After interacting...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Las Vegas..

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  • Over one hundred people attended the Lunar Palooza portion of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, TX on March 17th.
  • Scientists and public engagement specialists from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, and the Science Festival Alliance at MIT discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with participants.
  • Attendees were able to...

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The NASA eClips™ Team will attend the  Virginia Homeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair March 22-23, 2019 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team will engage families in trivia games about common science misconceptions. This informal group will be invited to sign up to produce NASA Spotlite videos. NASA Spotlites are 90 to 120 second videos that correct common science misconceptions. 

Link to VA Homeschoolers Website - 

Sharing the data collected so far by citizen scientists. Included will be a presentation by guest scientists, including citizen scientists. Register: http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS3

Sharing the data collected so far by citizen scientists. Included will be a presentation by guest scientists, including citizen scientists. Register: http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS3

 

April 2019-Land Cover (Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) Begins April 1, 2019!

Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) are focused periods of time where participants are encouraged to collect large amounts of data and enter it in the GLOBE database. Data that is collected during an IOP will provide other GLOBE students, scientists, researchers, and educators large amounts of concentrated data over a short period of time. This can also be referred to as "Data...

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Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force: Live from New York.

Students and teachers from the Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York have been studying wetlands around their school and local area for years.  They have recently started taking tree height measurements to add the next level of observations to their wetland research. Invasive species, in New York, continue to have an impact on trees. Students from Mahopac High School, personnel from the Cornell Cooperative...

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What Greens Up, Must Green Down: Greenings Live from Switzerland.

GLOBE Master Trainer, Markus Eugster, and his students from the Sekundarschule Uzwil in Switzerland have been conducting Greenings (Green-Up and Green-Down) research during their tree investigations. Monitoring the the beginning and ending of the growing season of trees helps scientists track plant growing seasons. One way to track the change is through a Swiss GLOBE program called PhenoCam, a way to use automated cameras...

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The NASA eClips team encourages you to engage your non-formal student audience in Spotlite student production. NASA Spotlites are short videos that correct science misconceptions. Students research, create storyboards, write scripts, and film and edit videos to correctly teach science concepts to younger students.

Please join us for one of two informational 45 minute webinars on Tuesday, March 12,  2019 (3:00-3:45 or 4:30-5:15 pm EST).
Participants will learn how to integrate this...

•In February 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) sent out 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2019.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for 11 STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with strong...

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A webinar facilitated by NASA Astromaterials, Paige Graff, at the Johnson Space Center on February 13, 2019 brought students, educators, Solar System Ambassadors, Challenger Centers & more into NASA's Stardust Curation Lab.  Participants came from 22 states, Mexico and Australia.

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The National Science Foundation has an announcement for a Senior Executive position as Section Head of the Evaluation and Assessment Capability (EAC) open until March 25, 2019

The position is within the Office of Integrative Activities, which supports the NSF Director’s Office in policy analysis and special projects to address Foundation priorities. The IPA in the position currently is returning to Ohio State University.

The job posting is on USAJOBs and can be found at the following...

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

The Magnetic Tail of Mars

Mars has a unique magnetic tail compared to other planets in our solar system. The MAVEN mission has demonstrated how the Martian magnetotail becomes twisted by its interaction with the solar wind. Join us as Dr. Gina DiBraccio from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center describes what makes the Martian magnetic environment so different from other planets, and how processes in its magnetotail may contribute to atmospheric escape...

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