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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:

 

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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...

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....

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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,...

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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.

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   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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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