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On October 15, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientists Dr. Ann Nguyen and Dr. Nicole Lunning shared an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission at Bennu and a preview of the TAG (Touch-And-Go) event which occurred on October 20th.

The live event reached ~503 students and ~84 educators with an additional ~650 students and ~270 educators registered to watch the archive. Participants were from 35 states, Washington DC, Mexico, Spain, and...

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On October 3, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as excitement about exploring the Moon.  The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted lunar science and the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

~110 live participants and ~380 archive...

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On December 4, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared his experience bringing together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery to create the Apollo in Real Time website.  The site enables users to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago.

~500 live participants and ~200 archive participants were involved in the event.  Participants were from 19 different states and Mexico and included students in grades 2 -...

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On a bright sunny morning on October 9 on the banks of the Maumee River, teacher Ms. Cynthia Madanski from McKinley STEMM Academy in Toledo Public Schools logs into Google Meets in her 7th grade Google Classroom. She and her students, working remotely, are conducting GLOBE Water Quality tests. Each student is assigned to be the expert on one of the GLOBE protocols and guides her through the process of doing the test. Students answer questions through the live video and participate in polls...

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  • 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
  • The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
  • The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC, 3:00pm CET): Educators and Students Aligning Greenings and Tree Height: A Collaboration Between the European Phenology Campaign and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. 

This webinar will highlight the collaboration between both campaigns, with a focus on taking tree height measurements/observations at the same time participants take greenings (green up/green down) measurements. The leads for the European Phenology...

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On June 9, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Mars Scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Rampe, shared an overview of the Curiosity Rover and a preview of the Mars 2020 Mission.

The event reached ~160 live participants and 110+ archived participants across 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, and South Africa. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers connected with ASU Infiniscope, Solar System...

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On April 24 & 29, 2020, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientists Andrea Meado & Andy Britton shared how NASA & the world observe Earth from space using astronaut images.

April 24: reached ~111 live and ~136+ archived participants across 30 states, Mexico, and Haiti; April 29: reached ~55 live participants and 54+ archived participants across 29 states, Puerto Rico, and France. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers,...

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On March 11, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Deputy Apollo Curator, Dr. Juliane Gross, shared details about how lunar sample investigations, including ANGSA & the recently opened core sample, studies of other Apollo samples & meteorites continue to contribute to knowledge about the Moon.

The event reached ~485 student and educator live participants and 504+ archived participants across 18 states. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached...

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The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) provides hands-on activity sessions and opportunities to connect with NASA content and experts, took place at Space Center Houston from February 6-9, 2020.  

The Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Science Engagement Team reached 200+ educators: 

  • Conducting a Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Certification workshop as a pre-conference opportunity.
  • Participating in the SEEC Expo, in collaboration with other Science...

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On January 28, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) meteorite processor, Curtis Calva, shared an overview of the work he does in NASA's Antarctic Meteorite Curation Laboratory. The event reached ~317 live participants and 400+ archived participants across 17 states and Mexico. Participants include classroom students and educators ranging from grades 3-12, in addition to a number of Solar System Ambassadors.

Feedback: "I liked hearing Curtis' story about what he...

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On December 17, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared the Apollo in Real Time website.  This site brings together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery enabling the public to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago. This event reached ~115 participants across 25 states and Mexico.

Numerous Science Activation Team Member target audiences including Solar System Ambassadors, Librarians, Museum Alliance folks, Night Sky...

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As educators, we are expected to implement an educational framework built on the belief that “all means all,” but we are faced with very political and public rhetoric that sends a different message. In this session, join Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak as they share how UDL can be leveraged as a foundation for equity when we are willing to name and eliminate barriers that have created inequitable, exclusionary, and oppressive systems. We need to transform schools and ensure that students and...

On October 2, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as involvement and excitement about exploring the Moon.  The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

~567 live participants and ~2050 archive...

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Looking for a way to model moon phases for your remote or in-person learners?

Explore the phases of the Moon in this cool 80's retro style experience featuring your AI friend LuCIA. Use a model to identify inaccuracies in LuCIA’s coding. Sequence a variety of Moon phase diagrams to “Reprogram” her code. Test the new code to improve the clarity of the galaxy image and reprogram her until a clear image is achieved. Head straight to the Phases of the Moon experience at Infiniscope.org

Engage, Explore, Discover:  The NASA JSC Astromaterials Science Engagement Team efforts are aimed at sharing and engaging students, educators, the public, and the scientific community with the science, research, curation, and exploration conducted by the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Division. This is facilitated through resources available on our website, webinars, outreach events, educator workshops, participation in conferences, programs enabling the borrowing of...

Anna MacLennan, a former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Intern (SEES Class of 2019), was named one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners for 2020.  

“The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners is comprised of young people from around the world who are breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields and bringing the sciences to the public through...

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Interesting reference I heard about at American University's webinar on inclusive evaluation.

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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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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Kicking Off Year 3 With Tree Height Research Using Satellites and Ground-Based Instruments: The importance of tree and vegetation research to help us understand our changing planet. Join us for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign with the first of our featured science talks for Year 3 of the campaign. Dr. Nancy Glenn, a researcher from Boise State University, the University of New South Wales and an ICESat-2 Mission...

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Suzi Taylor, Director of Montana State University’s Science Math Resource Center, introduced Youth leaders from the Lewistown, Montana Boys & Girls Club and an Extension 4-H agent to airborne remote sensing using kites at a STEM activities training on August 24, 2020. Participants made mini-kites and then worked in teams flying kite-borne instrumentation to collect imagery and atmospheric data in Montana's wheat growing country. Skills learned and data collected will be used to enhance their...

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On Aug. 31, 2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson presented virtually to 38 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Langley Research Center. Elizabeth featured new and updated resources that are perfect for both Face-to-Face and virtual instruction, including the new Google Classroom connections and integration with other Google products. Desiray presented GIS story maps for blending data visualization and analysis in...

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On August 20, 2020 My NASA Data's Angela Rizzi delivered a presentation titled, Beating the Back to School Blues with My NASA Data: Exploring Earth System Phenomena with My NASA Data Resources” to 24 educators through NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Kennedy Space Center.

Angela provided an overview of the variety of resources available in My NASA Data and identified how to locate, access,...

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Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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We have a great opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants in the NYC metropolitan area to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC:

Graduate Student Research Assistant Stipend: $11,700

Application Period: Applications are considered upon receipt and the application period closes on September 21, 2020.

Multiple positions...

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