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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plays an essential role in inspiring the next generation of explorers, and has a long history of supporting post-secondary opportunities. This link offers higher education faculty information about: SMD Forums’ higher education efforts, classroom resources, programs, events, and opportunities for faculty and undergraduates.
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I am writing to ask you if you would be interested in giving a virtual presentation to the AGU Fall Meeting? The session is
ED035. Virtual and In-Person Educator and Student Research Programs Promoting Authentic Scientific Experience
We invite presentations of experiences, models, and outcomes of successful initiatives that provide authentic research experiences for students and educators at all levels from elementary school...
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.
To join the event, please use the following link:
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...Download
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...
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...Download
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...
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...Download
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...Download
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.
Design team: May Alsaleh, Andrew Schenck, Meryl Shea, Thy Vu
Faculty advisors: William...Download
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...Download
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/
Oliva Bibler, Roman Azzarello and Neva Hargreaves, three students from Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo (Ohio), presented their research via zoom at the Hydrology High School Capstone Culminating Event arranged by George Voltz from the NASA Glenn Research Center Education Office.
The research done by these students illustrates the power of mentoring. Dr. Jodi Haney (GLOBE partner Bowling Green State University), Christine Staschiak (Environmental Engineer from NASA Plum...Download
CCRI Educator, Elizabeth Sebastian, will lead a conversation about urban heat islands and the comprehensive unit plan she developed. The unit plan “The Heat is On: Urban Heat Islands, detection strategies, and mitigation solutions” uses innovative technology to understand the changing climate in urban areas and create solutions to the ongoing environmental problems in cities. The unit utilizes a variety of resources, such as NASA EOSDIS Worldview, Terra MODIS data, GLOBE, NASA Scientific...
Explore Earth: CCRI - Wetlands
6:00 pm ET (3:00 pm PT)
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 9-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University in conjunction with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is providing a 1-hour webinar.
Join us in a conversation about Wetlands. Learn about a newly released comprehensive unit plan for students in grades 9-12 that...
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC): The use of LiDAR to derive tree heights and other structural vegetation characteristics: Applications for mapping habitats in a post-fire environment. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) is an optical remote sensing technology that is helpful to measure forest biophysical and structural characteristics. Quantifying the vertical distribution of vegetation using LiDAR has many potential applications in forest management and biodiversity...Download
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 3:00pm EST (8:00pm UTC): Trees Around Greenbelt, Maryland: Exploring Past and Present Imagery, From a Scientist's Perspective. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist, Dr. Christopher Shuman will be will highlighting historical imagery from aerial photographs, as well as more recent satellite imagery and ICESat-2 data from the Greenbelt, Maryland area. There will be some discussion of benefits and limitations...Download
“Wetlands” is a comprehensive unit plan for students in grades 9-12 that provides hands on and laboratory investigations that evaluates human impacts on saltmarsh ecosystems while integrating field work activities utilizing GLOBE, My NASA Data and many other NASA educational resources, content and platforms.
To access this resource, please visit: https://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/res/WangMondaca_Wetlands.pdf
To learn more about the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI), please visit:
How Much Water Do Trees Use and Need? NASA's New ECOSTRESS Mission on the International Space Station. Come hear Dr. Joshua Fisher, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, talk about how the new NASA ECOSTRESS Mission monitors trees. NASA launched the ECOSTRESS mission to the International Space Station in 2018. ECOSTRESS measures the temperature of plants, and uses that temperature to determine how much water they are using--and losing through evapotranspiration--as...
During the fall semester of 2019, GLOBE Mission EARTH University Professors Drs. Kevin Czajkowski and Mark Templin from the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio and Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University (TSU) engaged their Undergraduate, Pre-Service Education Students in educating K-12 students about GLOBE and conducting research. The K-12 students observed clouds and the heights of trees on their school grounds. They also collected surface temperature data and learned about urban...Download
Future Temperature Projections is a unit plan designed for high school students grades 9 – 12 with access to computers and RStudio.This unit takes approximately one month to complete. The goal of this unit is for the students to learn about global future temperature projections based on output from the NASA GISS ModelE2 Global Climate Model. This unit should be completed after students learn about factors that influence climate, such as Earth’s energy budget and greenhouse gas emissions, and...Download
Episode 114 on "Houston We Have a Podcast", Samuel Lawrence, planetary scientist and lead lunar exploration scientist, discusses what we’ve learned about the Moon and some of the more interesting questions that we hope to answer when humans return in the Artemis program. This episode was recorded on August 28th, 2019
Listen or see the transcript at: https://www.nasa.gov/johnson/HWHAP/the-value-of-the-moon
“Houston We Have a Podcast” is the official podcast of the NASA Johnson Space...
The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants 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. The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) of National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space...Download
Montana State AREN Team Hosts Science Pub Talk on GLOBE Observer's Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Citizen Science ChallengeDownload
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 @2:00pm EDT @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Year 2 of the Campaign Begins: Discussion on Data Counts, Year 1 Data Champions, ICESat-2 Data, and What Lies Ahead. This webinar will discuss the the successes of the first year of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will highlight those campaign participants (teachers and students) that went above and beyond with taking measurements and using the data to make sense of what is happening in their...Download