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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plays an essential role in inspiring the next generation of explorers. The discoveries and new knowledge from our missions and research programs engage and excite peoples’ imaginations about science and exploration. Here museum and science center educators, librarians, after-school providers and other informal educators will find information about educational resources, programs, events, and opportunities.

NASA Wavelength is a searchable database that contains a wealth of SMD educational products for the informal learning environment.

NASA’s Museum Alliance community brings current NASA science and technology to museum visitors. NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors and Night Sky Network Amateur Astronomy Clubs volunteer networks offer speakers for programs and events.

If you would like to be part of SMD’s E/PO Community, please contact the SMD Education Forum that most closely aligns with your interests; contacts are listed at the top of the People Tab.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Looking at the Land Cover and Tree Canopy of the GLOBE Africa Region and the critical need for GLOBE data observations in the Africa Region. Region Focus: Africa. 

This campaign webinar will begin our two-month focus on the GLOBE Africa Region. Beginning with a recorded discussion with GLOBE Africa Regional Coordinator, Mr. Mark Brettenny, we will focus on the importance of taking land cover and tree height observations across Africa,...

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We are happy to share the new National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) professional development guide designed to help informal educators find, prepare, and work with STEM experts to engage with the public.

Sincere thanks to all the NASA SciAct colleagues whoWorking with STEM Experts Guide cover including an image of expert  puring a liquid and using a strainer with a girl and her family at a museum public event CREDIT Marbles Kids Museum contributed to the content featured in the guide and reviewed draft sections!

The guide is available for free download on the NISE Network website:

https://www.nisenet.org/working-with-experts

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Introducing the Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years? Region Focus: Asia and Pacific. 

This webinar will kick off the main theme for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign: “The Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years?” We will...

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program Specialist from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies provides supplemental NASA education, content, platforms and resources relevant to the weekly topic for further exploration and discovery.

Ice Flows will be...

Saturday, October 16 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join observers around the world in learning about lunar science and exploration, making celestial observations, and honoring cultural and personal connections to the Moon. This annual, worldwide public engagement event takes place when the Moon is close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 11:00am EST (3:00pm UTC, 8:30pm IST). A Himalayan Expedition with GISN Member, Yashraj Patil: Looking at the GLOBE Program’s First High Altitude GLOBE Land Cover, Cloud, and Hydrosphere Data. 

Please join us for this very special webinar featuring Yashraj Patil, a GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) member. Yashraj will guide us through his on-site research using GLOBE protocols, in the Himalayas, specifically Ladakh, India. Featured will be his...

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Six NASA CCRI Education Ambassadors collaborated and became selected for an in-flight education downlink scheduled for September 24, 11:20 – 11:40 am ET (tentative)! (See attached for more details).

In-flight education downlinks are opportunities for students and educators to interact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a live, 20-minute question-and-answer session.

Name of Event: NYC-NJ Unite – International Space Station Educational Downlink...

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Please share this with your audiences. Full details are at the NASA Press Release

Graphic for STEAM Day for Webb Space Telescope

NASA invites learners of all ages, including students and teachers who recently returned to the classroom environment, to register for a special event ahead of the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb STEAM Day: A Learning Journey Together is a virtual, interactive event that will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 30.

STEAM stands for science, technology,...

The Lunar and Planetary Institute's Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS) presents

Venus: Cloudy with a Chance of Lava Flows
Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 p.m. CDT

Why is Venus so different from Earth? Despite being our closest neighbor in the solar system, we still have a lot to learn about this mysterious planet. Venus’ super-hot surface is cloaked in thick clouds that make it difficult to observe. Recently, NASA selected two missions that will study...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Celebrating Land Cover and Tree Height Observations from the Ground and Space with the Launch of the Landsat 9 Satellite: Celebrating the First Three Years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by Taking a Deeper Dive into the Landsat, ICESat-2, GEDI, GPM, and ECOSTRESS Missions. This webinar will highlight the first three years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by showcasing the land cover, tree...

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Greetings from NASA GSFC Office of STEM Engagement @ GISS!

We are currently recruiting graduate students and high school STEM educators to join the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program.

The application deadline has been extended to August 29, 2021 and there is a new project available at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), in Greenbelt, MD.

For detailed information about educator participation in CCRI 2021-2022, including descriptions of the opportunities, please...

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021 @ 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm UTC): At Ease with the Trees: Preparing for Student Investigations and Research Projects with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team, Session II. During this repeat special webinar, participants will be able to work directly, via breakout discussions, with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign team members to focus on several specific research topics for future student projects. These include: “Land Cover and...

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Explore Earth: CCRI - Urban Surface Temperatures and Urban Heat Island Effects in Spanish
Temperaturas de la superficie urbana y efectos de la isla de calor

Thursday 07/29/2021
1:00 pm ET (10:00 am 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 in...

Please help us spread the word about the July 25-August 25 Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge, and particularly our webinar this Thursday, July 22, that is being hosted by L.A. Public Library.  Following is sample text you might customize, and a shareable image is also attached for social.  This webinar is open to all and suitable for ages 8+ so please share with friends and family to learn what they can do besides swat away these pesks.

Thanks!  

Webinar: Mosquito Habitat Mapper Photo...

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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 Flight Center (GSFC). The ESD is part of GSFC's Sciences and Exploration Directorate. A key objective of GISS research is prediction of atmospheric and climate changes in the 21st century. The research combines analysis of comprehensive global datasets with global models of atmospheric, land surface, and oceanic processes....

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm UTC): At Ease with the Trees: Preparing for Student Investigations and Research Projects with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team, Session I. During this special webinar, participants will be able to work directly, via breakout discussions, with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign team members to focus on several specific research topics for future student projects. These include: “Land Cover and Land Cover...

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. On Thursday June 24, students will learn about how wind is created on Earth, and how we can use it to do important work like grinding grain, moving ships, pumping water, and generating electricity from a STEM professional. A panel of guests from Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), a utility company that provides electric...

Please join us for Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project’s special presentation with Kristen Marlatt, Climate Change Research Initiative Education Ambassador.  Kristen will share a wide variety of NASA resources to support teaching climate science.

June 22nd 9:00pm EASTERN TIME

Register at https://forms.gle/UpFueuasYtSjVpPt6

Please feel free to share with your network!

Photo of a person smiling in front of postcard-like picture of Earth from low orbit. Text reads Kristen Marlatt Climate Change Research Initiative Education Ambassador Teach Climate Science with NASA Data June 22, 2021 9:00 pm EST. QR code.

 

What are the tools needed for collecting samples? What is the training needed to prepare for this type of exploration? Hear and learn from Kelsey Young, a research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Trevor Graff, who has participated in five Mars missions and is the chief scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division, who are on the front lines planning, designing tools, and developing methods and science objectives...

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). The people behind the pixels: understanding rapid forest changes to the Andes-Amazon region. Join Dr. Paulo Murillo-Sandoval, a native of Colombia, to learn how he used the Landsat time-series satellite data with local knowledge to map, measure, and describe conversion of forest to agriculture land cover changes from 1988-2019 in an area of the Andes-Amazon region. In particular, he will describe how armed conflict influenced forest resources...

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. On Thursday June 3, Nicholas Frearson, Senior Staff Associate, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk about how scientists are analyzing volcanic data in real time to identify patterns that will help them anticipate future eruptions. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program Specialist from NASA’s...

The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. On Thursday May 27, Chia-Ying Lee, Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk about hurricanes and what’s happening to them in an age of climate change. Learners will get a basic understanding of how hurricanes form, develop, grow, and change, as well as what scientists know (and...

From virtual tours and educator professional development webinars to student challenges and educational toolkits, NASA Next Gen STEM has many opportunities for this summer! Please see the attached flyer for details!

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. On Thursday May 20, Christine McCarthy, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk about how ice samples are made in her lab, like those found on Earth and other moons and planets. She will also share about her favorite icy moons. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to share about a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel features experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. This Thursday, Frank Nitsche, Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will help students learn about the interaction of ice and ocean water around Antarctica,...

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