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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.

On August 25, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist, Dr. Cindy Evans, shared her experiences searching for Meteorites in Antarctica as well as how these rocks from space contribute to ongoing research about our early solar system.

The event, facilitated by the Night Sky Network, reached ~420 live participants. Participants were from 93 different amateur astronomy clubs.

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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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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 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...

Astronomy Online: Solar Storms

Friday, October 2, 2020, 1 pm EDT

Poster for American Museum of Natural History's Astronomy Online: Solar Storms. Solar weather is visualized as lines in blue and green emerging from an orange-red Sun. White text on the right of the poster reads: Astronomy Online: Solar Storms / Live Watch Party / #StayHome & #LearnWithMe"

What risks do solar storms pose for astronauts in space? 

Join Carter Emmart, the American Museum of Natural History's Director of Astrovisualization, and Leila Mays, deputy director of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA Goddard, to explore how scientists protect astronauts from space weather and why our Sun’s dynamic activity affects human space travel.

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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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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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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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Dr. Gregory Cajete will be speaking on Native Science and Astronomy 

Date: September 10, 2020 

Time: 12:00 Pacific, 3:00 Eastern 

Please note the time on the flyer is Pacific Time.

Register at
https://bit.ly/328W2v6

Attached, please see our nugget detailing the first of two Take and Make distributions to public libraries in support of at-home COVID activities. This bag uses GLOBE/NESEC resources. 

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Saturday, September 26 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join people around the world to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. The Moon will be close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

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Field Trip: Comets

August 21, 2020, 1 pm EDT

The night sky has been a spectacular show lately, with the appearance of Comet NEOWISE in July and the Perseids annual meteor shower this month. Join American Museum of Natural History planetary scientist Marina Gemma and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a virtual field trip to visit see some of these space objects up close. Find out what comets and meteors can reveal to scientists studying our solar system, and why and how you can spot...

Great Space Challenge for all girls, K – 12  open through August 31.

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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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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...

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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...

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Field Trip: Moon

June 12, 1 pm EDT

Earth's Moon as visualized in OpenSpace. Six emblems on the surface indicate where the Apollo missions landed.

Join the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a live virtual space fight to our Moon. Experience the phases of the Moon as never before and visit landing sites of NASA’s Apollo and Chinese Lunar Exploration programs, including on the far side of the Moon, to find out why these missions play an important role in advancing science on Earth. Discover clues about the...

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