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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.

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,...

On the evenings of May 25 & 26 from 6-7 PM Eastern, Wallops Education Team and the Cubes in Space™ program proudly present the first Cubes in Space Educator Workshop, Two-Day Webinar Event.

Throughout the two one-hour webinars, you will learn:

  • What the Cubes in Space™ program is and how educators can get involved
  • Testimonials from experienced Cubes in Space™ educators
  • How NASA Wallops Flight Facility, the NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office and NASA Balloon Program Office,...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. This Thursday, Vicki Ferrini, Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will help students learn how scientists and engineers explore, visualize, and study...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  Today, April 26, Jacky Austermann, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will take students on a virtual journey to the Bahamas to learn...

K-12 Earth Institute | GISS Webinar: A Penne for Your Thoughts: What Scientists Eat in the Field (Grades 2-5)

Thursday, April 22 at 4:00pm ET | Registration is free but required, link to register below.

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to 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...

Please join us at NASA Science Live on Earth Day (featuring GISS CCRI Graduate Student Research Assistant Equisha Glenn)

Thursday, April 22 at 3:00pm ET | NASA YouTube, NASA Facebook, NASA Science Live, NASA TV

This year at NASA, #EarthDay is about connections—to our planet and to each other. Our planet is home to over 7 billion people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, but we are all #ConnectedByEarth. Join NASA climate experts to learn about the connections between human...

Under the mentorship of Dr. Allegra LeGrande, Nicole Dulaney, CCRI Educator and science teacher at Bethpage High School, developed the CCRI Unit Plan for students in grades 9-12 entitled “Changes in Climate and Wildfires”, which has successfully passed NASA SMD Independent Product Review.

 

Throughout this unit; students in grades 9-12 will investigate how climate plays a role in increasing the risk of wildfires around the world. The unit is centered around the following anchor...

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Thank you for bringing this citizen science opportunity, 2021 Community Trees Challenge: Science is Better Together, to your community and networks. The challenge begins April 15 and ends on May 15!

Following is an email/newsletter announcement for you to easily send out to your networks. You can learn more about the challenge from our website. Thanks for helping us bring together communities all over the world in the name of citizen science.

Best,

Theresa Schwerin

 

Celebrate...

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The GLOBE Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force aims to increase visibility of underrepresented populations in science. As part of this effort, this Thursday, GLOBE is celebrating National American Sign Language Day with the help from Ms. Jillian Anderson and her students from the Lexington School for the Deaf. Jillian is a GLOBE teacher and also a NASA GISS: Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Lexington students will teach us about ASL and will show us how to sign...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  This Thursday, J. Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and Max Mauerman, Earth...

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Trees are Long Term: Looking back at GLOBE tree data for tree growth and tracking tree growth over time. The webinar will focus on the idea that since trees are long term, we can track the growth of trees over time through ground-based and satellite observations. Highlights will include the new GLOBE Trees Family Guide, the 2021 Trees Community Challenge: Science is Better Together, using online tools to look at tree growth over time, and a...

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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 Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects.  Throughout this unit, students learn how climate is changing in urban settings and produce mitigation solutions for city environmental concerns. Students explore climate...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  This Thursday, Jackie Ratner, Senior Project Manager at National Center for Disaster Preparedness, will talk to students about how scientists are using data and visuals...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  This Thursday, 3/18, Margie Turrin, Director of Educational Field Programs, and Laurel Zaima, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  This Thursday, 3/11, Jonny Kingslake, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will discuss how scientists use mathematics and physics to...

Greetings from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies!

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  This Thursday, 3/4, Nichole Anest, will let us take a look inside...

Applications due March 1, 2021 for NISE Network Sustainability Fellowship

Submit your application to participate in a program for museum staff who are interested in developing sustainability-related projects! Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 NISE Network Sustainability Fellowship professional development program, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Staff from up to 90 museums will be selected to participate in a series of online...

NASA’s new Planetary Analogs website introduces planetary analog field work to broad audiences. Verbal and visual storytelling convey Earth’s role in helping scientists to understand our solar system’s past, present, and future. Visit the site: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/planetary-analogs.

Initial content, published in February 2021, emphasizes geologic analogs. Examples of mission analogs and astrobiology analogs, with links to existing NASA websites focused on these topics,...

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