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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.

NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) has updated its deadline to November 14, 2022, for accepting proposals for the new Community Anchor Awards, designed to support institutions in strengthening themselves as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource.

NASA invites submissions of proposals for activities for a period of one to two years that allow informal education institutions to strengthen their service as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource, implement authentic NASA STEM experiences that benefit a significant population of diverse audiences in their local community or region, and participate

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 1:30pm EDT (5:30pm UTC). Planting Roots and Leaving a Legacy Behind and Setting the Research Stage for Year 5 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Focus: North America. 

This webinar will be the final webinar for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. Next month (October 2022) will begin Year 5. During this webinar, we will have several guest speakers, led by teacher Julie Houck, of Defiance Elementary School in Defiance, Ohio. Julie will begin by discussing how she and her students have used resources as a GLOBE teacher to reach

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Saturday, October 1 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.

We encourage you to interpret 'observe' broadly. From lunar art projects to virtual field trips to data that you can hear, there are so many ways to enjoy, learn about, and connect with the Moon. Visit the International Observe the

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Focusing on Students and Educators as they prepare for Year 5 of the Campaign and the 2023 GLOBE IVSS: Featuring Highlights from the U.S. Forest Service’s Tree Canopy Cover Layer and U.S. Tree Mapping and Monitoring. Focus: North America. 

 

This webinar will bring the campaign to the GLOBE North America Region with a focus on activities that can assist students and teachers, from all across GLOBE, with their tree, land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle research, as part of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will have a guest

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The Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership, in collaboration with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and Grand Canyon National Park, is excited to announce an upcoming course for interpreters, informal educators, and Tribal professionals on the Colorado Plateau!

Earth to Sky courses bring together NASA and regional climate scientists with participants to learn about the latest global and regional climate research, explore techniques for successful climate change interpretation and communication, and learn, network, and collaborate with local peers. Participants will explore relationships between culture and climate on the Colorado Plateau, investigate local climate impacts and responses, and leave with a plan for bringing

The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP), happening now, from 22 April through 22 May 2022. Everyone, from students to educators to citizen scientists can participate in the IOP by collecting Tree Height and Land Cover observations, using the traditional GLOBE protocol observations and/or the NASA GLOBE Observer App. Your observations will add significantly

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 11:00am EDT (3:00pm UTC, 5:00pm CEST, 6:00pm Arabian Standard Time). Highlighting Biometry Measurements Through Student Research Projects and Online Tools within the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia and GLOBE Near East and North Africa Regions. Region Focus: Near East and North Africa and a return to GLOBE Europe and Eurasia. 

Join the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign as we enter the GLOBE Near East and North Africa Region. We will showcase some exciting student research projects from this region, as well as have student presenters returning from the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region,

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much concentrated

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Solar Eclipse Task Force invites you to join us for a virtual eclipse-planning workshop to be held Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2022, online via Zoom. This event will bring together astronomers, educators, local and state officials, and others involved (or wanting to become involved) in preparing their communities for the 2023 and 2024 North American solar eclipses. Each day’s program will run from 9 am to 2 pm PDT (12 pm to 5 pm EDT).

The workshop will feature talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on strategies for eclipse-related engagement. Several sessions will focus on

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). All About the European Phenology 2022 Spring Tree Campaign with Student Research Presentations from Across the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region. Region Focus: Europe and Eurasia. 

This webinar will be the second month of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign focus on the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region. During the webinar, Lenka Kleger of the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Regional Coordination Office will discuss the GLOBE European Phenology's 2022 Spring Tree Campaign and its goal for students to observe trees from buds to leaves, using the GLOBE Green

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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.

Solving Mysteries of the Past-Tree Rings & Archaeology - K-12 Education - Earth Institute Live - Columbia University  will be presented on Wednesday February 9 at 4:00 -4:45PM ET.

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Have you ever wondered how precipitation impacts the kinds of trees and the land cover found in different locations? Ever wonder how different regions might be impacted by climate change? During this presentation by Dorian Janney, you will learn about and be invited to join an on-going project to look at the potential impacts of climate change on trees and land cover around the world. Project participants will share a tree and land cover observation from one location, and easily get the last 20 years of precipitation data for that location from NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. These “Tree

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This is the second campaign webinar focusing on the GLOBE Africa Region and will highlight the second half of an interview with GLOBE Africa Regional Alumni Coordinator and GLOBE Benin Country Coordinator, Mr. Ylliass Destin Lawani. The featured presentation will be presented by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientist, Dr. Compton Tucker and University of Copenhagen Scientist, Dr. Martin Brandt. They will present their ground-breaking research focusing on the dryer areas of the globe that do not have forests which are often discounted for their contribution to the global biome in climate models and other prediction systems. However, their research has

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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.

Using Tools to Explore the Changes of the Polar Regions will be presented on Thursday January 13 at 4:00 -4:45PM ET.

DESCRIPTION: The polar regions are extremely dynamic with the ice always

NASA Spotlite Challenge: Cloud Detectives
Developed in Collaboration with NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative

NASA eClips and NESEC invite student teams to produce a short video (90 seconds to 2 minutes) confronting one of two misconceptions related to clouds by investigating and collecting evidence, including GLOBE Clouds and NASA data.

In this challenge, student teams:

  • Confront a science misconception by gathering evidence through observations and explorations
  • Capture questions and findings through video
  • Produce a video to challenge others to make their own observations

Register for the January 27 session to learn more about the NASA Spotlite Video Design Challenge: Cloud

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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, with a focus on data literacy. We will then take a close look at the Global Land Cover Viewer and the

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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 focus on tree/forest height and land cover data that can be

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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 presented on Monday November 8 at 11:00 – 11:45AM ET.

DESCRIPTION: Ice flows like a fluid. This incredible fact explains why there is any water left in the

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 virtual or in-person event, or join in as an individual observer. However you choose to observe, please follow local guidelines on

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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 observations of land cover, cloud cover, salinity, pH in areas such as the Saboo Cloudburst Site, Indus-Yarlung Suture Zone, Tso Kar Ramsar Site, and the Puga

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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 Event

Description:

This is a collaboration of six schools spanning across three New York City Boroughs and New Jersey. The collective audience includes more than 4,350 high school students and 400 educators and is a

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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, education, arts, and mathematics. Educators and families can register starting Thursday, Sept. 23, at:https://go.nasa.gov/WebbSTEAMDay

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 Venus’ surface and atmosphere. Families and children are invited to join us on September 22 for an exciting VEEPS program! Our guest scientist, Dr.

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