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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.

Summary of GLOBE and GLOBE Observer citizen science efforts at Camp Discovery (Blythewood, SC) as a result of the GLOBE Camp Pilot 2019. 

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•In January 2020, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) awarded 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and US Virgin Islands. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2020.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with...

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“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...

In collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth to Sky held a two-day pre-conference workshop as a component of the annual conference of the National Association for Interpretation, November 11-12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

 

Eighteen informal educators from around the country who work for federal, state and local agencies, universities, and NGOs attended the workshop, which featured NASA and NCAR science and resources and...

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The Earth to Sky Partnership (ETS) team coordinated a NASA booth at the National Association for Interpretation's annual conference in Denver Colorado, Nov 13-16, 2019. ETS staff joined with colleagues from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth, Heliophysics, Astrophysics and Planetary sciences outreach staff to engage with hundreds of enthusiastic informal educators at the conference. Many positive contacts were made, and eyes were opened to the broad scientific, visual and educational...

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In spring of 2019, Earth to Sky's co-lead Anita Davis received an inquiry from Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) rangers for new information about the changing glaciers in the park. Anita contacted Dr. Christopher Shuman (UMBC JCET), a scientist working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Lab for any updates that might be provided. In turn, Dr Shuman undertook development of a 1972-2018 Landsat imagery time series depicting changes to glaciers in the park.

His...

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  • On November 14, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12. GSFC SSED planetary geologist Natalie Curran discussed her current and future work with Apollo lunar samples through the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program while SSED outreach coordinator Staci Tiedeken provided an overview of lunar exploration before the Apollo era and a retrospective look at the Apollo 12 mission at the GSFC Visitor...

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What data did you collect in your neighborhood? What does it mean?

Looking at the GLOBE UHIE-Surface Temperature data from October

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

This is the SECOND webinar in the series supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time...

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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...

Suzi Taylor, a member of the AREN team based at Montana State University, was one of the top 10 GLOBE Observers during the summer Lewis & Clark GO on a Trail summer campaign June 1 to Sept. 2. 

Taylor submitted 29 observations in the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail swath (including four near Observation Stations or visitor’s centers and two near designated Lewis and Clark historic sites), plus another 27 outside of the swath. Her observations ranged from the top of a mountain peak...

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Is your neighborhood making you hot?

Preparing to collect your data for the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign

Welcome to the FIRST webinar of this year’s series of webinars supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo.

The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm EST and registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/2019GMEWebinar

Highlights for...

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What can YOU do to not make your neighborhood so HOT? Next Steps

Presenting your research

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

Welcome to the LAST webinar of the school year  supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and registration is required at 

Welcome to this year’s series of webinars supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo and produced by GLOBE Mission EARTH. 

The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and registration is required. See the links listed in the chart.

Each webinar will contain the following:

  • Scientist describing the science content
  • Teacher providing classroom implementation strategies
  • NASA...

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Scientists and communicators from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division and Astrophysics Science Division welcomed 40 members of the Washington D.C. Big Brothers Big Sisters program to NASA Goddard’s Visitor Center on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. Youth and their mentors met 10 NASA professionals from a wide range of jobs and backgrounds and participated in activities featuring the Moon, Mars, meteorites, solar observing, pulsars, and black holes. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs...

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Reaching For The Stars

Space Science Badges were completed by over 68,000 Girl Scouts

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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...

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In preparation for celebrations and activities centered around the Apollo program and Moon landing, a webinar with Apollo NASA Engineer (for 54 years), Jerry Woodfill, was facilitated by Paige Graff from the Johnson Space Center by JSC Astromaterials in partnership with STAR Library Networks on July 9, 2019.

Feedback included: “This was a great program to help us with our work to excite people about space exploration. Thank you!"

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Members of the NASA Langley Science Directorate Education Team supported the YMCA STEM Fair at the Virginia Air and Space Center on July 25, with the assistance of two NASA Langley teacher interns and two student interns. During the event GLOBE cloud observations were submitted using the GLOBE Observer app and campers had the opportunity to interact with a set of GLOBE Observer Cloud hands-on learning activities developed for informal audiences. The event was attended by over 2,000 campers...

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Team staffed the American Museum of Natural History SpaceFest on July 20, 2019, a family-focused festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and future space exploration and research. Throughout the day, the museum reported close to 30,000 admissions. At least 5,000 visited one or more of the following NASA stations: 1) Light and Sound in Space, 2) Scale Models of the Solar System, 3) Magnetic Sun and Magnetic Earth, 4) Solarium https://www.nasa.gov/solarium 5) Science...

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•In July 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) completed shipping of 52 Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions to science and children’s museums in almost all 50 states and Puerto Rico. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/sunearthuniverse-locations.

•Each recipient will host, or share with local museum partners, the interactive STEM exhibition that engages visitors in Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe content with strong connections to NASA...

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209 school and public librarians from 37 states and D.C. were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Librarians were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demonstrations held within the NASA booth at American Library Association in Washington, D.C. from June 21-24, 2019.

Librarians from across the country discovered the free resources available to complement their summer and after school programming. These librarians were specifically excited about visualizations and...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium team members, partners and collaborators attended the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference June 23-26, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dear All,

Join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar about topics in climate dynamics. The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and interested researchers worldwide to understand aspects of climate change.

2018-2019 LECTURE SERIES IN CLIMATE CHANGE

OUR WARMING...

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