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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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GIO has posted a new position, that of Assistant Director. Over the last number of years, the growth in The GLOBE Program has increased the number of tasks for the director. In order to re-organize the work, and allow future developments to occur, it was decided that a new position of assistant director should be created. 

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and various UCAR Cooperative Programs (UCP),...


Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Cynthia Evans tell us about NASA's search for meteorites in Antarctica.

Dr. Evans will describe some of her recent experiences deployed to Antarctica as part of NASA’s Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) 2019-2020 field team.  She will also discuss the importance of NASA’s meteorite collection for understanding solar system evolution and relevance for current and future NASA missions.

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Emily Levesque share the science and adventures behind what it's like to be a professional astronomer and work at the world's cutting-edge observatories.

How can we photograph a black hole? Can we find one star hidden inside another? What will the next generation of telescopes reveal about the cosmos? In this webinar I'll share the science and adventures behind what it's like to...

The Universal Design for Learning Mobilization Guide for SMD Science Activation Teams was created to support SciAct teams who are getting started in implementing UDL within their projects. The Guide provides a basic overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), guidelines for conducting a UDL Self-study/assessment, thematic findings from Katie Novak’s initial review and one-on-one consultation meetings with select SciAct teams, and UDL implementation tips.  Groups requiring additional...

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On June 30, the American Museum of Natural History and NASA@My Library, in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, hosted a live webcast "Follow Perseverance to Mars." The “virtual field trip” used AMNH’s OpenSpace to take viewers to the landing site of the Mars 2020 rover, led by AMNH’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. LPI Staff Scientists Germán Martínez and Kennda Lynch, and NASA Johnson Space Center Exploration Mission Scientist Liz Rampe participated on-screen...

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Interns at The Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute prepared and distributed STEM@Home science kits for homebound students unable to attend summer camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over 100 kits were distributed across western North Carolina to students in grades 6 -12 through the funding and support of cooperative agreement NNX16AB87A.

“Camp Connect” is a month long (July 1 – August 6) interactive distance learning science experience exploring topics ranging...

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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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Sense of Place - Indigenous Perspectives of Earth and Sky
Featuring Ka'iu Kimura,
Executive Director of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i"


Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific/ 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5815908608377/WN_pCU0nyR4RkWLWvg9rTJjTQ

 

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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...

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in collaboration with the Earth Institute, invites you to a special EI LIVE “MASC Snowflake ID” presentation.
The purpose of the project is to involve students and the public in the science of snowflake classification through Zooniverse while simultaneously building a dataset that will be used to "teach" machine-learning algorithms to identify other, larger sets of snowflakes automatically. The detailed structure of snowflakes tells us a lot...

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 4:00 EDT (8:00pm UTC, 10:00pm CEST): GLOBE IVSS and Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin Argentina: An overview of the combination of trees, land cover, water quality, and mosquito habitats. Join students from the Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin in Argentina as they discuss their GLOBE research of trees, land cover, water quality and mosquito habitats. The students have been taking many GLOBE protocol observations to help construct a comprehensive picture of what is...

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Aileen Toback, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Heritage Middle School in New Windsor, NY, is also a NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Ms. Toback has been participating in meetings with NASA scientists and engaged her students in a snowflake classification project which is part of NASA climate change research. Ms. Toback was recently featured on Times Herald-Record.

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Brian Campbell and Dorian Janney took part in the 2020 COSI Virtual Science festival, May 6 – 9, 2020, through Facebook Live and Video Premiere events. The festival was, “A Community Celebration of Science,” a four-day community festival that engaged learners of all ages – bringing science to people where they live, work, and lounge – to inspire curiosity and further exploration. Brian’s and Dorian’s features included NASA and GLOBE Program information and  have reached thousands of...

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STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project have developed a special collection of resources: STEAM Ahead @ Home for library staff and patrons.

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Field Trip Mars

March 8, 2020, 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT

https://youtu.be/EBy36tg2gyc

Field Trip Mars poster showing the time of the event (May 8 1:30 ET) and Mars, surrounded by illustrated spaceships.

Are volcanoes still active on Mars? What does Mars smell like? Where did the water that was once on Mars go? Get answers to these questions—and ask your own — in this family-friendly livestream flyover of Mars on the American Museum of Natural History's YouTube. Using OpenSpace, NASA-funded space visualization software, museum scientists will fly over canyons, hover past impact craters, and...

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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Brian Campbell will highlight the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) and it’s the use of lasers to measure the height of Earth’s objects, like ice and trees.

Join the live event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/880376559129397/

Presenters from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) facilitated an interactive webinar, "Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library," with Christine Shupla from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Elizabeth Nicolai from the Anchorage Public Library in Alaska.

The webinar highlighted NASA and NASA-related resources for libraries to help provide virtual STEAM programming for the 2020 summer reading theme, “Imagine Your Story.” 

Constellation stories from indigenous cultures from...

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Please see the attached nugget for our Patron Experience Pilot training workshop. 

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) on a YouTube livestream to hear Brian Day from NASA's Ames Research Center give us an inside look at lunar landing sites past and future, what we learned and hope to learn.

As we celebrate 50 years of human exploration on the lunar surface, we'll take a look back at each of the Apollo landing sites and discuss why each site was chosen and what made each site so interesting. We'll then recap...

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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 

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CCRI Educator, Elizabeth Sebastian, will lead a conversation about urban heat islands and the comprehensive unit plan she developed. The unit plan “The Heat is On: Urban Heat Islands, detection strategies, and mitigation solutions” uses innovative technology to understand the changing climate in urban areas and create solutions to the ongoing environmental problems in cities. The unit utilizes a variety of resources, such as NASA EOSDIS Worldview, Terra MODIS data, GLOBE, NASA Scientific...

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