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Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects is a comprehensive unit for students grades 9-12. Throughout this unit, students learn how climate is changing in urban settings and produce mitigation solutions for city environmental concerns. Students explore climate simulation models and global temperature profiles; learn about remote sensing and investigate instruments on climate satellites; analyze remote sensing imagery and understand the urban heat island effect; collect...

Blue Carbon: Bringing Field Research and ArcGIS Mapping to the High School Classroom is a comprehensive unit plan for students in grades 9-12 that provides students with background information on the importance of salt marshes as ecosystems by studying blue carbon, the carbon that is stored largely in sediment linked to coastal waters.   Students design an experiment to probe for depth at a local saltmarsh or tidal freshwater marsh and utilize ArcGIS to map local wetlands, compare and...

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Continuing with your Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Projects: Looking more in-depth at online tools, story mapping, and the NASA GLOBE Observer trees and land cover tools for student research projects, including student research on lime trees in Croatia. The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will continue Phase II of Year 3 by bringing teachers and students together with the common goal of discussing and...

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The 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase: COVID, Equity and Social Justice will be held May 11 – 18, 2021. Consider presenting a short video.

From the STEM For All Video Showcase team:

We are especially interested in presentation narratives that share how your project survived, adapted, and changed due to COVID-19. What...

Nominate A Teacher or Parent for a Chance to Win A Science Lesson Kit from Olay

In September, Olay announced a 10-year commitment to double the number of women and triple the number of women of color in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers by 2030. Women hold only 24% of these roles, a figure that represents the STEM gap.

Today, the brand takes a step toward closing the STEM gap by helping schools intervene at a critical moment when girls’ STEM interests need to be fed in...

In May 2020, citizen scientist Carmen Mandel met two major milestones: she marked her one-year anniversary of being a GLOBE Observer and she single-handedly expanded the Clouds satellite match data by 36%. Carmen uses GLOBE Observer to record clouds 2-3 times daily every time she gets a notification that a NASA satellite is overhead. She sends her data to GLOBE, but then she records her observation in her own clouds journal. When she receives an email from NASA Langley Research Center...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Getting Started with your Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Projects: An open forum webinar with students, educators, and the Trees Campaign core team. With the first four months of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign focusing on the science (Tree Height, Greenings, Carbon Cycle, and Land Cover), we will now focus on how to take that science and create student research projects. We will hear from several students...

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AMNH Virtual Frontiers Lecture: Hot Takes on Cool Worlds

12 pm EST, December 16, 2020

Illustration of Kepler-1652b, a super-Earth exoplanet that orbits an M-type star. Courtesy NASA JPL-Caltech.

Is there a moon around Kepler-1625 b? Can rocky planets around small stars hold onto their atmospheres? Are super-Earths habitable?

Laura Kreidberg, exoplanet atmosphere specialist and director of the APEx Department at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, reviews the latest controversies and recent discoveries of exoplanet research.

Exoplanet detection may be old news — over 4,000 have...

Virtual Programs with NASA Scientists were conducted to create memorable experiences, by providing opportunities for patrons to “meet” and engage in meaningful two-way discussions with scientists. Initial evaluation (surveys, polls, interviews) found that the programs benefited the library staff, scientists, and patrons.

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On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,775 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • moon.nasa.gov went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content...

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Attached are two files that were sent to me by the US Department of Education. One is the UDL template for ppt and the other one is the instructions for how to use ppt with their template so that the final result is 508-compliant. Enjoy! 

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We are excited to invite you and your students to join a GLOBE IVSS (International Virtual Science Symposium) Webinar on "Developing Good Research Questions", with Jillian Anderson and Wade Phillips, high school science teachers at the Lexington School for the Deaf.

Jillian is also a CCRI Educator Ambassador, and we're delighted that both her and Wade will be sharing effective tips to help prepare students to participate in GLOBE's 2021 IVSS!

This webinar will be presented in English...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, December 17 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Robert Nemiroff give us a tour of the highlights from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive for 2020.

Along with Jerry Bonnell, Robert Nemiroff has written, coordinated, and edited NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) since 1995.  The APOD archive contains the largest collection of annotated astronomical images on the internet.   

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 3:00pm ET (8:00pm UTC, 9:00pm CET). Trees: The Lungs of the Earth. Trees are the lungs of our planet. Through photosynthesis they take up carbon dioxide and water and produce oxygen, a process that plays a critical role in the global carbon cycle. Come hear Dr. Erika Podest, a research scientist with the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California USA, discuss the carbon cycle, the role of trees in it, and how...

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Trees are Land Cover! Did you that all the trees that you see in your local environment are all part of the local land cover? Land cover data helps us understand how much of or what part of local regions to global locations are covered by landforms, trees and forests, wetlands, impervious surfaces, agriculture, and other land and water types. This webinar will feature Peder Nelson, Researcher and Instructor and GLOBE Observer Land Cover...

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Former SEES Interns participated in and won Amazon AWS hackathon (https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/buildforcovid19-global-online-hackathon/) that they participated in. Their project is titled COVID-19 Health Vulnerability Mapper - Access and Equity. It is posted at http://covid.shawsean.com. The SEES alums participating are Asha Karmaker, Sean Yang, Fiona Pollack, Iris Xia and Ethan McFarlin. 

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On October 15, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientists Dr. Ann Nguyen and Dr. Nicole Lunning shared an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission at Bennu and a preview of the TAG (Touch-And-Go) event which occurred on October 20th.

The live event reached ~503 students and ~84 educators with an additional ~650 students and ~270 educators registered to watch the archive. Participants were from 35 states, Washington DC, Mexico, Spain, and...

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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, October 29 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Kathy Campbell explore the what, how and why in the quest for ET life in the Solar System in the current and coming decades.

Little Green (Wo)Men are out; microbes are in. The search for life beyond Earth has recently accelerated since the lull following the Mars Viking missions in the 1970’s. Both the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ and Icy Worlds are receiving intense scrutiny. This talk will...

As an IOMN partner, Girl Scouts of the USA invited girls from local council astronomy clubs to submit a photo of the Moon and short video to encourage girls to participate in the International Observe the Moon Night on September 26th.

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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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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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Engage, Explore, Discover:  The NASA JSC Astromaterials Science Engagement Team efforts are aimed at sharing and engaging students, educators, the public, and the scientific community with the science, research, curation, and exploration conducted by the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Division. This is facilitated through resources available on our website, webinars, outreach events, educator workshops, participation in conferences, programs enabling the borrowing of...

This Sept. 17, 2020, collaborative webinar was planned and presented by three NASA Science Activation Earth science awards and the GLOBE Implementation Office. Each group shared a broad range of NASA-sponsored opportunities and resources to connect students to investigating our Earth system using NASA and GLOBE data.

Our goal was to support teachers and students to develop and enter their research in the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS).

There were 138 attendees...

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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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