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The 53rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) will be held as a hybrid conference on March 7–11, 2022. With in-person and global virtual participation, attendees will have the opportunity to share their research and network with colleagues. Planetary scientists, educators, and communication specialists are invited to submit an abstract for the Education and Public Engagement poster session at LPSC 2022.

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A complete list of 2022 topics and...

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,...


Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, January 10 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Jessica Taylor from NASA's Langley Research Center share with us how you can provide data to NASA even on cloudy days.

What to do when clouds fill the view of your sky? Turn this into a citizen science opportunity! Join the GLOBE Cloud Challenge: Clouds in a Changing Climate from January 15-February 15, 2022. Your observations documenting what’s in the sky are helpful to scientists....

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:

Join hosts Rachael Arens, Associate Researcher at NAU PLANETS & Michael Guarraia, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA on Thursday, December 2nd at 7pm CT as they dive into the science behind the James Webb Space Telescope and explore some educator resources related to this incredible telescope! This webinar is suitable for all grades K-12. Access registration here!


Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Jerry Bonnell from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day bring us the best of APOD for 2021.

Along with Robert Nemiroff, Jerry Bonnell 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.   

About Jerry Bonnell

Dr. Jerry Bonnell received a Ph.D....

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...


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...

The US Department of Education's STEM Newsletter has information about:

  • Joint IES & NSF Funding Opportunity for National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes
  • the White House's call for public input on the Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge
  • an EPA Environmental Education Grant
  • and several student STEM opportunities

Airport Design Challenge
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is thrilled to be hosting another round of the very popular 

Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge: Submit Your Ideas Today
On October 20, 2021, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge.” OSTP Director Eric Lander is asking the American public to share their insights on a central question, “How can we guarantee all Americans can fully participate in, and contribute to, science and technology?” The #OSTPTimeIsNow...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Monday, November 22 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Erika Blumenfeld from NASA's ARES program at the Johnson Space Center share with us their new Astromaterials 3D project.

Join us as Transdisciplinary Artist Erika Blumenfeld shares the story of NASA’s Astromaterials 3D project and provides a tour of this powerful website and tool.

About Erika Blumenfeld
Erika Blumenfeld is an independent transdisciplinary artist working at 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...


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...


Goddard will celebrate Earth Science Week throughout the month of October.  Flyer attached.
These talks will not be recorded.

All presentations will be held at 12 pm Eastern.

Oct. 6, 2021 – Gary Partyka

Will talk about the mechanisms which triggered some of the most notable floods of 2021, including a possible unique characteristic of the remnants of Hurricane Ida which may have been responsible for increasing the severity of flood rates in the Northeast United States.

Oct. 12,...


Introduction to NASA Resources for Climate Change Applications

September 29 & October 6 - 11:00 to 13:00 ET and 15:00 to 17:00 ET

Since the pre-industrial period, human activities are estimated to have increased Earth’s global average temperature by about 1.1 degree Celsius (IPCC, 2021), a number that is currently increasing by 0.2 degrees Celsius per decade (GISTEMP Team, 2021). The increase in global average temperature is driven by increased carbon dioxide emissions into the...

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...


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,...

The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects that develop the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity.

This funding opportunity is soliciting two types of projects through separate competitive priorities.

Priority 1 will support new projects ($250,000 - $500,000...

NASA will award approximately $35 million over four years to eight organizations from across the country to bring agency science to learners of all ages, backgrounds, and communities.

Selections were made by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in collaboration with the agency’s Office of STEM Engagement. The total funding for these investigations is approximately $32 million, with an additional $3 million in co-funding from the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program,...

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is currently recruiting graduate students and high school STEM educators to join NASA’s Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program.

The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project hosted at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, NY or NASA Goddard Space...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, October 28 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Robert Zellem from NASA's JPL share how astronomers discover and characterize exoplanets.

What is an exoplanet?
An exoplanet is any planet beyond our solar system. Most orbit other stars, but free-floating exoplanets, called rogue planets, orbit the galactic center and are untethered to any star.

Most of the exoplanets discovered so far are in a relatively small region of our...

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Paul Abell share with us plans for the DART mission to demonstrate a technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.

This presentation will provide some background on potentially hazardous asteroids, recent Earth impacts, and NASA’s activities to help protect Earth from asteroids.  The presentation will describe NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission as well...

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Celebrating Land Cover and Tree Height Observations from the Ground and Space with the Launch of the Landsat 9 Satellite: Celebrating the First Three Years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by Taking a Deeper Dive into the Landsat, ICESat-2, GEDI, GPM, and ECOSTRESS Missions. This webinar will highlight the first three years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by showcasing the land cover, tree...


Greetings from NASA GSFC Office of STEM Engagement @ GISS!

We are currently recruiting graduate students and high school STEM educators to join the Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program.

The application deadline has been extended to August 29, 2021 and there is a new project available at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), in Greenbelt, MD.

For detailed information about educator participation in CCRI 2021-2022, including descriptions of the opportunities, please...

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Attached is the full evaluation plan created by Pacific Research and Evaluation (PRE).

The SciAct portfolio is comprised of 28 competitively selected projects, each uniquely designed to bring to life SciAct’s four top-line objectives through focused pursuit of accompanying mid-level objectives. Through portfolio evaluation, PRE seeks to help SMD identify collective impacts and document progress towards achieving stated program-wide outcomes.

PRE has been engaged as Portfolio Evaluators...