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Great Space Challenge for all girls, K – 12  open through August 31.

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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...

NASA SEES High School Interns Speaker Series about Space Fact vs Fiction

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NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series

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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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Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts delivered a live webcast to over 2200 girls, Awesome Girls: Mars to the Stars. The event was open to girls, not just registered Girl Scouts.

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In this document, Existing K-12 Distance Learning Surveys, Articles and Teacher Dialogues Tell Us . . . , we reviewed a range of K-12 surveys and articles on distance learning.  And, we've also included summaries of teacher dialogues captured during WGBH's distance learning webinars and peer-to-peer exchanges.

 

 

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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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Mentes Curiosas en la NASA (Curious Minds at NASA) is a new weekly segment of an educational show, Mentes Curiosas, airing in Panamá through a collaboration between the public media TV station SER-TV and the U.S. Embassy in Panamá. It focuses on introducing children and families to STEM and NASA Hispanic Role Models.

Episodes of Mentes Curiosas en la NASA during May-June featured NASA scientist Dr. Erika Podest, NASA oceanographer Dr. Jorge Vazquez, NASA JPL communications...

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Congratulations to the My NASA Data team on their Group Achievement Award for outstanding excellence in the development of unique data analysis tools to expand NASA's reach to students and inspire the next generation of NASA Earth explorers. 

The NASA Group Achievement Award is an award given by NASA to groups of government or non-government personnel in recognition of group accomplishments contributing to NASA's mission. This achievement recognizes the team’s accomplishments in providing...

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Follow Perseverance to Mars (OpenSpace & NASA @ My Library Livestream)

June 30, 4 pm EDT

The Perseverance Rover will launch this summer (July 17 – Aug. 5, 2020) and head to Jezero Crater, where it will land at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.

The American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will lead us on an exploration of this exciting landing site as we fly over it together...

NASA has opened a pilot Entrepreneurs Challenge to invite fresh ideas and new participants in supporting development of new instruments and technologies to advance the agency’s science exploration goals.

The agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking novel ideas reflective of those currently trending in the commercial sector – particularly in areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomy, robotics and advanced sensors. The Entrepreneurs Challenge aligns with...

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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Members of the science community are invited to download the Science Mission Directorate's (SMD's) newest version of its Science Plan, Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence, at https://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy.  

This document was developed through close collaboration with the entire SMD leadership team and NASA Center Directors and was reviewed by the NASA Advisory Committee’s Science Committee and the Space Studies Board. It lays out an ambitious...

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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17 Students and five teachers presented their GLOBE research work virtually on May 19, 2020 in the GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space (SATELLITES) Student Conference. Students who were able and allowed to present virtually did so. Teachers presented student projects for students who were not allowed to due to a school’s policy of not allowing students to present using conferencing software. Research projects were...

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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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GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar: What's a Phenological Garden? Cycles of Life in Your Classroom and Neighborhood, broke previous records in registration, attendance, largest number of international attendees and featuring an international speaker. Over 100 people registered and over 70 attended the webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm EDT. Starting with the GLOBE Green Up/Green Down Protocol, presenters showcased activities being done by students at schools which can be adapted to home...

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