NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) has an essential role in NASA's education mission “to inspire the next generation of explorers.” SMD encourages researchers to participate in education and public outreach (E/PO) in a meaningful way. Here you will find information that will allow you to:
- Become part of SMD’s E/PO community or partner with a community member
- Participate in an SMD Education opportunity
- Find funding opportunities to propose an E/PO project to SMD
- Find resources for your programs
NASA Wavelength is an intuitive and searchable database of SMD educational products and activities. Find resources for your classroom visit or community event!
Created in response to requests for “quick references to E/PO resources” from scientists, the Astrophysics E/PO Resource Sampler and Planetary Science E/PO Resource Sampler are quick-start guides and “samplers” of the variety of Astrophysics and Planetary Science education and public outreach (E/PO) resources.
If you are an Earth or space science researcher who is doing - or interested in - education and public outreach, and 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.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has published a Request for Information (RFI) for Inputs to the Science Mission Directorate Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing (NNH18ZDA017L).
The NASA Science Mission Directorate requests information, comments and suggestions to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing. RFI NNH18ZDA017L solicits input from all stakeholders, including but not limited to members of scientific...
Funding Opportunity Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) NNH18ZDA018C Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) have released the third Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) as NNH18ZDA018C.
SSERVI CAN-3 NNH18ZDA018C invites the submission...
***Due to NASA STARS system maintenance, the Heliophysics Senior Scientist announcement was extended to 10/8/18.
The Senior Scientist for the Heliophysics Division reports directly to the Heliophysics Division Director for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington, DC. The Senior Scientist provides recommendations, advice, and consultation on all science-related aspects of NASA's Heliophysics Division. Job Announcement: Opened 09/10/2018 Original Close 10/05/2018 New Close...
NASA is now advertising for the Deputy Chief Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). The OCS represents all of the scientific endeavors in the agency, ensuring they are aligned with and fulfill the administration's science objectives. The OCS advises the NASA Administrator and other senior officials on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related Investments. To find a detailed description of this position and additional information on...
The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, invites nominations for service on the Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) that advises the Astrophysics Division Director.
The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is December 1, 2018.
U.S. citizens may nominate others or may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies on the APAC. There will be member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider...
Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while...Download
Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with a science related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the graduate students coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring and is considered to be a part time position that supports the graduate students major area of study...Download
The Director of the Planetary Science Division (PSD) reports to the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Associate Administrator (AA) and provides support in determining and presenting the PSD program to NASA senior management, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and other Executive Office stakeholders, and Congress. In partnership with the other SMD Division Directors, the incumbent supports the AA in providing the overall guidance, strategy, focus advocacy, and budget for NASA's...
Regarding the new 2017 Decadal Survey, "Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observations from Space" (2017 ESAS), the NASA Earth Science Division (ESD) invites you to join a Community Forum on September 6, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, for than update on the approach, timing and opportunities to engage with this process. Community forum presentations and other supporting materials will be made available online as they become available.
The GLOBE Observer team has two job opportunities we would appreciate you passing along to your networks as appropriate. GLOBE Observer is part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global...
And the winners are…..
On May 1, 2018, more than 100 students from Michigan & Ohio presented over 70 research projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student conference at The University of Toledo’s Student Union. This conference, originally named SATELLITES: Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space, has grown over the years. The speaker, John Moore from the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, showed students how their data can be visualized by...Download
Total observations: 56,514 cloud observations 3x more than North American Solar Eclipse!
The NASA GLOBE Clouds Challenge, organized by NASA Langley with strong collaborations from GLOBE and GLOBE Observer social media, motivated people around the world to make up to 10 GLOBE cloud observations daily from March 15 - April 15, 2018. GLOBE received over 56,500 cloud observations from more than 15,000 locations in 99 countries, including observations from every continent even Antarctica....Download
From April 6–8, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The Solar System Exploration Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center hosted two booths at the event, both organized by Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC. The booths featured Goddard’s support of lunar and martian science and exploration. At the Moon table, visitors learned...Download
The ASP's 130th Annual Meeting (Advancing Astronomy for All: A Conference on Education, Communication, and Diversity in Science) welcomes your contributions to the advancement of science literacy through astronomy. Share your work and network with other innovative leaders in astronomy education and outreach.
Learn from a thoughtful network of educators and expand your understanding of what's possible in astronomy education with us. Meeting will be held from September 10 - 13, 2018 in...
The MUREP Educator Institutes (MEIs) brings together students and professors from Minority Serving Institutions to each of the NASA centers for an authentic STEM experience. The GLOBE Mission Earth team (University of Toledo and NASA Langley) have been working in collaboration with Texas State University, the GLOBE Implementation Office, GLOBE Partners, and NASA to incorporate GLOBE training into the 2018 summer activities.
Recent Preparation Activities
- Presentation to Educator...
NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars
You are invited to join our next Mars MAVEN webinar, on February 28 (1pm HT, 3pm ADT, 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT):
Making Mars: The story Mars tells about planet formation and migration in the early Solar System
Mars' composition and properties were influenced by where and how it formed. Join Dr. Katherine Kretke of the Southwest Research Institute to learn about planetary formation and migration and how Mars is proving to be a crucial piece...
There are a variety of education and public engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public at the 2018 LPSC conference, in the Woodlands, TX. The SMD Science Activation teams and infrastructure community is invited to join us and invite your scientists to participate in student and public engagement activities.
Abstract submission guidelines: https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/abstract-submission/
Education and Engagement details:
There are a variety of education and public engagement opportunities for scientists, students, and the public at the 2018 LPSC conference. Please join us and invite your scientists to participate in student and public engagement activities.
Submit an Abstract —
The LPSC abstract deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 5pm US Central Standard Time. In addition to abstracts on a variety of planetary science topics, we are soliciting abstracts for Education and Public Engagement posters. ...
Mapping GLOBE Atmosphere and Surface Temperature Data Using ArcGIS Online
Presenters: David A. Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography, Tennessee State University, TSU students
This webinar spotlights Tennessee State University's Geographic Information Systems Day and National Geography Awareness Week outreach activity. Ninth grade students attending Nashville's Stratford STEM Magnet High School collected GLOBE Atmosphere and Surface Temperature Protocol data on the Friday prior to...Download
The fourth Science and Collaboration webinar for the ENSO Phase III "Water in Our Environment" will be held on Thurs., Dec. 7th at 8 pm (EST). We will focus on our second guiding investigative question- "What impacts does water, above and below ground, have on our environment?"
You can find out more about this event here.
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), (NSF 18-1) has been issued.
A webinar to brief the community on the new PAPPG will be held on December 8 at 2 PM EST. Registration is now available at: https://nsfgrantsconferences.com/pappg-update-webinar/
The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 29, 2018. Significant changes include:
- Addition of a new eligibility subcategory on international branch...
See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders.
Come learn how and why NASA satellite data is being used to predict the onset of water-related and vector-borne diseases as well as to inform operational users so they can...