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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plays an essential role in inspiring the next generation of explorers. The discoveries and new knowledge from NASA’s missions and research programs offer the opportunity to engage and excite students about science and exploration. This link offers teachers information about K-12 classroom resources, programs, events, and opportunities for K-12 educators. To find resources and opportunities for your grade level, click the Xes next to the other two grade levels in the Audience box on the left sidebar and click the blue Go button (e.g., if you teach middle school, click the Xes next to High school and Elementary in the Audience box).


Looking for NASA science educational resources for your classroom? Visit NASA Wavelength, a searchable database that contains a wealth of SMD educational products for the K-12 classroom!

You can also search for all education resources created by all areas of NASA.

Visit NASA Nationwide to find speakers for your classroom and to learn about events that may be ongoing in your community.

If you 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.

To find SMD Education events, visit the Calendar Tab.

To find events associated with NASA Wavelength, visit Wavelength’s News and Events page.

Saturday, October 1 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.

We encourage you to interpret 'observe' broadly. From lunar art projects to virtual field trips to data that you can hear, there are so many ways to enjoy, learn about, and connect with the Moon. Visit the International Observe the

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Focusing on Students and Educators as they prepare for Year 5 of the Campaign and the 2023 GLOBE IVSS: Featuring Highlights from the U.S. Forest Service’s Tree Canopy Cover Layer and U.S. Tree Mapping and Monitoring. Focus: North America. 

 

This webinar will bring the campaign to the GLOBE North America Region with a focus on activities that can assist students and teachers, from all across GLOBE, with their tree, land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle research, as part of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will have a guest

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP), happening now, from 22 April through 22 May 2022. Everyone, from students to educators to citizen scientists can participate in the IOP by collecting Tree Height and Land Cover observations, using the traditional GLOBE protocol observations and/or the NASA GLOBE Observer App. Your observations will add significantly

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 11:00am EDT (3:00pm UTC, 5:00pm CEST, 6:00pm Arabian Standard Time). Highlighting Biometry Measurements Through Student Research Projects and Online Tools within the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia and GLOBE Near East and North Africa Regions. Region Focus: Near East and North Africa and a return to GLOBE Europe and Eurasia. 

Join the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign as we enter the GLOBE Near East and North Africa Region. We will showcase some exciting student research projects from this region, as well as have student presenters returning from the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region,

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much

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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much concentrated

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The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Solar Eclipse Task Force invites you to join us for a virtual eclipse-planning workshop to be held Friday-Saturday, April 8-9, 2022, online via Zoom. This event will bring together astronomers, educators, local and state officials, and others involved (or wanting to become involved) in preparing their communities for the 2023 and 2024 North American solar eclipses. Each day’s program will run from 9 am to 2 pm PDT (12 pm to 5 pm EDT).

The workshop will feature talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions on strategies for eclipse-related engagement. Several sessions will focus on

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). All About the European Phenology 2022 Spring Tree Campaign with Student Research Presentations from Across the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region. Region Focus: Europe and Eurasia. 

This webinar will be the second month of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign focus on the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region. During the webinar, Lenka Kleger of the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Regional Coordination Office will discuss the GLOBE European Phenology's 2022 Spring Tree Campaign and its goal for students to observe trees from buds to leaves, using the GLOBE Green

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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.

Using Tools to Explore the Changes of the Polar Regions will be presented on Thursday January 13 at 4:00 -4:45PM ET.

DESCRIPTION: The polar regions are extremely dynamic with the ice always

NASA Spotlite Challenge: Cloud Detectives
Developed in Collaboration with NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative

NASA eClips and NESEC invite student teams to produce a short video (90 seconds to 2 minutes) confronting one of two misconceptions related to clouds by investigating and collecting evidence, including GLOBE Clouds and NASA data.

In this challenge, student teams:

  • Confront a science misconception by gathering evidence through observations and explorations
  • Capture questions and findings through video
  • Produce a video to challenge others to make their own observations

Register for the January 27 session to learn more about the NASA Spotlite Video Design Challenge: Cloud

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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 virtual or in-person event, or join in as an individual observer. However you choose to observe, please follow local guidelines on

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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 Event

Description:

This is a collaboration of six schools spanning across three New York City Boroughs and New Jersey. The collective audience includes more than 4,350 high school students and 400 educators and is a

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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, education, arts, and mathematics. Educators and families can register starting Thursday, Sept. 23, at:https://go.nasa.gov/WebbSTEAMDay

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 height, and greenings observations taken by students, citizen scientists and space-based satellites and instruments, during the first three years of

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Explore Earth: CCRI - Urban Surface Temperatures and Urban Heat Island Effects in Spanish
Temperaturas de la superficie urbana y efectos de la isla de calor

Thursday 07/29/2021
1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT)
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 9-12 

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University in conjunction with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is providing a 1-hour webinar in Spanish.

Join us in a conversation about Urban Surface Temperatures and the Urban Heat Island Effects.  Throughout this unit, students learn how climate is changing in urban settings and

Please help us spread the word about the July 25-August 25 Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge, and particularly our webinar this Thursday, July 22, that is being hosted by L.A. Public Library.  Following is sample text you might customize, and a shareable image is also attached for social.  This webinar is open to all and suitable for ages 8+ so please share with friends and family to learn what they can do besides swat away these pesks.

Thanks!  

Webinar: Mosquito Habitat Mapper Photo Challenge

Thursday, July 22 @ 6:00pm EDT/3:00 PM PDT 

RSVP at:  bit.ly/july22mosquito

What is a summer without

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 12:00pm EDT (4:00pm UTC): At Ease with the Trees: Preparing for Student Investigations and Research Projects with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team, Session I. During this special webinar, participants will be able to work directly, via breakout discussions, with the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign team members to focus on several specific research topics for future student projects. These include: “Land Cover and Land Cover Change for Student Research,” GLOBE Tree Height Comparisons with ICESat-2 and GEDI, ”GPM Precipitation Data and How it Affects Trees,” and “What Can

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The EI LIVE K-12 channel experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators. On Thursday June 24, students will learn about how wind is created on Earth, and how we can use it to do important work like grinding grain, moving ships, pumping water, and generating electricity from a STEM professional. A panel of guests from Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), a utility company that provides electric service to more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, will present during this session. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program

Please join us for Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project’s special presentation with Kristen Marlatt, Climate Change Research Initiative Education Ambassador.  Kristen will share a wide variety of NASA resources to support teaching climate science.

June 22nd 9:00pm EASTERN TIME

Register at https://forms.gle/UpFueuasYtSjVpPt6

Please feel free to share with your network!

Photo of a person smiling in front of postcard-like picture of Earth from low orbit. Text reads Kristen Marlatt Climate Change Research Initiative Education Ambassador Teach Climate Science with NASA Data June 22, 2021 9:00 pm EST. QR code.

 

What are the tools needed for collecting samples? What is the training needed to prepare for this type of exploration? Hear and learn from Kelsey Young, a research space scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Trevor Graff, who has participated in five Mars missions and is the chief scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division, who are on the front lines planning, designing tools, and developing methods and science objectives for astronauts to collect samples on the Moon and eventually Mars. The program is hosted and co-produced by John “Das” Galloway,

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). The people behind the pixels: understanding rapid forest changes to the Andes-Amazon region. Join Dr. Paulo Murillo-Sandoval, a native of Colombia, to learn how he used the Landsat time-series satellite data with local knowledge to map, measure, and describe conversion of forest to agriculture land cover changes from 1988-2019 in an area of the Andes-Amazon region. In particular, he will describe how armed conflict influenced forest resources in this region. He will also introduce how he uses the publicly accessible Google Earth Engine to perform satellite image analysis and share results

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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. On Thursday June 3, Nicholas Frearson, Senior Staff Associate, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk about how scientists are analyzing volcanic data in real time to identify patterns that will help them anticipate future eruptions. 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

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. On Thursday May 27, Chia-Ying Lee, Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will talk about hurricanes and what’s happening to them in an age of climate change. Learners will get a basic understanding of how hurricanes form, develop, grow, and change, as well as what scientists know (and don’t know) about the 2021 hurricane season. During each EI K-12 session the NASA Education Program Specialist from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the

From virtual tours and educator professional development webinars to student challenges and educational toolkits, NASA Next Gen STEM has many opportunities for this summer! Please see the attached flyer for details!

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In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to share about a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. 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. This Thursday, Frank Nitsche, Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, will help students learn about the interaction of ice and ocean water around Antarctica, the main driver of melting today. He will talk about how and where warm ocean water is getting to the ice and melting it, how we observe and

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