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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.

Resources from the SciAct Collective to celebrate Engineers Week and encourage engineering throughout the year have been compiled on the Engineering page at the NASA eClips website. This website contains a collection of NASA-funded resources to inspire students to explore engineering and other STEM-related activities and careers. More resources will be added to this page as engineering challenges, activities, and events are submitted.

 

Greetings from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies!

 

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  Today, Spencer Hill, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty...

In collaboration with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we would like to invite you to a series of webinars for K-12 students and educators. The EI LIVE K-12 channel will feature experts from across the Earth Institute presenting relevant sustainability content in 45-minute live sessions for K12 students and educators.  This week, Dannie Dinh, Program Officer and Deputy Country Lead for the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) project, International Research...

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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Making Our Way to Mars: Journey Through Space with NASA Astronauts

1-2 pm EST, February 17, 2021

Livestream open to all! Tune in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/zRuSZxLCgm4

Event webpage: https://stemaction.usra.edu/programs/making-our-way-to-mars/event-lineup/journey-through-space-with-nasa-astronauts/

Perseverance, NASA's newest and most advanced rover, is on target to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. How did it get there and what might it reveal about our nearest planetary...


Keynote Session: A conversation with Dr. Mae Jemison, Engineer, Physician, Entrepreneur & Former NASA Astronaut.

Dr. Jemison is an engineer, physician, entrepreneur and former NASA astronaut, who, in 1992 made history as the world’s first woman of color in space aboard the Space-Shuttle Endeavour, and the Spacelab Japan mission. Jemison leads the non-profit initiative 100 Year Starship. 100YSS seeks to ensure that the capabilities for human interstellar travel, beyond our solar...

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' annual Astronomy Days will be virtual this year, with seven days of astronomical programming! Join NCMNS, the Raleigh Astronomy Club, and NASA Langley Research Center to discover the big picture of the universe. There's something for space enthusiasts of all ages! Visit the official event website for full details, including all programs and member benefits: bit.ly/AstronomyDays2020

There will be three presentations using

Astronomy Online: Secrets of Saturn

Virtual family-friendly program from American Museum of Natural History

January 8, 2021, 1 pm EST

Saturn as visualized in OpenSpace.

Why do our planets form a disk around the Sun? The NASA Cassini mission revealed that Saturn is a natural laboratory for investigating this question and even helped to demonstrate how new solar systems form around far-away stars.

Find out about Cassini’s discoveries with American Museum of Natural History Curator Denton Ebel and planetary...

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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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...

On December 4, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared his experience bringing together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery to create the Apollo in Real Time website.  The site enables users to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago.

~500 live participants and ~200 archive participants were involved in the event.  Participants were from 19 different states and Mexico and included students in grades 2 -...

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Keeping Watch on Planet Earth

Live Webcast: October 15, 2020, 4 pm EDT

Promotional poster for "Keeping Watch on Planet Earth" webcast. Event title in white text on right of image. Below the title, are logos for OpenSpace and StarNet NASA @ My Library. On the left of the image is a visualization of the Earth from space created using the OpenSpace software.

Set a reminder and tune in on YouTube: https://youtu.be/p0LI9LS7o-Q​

Since its beginning, NASA has been watching Earth’s weather, atmospheric conditions, land use, and, over time, climate.

Join American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a live flight to view Earth as seen by satellites, and how its ecological system is divided into major life zones. 

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  • 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
  • The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
  • The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.

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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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On March 11, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Deputy Apollo Curator, Dr. Juliane Gross, shared details about how lunar sample investigations, including ANGSA & the recently opened core sample, studies of other Apollo samples & meteorites continue to contribute to knowledge about the Moon.

The event reached ~485 student and educator live participants and 504+ archived participants across 18 states. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached...

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On January 28, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) meteorite processor, Curtis Calva, shared an overview of the work he does in NASA's Antarctic Meteorite Curation Laboratory. The event reached ~317 live participants and 400+ archived participants across 17 states and Mexico. Participants include classroom students and educators ranging from grades 3-12, in addition to a number of Solar System Ambassadors.

Feedback: "I liked hearing Curtis' story about what he...

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As educators, we are expected to implement an educational framework built on the belief that “all means all,” but we are faced with very political and public rhetoric that sends a different message. In this session, join Mirko Chardin and Katie Novak as they share how UDL can be leveraged as a foundation for equity when we are willing to name and eliminate barriers that have created inequitable, exclusionary, and oppressive systems. We need to transform schools and ensure that students and...

On October 2, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as involvement and excitement about exploring the Moon.  The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

~567 live participants and ~2050 archive...

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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.

Bring your questions for our presenters and...

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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Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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WGBH, through its Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project, is offering K-12 educators a three-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Katie Novak, Ed.D., author of eight best-selling books on Universal Design for Learning and Mirko Chardin, co-author with Dr. Novak on "Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL," will lead a series of three one-hour webinars on Universal Design for Learning.  Participants will learn more about a framework to help...

Saturday, September 26 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join people around the world to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. The Moon will be close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

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Field Trip: Comets

August 21, 2020, 1 pm EDT

The night sky has been a spectacular show lately, with the appearance of Comet NEOWISE in July and the Perseids annual meteor shower this month. Join American Museum of Natural History planetary scientist Marina Gemma and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a virtual field trip to visit see some of these space objects up close. Find out what comets and meteors can reveal to scientists studying our solar system, and why and how you can spot...

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