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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 our missions and research programs engage and excite peoples’ imaginations about science and exploration. Here museum and science center educators, librarians, after-school providers and other informal educators will find information about educational resources, programs, events, and opportunities.

NASA Wavelength is a searchable database that contains a wealth of SMD educational products for the informal learning environment.

NASA’s Museum Alliance community brings current NASA science and technology to museum visitors. NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors and Night Sky Network Amateur Astronomy Clubs volunteer networks offer speakers for programs and events.

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.

April 2019-Land Cover (Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) Begins April 1, 2019!

Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) are focused periods of time where participants are encouraged to collect large amounts of data and enter it in the GLOBE database. Data that is collected during an IOP will provide other GLOBE students, scientists, researchers, and educators large amounts of concentrated data over a short period of time. This can also be referred to as "Data...

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Tree Height, Wetlands, and the Invasive Task Force: Live from New York.

Students and teachers from the Mahopac High School in Mahopac, New York have been studying wetlands around their school and local area for years.  They have recently started taking tree height measurements to add the next level of observations to their wetland research. Invasive species, in New York, continue to have an impact on trees. Students from Mahopac High School, personnel from the Cornell Cooperative...

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What Greens Up, Must Green Down: Greenings Live from Switzerland.

GLOBE Master Trainer, Markus Eugster, and his students from the Sekundarschule Uzwil in Switzerland have been conducting Greenings (Green-Up and Green-Down) research during their tree investigations. Monitoring the the beginning and ending of the growing season of trees helps scientists track plant growing seasons. One way to track the change is through a Swiss GLOBE program called PhenoCam, a way to use automated cameras...

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The NASA eClips team encourages you to engage your non-formal student audience in Spotlite student production. NASA Spotlites are short videos that correct science misconceptions. Students research, create storyboards, write scripts, and film and edit videos to correctly teach science concepts to younger students.

Please join us for one of two informational 45 minute webinars on Tuesday, March 12,  2019 (3:00-3:45 or 4:30-5:15 pm EST).
Participants will learn how to integrate this...

•In February 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) sent out 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2019.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for 11 STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with strong...

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A webinar facilitated by NASA Astromaterials, Paige Graff, at the Johnson Space Center on February 13, 2019 brought students, educators, Solar System Ambassadors, Challenger Centers & more into NASA's Stardust Curation Lab.  Participants came from 22 states, Mexico and Australia.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC): Resources for Trees Research and Guiding Investigative Questions. During this webinar, Forest Research and Professor, Peder Nelson and Campaign Lead, Brian Campbell will introduce some campaign guiding investigative questions that will provide students with questions to answer while collecting and analyzing their GLOBE protocol data.  Also, several major resources, to assist students in extending their data analysis, will be presented,...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC): Our Connection to the Land: Trees and Forests Through the Eyes of the Salish Tribe of Montana. Oscar Garza and his team will show how GLOBE protocols and citizen science have the potential to help efforts of many communities around the world in their task on language, culture and landscape revitalization and preservation in a dual-learning environment. Many indigenous cultures around the world posses a different perspective about forestry...

•As libraries across the country prepare to implement space science-themed programs in summer 2019, the Space Science Institute and Lunar and Planetary Institute are partnering with state libraries to deliver training on NASA science learning experiences.

•Two workshops reached the following states and individuals:

     - NM on 10/31/18: 17 participants

     - CO on 11/15-16/18: 34 participants

•This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library...

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In October 2018, fourteen state libraries were selected to become 2019 NASA@ My Library partners. They will join four other state libraries who helped pilot the project in 2018. See map below for locations. Key partners for NASA@ My Library include the Space Science Institute, the American Library Association and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies.

This expanded network of 18 state library partners will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons
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Monday, December 3, 2018 @ 8:00pm EST (1:00am UTC Tuesday, December 4, 2018): Getting Tree Science Done: Live from Shumate Middle School in Gibraltar, Michigan. Join GLOBE Teacher, Jeff Bouwman, and his students Lily, Brady, and Thomas, as they discuss just how doing GLOBE Tree Science at Shumate Middle School is helping them understand their local environment. Through measuring tree height, identifying tree species, and taking local baseline protocol measurements, the students play a vital...

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC): Investigation of Park Mlaka: Live from Croatia. Current and former students, of Marina Pavlic, from the Prirodoslovna i grafička škola in Croatia will be discussing their investigation of Park Mlaka in Mlaka County, Croatia. Students developed an overarching hypothesis of, "The trees in Park Mlaka produce enough oxygen for the inhabitants of the entire Mlaka County." The initial research took place from 2016-2017 with students that are...

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On October 18, 2018, the High Plains Library District, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and it’s NASA@ My Library initiative, hosted a live In-flight Education Downlink from the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor.

The downlink event resulted in at least 90 confirmed library events and had over 16,000 live views from libraries and partner classrooms across the nation. After the live event, the NASA@ My...

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  • 404 participants attended the NASA GSFC Visitor Center’s International Observe the Moon Night event on Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • 65 volunteers, including members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team, representatives from across NASA science and engineering divisions, communications specialists, and local high school students helped make it an outstanding event
  • Event included:
    • Telescope viewing, supported by the Goddard Astronomy Club
    • Hands-on...

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Announcement for Proposals (AFP) For a Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project (NNH18ZDA016K)

Point of Contact: George Tahu; Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov.

This AFP solicits proposals to define, organize, and execute a contest for U.S. K-12 students to select a name for the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020 on a non-reimbursable, i.e., no-exchange-of-funds, basis. The Mars...

  • Over 30,000 people attended the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Space & Science Festival held September 20-23 in New York City.
  • Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC and Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with visitors.
  • Festival goers were able to touch terrestrial analogs of lunar rock types, feel 3D models of the...

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Invite your class or after-school group to join us for Fall 2018 Solar Week, October 22-26th

www.solarweek.org

Please join us for Solar Week/ Fall 2018, October 22-26th — a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. At some point during the week, we...

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ICESat-2 Pre-launch Educator Workshop from the Dick DeWees Community Center in Lompoc, California was on GME (GLOBE Mission EARTH) Facebook Live on September 13, 2018. Brian Campbell, NASA Earth Science Education Specialist at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, described the science behind the mission and its connection to the GLOBE Program. John Moore and Peter Dorofy from the Palmyra Cove Nature Park’s Institute for Earth Observations explained how the data from ICESat-2 can be display on the...

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Did you know that NASA uses your GLOBE data? Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University showcases the NASA satellites which collect surface temperature data and explains how that data is collected. In the teacher feature, Jeff Bouwman from Shumate Middle School, Gibraltar, MI will focus on how to get students to develop research questions. Dates & locations of GLOBE Research Symposia will be announced. 

It is best for you to register so that you may receive notifications of any...

Dr. C (Czajkowski) is launching his Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign for 2018-2019 in the GLOBE Program!

He needs your students to collect surface temperature and cloud observations and submit the data to GLOBE.

More detailed information can be found at https://www.globe.gov/web/surface-temperature-field-campaign/overview.

This GLOBE Mission EARTH (GME) webinar series for 2018-2019 will be offered on Wednesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time. It is best...

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  • This past August, Andrea Jones and Staci Tiedeken, both of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division, spoke about planetary science and exploration at two local libraries in support of the AAAS-organized Summer of Science.
  • Jones led a program at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, VA; Tiedeken spoke with visitors at Long Branch Library in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Roughly 50 people attended these events and learned about Goddard’s contributions to planetary...

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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum/ P.O. Box 37012 / NASM 3567, MRC 311 Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Phone: 202-633-2429 / Fax: 202-786-2947 Email: nasmmutualconcerns@si.edu

Re: Mutual Concerns of Aviation and Space Museums Conference

Just a friendly reminder that we’re just two months away from our 2018 conference in Tucson, AZ! If you haven’t seen the agenda, registered, or booked...

  • Over 1500 people attended the Night Sky Festival held August 10-12 at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.
  • Staci Tiedeken of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center represented the Solar System Exploration Division at the festival. She discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various meteorites and Earth rocks for attendees to analyze and explore.
  • Representatives from James Webb Space Telescope and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera were also present, and festival...

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Over 5400 people joined in celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing at the Bowie Baysox baseball game on July 20th. Upon entry into the stadium, baseball goers were greeted with astronaut cutouts which they could take their pictures with. They were also able to explore a variety of other activities, including:

  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Moon
  • Properties of meteorites and terrestrial rocks
  • Living in space - astronaut food
  • Citizen science with...

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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating at the NASA ALA Booth. The exhibit enabled participants to get information about sample return missions, resources, and observe and hold authentic Lunar and meteorite samples including an Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) sample determined to be from Vesta, Genesis Mission flight wafer samples, Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disks, and meteorite hand samples.

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