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Informal Educators

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.

In preparation for celebrations and activities centered around the Apollo program and Moon landing, a webinar with Apollo NASA Engineer (for 54 years), Jerry Woodfill, was facilitated by Paige Graff from the Johnson Space Center by JSC Astromaterials in partnership with STAR Library Networks on July 9, 2019.

Feedback included: “This was a great program to help us with our work to excite people about space exploration. Thank you!"

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Members of the NASA Langley Science Directorate Education Team supported the YMCA STEM Fair at the Virginia Air and Space Center on July 25, with the assistance of two NASA Langley teacher interns and two student interns. During the event GLOBE cloud observations were submitted using the GLOBE Observer app and campers had the opportunity to interact with a set of GLOBE Observer Cloud hands-on learning activities developed for informal audiences. The event was attended by over 2,000 campers...

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Team staffed the American Museum of Natural History SpaceFest on July 20, 2019, a family-focused festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and future space exploration and research. Throughout the day, the museum reported close to 30,000 admissions. At least 5,000 visited one or more of the following NASA stations: 1) Light and Sound in Space, 2) Scale Models of the Solar System, 3) Magnetic Sun and Magnetic Earth, 4) Solarium https://www.nasa.gov/solarium 5) Science...

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•In July 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) completed shipping of 52 Sun, Earth, Universe exhibitions to science and children’s museums in almost all 50 states and Puerto Rico. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/sunearthuniverse-locations.

•Each recipient will host, or share with local museum partners, the interactive STEM exhibition that engages visitors in Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe content with strong connections to NASA...

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209 school and public librarians from 37 states and D.C. were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Librarians were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demonstrations held within the NASA booth at American Library Association in Washington, D.C. from June 21-24, 2019.

Librarians from across the country discovered the free resources available to complement their summer and after school programming. These librarians were specifically excited about visualizations and...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium team members, partners and collaborators attended the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) conference June 23-26, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Dear All,

Join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar about topics in climate dynamics. The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and interested researchers worldwide to understand aspects of climate change.

2018-2019 LECTURE SERIES IN CLIMATE CHANGE

OUR WARMING...

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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the Pacific Ocean and make landfall in Chile. The Exploratorium will have a team waiting at the Cerro Tololo Observatory to capture this event live and make it available via satellite or the web. One hour English and Spanish language programs begin at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Telescipe only feed of entire eclipse begins at 12:00pm PDT, 3:00pm EDT. Totality begins at 1:38pm PDT, 4:38pm EDT. Feed information:

Web stream available at...

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All are welcome to join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar on June 18  at 3pm EST about climate dynamics. Randal Koster will discuss “Soil Moisture in the Climate System” and Andy Lacis will discuss “Atmospheric Radiation.” The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and...

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NASA Space Science Education Constorium (NSSEC) attended the Maker Faire Bay Area from May 17-19, 2019, along with over 125,000 other attendees that specialize in makerspaces and education technology.

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  • On May 18th, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) talked to participants at the Prince George’s Philharmonic performance.
  • The evening’s featured work was Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • GSFC SSED provided two exhibits which greeted audience members as they arrived:
    • Moon & Mars
      • Mars crustal...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the MLA/DLA annual conference May 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MD.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
3:00PM – 5:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)

  • The Importance of Understanding the Last Glacial Maximum for Climate Change by Dorothy Peteet
  • Chemistry–Climate Interactions in a Changing Environment: Wildfire in the West and the US Warming Hole by Loretta J. Mickley

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/8d28b198f1cf5c9f7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive...

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  • On May 4, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Planet Walk event on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.
  • Walkers, runners, and bikers had the opportunity to learn about the planets, asteroids, and the Sun at activity tables that were stationed along a scale model of the solar system.
  • A 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing astronomy café followed the daytime activities.
    • Two...

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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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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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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest: Live from Congaree National Park.

Congaree National Park (www.nps.gov/cong) protects the largest intact remnant of southern old-growth bottomland (floodplain) forest remaining in North America. Similar forests once covered over 35 million acres of river bottoms in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and up the Mississippi River Valley. Some of the park’s champion trees are 700 to...

A cooperative agreement led by The Astronomical League, to bring the Sky Puppies Observing Program to adults and children. The Sky Puppy Observing Program provides a way for adults to share with youth the wonders of the Universe and to introduce them to the basic information about astronomy and the solar system.

 

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FREE 3 day GLOBE Training Workshop:

WHEN: April 23, 24, 25, 2019

WHERE: Queens College ​(65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, NY 11367)

  • The workshop is open to all teachers and nature center/parks educators.  
  • There is free parking available on campus
  • 8:30 to 4:30 each day
  • Light breakfast and lunch served each day
  • Participants that complete the workshop will receive a classroom set of equipment ($200.00 - $300.00 value) that will allow them to do a select group of GLOBE...

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019; 4:00PM – 6:00PM Eastern Time (New York City, NY, United States)
Topic: "Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Coastal Urban Areas" by Vivien Gornitz
 

Please register for the webinar at the following link:
https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/7a3d1222423b9a8e7c24e00bf0acd2b8
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with details about joining the meeting.
 

These presentations are part of a monthly series hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA...

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GLOBE Observer Mosquito Blitz kicks off on Sunday, April 7 and ends on Citizen Science Day, April 13. We invite you, your family and friends to join us in this focused effort to gather observations of mosquito breeding sites.

 

To participate, simply follow these seven steps: 

  1. Grab your mobile phone containing the GLOBE Observer app and open the Mosquito Habitat Mapper.
  2. Go outside to check your local environment for standing water (mosquito breeding sites).
  3. Take a photo of...

AREN Project Press Release

Participate in the 2019 GLOBE AREN Project Wind Speed Engineering Challenge from April 1 – May 31, 2019.  

Challenge:  Engineer a low-cost electronic or non-electronic anemometer (tool for measuring the speed of wind).

The GLOBE Program does not have a protocol for determining wind speed.  The GLOBE Program supports the AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network (AREN) Project, which utilizes kites to collect data.  In order to safely fly a kite, it is important...

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On March 13, 2019, the Tom Green County Library System (San Angelo, TX), in collaboration with the Space Science Institute and its NASA@ My Library initiative, launched the Patron Experience Pilot project. The project aims to test ways that libraries can help foster the public’s interest in Earth and space science.

The strategies are designed to first trigger interest in a NASA science topic even among patrons who may be reluctant to say they are interested in science. After interacting...

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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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