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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...

Earth to Sky’s Interpreting Climate Change Workshop was held Nov 13-14, 2017. Content focused on climate science basics and linking NASA ABoVE campaign research to the lower 48 states. Communication techniques featured sessions on putting research to practice. Course materials are posted at

Evaluation results:

Participants had a high level of satisfaction with the workshop; 100% of the participants felt the workshop met their expectations and would...


NESSP’s reputation continues to grow with Oct-Nov period having the most requests by underrepresented for NESSP to host visits to or by the UW group.

NASA-based STEM courses meeting NGSS has been launched at four schools, with some 600 students gaining long term exposure to NASA science.

Plans for long term spring and summer activites are in full swing.


On August 2, 2017, STEM Education Specialists for NASA eClips™ presented nine workshop sessions to 150 high school students attending the Hispanic College Institute sponsored by the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN). The HCI, held at Virginia Tech, helps prepare underrepresented students for a college experience and exposes them to possible STEM careers. The STEM focused workshops featured NASA eClips™ resources, including the recently approved solar eclipse lesson, Solar...


July 17-19, 2017, educators and staff from the NASA eClips™ team facilitated learning for seven local high school students using the engineering design process to produce Spotlite videos. Student production teams spent 3 days researching, storyboarding, writing scripts, filming and receiving feedback from the NASA 360 team, Elizabeth Joyner from SMD at NASA Langley MyNASAData, several teachers from Hampton City Schools, and Suzanne Zaremski of NIA. Once the Spotlite videos are approved by...


July 26, 2017, STEM Education Specialist Joan Harper-Neely from the NASA eClips™ team led fourteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers attending the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) summer conference in using the engineering design process to produce NASA Spotlite videos. Teacher production teams spent several hours learning to implement the design challenge, designed with NASA content, into the CTE curriculum.  


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WebEx the link is, the meeting number is 998 317 068 and the password is Elaine54$

2:15 Open Meeting                                                                                                                    B. Girten


2:20 Opening Remarks by Chair       ...

Eclipse 101 for teachers!!

Due to popular demand, I am offering three additional online eclipse teacher professional development sessions.

These will be:

Monday June 19, 2 - 3:30 CDT

Monday June 19, 7 - 8:30 pm CDT

Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 - 5 pm CDT

These are FREE to teachers but preregistration is REQUIRED.  Contact Patricia Reiff ( for login instructions.

A PDF of the powerpoint is posted at Eclipse101.pdf .  This has links to the movies which are...

I will be offering this summer several sessions of online eclipse traning for teachers.  They will get a certificate for continuing education hours. There will be two sessions: one on general eclipse information and another on safe observing techniques.  There will be an assignment:  to either travel to totality to observe, or to host a "partial party" at another location (e.g. their school).   This I hope will enable teachers to get out of less interesting professional development...


Educators from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) participated in the 3rd Annual STEM Symposium held at the Hampton Performing and Creative Arts Center in Hampton, VA on Saturday, April 22, 2017. More than 80 students and many of their families attended the event, sponsored by Time Out 4U, a local nonprofit youth engineering program committed to increasing underrepresented youth’s interest in STEM education and careers. 

The NIA educators facilitated two hands-on workshops and a...


NESSP is finishing up it Spring Outreach events reaching nearly 1600, with a participation rate of nealry 75% from underrepresented minorities, including 9 tribal schools in the NW. NESSP also completed seven week-long camps for nearly 250 students with 72% participation from underrepresented minorities. These camps focussed on Earth and Space Sciences.


A new NASA eClips video, titled “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was released March 7th and made available on the NASA eClips websites:

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Engineering design and technology development support scientific discovery. In this video, high school students will learn about the roles engineers and...


NASA Langley's Science Eductaion Team collaborated with the Office of Education on their new Earth Digital Badge - exploring the role of cloud types in the Earth’s Energy Budget.  Through the online training, teachers and students become part of the GLOBE Program and make citizen science cloud observations.

NASA Langley's Office of Edcuation developed these badges to celebrate Langley's Centennial. Two other badges are also available: Journey to Mars how drag is used to land the...


NESSP staff held faciliated several outreach efforts including a rocketry showcase in the South End of Seattle, aerospace engineering concepts for exploration of Mars, and worked with two tribal school to advance STEM education. An interview with Tribal Radio Station KWSO was given to get word out about NASA efforts. Camps for middle school students in all three states are set for offering this summer and camps for high school students are under development. Teacher professional development...


CAISE Online Forum on Design Based Research (DBR), Design Based Implementation Research (DBIR), and Informal STEM Learning: May 16- 20, 2016

This forum will explore design-based research (DBR) and design-based implementation research (DBIR) as paradigms, approaches and methodologies in informal STEM education (ISE) projects. Developed in the learning sciences, DBR and DBIR are often applied to the problems of formal education, but have been emerging in our field.  In this discussion we...


The LPI-JSC Center for Lunar Science and Exploration is excited to announce a student field camp opportunity coming this fall! The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is organized under the auspices of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), which is designed, in part, to train a new generation of explorers for the Moon and beyond.

The Field Training and Research Program at Meteor Crater is a week-long geology field class and research...

NASA GSFC Office of Education is currently seeking graduate students to participate in the year long NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative internship program located at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. 

Program Description: The NASA GISS 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 the science...

From Keliann LaConte, Planetary Science Informal Education Lead:

Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Starts Feb. 2, 2015!

There are lots of moons in our Solar System. The Earth is the only planet with just a single moon. Some moons are bigger than ours; many are much smaller. There are even tiny moons orbiting some of the asteroids. Some have ongoing volcanic eruptions; others are dead, heavily...

Moscone South: Mezzanine - 224 & 226

Event Type:

Science Communication, Workshop

Ticketing Type:

Open To All

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All Registrants, Students

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Education (ED)

Sharing your passion for Earth sciences, geophysics, and space sciences with K-12 students is important – and you never get another chance to make a first impression. This workshop will give you insights into how to approach a classroom talk, a mentoring situation, or...


If you teach undergraduate courses, or are interested in doing so in the future, you may find this free online course useful:


This seven-week course explores effective teaching strategies for college or university STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) classrooms. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and they will apply what they learn to the design of lessons and assignments they can use in future teaching...

NEW Online Graduate Courses in Interpretation THIS FALL at Stephen F Austin University (TX)
-Tuition Assistance Available-
This Fall, Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) is piloting a year-long series of online courses, Science and the Public Interface, centered on the topic of effective communication of controversial science (such as evolution, climate change, nanotechnology, stem cell therapy, etc).  The courses are developed by state, federal, museum, non-profit and university...


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The Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida are offering a graduate course entitled "Broader Impacts of Science on Society."  It is set up to allow external participants, so students from anywhere can join the course on-line.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on the course or contact Bruce McFadden at

Have a great Monday!


Dr. Susan D. Renoe, Director


We are hosting a "survey monkey" survey of Educators (K-16), to see what kind(s) of longer-term Educator Professional Development they are interested in, for CEU  and/or College Credit.  Please ask any of the teachers who work with you to please fill out this survey for us.



This workshop presents the AIAA Educator Academy Mars Rover Celebration curriculum, an integrated standards aligned science curriculum consisting of 15 5E lesson plans. The teachers will learn about a curriculum that teaches Earth and Space Science by taking the kids through the entire process of selecting and designing a Mars surface mission. The lssons are in the process of development. The first half has been approved and are available on NASAWavelength.

Primary (grades 3-5) and middle...


Apply today to participate in a research experience for teachers working on authentic NASA science projects!

  • Two-week training on-site July 7-11 and 14-18, 2014.
  • Continuing research collaboration w/NASA Research Mentor through July 2015.

NASA’s LEARN Project (Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research) is looking for STEM teachers, grades 6-12, to join a Research Team that will collaborate with NASA scientists on authentic research projects.  Selected teachers receive...