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The NASA eClips Team  is seeking diverse and highly motivated formal, homeschool, and non-formal educators with a passion for integrative STEM education to join the 2020-2021 NASA eClips™ Teacher Advisory Board. Application Link

Teacher Advisory Board Members will:

  • identify topics to be addressed in the development of new resources
  • review and provide feedback on NASA eClips™ resources (professional andstudent-produced videos, supporting resources, and website)
  • ensure that NASA eClips™ products meet the needs of all learners

The total time commitment for each member is estimated to be 25-30 hours spread over an 8-month period.

 

 

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Interns at The Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute prepared and distributed STEM@Home science kits for homebound students unable to attend summer camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over 100 kits were distributed across western North Carolina to students in grades 6 -12 through the funding and support of cooperative agreement NNX16AB87A.

“Camp Connect” is a month long (July 1 – August 6) interactive distance learning science experience exploring topics ranging from stellar and planetary astronomy to cryptography.  More information can be found at: https://www.pari.edu/camp-connect-2020/

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Open Forum: Bringing Together GLOBE Students to Informally Chat About Trees Campaign Student Research Projects. 

During these webinars, we want to invite GLOBE teachers around the world to tune in with their students during classroom time. We are holding 2 separate webinars to accommodate all the Trees Campaign participant time zones. Please attend one or both webinars. Our goal is to have students chat informally and comfortably about research local, GLOBE SRS and GLOBE IVSS projects they can do using GLOBE Tree Height, Land Cover, and Greenings (Green Up/Green Down) protocol measurements. We want students to interact with other students from around the

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Open Forum: Bringing Together GLOBE Students to Informally Chat About Trees Campaign Student Research Projects. 

During these webinars, we want to invite GLOBE teachers around the world to tune in with their students during classroom time. We are holding 2 separate webinars to accommodate all the Trees Campaign participant time zones. Please attend one or both webinars. Our goal is to have students chat informally and comfortably about research local, GLOBE SRS and GLOBE IVSS projects they can do using GLOBE Tree Height, Land Cover, and Greenings (Green Up/Green Down) protocol measurements. We want students to interact with other students from around the

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During the Week of July 16-20, Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline through support from SMD and OSTEM round 15 regional challenges commerorating the 50th Anniversary of the Landing of Apollo 11. The overall impact of the program is summarized through overall statistics of the program and the best video and a national news article.

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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 to determine wind speed.  Whether you are flying alone or in a busy park, it is good to remember the three C’s of kite safety

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On August 21, 2017, the NASA eClips™ team hosted a viewing party at a local church in Virginia for the 2017 Eclipse. Around fifty participants learned about the sun by watching the NASA eClips™ videos “Our World: The Sun, A Real Star” and “Launchpad: Solar Eclipses”, by creating solar images using the NASA eClips Interactive Lesson on Solar Images, and by making a pinhole viewer with instructions from www.eclipse2017.nasa.gov. Attendees used their solar eclipse glasses to view the stages of the solar eclipse and record on a timeline the changes observed. 

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Shannon Verstynen and Victoria O’Leary of the NASA eClips™ team, along with three volunteers, traveled to the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw, South Carolina to lead National Eclipse spectators in outreach activities. Over 200 children and their families participated in the NASA eClips™ Solar Images interactive lesson, where they learned about the ways NASA studies the sun, created solar images and UV bracelets, and modeled an eclipse using a lollipop coronagraph. Many other visitors also viewed NASA eClips™ videos “Our World: Sun’s Position,” and “Launchpad: Solar Eclipses” in the Center’s auditorium. 

On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Joan Harper-Neely, STEM Education Specialist for NASA eClips™, and Christian Mouton, student producer from Hampton High School, attended the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) STEM Mixer. Christian presented to a group of 75 service members and guests the NASA eClips™ Spotlite video on Physical Change which his team produced during a workshop at NIA this past summer. NASA Spotlite videos correct science misconceptions and are embedded in science lessons that will be used in science classrooms this fall to improve scientific literacy as aligned to the NASA eClips™ 4D SMD Top level goals.

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Eclipse Sonification with Kronos Quartet Offers a Chance to Listen to “Music of the Spheres”

The Exploratorium will provide a free stream of the live musical collaboration on its Total Solar Eclipse app and online

 

 

Summary: When the moon passes between the sun and the Earth on August 21, it won't make a sound—but Exploratorium composer Wayne Grim and the world-famous Kronos Quartet will turn the total solar eclipse into a piece of music unlike any other. The performance will take place at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero in San Francisco and a live-video feed will be available free to

The NASA eClips™ Video “Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery” was recommended by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Product Review Panel for broad distribution and approved for inclusion in the NASA Wavelength Database.

This video can be viewed on the NASA eClips website at:
https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/playlists/launchpad?v=
launchpad-engineering-design-to-support-scientific-discovery

And on Youtube at: https://youtu.be/z31HsZnQD2c

From the video description:

Engineering design and technology development support scientific discovery. Learn about the roles engineers and scientists play when working together on NASA missions like the James Webb Space Telescope and how science and engineering take turns

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On Thursday, April 20, 2017, over 40 high school digital media students from Hampton City Schools and Newport News Public Schools in Virginia were recognized for their effort in creating NASA eClipsTM Spotlites and Subject Matter Experts as Educators (SME2) videos to increase science understanding and promote STEM careers. An awards ceremony was held at Hampton University by Shelley Spears (PI) and Joan Harper-Neely of the National Institute of Aerospace, where certificates were presented. Afterward, current Hampton University students guided tours of the Scripps-Howard School of Journalism and Communications, and university representatives gave a talk to highlight careers in communicating

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The AREN Project provides opportunities for middle and high school students to implement engineering into their earth science projects.  Resources can be found at: http://tiny.cc/bvrejy

As you know, The GLOBE Program has a collaboration with the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission. As part of this collaboration, we have developed the SMAP Block Pattern Soil Moisture Protocol, that allows for the collection of volumetric soil moisture measurements, just like the measurements we get from the SMAP satellite. Students from many countries have already begun taking soil moisture measurements using the SMAP protocol.

What you may have not heard is that one of the soil moisture measuring instruments, the active radar, has stopped working on the SMAP satellite. SMAP's radar allowed the mission's soil

As you know, The GLOBE Program has a collaboration with the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission. As part of this collaboration, we have developed the SMAP Block Pattern Soil Moisture Protocol, that allows for the collection of volumetric soil moisture measurements, just like the measurements we get from the SMAP satellite. Students from many countries have already begun taking soil moisture measurements using the SMAP protocol.

What you may have not heard is that one of the soil moisture measuring instruments, the active radar, has stopped working on the SMAP satellite. SMAP's radar allowed the mission's soil