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  Each spring the Baysox organization in Bowie, Maryland offers tickets to the local Bowie students to attend a baseball game.  Prior to the baseball game the students are encouraged to attend a STEM Expo, two hours prior to the game.  The Baysox organization contacts environmental organizations, in advance,  to participate by demonstrating to the students STEM projects or providing the students with a “hands on” activity related to STEM.  Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in...

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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating in the event. We shared information about meteorites from the Moon and Mars, Apollo Moon rocks, and enabled the public to experience collecting 3D printed samples of Moon rocks with Apollo replica tools off of a printed LRO map of the Moon.

More than 3000 people stayed for 10-30 minutes interacting with our subject matter experts!

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This Nugget provides a brief summary of Solar System Ambassadors public engagement programs held over the past year to celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversaries leading up to the anniversary of the Moon landing mission.  A batch of new reports came in the day after this Nugget was posted.  It was updated on 8/8/2019 to include those numbers.

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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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The Apollo celebration on the National Mall was a multiday event (7/18-7/20) that drew in tens of thousands of people from around the world, despite the heat. Andrea Jones and Staci Tiedeken of GSFC’s SSED led the SSED’s contributions to this event which included:

  • Moon to Mars Tent:
    • Going back in history with a lunar exploration timeline
    • Exploring Mars’s crustal magnetic field using MAVEN
    • Learning about the Curiosity rover
    • Discovering how places on Earth are similar to...

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160 elementary and middle school students from underserved communities attended a NASA astronaut STEM engagement visit hosted by the Office of Congressman Jose Serrano for the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBro) & BronxWorks.

Staci Tiedeken and Andrea Jones of GSFC’s SSED discussed past, present, and future lunar exploration; Rock Abrasion Tools onboard the Mars Exploration Rovers constructed in part from World Trade Center materials to honor victims of 9/11; and...

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Monroe Community College , 9 teams of 45 students from grades 5 through 12 participated in Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS) celebrating the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The winning team, Crypto Cyborgs, is going to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The teams had to do the following tasks for the competition: build a replica of the lunar module; program a Lego robot to act as a rover; use a remote-controlled drone to land the 8- by- 10-...

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  • Fort Meade’s first ever STEAM Day was held on July 27th in Fort Meade, MD. Middle school students from military families had the opportunity to learn about the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun.
  • Staci Tiedeken of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center led three activities at the event – Oreo Moon phases, Moon impact paintings, and solar observing – and talked about the recent Apollo 11 anniversary with the middle schoolers in...

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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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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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Three NASA science education projects - NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative, GLOBE Mission Earth, and AREN Project (AEROKATS & ROVER Education Network) - presented this public event, hosted by the Michigan Science Center. The National Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) project made the introduction to the local science center.

The project teams were in Detroit for the GLOBE Annual meeting; the Michigan Science Center hosted this event...

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  • On June 26th, over 200 military members and their families learned about the Moon 2024 campaign, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and general lunar science from outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division.
  • Participants attending the Ft. Belvoir USO Sun Party also learned about aeronautics from NASA HQ and telescopes/optics from the Goddard Astronomy Club.

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Recent collaborations between NASA’s Solar System Treks (SSTP) and NASA’s Italian and Japanese partners helped advance NASA’s international partnerships and provided valued assistance in our partners’ STEM engagement.

 

Focusing on the Moon with Italy

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) requested that SSTP participate in and present at their Apollo Anniversary public celebration at the Civic Museum in Rovereto, Italy on May 18. Emily Law, SSTP Development and Engineering Lead, gave a...

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The ANGLes Challenge is still one month out from the regional challenges celebrating the 50th Aniiversary of the landing of Apollo 11 but the program contnues to generate a lot of pressure and a good social media following.

 

 

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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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GME-UT participated in The Lake Erie Water Festival on May 21, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse in Monroe, MI. This annual event educates 6th grade students from Monroe County Schools about environmental issues.

GME-UT  along with two high school students from Meadow Montessori (Lily & Meca) manned Station #9. Students collected water samples from different locations of a nearby pond and measured the temperature, transparency, pH and phosphorus. The groups shared their...

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On May 22, 2019, scientists and public engagement professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division and Office of Communications shared NASA planetary science with 1,500 students and teachers at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. Students discovered how to tell the difference between a meteorite and an Earth rock, explored the crustal magnetic field of Mars, suggested potential future lunar landing sites for NASA, and constructed their own NASA rocket...

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AEROKATS in Puerto Rico

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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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Death Valley’s unique landscape and dark skies help us glimpse and better understand the wonders beyond our world. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival celebrates these resources and the rich heritage of NASA science and engineering research conducted in the park. The 2019 event drew about 2,500 visitors, with positive reports from visitors, scientists, and rangers involved. The event is a collaboration of NASA, the National Park Service, the Death Valley Natural HIstory Association, and many...

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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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  • On April 26–28, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in Awesome Con (Washington, D.C.’s version of Comic-Con).
  • Dawn Myers of the Restore-L mission lead the NASA GSFC booth while Staci Tiedeken was lead coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) portion.
  • 2019 GSFC SSED panels:
    • Small Steps and Giant Leaps: The Past, Present, and Future of NASA’s Exploration of the Moon
    • There...

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Students presented their research at the GLOBE Midwest Student Research Symposium at the University of Northern Iowa.

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  • On April 22–23, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
  • Travelers, school groups, and the public had the opportunity to learn about NASA Earth and planetary science at this pop-up booth style event.

Our contributions to the event include:

  • Hands-On Activities:
    • Exploring Earth’s Neighbor: The Moon
    • Space Rocks – (OSIRIS-REx...

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https://moon.nasa.gov/observe-the-moon/annual-event/overview/

International Observe the Moon Night is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation and appreciation of the Moon. All are invited to observe the Moon, learn about NASA planetary science and exploration, and celebrate cultural and personal connections to our nearest neighbor. Each year, thousands of people participate at museums, planetaria, schools, universities, observatories, parks, businesses, and backyards...

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