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On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,775 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • moon.nasa.gov went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content...

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  • 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
  • The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
  • The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.

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On September 26, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) connected with thousands of participants from around the world during NASA's International Observe the Moon Night Live Stream event. The event was led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Five scientists from Astromaterials shared the work facilitated at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This included a virtual tour of our Apollo Lunar Laboratory, stories of Apollo samples, details on work with the Apollo Next...

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The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Team, in partnership with the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), participated in a launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Launch in February 2020.

The three day event took place from February 6-8th under the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit reaching over 800 visitors.

To help showcase the Solar Orbiter Mission & highlight other missions to...

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Over 500 middle school girls and their parents participated in Rice University’s Reach for the Stars event held on Saturday, October 12, 2019. This annual event encourages girls to pursue academic achievement and careers in STEM.

ARES staff showcased meteorite hand samples, a lunar touchstone and Apollo replica tools. They also provided insight into their career path to NASA. The team also facilitated a hands-on activity session that enabled 60 girls an opportunity to learn more about...

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The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team at NASA's Johnson Space Center, collaborating with the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute, brought science alive for 150 Girl Scouts and parents on October 5, 2019 at International Observe the Moon Night.

The event enabled 100 Girl Scouts from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council area to earn newly released Girl Scout badges developed by the Reach for the Stars Girl Scout Science Activation Team & Girl Scouts...

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On October 2, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as involvement and excitement about exploring the Moon.  The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

~567 live participants and ~2050 archive...

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Anna MacLennan, a former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Intern (SEES Class of 2019), was named one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners for 2020.  

“The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners is comprised of young people from around the world who are breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields and bringing the sciences to the public through...

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Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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Saturday, September 26 is International Observe the Moon Night! You are invited to join people around the world to learn about lunar science and exploration, take part in celestial observations, and honor cultural and personal connections to the Moon.

You can participate in International Observe the Moon Night from wherever you are. Attend or host a virtual or in-person event, or observe the Moon from home. The Moon will be close to first quarter – a great phase for evening observing.

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Members of Montana State University Academic Technology and Outreach passed out 500 NASA space kits to Blackfeet tribe, through a partnership with Blackfeet Community College and NESSP SMD Grant.

A 2nd offering will go to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The effort generated several news articles in MT

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NASA STEM Stars en Español is part of a web-chat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics. NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.

To join the event, please use the following link:

Mentes Curiosas en la NASA (Curious Minds at NASA) is a new weekly segment of an educational show, Mentes Curiosas, airing in Panamá through a collaboration between the public media TV station SER-TV and the U.S. Embassy in Panamá. It focuses on introducing children and families to STEM and NASA Hispanic Role Models.

Episodes of Mentes Curiosas en la NASA during May-June featured NASA scientist Dr. Erika Podest, NASA oceanographer Dr. Jorge Vazquez, NASA JPL communications...

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The teams registered in the ROADS on Mars Freestyle student challenge submitted their videos and Mission Development Log May 21. Some 50 teams with 225 students and over a 100 parents in 19 states worked with the students to complete the challenge that required team work in an era of social distancing due to the Covid `19 pandemic. We are still working on judging the submissions but two amaziing examples are included in the ppt

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On April 23, 2020, My NASA Data’s Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented virtually to 42 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative.  Dr. Brad Hegyi, an atmospheric scientist from NASA's Langley Research Center explained the science behind Urban Heat Islands while My NASA Data Educator, Elizabeth Joyner, presented the variety of educational resources on this topic.

My NASA Data is part of the GLOBE Mission Earth “Science Activation”...

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During the spring of 2020, Elizabeth Joyner of LaRC’s My NASA Data collaborated with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), The University of Wisconsin, and Dataspire to coordinate and provide a series of virtual experiences focused on Data Literacy in the Earth Sciences for 20 STEM pre-service teachers at TCNJ.

The four-part series started with students being trained in GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island (UHI) Campaign protocols by Palmyra Cove’s Institute for Earth Observations in February.  In...

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Join the NASA eClips Team, Teacher Advisory Board Members and NASA Partners for hands-on activities to learn more about our home planet!

Invite your students and their families to register and follow along with the presenters in hands-on activities. Each activity will focus on a different aspect of Earth.


Register to join one of the two sessions offered at 11:00 AM or 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

11:00 AM ET Link to Register - https://forms.gle/BMyqM1bMBvMKHBtv6 

2:00...

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This Nugget describes how Solar System Ambassadors are modifying their engagement methods in order to continue serving their audiences in this time of COVID-19 social distancing.

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Christy Wall, New Mexico GLOBE Coordinator for GLOBE Mission EARTH collaborated with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos, NM to get students outside using GLOBE during school closures due to COVID-19. PEEC is producing an online series called “Take it Outside” that includes information about a specific phenomenon, craft ideas for kids, and outdoor challenges. The goal of this series is to provide parents with ideas to keep their students engaged in science as...

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Roughly 9,500 people attended the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Kids Week in New York City on February 20 – 22. Staci Tiedeken and Natalie Curran from GSFC’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) lead attendees in the making of their own lunar and Martian landers in preparation for future Artemis missions and for the launch of the Mars 2020 Rover. Curran, a planetary geologist in GSFC’s SSED, also spoke to the audience about her work on Apollo lunar samples.

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Roughly 2,000 people attended the Bell Museum’s Space Fest in St. Paul, MN on February 1-2. Participants learned about lunar science, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, NASA’s Artemis program, meteorites, and the OSIRIS-REx mission courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division. Event goers explored the Moon and near-Earth asteroid Bennu via hands-on tactile models, meteorites (including a touchable lunar meteorite), and Earth...

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Jessica Taylor, NASA scientist for Langley Research Center, visited grade 4 students in Ms. Lisa Smith at Hannah Crawford School, Crestline, OH via zoom conferencing. These grade 4 students collect data on clouds and surface temperature and submit that data to the GLOBE Program. The students composed a song about NASA and sang it to Ms. Taylor. Ms. Smith is part of the GLOBE Mission EARTH program at the University of Toledo.

Quote from Lisa Smith’s Facebook Page stating the impact the...

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Summary of GLOBE and GLOBE Observer citizen science efforts at Camp Discovery (Blythewood, SC) as a result of the GLOBE Camp Pilot 2019. 

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Recruitments for the Rovers Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars student challenge is in full swing with participation significantly higher that the ANGLeS student challenge fro 2019/2020.

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During the fall semester of 2019, GLOBE Mission EARTH University Professors Drs. Kevin Czajkowski and Mark Templin from the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio and Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University (TSU) engaged their Undergraduate, Pre-Service Education Students in educating K-12 students about GLOBE and conducting research. The K-12 students observed clouds and the heights of trees on their school grounds. They also collected surface temperature data and learned about urban...

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