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Do you want to help your students improve their observation and science writing skills?

Join us for professional development on resources to facilitate teaching these skills while participating in NASA’s oldest citizen science project about the environment. 

The ENGAGE (Earth, NASA, GLOBE And Guided Explorations) GLOBE Mission Earth program provides an opportunity for in-service middle and high school educators in the United States to participate in a year-long program including professional development and ongoing support from a NASA mentor. Participants will incorporate The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) to help students utilize observation skills, explore


Join the NASA eClips Team at the Virtual Children's Engineering Convention to learn how to use remote engineering and collaborate virtually to design and test spaghetti towers. Participants will learn by doing. We will model how to use the 7E model, the engineering design process, and virtual collaboration like NASA scientists and engineers.

Learn more about the 25th Annual Children's Engineering Convention.

Elizabeth Joyner partnered with the GSFC/GISS Office of STEM Engagement to present to 23 teachers participating in the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador Program on December 8, 2020. She featured the My NASA Data Earth System Data Explorer (visualization tool), as well as other NASA Earth data resources which support climate change instruction.

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for NYC metropolitan area educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project. Educators participating in this opportunity become associate researchers at


On November 5 & 6, Earth to Sky hosted a highly interactive two-day virtual climate communication workshop, in association with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference.  The keynote presentation on sea level rise was delivered by Ben Hamlington (JPL), the team lead of the NASA Sea Level Change Science Team.  The workshop also featured a presentation on NASA resources for climate communication, and examples of effective climate interpretation by Will Elder of NPS.  The workshop was co-hosted by the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, who provided a lens of local examples of climate impacts to the


On September 19 and 22, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) hosted a virtual Girl Scout Badging Event with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) leading interactive activities. 

The 2-Session (4-hour) interactive event reached ~45 Girl Scout Cadettes from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, in the Houston, TX area. Cadettes completed activities to earn the Space Science Researcher Badge. Science Activation content, connections to Science Mission Directorate (SMD) science, and Citizen Science opportunities were shared during the event.

Feedback: "My daughter was very engaged throughout and we both thought this was one of the best virtual badge workshops she has attended and


The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) provides hands-on activity sessions and opportunities to connect with NASA content and experts, took place at Space Center Houston from February 6-9, 2020.  

The Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Science Engagement Team reached 200+ educators: 

  • Conducting a Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Certification workshop as a pre-conference opportunity.
  • Participating in the SEEC Expo, in collaboration with other Science Activation Teams.
  • Facilitated two hands-on activity sessions highlighting Earth and planetary exploration & sharing Subject Matter Expert, Dr. Paul Abel, as well as interact with Astromaterials samples.


Suzi Taylor, Director of Montana State University’s Science Math Resource Center, introduced Youth leaders from the Lewistown, Montana Boys & Girls Club and an Extension 4-H agent to airborne remote sensing using kites at a STEM activities training on August 24, 2020. Participants made mini-kites and then worked in teams flying kite-borne instrumentation to collect imagery and atmospheric data in Montana's wheat growing country. Skills learned and data collected will be used to enhance their youth STEM programming.


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 student research projects, some for local science fairs, GLOBE US SRS, and the GLOBE IVSS. We also have lots of NASA GLOBE Observer


In response to educators continuing online in the fall semester, the Infiniscope team offered 43 educators from all over the U.S. a 4-day online workshop held July 14-17, 2020.

This workshop focused toward creating virtual field trips (VFT) that connect students to their community and promote learning that is rooted in students' own "place" such as their neighborhood or town. These educators were tasked with creating a VFT for classrooms use.

VFTs are guided online explorations that organize a variety of media such as 360-degree images, standard images, text, and interactives into a structured, immersive, learning environment. Educators were given


In response to educators continuing online in the fall semester, the Infiniscope team offered 94 educators from all over the U.S. a 3-day active learning online workshop held July 20-22, 2020. The workshop featured an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by Dr. Katie Novak in cooperation with WBGH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom Initiative, NASA resources with specific UDL integrations such as the accessibility toolkit by NASA eClips, and expert educators from the Infiniscope Advisory Board and the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative to share practical UDL experiences.

The focus was an introduction of UDL as a methodology


GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) provided professional development to teachers on Elementary GLOBE’s Do You Know Clouds Have Names? and What’s Up in the Atmosphere? NASA Langley shared their expertise in three sessions in the GLOBE Mission Earth’s Elementary GLOBE Professional Development. On Monday (08.03.2020), Jessica Taylor welcomed the group on behalf of NASA and showcased her favorite NASA activities that are well matched to GLOBE and can be adapted for online learning. Elizabeth Joyner provided an overview of My NASA Data Resources including the Earth System Data Explorer, Data Literacy Cubes, and the Story Map on Aerosols on Wednesday (08.05.20).


NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series during COVID 19.  Students learn how to apply for college and career exploration.


NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series


Elizabeth Joyner and Angie Rizzi presented My NASA Data (MND) Resources in two teacher professional development sessions virtually. GLOBE Mission Earth Langley team hosted a B-WET session for 17 elementary to high school teachers from schools in Defiance, OH; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Marquette, MI; and Fredonia, NY.

The second session with Providence City Schools (Rhode Island) included 20 elementary to high school teachers who participate in the GLOBE program during the school year.

The MND team modeled how to locate, access, visualize, and download Earth data from the Earth System Data Explorer, as well as instructional strategies for developing


17 teachers from five areas around the Great Lakes are participating in the Great Lakes Student Research Campaign professional development funded by NOAA’s B-WET Program leveraging GLOBE Mission EARTH in a hybrid model of local and virtual training. This is a collaborative effort of five GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) partners: Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from the University of Toledo located near the downstream part of the Maumee River, Dr. Amanda Gilbert, Defiance College located near the Maumee River in Defiance, OH, Dr. Mitchell Klett from Northern Michigan University located near Lake Superior in Marquette, MI, David


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.


Elizabeth Joyner, Angela Rizzi and Desiray Wilson from NASA Langley Research Center's My NASA Data (MND) project provided virtual professional development to elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Providence, RI and Toledo, OH via zoom conferencing. Both groups explored the Urban Heat Island Effect Story Map using MND Data Literacy Cube learning resources. Teachers at the University of Toledo explored MND resources and integrated MND's Earth System Data Explorer with GLOBE data in doing science research. Tracy Ostrom from UC Berkeley continued with the theme of student research by showcasing the revised GLOBE Poster Template for students and the


On November 18 & 19, 2019, Infiniscope officially launched a partnership with LAUSD – East District in an effort to provide interdisciplinary Earth and space science training and resources to middle and high school teachers.

Each day, STEM specialists across East District heard from NASA Program Manager Kristen Erickson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist Dr. Steve Vance, and Arizona State University’s Infiniscope team. The primary focus for these training days was to share NASA Earth and space science with educators, connecting Earth science with the content they already teach, and provide them with ready to use digital lessons that make


In collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth to Sky held a two-day pre-conference workshop as a component of the annual conference of the National Association for Interpretation, November 11-12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.


Eighteen informal educators from around the country who work for federal, state and local agencies, universities, and NGOs attended the workshop, which featured NASA and NCAR science and resources and included a trip to the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO.


NPS Climate Change Response Program interpreter Matt Holly and Earth to Sky team members conveyed climate


This is a typical question teachers ask their students on the first day of school. Our teachers participated in GLOBE professional development so that their students can participate in the GLOBE Program this school year. Two partners, Boston University (BU) and University of Toledo (UT), from GLOBE Mission EARTH, trained about 40 teachers from grades 2-12 in Rhode Island and Ohio. Teachers learned how to collect and enter the GLOBE data, visualize the data through GLOBE’s Vis System and then look at the data collected by NASA satellites. At BU, teachers were trained in GLOBE Land, Water, & Air Protocols.


On July 11th, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosted thirty (30) Upward Bound Students and seven (7) teachers supported by college mentors to partake in the first STEM Day event with NASA/AREN. Previously, there was a teacher workshop on May 25th for training purposes in efforts to aid in the organizing of the STEM Day Event. The students were involved in a workshop introduction (1.5 hours), design challenge (1.5 hours) and kite flying (1 hour). The event took place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  The event was organized by Dr. Willie Brown and Dr. Nicole Gale.

There were three


In partnership with the Texas Space Grant Consortium, NASA Astromaterials Subject Matter Experts at Johnson Space Center shared NASA science and exploration with the ~65 SEES high school intern participants. This included sharing a variety of Astromaterials samples, the Apollo lunar laboratory, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and more!

The ISS Imagery & Moon SEES teams were toured around by their Astromaterials scientist mentors!


Infiniscope combined forces with the teams from GLOBE Observer and My NASA Data to train educators to

•use citizen science tools to collect real-time data

•access global real-time data

•access archival global data

•incorporate these data into lessons they build using the Infiniscope adaptive platform

At least half of these educators reported they are planning to use these products in their classroom in the coming year.


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 5) Science talks 


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 Moon Trek-based presentation to an audience of ~80, showcased SSTP’s new VR capabilities, and featured the touchable Moon Rock exhibit developed with SSERVI. Emily also gave technical presentations