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Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm Pacific (9pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Cynthia Evans tell us about NASA's search for meteorites in Antarctica.
Dr. Evans will describe some of her recent experiences deployed to Antarctica as part of NASA’s Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) 2019-2020 field team. She will also discuss the importance of NASA’s meteorite collection for understanding solar system evolution and relevance for current and future NASA missions.
Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, September 17 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Emily Levesque share the science and adventures behind what it's like to be a professional astronomer and work at the world's cutting-edge observatories.
How can we photograph a black hole? Can we find one star hidden inside another? What will the next generation of telescopes reveal about the cosmos? In this webinar I'll share the science and adventures behind what it's like to...
Astromaterials scientist, Liz Rampe, presented a webinar titled “Curiosity Rover Update & Preview of Mars 2020” facilitated by Paige Graff and Suzanne Foxworth. A total of 160 live participants and 100+ archive registrants from 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South Africa were reached by this event. Numerous SMD Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers, Solar System Ambassadors, Museum staff, Librarians, Challenger Learning...Download
Follow Perseverance to Mars (OpenSpace & NASA @ My Library Livestream)
June 30, 4 pm EDT
The Perseverance Rover will launch this summer (July 17 – Aug. 5, 2020) and head to Jezero Crater, where it will land at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.
The American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will lead us on an exploration of this exciting landing site as we fly over it together...
Sense of Place - Indigenous Perspectives of Earth and Sky
Featuring Ka'iu Kimura,
Executive Director of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i"
Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific/ 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 10:00am EDT (2:00pm UTC): The Baobab Trees in South Africa as a Symbol of Life and Positivity: A historical link to humans through medicine and food. The Baobab is a prehistoric species of tree, which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the arid African savannah, the Baobab tree has a historical link to humans through medicine and food. Finn Rautenbach, a horticulturist, botanist and former curator at the...Download
Field Trip: Moon
June 12, 1 pm EDT
Join the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a live virtual space fight to our Moon. Experience the phases of the Moon as never before and visit landing sites of NASA’s Apollo and Chinese Lunar Exploration programs, including on the far side of the Moon, to find out why these missions play an important role in advancing science on Earth. Discover clues about the...
On May 5, 2020 the Infiniscope team hosted a webinar in support of the mission to enhance inquiry-driven, active learning, at scale. This webinar introduced Screencasting, a method of capturing a computer screen with voiceover as the student demonstrates their knowledge. The webinar featured four Infiniscope Advisory Board members demonstrating practical examples of free resources for screencasting that can be used in an online classroom.
145 attended the live webinar, 65 of these...Download
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 4:00 EDT (8:00pm UTC, 10:00pm CEST): GLOBE IVSS and Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin Argentina: An overview of the combination of trees, land cover, water quality, and mosquito habitats. Join students from the Club de Ciencias Huechulafquenin in Argentina as they discuss their GLOBE research of trees, land cover, water quality and mosquito habitats. The students have been taking many GLOBE protocol observations to help construct a comprehensive picture of what is...Download
GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar: What's a Phenological Garden? Cycles of Life in Your Classroom and Neighborhood, broke previous records in registration, attendance, largest number of international attendees and featuring an international speaker. Over 100 people registered and over 70 attended the webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm EDT. Starting with the GLOBE Green Up/Green Down Protocol, presenters showcased activities being done by students at schools which can be adapted to home...Download
Students from around the country who received the NASA Earth System Science Award* were invited to one of two webinars on May 4 and 6, 2020.
79 students registered from 26 states and Puerto Rico; 39 students attended live. Marilé Colon Robles, GLOBE Clouds Project Scientist, shared her journey to NASA. Angela Rizzi introduced data tools to help students continue their Earth systems research. Resources included: My NASA Data, Worldview and NASA Earth Observations (NEO).
Over 100 student...Download
On May 14, 2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented virtually to 52 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative on the topic of global phytoplankton distribution. Dr. Brad Hegyi explained the Earth system science connections affecting phytoplankton distribution while Elizabeth Joyner presented the variety of educational resources on this topic available through My NASA Data (i.e., mini lessons, story maps, lesson...Download
Weekly Online OpenSpace Tour of the Solar System
This tour will be held weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30 pm PST / 7:30 EST.
Do you love space? Come and join a California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium presenter on a wander through our Solar System and beyond. Explore with us in this Facebook and YouTube live presentation using 3D space visualization software OpenSpace.
Come ready with your questions about planets or astronomy...
Mars 2020: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
You’re invited to join us as Dr. Kenneth Williford, Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA Mars 2020 mission talks about the various ways in which Perseverance will be seeking signs of life.
Join us May 8 @10:00 PT/ 1:00 ET
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This talk will include a mission overview with payload and exploration strategies, a discussion of the Jezero crater landing site, and a brief history of Mars surface exploration. Q & A session will...
The eXchange featured free resources that educators could use immediately, including 15 panelists from the Science Activation Network and other agency members.
160 participants registered, 68 attended live, 12 via recording which continues to be available OnDemand.
Positive feedback from our Infiniscope OLeX...Download
Now is the time when many of us are adding plants to our local environments. Many schools have phenological gardens but due to the coronavirus, students are not able to observe the changes occurring. Why not plant your own garden where your children can observe the changes happening to the plants throughout the year. As citizen scientists, they can contribute their data to GLOBE’s Green Up/Green Down Protocol. In this webinar,
- Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from the University of Toledo will...
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC; 8:00pm CEST): New Jersey Pinelands: The Nation's First National Preservation Area. Congress created the Pinelands National Reserve (PNR) through the passage of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. Mr. John Moore, Executive Director at the Institute for Earth Observations at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, will discuss how the PNR is listed as the first National Reserve in the nation. Discussion on the PNR being approximately 1.1 million...Download
Presenters from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) facilitated an interactive webinar, "Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library," with Christine Shupla from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Elizabeth Nicolai from the Anchorage Public Library in Alaska.
The webinar highlighted NASA and NASA-related resources for libraries to help provide virtual STEAM programming for the 2020 summer reading theme, “Imagine Your Story.”
Constellation stories from indigenous cultures from...Download Attachments
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.
Please see the attached nugget for Astronomy Magazine Interview for Citizen Science Month.Download
Tassia Owen created and conducted online webinars to engage girl scouts in GLOBE Observer and help them work toward completing their “Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey.” Beginning on March. 27, Tassia presented to over 3.7K thousand Girl Scouts from across the United States and abroad. The webinar was hosted by Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands as part of their Girl Scouts Connected: Virtual Program Series (
Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) on a YouTube livestream to hear Brian Day from NASA's Ames Research Center give us an inside look at lunar landing sites past and future, what we learned and hope to learn.
As we celebrate 50 years of human exploration on the lunar surface, we'll take a look back at each of the Apollo landing sites and discuss why each site was chosen and what made each site so interesting. We'll then recap...