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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

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Please join us on February 10 at 2 pm ET for our monthly GLOBE Mission Mosquito webinar. This month we're excited to share Bringing Down Language Access Barriers: First Steps

Remote working and learning present challenges to us all. As a GLOBE Master Trainer in Colombia, Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa faced and overcame his share of challenges when working with a new group of educators from rural areas. Most of the training and educational materials from GLOBE Mission Mosquito are in English. Their solution? Secondary school students who speak English as a second language volunteered to translate the material into

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NASA Spotlite Challenge: Cloud Detectives
Developed in Collaboration with NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative

NASA eClips and NESEC invite student teams to produce a short video (90 seconds to 2 minutes) confronting one of two misconceptions related to clouds by investigating and collecting evidence, including GLOBE Clouds and NASA data.

In this challenge, student teams:

  • Confront a science misconception by gathering evidence through observations and explorations
  • Capture questions and findings through video
  • Produce a video to challenge others to make their own observations

Register for the January 27 session to learn more about the NASA Spotlite Video Design Challenge: Cloud

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Introducing the Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years? Region Focus: Asia and Pacific. 

This webinar will kick off the main theme for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign: “The Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years?” We will focus on tree/forest height and land cover data that can be

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Please share with your K-12 Education Networks

GBH Science Activation Webinar: Strategies for Supporting English Learners in Science – Grades 6–12

March 25, 2021; 7–8 pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

  • Explore principles for engaging English learners in science instruction

  • Learn about GBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms collection of Earth, space, and physical science resources, produced in collaboration with NASA, and how to use them to  support English learners in your classroom

  • Hear  teachers’ perspectives on the impact of digital media to support science instruction with English learners 

Register here: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cpq2RaA7TvOpEi13wuhz4w

Please join us for an interactive discussion of design

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

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This Sept. 17, 2020, collaborative webinar was planned and presented by three NASA Science Activation Earth science awards and the GLOBE Implementation Office. Each group shared a broad range of NASA-sponsored opportunities and resources to connect students to investigating our Earth system using NASA and GLOBE data.

Our goal was to support teachers and students to develop and enter their research in the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS).

There were 138 attendees from 28 GLOBE countries, including 26 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

The recording and resources are available on-demand at https://bit.ly/SeptGLOBEWebinar

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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

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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 attendees from LA Unified School District, a partner district of the Infiniscope project, and an additional 68 views post webinar. The webinar remains openly available for educators

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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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431 science teachers from 42 states, D.C, and US Virgin Islands were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Teachers were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demos held within the NASA booth at NSTA in St. Louis, Missouri from April 11-14, 2019.

Teachers were surveyed to determine how they typically make data-driven decisions in the classroom. In talking with these science teachers, they were enthusiastic about Infiniscope because it offers STEM-focused activities that are:

•Built with data analysis tools to evaluate teaching and learning;

•Developed to be authentic using NASA data and subject matter experts;

•Customizable to the needs of

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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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Webinar Series: Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics:

Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. 

The topics and presenters on November 13th are: 

Explaining Climate by Andrew Lacis
The Role of Clouds in Climate by Anthody D. Del Genio

Register Now: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/9d62f5a1bf2f61b44ac87b605f06faf5



These presentations are hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA Team, that is drawn from the recent book, Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics, published by World Scientific. The series encompasses topics such as natural and anthropogenic climate forcing, climate modeling, radiation, clouds, atmospheric dynamics and storms, hydrology, cryosphere, paleoclimate, sea level rise, agriculture, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change education.

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One of our CCRI teachers Nicole Dulaney recently created a unit plan (9-12) that passed SMD product review and is available for national distribution. Please distribute to your relevant teacher networks. All questions and feedback are welcome.
 
Earth’s Energy Budget is a unit plan designed for high school students grades 9 – 12 with access to computers, NASA GISS Panoply software, and RStudio. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. The goal of this unit is for the students to learn about each component of Earth’s energy budget formula and how the contribution of each component changes with

Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community. 

During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators whom will lead graduate level interns

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Arizona State University’s Infiniscope team (funded under NASA’s Science Mission Directorate), in collaboration with Smart Sparrow, hosted a one-day EdTech conference at NASA Ames on June 15, 2018.

The day was opened with a welcome by NASA’s Kristen Erickson, SMD Science Engagement and Partnerships Director. The conference brought together international EdTech presenters and over 245 attendees (representing 121 institutions) to learn about digital learning innovation in the sciences and gain insight into student achievement.

STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education

Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/10/2018
Stipend Amount: $4,500 
Application Deadline: 5/25/2018

Description:
The New York City College of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) as well as a baccalaureate degree. Both degree programs are hands-on with engineering applications in areas such as CAD, CAM, Materials Testing, and Robotics. The preferred candidate will have a background in mechanical engineering with emphasis in manufacturing (manual and CNC), 3D design, and testing of materials. Experience in CAD, CAM, and robotics

The ASP's 130th Annual Meeting (Advancing Astronomy for All: A Conference on Education, Communication, and Diversity in Science) welcomes your contributions to the advancement of science literacy through astronomy. Share your work and network with other innovative leaders in astronomy education and outreach.

Learn from a thoughtful network of educators and expand your understanding of what's possible in astronomy education with us. Meeting will be held from September 10 - 13, 2018 in the Sonoma, CA Wine Country. There will be workshops, panels, oral sessions, poster sessions, professional networking, opening reception, formal dinner, and optional extracurricular tours.  

See ASP 2018 Meeting Details for registration, lodging, and other important information. 

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Webinars

You are invited to join our next Mars MAVEN webinar, on February 28 (1pm HT, 3pm ADT, 4pm PDT, 5pm MDT, 6pm CDT, 7pm EDT):

Making Mars: The story Mars tells about planet formation and migration in the early Solar System
Mars' composition and properties were influenced by where and how it formed. Join Dr. Katherine Kretke of the Southwest Research Institute to learn about planetary formation and migration and how Mars is proving to be a crucial piece of evidence as we try to understand how and where our planets formed.

 

Topic: Making

https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/museum/Conversations/draft-gpm-november-7

See our telecon FAQs and etiquette reminders.  

Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM Pacific (Extended End Time)
Call-in: 1-877-951-7311 (New Call-In Number)  For non-US call-in numbers, click here.
Passcode: 4256755

Come learn how and why NASA satellite data is being used to predict the onset of water-related and vector-borne diseases as well as to inform operational users so they can respond to outbreaks. During this telecom, we will have NASA scientists share research that is being done to learn more about malaria transmission in the western Amazon basin as well as

Date: Tues., Oct. 3rd

Time: 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/6 pm MT/ 5 pm PT/ 1 am UT

Log in information: https://gsfc610.adobeconnect.com/webinar1/

8 to 8:30 pm: To start off Phase III of our ENSO Campaign, we are going to focus on Earth’s water. The first half of the webinar will be a presentation from a NASA scientist, Dr. John Bolten. He will share the many ways in which NASA missions are able to study Earth’s water.

 8:30 to 9 pm: The second half of our webinar will focus on Collaboration. We will start off by explaining the

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Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community. During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators whom will lead graduate level interns and high

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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 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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July 26, 2017, STEM Education Specialist Joan Harper-Neely from the NASA eClips™ team led fourteen Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers attending the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA) summer conference in using the engineering design process to produce NASA Spotlite videos. Teacher production teams spent several hours learning to implement the design challenge, designed with NASA content, into the CTE curriculum.  

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