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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Lessons from a Southern Old-Growth Bottomland Forest: Live from Congaree National Park.
Congaree National Park (www.nps.gov/cong) protects the largest intact remnant of southern old-growth bottomland (floodplain) forest remaining in North America. Similar forests once covered over 35 million acres of river bottoms in the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains and up the Mississippi River Valley. Some of the park’s champion trees are 700 to...
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...Download
April 2019-Land Cover (Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall in the Southern Hemisphere) Begins April 1, 2019!
Intensive Observation Periods (IOPs) are focused periods of time where participants are encouraged to collect large amounts of data and enter it in the GLOBE database. Data that is collected during an IOP will provide other GLOBE students, scientists, researchers, and educators large amounts of concentrated data over a short period of time. This can also be referred to as "Data...Download
I am writing to solicit applications to give a presentation at the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) 2019 General Assembly Geosciences Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop. The workshop is scheduled for July 15-17, 2019, at the 2019 General Assembly (GA) of IUGG. The GA will be held in the Palais des Congrès in Montréal, Québec, Canada. The GIFT workshop typically is attended by 50-75 educators, primarily middle and high school teachers, but...Download
Invite your class or after-school group to join us for Fall 2018 Solar Week, October 22-26th
Please join us for Solar Week/ Fall 2018, October 22-26th — a lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth ages 11-14 — including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games, and featuring an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. At some point during the week, we...Download
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...
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...Download
We have started our series of summer camps in underserved regions and they are getting attention. See the local news acticle at
Would you like to take middle school children beyond the solar system? With Afterschool Universe you can!
Afterschool Universe is a freely available curriculum for an out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school students (roughly grades 6-8 or ages 11-14) developed by NASA. Using hands-on activities and interdisciplinary teaching techniques, it explores basic astronomy concepts and takes participants on a journey through the universe. Afterschool Universe offers an opportunity...
STEM Day at Fenway Park was held in Boston, MA on May 30, 2018 and reached ~4000 students and educators. This cross-collaborative effort, led by NASA GSFC, enabled Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a variety of organizations to share rich science content reflecting NASA research & exploration.
NASA Astromaterials scientists Dave Draper & Liz Rampe presented their research to a packed stadium of participants.
The NASA Astromaterials tables enabled participants to observe and hold...Download
NASA Astromaterials connected audiences with authentic and unique NASA assets including STEM experts, astromaterial samples, and curation labs. Sharing these assets within the context of exciting NASA Events & programs provided relevance, enthusiasm, and STEM career awareness.Download
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
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...
Black Hole Outreach and Education with NOVA and the ASP
Join WGBH's NOVA program "Black Hole Apocalypse" and educators from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on May 22 at 6pm PT 9pm ET for a webinar that explores of the cosmos’ greatest mysteries: black holes. They will share some fun, hands-on activities about gravity and finding black holes using indirect evidence, and take a deep dive into the new NOVA Black Holes app. This session is a great fit for both classroom and out of...
The NASA Astromaterials team shared information about Rocks from Space (large to microscopic) and associated NASA resources to science teachers at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. The teachers listened to Sample Disk Program presentations at NASA’s Hyperwall, learned about on-going sample return missions and signed up to get more information about the Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk certification training and webinars to connect...Download
On a chilly Friday in February, 28 teachers and two GLOBE researchers with the Arctic and Earth SIGNs project gathered in Tok, Alaska.
Drs. Elena Sparrow and Katie Spellman (University of Alaska Fairbanks) ran a workshop for teachers of the Alaska Gateway School District to learn how to use GLOBE protocols and NASA resources to study climate change in their schools and Alaska Native communitiesDownload
PLANETS partners Northern Arizona University, the Museum of Science Boston, and the USGS Astrogeology Center announce the release of two new out-of-school time Engineering Everywhere units for grades 6th-8th. Both units are free to download and feature a series of collaborative activities and a context-setting video that challenge youth in using an engineering design process.Download
Solar Week is lively week of online curriculum and fun activities about our sun for grades 5-9 or youth age 11-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. There’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists.
Join us for the ENSO Phase III Science and Collaboration webinar on Tues., Jan. 9th at 9 am EST/ 2 pm UT/ 9 pm Thailand time
This webinar will focus on the impacts of water- both above and below the surface- on the regions in Far Asia and the Pacific. We will hear from a GLOBE scientist and teacher in Thailand, as they share their experiences with the flooding that has increased during the past few monsoon seasons. They will describe how they have their students use GLOBE protocols to...
NASA Spotlites - Science for Students by Students
6:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
NASA Spotlites – Science by Students for Students
Join us to learn how to engage students in a problem based activity that results in students producing NASA Spotlite videos.
What's a NASA Spotlite video? These 90 to 120 second videos are written, filmed, edited, and produced by students as they think through an engineering design process. Each video targets a science...
NESSP’s reputation continues to grow with Oct-Nov period having the most requests by underrepresented for NESSP to host visits to or by the UW group.
NASA-based STEM courses meeting NGSS has been launched at four schools, with some 600 students gaining long term exposure to NASA science.
Plans for long term spring and summer activites are in full swing.Download
The fourth Science and Collaboration webinar for the ENSO Phase III "Water in Our Environment" will be held on Thurs., Dec. 7th at 8 pm (EST). We will focus on our second guiding investigative question- "What impacts does water, above and below ground, have on our environment?"
You can find out more about this event here.
ASU’s NASA Exploration Connection PI Recognized as “Top 10 Teaching Innovator”
Ariel Anbar was named as 1 of only 10 top teaching innovators in the first-ever such selection by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Anbar’s innovation was developing the NASA-supported Habitable Worlds online science class for non-scientists which is organized around NASA SMD themes. Habitable Worlds was recently recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as an exemplar of personalized,...Download
Nugget announcing the public launch of WGBH's first set of interactive digital resources produced as part of the “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms" project. (Cooperative Agreement Notice Award No. NNX16AD71A; WGBH Principal Investigator: Rachel Connolly).Download
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...Download
Gearing up for Another Year of Student-Produced Spotlite Videos!
The NASA eClips team is seeking middle and high school digital media/technology teachers, science teachers, and STEM teachers/coaches to include their students in producing Spotlite videos for NASA. The purpose of these short videos is to correct a science misconception. Students assume the role of producers as they research, create a storyboard, write a script, and film and edit a video to correctly teach a science concept...