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On May 22, 2019, scientists and public engagement professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division and Office of Communications shared NASA planetary science with 1,500 students and teachers at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. Students discovered how to tell the difference between a meteorite and an Earth rock, explored the crustal magnetic field of Mars, suggested potential future lunar landing sites for NASA, and constructed their own NASA rocket...Download
The NASA eClips™ Team will attend the Virginia Homeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair March 22-23, 2019 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team will engage families in trivia games about common science misconceptions. This informal group will be invited to sign up to produce NASA Spotlite videos. NASA Spotlites are 90 to 120 second videos that correct common science misconceptions.
Link to VA Homeschoolers Website -
NASA’s Moon Data Sheds Light on Earth’s Asteroid – Jan 17, 2019
By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. Thenumber of asteroid impacts to the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago, researchers reported in a January 18 paper...Download Attachments
Exploring the Moon Webinar and 3-Way Virtual Connection with NASA Centers on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).
A live webinar event designed to generate excitement about InOMN and lunar science was facilitated on October 17, 2018. Johnson Space Center (JSC) Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener was the lead SME. ~1500 participants attended the live event with an additional 3000+ expected to be reached through the archive. Participants...Download
NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating at the NASA ALA Booth. The exhibit enabled participants to get information about sample return missions, resources, and observe and hold authentic Lunar and meteorite samples including an Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) sample determined to be from Vesta, Genesis Mission flight wafer samples, Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disks, and meteorite hand samples.Download
170 librarians (nearly double the number of librarians interested in 2017) opted to join the Infiniscope Teaching Network at ALA Conference held in New Orleans June 22th-25th, 2018. Their membership provides free access to digital materials they find valuable in planning upcoming STEAM outreach events hosted by their libraries. Librarians were excited because the content can be used:
as a bookmark on a web browser as a no maintenance resource for patrons to explore;
On May 30, 2018, NASA scientists and public engagement professionals shared NASA science with 4,200students and teachers from 58 schools acrossthe Boston area at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Students discovered a wide array of NASA careers, observed the Sun through a solar telescope, explored a supernova in virtual reality, launched water bottle rockets, and listened to Astronaut Sunita Williams share her experiences in space. Goddard Planetary Scientist Maria Banks wowed...Download
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
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...
From March 30 to April 1, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington, D.C.’s ComicCon, with an estimated attendance of 67,000 people.Dawn Myers of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission led the effort on behalf of NASA. At the booth in the exhibit hall, visitors learned about lunar topography and moon landing sites with LRO, terrestrial elevations from the ICESat-2 mission, and the Global...Download
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
Wednesday, April 18–Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the West Coast.
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat...
The NASA eClips™ team joined NASA Langley Research Center in celebrating their 100th Anniversary with a Centennial Open House on October 21, 2017. Over 20,000 people attended the daylong event, while 2,000 people stopped by the NASA eClips™ booth. At the booth, educators presented the “Launchpad: Colors of Ice” activity and showcased the “Our World: NASA at Jamestown” video. NASA Langley has a Nondestructive Evaluation Science Branch that continues to be the world’s leading NDE lab in the...
NASA eClips™ was presented at the 2017 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) National Conference on October 26th by Stacy Dees, Outreach Program Manager from the National Institute of Aerospace. The presentation, titled “Incorporating NASA eClips™ products and activities into K-12 STEM Outreach,” was presented during the session “NASA Educates to Innovate: Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act” to a group of around eighty (80) women...Download
On Monday, August 21st, 2017, Shannon Verstynen and Victoria O’Leary of the NASA eClips™ team, along with three volunteers, traveled to the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center in Awendaw, South Carolina to lead National Eclipse spectators in outreach activities. Over 200 children and their families participated in the NASA eClips™ Solar Images interactive lesson, where they learned about the ways NASA studies the sun, created solar images and UV bracelets, and modeled an eclipse...
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...Download
Discovery Dome reached over 300 visitors and passed out over 1,500 eclipse glasses at the Astronomy Night on the Mall. We put the “A” in STEAM by hosting a local arts group “Neshamah” with a new original dance and music celebrating 50 years of the Voyager Mission. We provided solar system visuals to go with the dance composition, which featured original music played on a computer like a theramin. The dance alternated with presentations on the solar eclipse, which included the animations we...Download
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the National Institute of Aerospace’s NASA eClips™ team exhibited at the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, a flagship event for the NASA Langley Centennial. The booth promoted three activities as part of a newly developed “NASA eClips™ Guidelite” lesson on solar images, the Sun’s corona, and the 2017 total solar eclipse. Over 3,000 people attended the Hampton Roads Mini Maker Faire, while roughly 500 parents and children participated in creating solar images and...Download
Educators from the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) participated in the 3rd Annual STEM Symposium held at the Hampton Performing and Creative Arts Center in Hampton, VA on Saturday, April 22, 2017. More than 80 students and many of their families attended the event, sponsored by Time Out 4U, a local nonprofit youth engineering program committed to increasing underrepresented youth’s interest in STEM education and careers.
The NIA educators facilitated two hands-on workshops and a...Download
Below are links to a variety of professional development materials created by the NISE Network over the past eleven years. The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is a national community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Nisenet.org is an online digital library of public educational products and tools designed for educators and...
TWO NASA-SUPPORTED OUTREACH PROGRAMS WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED AT ASTC TODAY AND TOMORROW
12 noon Dr. Carter Emmart will be showing "Open Space" a new software package made with NASA support!
and 1 pm:
(and twice tomorrow as well)
4 pm: WORLD PREMIERE: ‘Seeing the Skies through Navajo Eyes", created by the Indigenous Education Institute with NASA support
Dr. Nancy Maryboy will comment on the new show.
(will also show twice...
Space & Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Saturday, July 16
Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's Education Department, education colleagues, keynote speaker Niki Werkheiser and participating organizations such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Office of Education, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA’s BEST Program, PicoTurbine STEM Education, IEEE History Center – REACH (Raising Engineering Awareness through the Conduit of History), and...
On Monday May 9, 2016, from 7:12 am EST to 2:42 pm EST, Mercury will traverse the face of the sun in a rare occurrence.
The next ones will be November 11, 2019 and November 13, 2032! http://eclipsewise.com/oh/tm2016.html
It will be relatively small (like a small sunspot), so special solar observing techniques and magnification using a solar telescope is important. You won’t be able to see it using pinhole projection, for example, or by using the dark "eclipse glasses" - the dark...
Free Event - Astronomy Evening at the National Mall! Telescopes, exhibits and the Discovery Dome! Free and open to the public. Rain date June 11.
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