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NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series

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Interns at The Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute prepared and distributed STEM@Home science kits for homebound students unable to attend summer camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over 100 kits were distributed across western North Carolina to students in grades 6 -12 through the funding and support of cooperative agreement NNX16AB87A.

“Camp Connect” is a month long (July 1 – August 6) interactive distance learning science experience exploring topics ranging...

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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...

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Mentes Curiosas en la NASA (Curious Minds at NASA) is a new weekly segment of an educational show, Mentes Curiosas, airing in Panamá through a collaboration between the public media TV station SER-TV and the U.S. Embassy in Panamá. It focuses on introducing children and families to STEM and NASA Hispanic Role Models.

Episodes of Mentes Curiosas en la NASA during May-June featured NASA scientist Dr. Erika Podest, NASA oceanographer Dr. Jorge Vazquez, NASA JPL communications...

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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...

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Field Trip: Moon

June 12, 1 pm EDT

Earth's Moon as visualized in OpenSpace. Six emblems on the surface indicate where the Apollo missions landed.

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...

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...

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Aileen Toback, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Heritage Middle School in New Windsor, NY, is also a NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Ms. Toback has been participating in meetings with NASA scientists and engaged her students in a snowflake classification project which is part of NASA climate change research. Ms. Toback was recently featured on Times Herald-Record.

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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...

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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...

LaRC staff worked with Ohio Department of Education-Science to deliver two virtual professional development sessions for Ohio science teachers. Jessica Taylor and Tina Harte showcased Elementary GLOBE learning modules and provided examples of ways teachers can adapt Elementary GLOBE to a virtual setting on Tuesday, April 28. The following Thursday, Elizabeth Joyner and Angie Rizzi highlighted My NASA Data's resources, i.e., mini lessons ready for Google Classroom integration, and story maps....

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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...

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Oliva Bibler, Roman Azzarello and Neva Hargreaves, three students from Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo (Ohio), presented their research via zoom at the Hydrology High School Capstone Culminating Event arranged by George Voltz from the NASA Glenn Research Center Education Office. 

The research done by these students illustrates the power of mentoring. Dr. Jodi Haney (GLOBE partner Bowling Green State University), Christine Staschiak  (Environmental Engineer from NASA Plum...

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On April 23, 2020, My NASA Data’s Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented virtually to 42 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative.  Dr. Brad Hegyi, an atmospheric scientist from NASA's Langley Research Center explained the science behind Urban Heat Islands while My NASA Data Educator, Elizabeth Joyner, presented the variety of educational resources on this topic.

My NASA Data is part of the GLOBE Mission Earth “Science Activation”...

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During the spring of 2020, Elizabeth Joyner of LaRC’s My NASA Data collaborated with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), The University of Wisconsin, and Dataspire to coordinate and provide a series of virtual experiences focused on Data Literacy in the Earth Sciences for 20 STEM pre-service teachers at TCNJ.

The four-part series started with students being trained in GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island (UHI) Campaign protocols by Palmyra Cove’s Institute for Earth Observations in February.  In...

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What can YOU do to not make your neighborhood so HOT? Next Steps

Presenting your research

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

Welcome to the LAST webinar of the school year  supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and registration is required at 

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The NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University featured My NASA Data (MND) in a monthly national webinar with NASA Langley Research Center Subject Matter Experts.  Thirty-five teachers from across the world attended the virtual session where Dr. Brad Hegyi and Elizabeth Joyner addressed the topic of Sea and Land Ice Melt using NASA data, as well as MND resources such as Story Maps, lesson plans, activities, data sets, and more.

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NASA's Universe of Learning - Women in Astronomy: The Past Inspires the Future
Please join us for this special edition of the NASA’s Universe of Learning Science Briefings to celebrate Women’s History Month! We will hear from astronomers about how they and their research are inspired by astronomers of the past. In this briefing, speakers will discuss how their research is informed and inspired by past scientists. Dr. Gonzalez will present on “The Long History of Gravitational Waves”.  Dr....

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...

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Jessica Taylor, NASA scientist for Langley Research Center, visited grade 4 students in Ms. Lisa Smith at Hannah Crawford School, Crestline, OH via zoom conferencing. These grade 4 students collect data on clouds and surface temperature and submit that data to the GLOBE Program. The students composed a song about NASA and sang it to Ms. Taylor. Ms. Smith is part of the GLOBE Mission EARTH program at the University of Toledo.

Quote from Lisa Smith’s Facebook Page stating the impact the...

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Let’s see what is making your neighborhood so HOT.

Visualizing the GLOBE UHIE-Surface Temperature data you collected.

GLOBE Mission EARTH Announces Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign Webinars 2019-2020 

This is the THIRD webinar in the series supporting GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE)-Surface Temperature Field Campaign lead by Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo. The webinars are held on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern Time and...

Join Dr. Becky Boger as she shares a tutorial on using map tools and data portals to create a context for the data you collect. 

Register at - http://bit.ly/MosquitoData

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How Much Water Do Trees Use and Need? NASA's New ECOSTRESS Mission on the International Space Station. Come hear Dr. Joshua Fisher, from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, talk about how the new NASA ECOSTRESS Mission monitors trees. NASA launched the ECOSTRESS mission to the International Space Station in 2018. ECOSTRESS measures the temperature of plants, and uses that temperature to determine how much water they are using--and losing through evapotranspiration--as...

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...

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During the fall semester of 2019, GLOBE Mission EARTH University Professors Drs. Kevin Czajkowski and Mark Templin from the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio and Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University (TSU) engaged their Undergraduate, Pre-Service Education Students in educating K-12 students about GLOBE and conducting research. The K-12 students observed clouds and the heights of trees on their school grounds. They also collected surface temperature data and learned about urban...

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