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On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,775 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • moon.nasa.gov went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content...

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Looking for a way to model moon phases for your remote or in-person learners?

Explore the phases of the Moon in this cool 80's retro style experience featuring your AI friend LuCIA. Use a model to identify inaccuracies in LuCIA’s coding. Sequence a variety of Moon phase diagrams to “Reprogram” her code. Test the new code to improve the clarity of the galaxy image and reprogram her until a clear image is achieved. Head straight to the Phases of the Moon experience at Infiniscope.org

Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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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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STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project have developed a special collection of resources: STEAM Ahead @ Home for library staff and patrons.

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My NASA Data’s story maps are now featured on ESRI’s educational website, Teach with GIS, as part of a gallery which showcases exemplar student exercises that use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach a variety of subjects.

The webpage titled “Use NASA Data to Explore Earth Systems” was published on April 15th, 2020 and features the following My NASA Data Story Maps: Hurricanes as Heat Engines, Creation of Urban Heat Islands, Volcanic Eruptions, Sea Ice and the Earth System, and...

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Invite your class or after-school group to join us for Fall 2018 Solar Week, October 22-26th

www.solarweek.org

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...

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On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC) the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research will have an informational kickoff webinar. During the webinar, we will introduce the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by discussing the campaign logistics, what to expect, what GLOBE protocols to use to collect data and see how the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 Mission fits into the campaign. We will also highlight the plan for the campaign's use of student...

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On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC) the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research will have an informational kickoff webinar. During the webinar, we will introduce the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign by discussing the campaign logistics, what to expect, what GLOBE protocols to use to collect data and see how the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 Mission fits into the campaign. We will also highlight the plan for the campaign's use of student...

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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...

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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).  

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Invite your after-school group or class to join us for the Fall 2017 Solar Week, October 23-27

www.solarweek.org

Please join us for Solar Week/ Fall 2017, October 23-27– a lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists.

Every fall and spring since...

different views of our sun

Invite your after-school group or class to join us for the Fall 2017 occurrence of Solar Week, October 23-27

www.solarweek.org

Please join us for Solar Week/ Fall 2017, October 23-27 – a lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists.

Every...

Total Solar Eclipse App

For Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Explore Total Solar Eclipse, our first mobile app that incorporates live webcasting. This free app gives you access to our live video streams of the total solar eclipse occurring on August 21, 2017, which will cross from the west to east coasts of the United States.   Tune in to five simultaneous video streams, all from your smart phone or tablet: 1) Live coverage hosted by Exploratorium educators and...

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images of the sun and an astronomer

Invite your after-school group or class to join us for the Spring 2017 occurrence of Solar Week, March 27-31

www.solarweek.org

Please join us for Solar Week/ Spring 2017, March 27-31– a lively week of online activities and current info about our sun for youth ages 10-14, including cool facts, scavenger hunts and games for a whole week. In addition, there’s a an online interactive message board where your group or class can submit a question to leading solar scientists.

Every...

The Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program (STEP), funded through NASA SMD EPOESS grant, NNX12AC74G, conducted workshops at the 2016 National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conferences through its train-the-trainer programming for middle school science specialists in the Houston area. In 2016, STEP participants conducted 8 workshops and one short course at National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conferences; sessions were attended by approximately 350 teachers.

  • The Lunar and...

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Yesterday WGBH Director of STEM Education, Rachel Connolly hosted a Facebook Live event with Dr. Alex Young to discuss the solar eclipse and talk about the year ahead. The link to the live event is: https://www.facebook.com/wgbheducation/videos/1454961957877875/.

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Trending question on the NSTA listserv, from NSTA member Sara Severance: "We're exploring what it means to be principled and show integrity in science and I'm wondering if you know of any famous (or not so famous) NON-examples of integrity in science? When did dishonesty in reporting data lead to some devastating consequences? Any insights are appreciated!" Read answers on the blog, and add your own in the comments section. Click here for more information.

Posted On Behalf of InformalScience.org>>>

We would like to invite you to contribute to the development of InformalScience.org. If you haven’t visited this website before, please consider taking a look! It’s designed as a resource for all individuals who are interested in informal STEM education, and we think you may find information here that is useful to you. We are collecting feedback on the website in order to improve it for other professionals and students like yourself.

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Understanding Interventions (UI) mission is to positively impact the outcomes of efforts aimed at broadening participation in STEM research and research careers through the expansion and dissemination of the relevant body of knowledge, and facilitate its implementation in practice, policy development, training, and professional development.

UI aims to mutually inform scholarship and practice, develop and enhance the community interested in educational interventions, and provide...

Just how dim is the sunlight on Pluto, some three billion miles away? While sunlight is much weaker than it is here on Earth, it isn’t as dark as you might expect. In fact, for just a moment during dawn and dusk each day, the illumination on Earth matches that of high noon on Pluto.

We call this “Pluto Time.” If you go outside at this time on a clear day, the world around you will be as dim as the surface of Pluto.

It’s always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view,...

On December 20, 2013 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming that 2015 would be the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, recognizing the importance of light and light-based technologies in the lives of the citizens of the world. The proclamation stressed that an enhanced global awareness of and increased education in the science and technologies of light are vital for addressing challenges such as sustainable development, energy and community...

FameLab USA has just launched a new Facebook page to better communicate with the amazing FameLab community. Please take a moment to like their page and get the latest on upcoming competitions, watch videos of previous heats and participate in great science communication opportunities.

On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, and we will map that distant world and its moons for the first time. Working with the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the New Horizons team plans to assign names to the features on the maps of Pluto and its large moon Charon, once we have seen them in sharp detail this summer. At the “Our Pluto” website you can suggest your ideas for names and vote for your favorites. The team will use your best ideas in their proposal...

In February 2015, Steve Glendenning (steven.k.glendenning@nasa.gov)  presented at the Planetary EPO Community's monthly community call to share out information regarding the NASA 3D Resources portal: http://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov

  • This is a one-stop-shop for NASA content; people can add to and take from the gallery for content.
  • The project started with 3D Models (lighwave, Maya, etc) for game and animation developers, but given the 3D printing arena that is building models layer by...

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