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The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign commenced on September 15, 2018, in conjunction with NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 or ICESat-2 satellite launch on the same date at 6:02am PDT.

This campaign is a student research campaign focusing on tree height - one of the measurements conducted by the ICESat-2 mission.

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On October 5, 2019, the Goddard Visitor Center celebrated the 10th year of International Observe the Moon Night: an annual global celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our personal and cultural connections to the Moon. 534 visitors + 78 volunteers (from all GSFC science divisions and community partners) participated in the event, which featured a welcome by Charles Bolden and continued celebrations of Apollo 50th anniversaries, current...

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The Answer: Design a project-based learning question that appeals to the students’ interest! The McKinley STEMM Elementary School grade 8 students asked the driving question "Is the water in Toledo clean and safe enough for Mohawk (dog) and other dogs to swim in?" On September 24, students did the nine water quality GLOBE protocols testing the Maumee River along with Clouds and Surface Temperature at Sidecut Metropark in Maumee, Ohio (located outside of Toledo, OH).

At one station, Dr....

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On September 19, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division partnered with the Boston Red Sox to host 4,111 students and teachers at historic Fenway Park. Schools from across New England participated, including students from underserved areas and several Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award recipients. Students learned about a wide array of NASA careers and missions through hands-on activities, talks, and demonstrations. In particular, Astronaut Scott Tingle’s recorded message...

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Reaching For The Stars

Space Science Badges were completed by over 68,000 Girl Scouts

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Montana State AREN Team Hosts Science Pub Talk on GLOBE Observer's Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Citizen Science Challenge

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This is a typical question teachers ask their students on the first day of school. Our teachers participated in GLOBE professional development so that their students can participate in the GLOBE Program this school year. Two partners, Boston University (BU) and University of Toledo (UT), from GLOBE Mission EARTH, trained about 40 teachers from grades 2-12 in Rhode Island and Ohio. Teachers learned how to collect and enter the GLOBE data, visualize the data through GLOBE’s Vis System and then...

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On July 11th, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosted thirty (30) Upward Bound Students and seven (7) teachers supported by college mentors to partake in the first STEM Day event with NASA/AREN. Previously, there was a teacher workshop on May 25th for training purposes in efforts to aid in the organizing of the STEM Day Event. The students were involved in a workshop introduction (1.5 hours), design challenge (1.5 hours) and kite flying (1 hour). The event took place from 9:00 am to...

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  Each spring the Baysox organization in Bowie, Maryland offers tickets to the local Bowie students to attend a baseball game.  Prior to the baseball game the students are encouraged to attend a STEM Expo, two hours prior to the game.  The Baysox organization contacts environmental organizations, in advance,  to participate by demonstrating to the students STEM projects or providing the students with a “hands on” activity related to STEM.  Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in...

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In partnership with the Texas Space Grant Consortium, NASA Astromaterials Subject Matter Experts at Johnson Space Center shared NASA science and exploration with the ~65 SEES high school intern participants. This included sharing a variety of Astromaterials samples, the Apollo lunar laboratory, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and more!

The ISS Imagery & Moon SEES teams were toured around by their Astromaterials scientist mentors!

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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating in the event. We shared information about meteorites from the Moon and Mars, Apollo Moon rocks, and enabled the public to experience collecting 3D printed samples of Moon rocks with Apollo replica tools off of a printed LRO map of the Moon.

More than 3000 people stayed for 10-30 minutes interacting with our subject matter experts!

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In preparation for celebrations and activities centered around the Apollo program and Moon landing, a webinar with Apollo NASA Engineer (for 54 years), Jerry Woodfill, was facilitated by Paige Graff from the Johnson Space Center by JSC Astromaterials in partnership with STAR Library Networks on July 9, 2019.

Feedback included: “This was a great program to help us with our work to excite people about space exploration. Thank you!"

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Infiniscope combined forces with the teams from GLOBE Observer and My NASA Data to train educators to

•use citizen science tools to collect real-time data

•access global real-time data

•access archival global data

•incorporate these data into lessons they build using the Infiniscope adaptive platform

At least half of these educators reported they are planning to use these products in their classroom in the coming year.

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The Apollo celebration on the National Mall was a multiday event (7/18-7/20) that drew in tens of thousands of people from around the world, despite the heat. Andrea Jones and Staci Tiedeken of GSFC’s SSED led the SSED’s contributions to this event which included:

  • Moon to Mars Tent:
    • Going back in history with a lunar exploration timeline
    • Exploring Mars’s crustal magnetic field using MAVEN
    • Learning about the Curiosity rover
    • Discovering how places on Earth are similar to...

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160 elementary and middle school students from underserved communities attended a NASA astronaut STEM engagement visit hosted by the Office of Congressman Jose Serrano for the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBro) & BronxWorks.

Staci Tiedeken and Andrea Jones of GSFC’s SSED discussed past, present, and future lunar exploration; Rock Abrasion Tools onboard the Mars Exploration Rovers constructed in part from World Trade Center materials to honor victims of 9/11; and...

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Monroe Community College , 9 teams of 45 students from grades 5 through 12 participated in Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS) celebrating the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The winning team, Crypto Cyborgs, is going to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The teams had to do the following tasks for the competition: build a replica of the lunar module; program a Lego robot to act as a rover; use a remote-controlled drone to land the 8- by- 10-...

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209 school and public librarians from 37 states and D.C. were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Librarians were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demonstrations held within the NASA booth at American Library Association in Washington, D.C. from June 21-24, 2019.

Librarians from across the country discovered the free resources available to complement their summer and after school programming. These librarians were specifically excited about visualizations and...

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  • On June 26th, over 200 military members and their families learned about the Moon 2024 campaign, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the upcoming 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and general lunar science from outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division.
  • Participants attending the Ft. Belvoir USO Sun Party also learned about aeronautics from NASA HQ and telescopes/optics from the Goddard Astronomy Club.

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Astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier received cheers and applause on the TED stage when she used OpenSpace to share her team’s work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. The team is working to map millions of stars, black holes, and galaxies in unprecedented detail. See her talk: https://bit.ly/2I4Nyw3

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Recent collaborations between NASA’s Solar System Treks (SSTP) and NASA’s Italian and Japanese partners helped advance NASA’s international partnerships and provided valued assistance in our partners’ STEM engagement.

 

Focusing on the Moon with Italy

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) requested that SSTP participate in and present at their Apollo Anniversary public celebration at the Civic Museum in Rovereto, Italy on May 18. Emily Law, SSTP Development and Engineering Lead, gave a...

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June 6, 2019 – Webinar #2: How Cool is the Eclipse? Collect Data with GLOBE

GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) and the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) joined forces for the second webinar (in Spanish) to prepare GLOBE teachers and students to make observations during the upcoming total eclipse in South America. GME PI Dr. Kevin Czajkowski illustrated the correct way to collect surface temperature data and used a data sheet developed by GME research assistant, Sara Mierzwiak,...

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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the Pacific Ocean and make landfall in Chile. The Exploratorium will have a team waiting at the Cerro Tololo Observatory to capture this event live and make it available via satellite or the web. One hour English and Spanish language programs begin at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Telescipe only feed of entire eclipse begins at 12:00pm PDT, 3:00pm EDT. Totality begins at 1:38pm PDT, 4:38pm EDT. Feed information:

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•~250 library professionals were trained in NASA space science content and resources in collaboration with 7 state libraries (RI, TN, WY, KY, AK, NV, OH)

•This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library Network-Collaborative Summer Library Program partnership.

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GME-UT participated in The Lake Erie Water Festival on May 21, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse in Monroe, MI. This annual event educates 6th grade students from Monroe County Schools about environmental issues.

GME-UT  along with two high school students from Meadow Montessori (Lily & Meca) manned Station #9. Students collected water samples from different locations of a nearby pond and measured the temperature, transparency, pH and phosphorus. The groups shared their...

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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...

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