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NASA’s new Planetary Analogs website introduces planetary analog field work to broad audiences. Verbal and visual storytelling convey Earth’s role in helping scientists to understand our solar system’s past, present, and future. Visit the site: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/planetary-analogs.

Initial content, published in February 2021, emphasizes geologic analogs. Examples of mission analogs and astrobiology analogs, with links to existing NASA websites focused on these topics,...

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On January 21, 2021, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner presented on the science practice of "Data Analysis and Interpretation" using NASA Earth Data to 18 middle and high school educators.  This event was hosted by the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) as part of the SECO monthly series geared to help educators understand science and engineering practices as they learn to design experiences for their students to engage in these practices. The My NASA Data program was chosen specifically...

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Elizabeth Joyner and the My NASA Data (MND) Team presented to 66 educators and students during the SMD Three-Dimensional Series for Rural K-12 Educators, in partnership with SMD's Einstein Fellows Rachael Ahrens and Michael Guarraia. They highlighted MND's resources for teachers, and trained teacher and student pairs in using the Earth System Data Explorer to access NASA data to support their student research projects. Twenty-two states were represented in the training as well as three other...

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The individual needs of teachers vary widely and are ever changing due to COVID-19. GLOBE Mission Earth at the University of Toledo works to meet our teachers’ needs

SME (Subject Matter Expert) Visit

Dr. C (Czajkowski) makes virtual visits to classrooms to explain how GLOBE data informs his research. Looking at the data from St. Peter’s High School’s (Mansfield, Ohio) Purple Air, Dr. C  discusses the data with the students.

Online visit to the classroom

Sara Mierzwiak, research...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) members delivered products, gave presentations, and collaborated with NASA en Español, Office of Communications, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to engage many with the December 14th total solar eclipse across South America. NSSEC also collaborated with Science Activation teams: Exploratorium for streaming from Chile and GLOBE Observer for glasses and city locations on the eclipse fact...

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Elizabeth Joyner partnered with the GSFC/GISS Office of STEM Engagement to present to 23 teachers participating in the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador Program on December 8, 2020. She featured the My NASA Data Earth System Data Explorer (visualization tool), as well as other NASA Earth data resources which support climate change instruction.

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for NYC metropolitan...

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Virtual Programs with NASA Scientists were conducted to create memorable experiences, by providing opportunities for patrons to “meet” and engage in meaningful two-way discussions with scientists. Initial evaluation (surveys, polls, interviews) found that the programs benefited the library staff, scientists, and patrons.

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The 17th GLOBE Latin American Conference led by Mariana Savino, regional coordinator, occurred virtually from November 18-20, 2020. Three GLOBE campaigns, Mission Mosquito, Urban Heat Island Effect-Surface Temperature Campaign and Trees around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, showcased their interconnectedness to the audience on Friday, November 20. Each speaker described the campaign’s purpose, method of collecting and submitting data, the value of the research and its connections to...

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November 10 – 13, Earth to Sky and GSFC Earth science had a significant presence at the virtual National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference.  In addition to a pre-conference workshop, Earth to Sky hosted two conference sessions and a virtual booth.  

o   “Climate Science in the Era of COVID-19”, presented by Geneviève de Messières (Earth to Sky Lead) and scientist Lesley Ott (GSFC GMAO), drew 154 participants to learn about changes in air pollution, prescribed fire...

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On November 5 & 6, Earth to Sky hosted a highly interactive two-day virtual climate communication workshop, in association with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference.  The keynote presentation on sea level rise was delivered by Ben Hamlington (JPL), the team lead of the NASA Sea Level Change Science Team.  The workshop also featured a presentation on NASA resources for climate communication, and examples of effective climate interpretation by Will Elder of NPS. ...

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From Nov. 19- 21, 2020, NASA Langley Research Center’s Science Directorate Education Outreach Team presented virtually to over 150 educators attending the annual Virginia Association of Science Teachers Professional Development Institute.  Elizabeth Joyner, My NASA Data, partnered with Middle School Life Science Teacher from Louisa County, Patrick Scharf, presenting to 70 Virginia educators how to use NASA Earth Data in the classroom.  Angie Rizzi, GLOBE, presented strategies on connecting...

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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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The GLOBE Mission EARTH program is pleased to continue connecting students and Subject Matter Experts through distance learning.  Makalya Connelly, a senior from Skyline High School in Oakland, CA , interviewed  Brian Peterson, co-founder of “Bees in the D”, a GLOBE collaborating organization and non-profit whose mission is to educate about the importance of honey bees, native pollinator conservation, and urban beekeeping. Makalya spoke to Brian about her senior research project - What are...

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On October 15, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientists Dr. Ann Nguyen and Dr. Nicole Lunning shared an overview of the OSIRIS-REx mission at Bennu and a preview of the TAG (Touch-And-Go) event which occurred on October 20th.

The live event reached ~503 students and ~84 educators with an additional ~650 students and ~270 educators registered to watch the archive. Participants were from 35 states, Washington DC, Mexico, Spain, and...

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On October 3, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as excitement about exploring the Moon.  The interactive presentation shared information about the past, present, and future exploration of the Moon and highlighted lunar science and the upcoming International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN).

~110 live participants and ~380 archive...

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On December 4, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared his experience bringing together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery to create the Apollo in Real Time website.  The site enables users to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago.

~500 live participants and ~200 archive participants were involved in the event.  Participants were from 19 different states and Mexico and included students in grades 2 -...

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On a bright sunny morning on October 9 on the banks of the Maumee River, teacher Ms. Cynthia Madanski from McKinley STEMM Academy in Toledo Public Schools logs into Google Meets in her 7th grade Google Classroom. She and her students, working remotely, are conducting GLOBE Water Quality tests. Each student is assigned to be the expert on one of the GLOBE protocols and guides her through the process of doing the test. Students answer questions through the live video and participate in polls...

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  • 1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard's Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
  • The event consisted of a mix of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and planetary-related videos alongside a live Q&A with Goddard SSED scientists and outreach professionals who answered 82 questions from students in the New England area.
  • The program is archived on the Red Sox YouTube channel and has 4,400+ views.

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On September 26, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) connected with thousands of participants from around the world during NASA's International Observe the Moon Night Live Stream event. The event was led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Five scientists from Astromaterials shared the work facilitated at NASA's Johnson Space Center. This included a virtual tour of our Apollo Lunar Laboratory, stories of Apollo samples, details on work with the Apollo Next...

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On September 19 and 22, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) hosted a virtual Girl Scout Badging Event with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) leading interactive activities. 

The 2-Session (4-hour) interactive event reached ~45 Girl Scout Cadettes from the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council, in the Houston, TX area. Cadettes completed activities to earn the Space Science Researcher Badge. Science Activation content, connections to Science Mission Directorate (SMD) science,...

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On August 25, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist, Dr. Cindy Evans, shared her experiences searching for Meteorites in Antarctica as well as how these rocks from space contribute to ongoing research about our early solar system.

The event, facilitated by the Night Sky Network, reached ~420 live participants. Participants were from 93 different amateur astronomy clubs.

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On June 9, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Mars Scientist, Dr. Elizabeth Rampe, shared an overview of the Curiosity Rover and a preview of the Mars 2020 Mission.

The event reached ~160 live participants and 110+ archived participants across 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, and South Africa. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers connected with ASU Infiniscope, Solar System...

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On April 24 & 29, 2020, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientists Andrea Meado & Andy Britton shared how NASA & the world observe Earth from space using astronaut images.

April 24: reached ~111 live and ~136+ archived participants across 30 states, Mexico, and Haiti; April 29: reached ~55 live participants and 54+ archived participants across 29 states, Puerto Rico, and France. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers,...

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On March 11, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Deputy Apollo Curator, Dr. Juliane Gross, shared details about how lunar sample investigations, including ANGSA & the recently opened core sample, studies of other Apollo samples & meteorites continue to contribute to knowledge about the Moon.

The event reached ~485 student and educator live participants and 504+ archived participants across 18 states. Numerous Science Activation partner audiences were reached...

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The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Team, in partnership with the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), participated in a launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Launch in February 2020.

The three day event took place from February 6-8th under the Atlantis Shuttle Exhibit reaching over 800 visitors.

To help showcase the Solar Orbiter Mission & highlight other missions to...

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