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Christy Wall, New Mexico GLOBE Coordinator for GLOBE Mission EARTH collaborated with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos, NM to get students outside using GLOBE during school closures due to COVID-19. PEEC is producing an online series called “Take it Outside” that includes information about a specific phenomenon, craft ideas for kids, and outdoor challenges. The goal of this series is to provide parents with ideas to keep their students engaged in science as...Download
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.
Roughly 9,500 people attended the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Kids Week in New York City on February 20 – 22. Staci Tiedeken and Natalie Curran from GSFC’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) lead attendees in the making of their own lunar and Martian landers in preparation for future Artemis missions and for the launch of the Mars 2020 Rover. Curran, a planetary geologist in GSFC’s SSED, also spoke to the audience about her work on Apollo lunar samples.Download
Members of the NASA collaborative effort with the American Camp Association (ACA) were actively engaged in sharing NASA Science Activation resources as part of the booth at the ACA Conference in San Diego, CA, February 12-13, 2020. The excitement was felt as participants stopped by to have their picture taken in front of the Science Activation Banner with NASA representative Tina Harte and Sha’rell Webb (LPI), while learning about the authentic investigative learning opportunities that...Download
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...Download
Congratulations to all GLOBE Mission Earth-West schools who participated in the 2019 data challenge. A total of nine schools entered over 900 GLOBE measurements!
A special congratulations to Met Sacramento’s teacher, Jon Thackery, who’s class entered 518 data measurements with the GLOBE Observer App.
Close runner-up's include:
•Skyridge Elementary: Juliet Hamilton’s & April Johnstone’s classes for entering 219 data measurements.
•ASCEND Charter: Jessica Kunz’s classes for...Download
Roughly 2,000 people attended the Bell Museum’s Space Fest in St. Paul, MN on February 1-2. Participants learned about lunar science, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, NASA’s Artemis program, meteorites, and the OSIRIS-REx mission courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division. Event goers explored the Moon and near-Earth asteroid Bennu via hands-on tactile models, meteorites (including a touchable lunar meteorite), and Earth...Download
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...Download
Elizabeth Joyner of My NASA Data joined the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University to offer a 60-minute national webinar to over 70 registrants.
More about My NASA Data (MND):
MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story maps) in support of NGSS Earth System phenomena. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA...Download
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...Download
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...Download
In collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth to Sky held a two-day pre-conference workshop as a component of the annual conference of the National Association for Interpretation, November 11-12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.
Eighteen informal educators from around the country who work for federal, state and local agencies, universities, and NGOs attended the workshop, which featured NASA and NCAR science and resources and...Download
- On November 14, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12. GSFC SSED planetary geologist Natalie Curran discussed her current and future work with Apollo lunar samples through the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program while SSED outreach coordinator Staci Tiedeken provided an overview of lunar exploration before the Apollo era and a retrospective look at the Apollo 12 mission at the GSFC Visitor...
My NASA Data team members, Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson, presented "NASA Resources Support Instruction of NGSS Earth System Phenomena" in the national webinar series hosted by The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).
MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story...Download
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.Download
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...Download
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....Download
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...Download
Reaching For The Stars
Space Science Badges were completed by over 68,000 Girl ScoutsDownload
Montana State AREN Team Hosts Science Pub Talk on GLOBE Observer's Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Citizen Science ChallengeDownload
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...Download
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...Download
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...Download
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!Download