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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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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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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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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