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The NASA Langley GLOBE Teacher Summer Internship was a 10 week on-site experience that included interactions with NASA scientists, engineers, and educators; virtual SME connections; daily GLOBE data collection; GLOBE workshops; and the development of a GLOBE implementation plan for their classroom. During the experience the interns assisted the NASA Langley with a variety of education & outreach events. Throughout the internship the central theme focused on the process of developing...

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The MEI (MUREP Educator Institute) attendees received GLOBE Training in Clouds and Surface Temperature Protocols at the NASA Centers this summer. NASA’S Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) invites professors and their education students to attend a 5-day institute at each center. This year GLOBE trainers worked alongside with NASA education specialists to train the MEI participants. Marile Colon Robles from NASA Langley, and Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, lead scientist for the...

Arizona State University’s Infiniscope team (funded under NASA’s Science Mission Directorate), in collaboration with Smart Sparrow, hosted a one-day EdTech conference at NASA Ames on June 15, 2018.

The day was opened with a welcome by NASA’s Kristen Erickson, SMD Science Engagement and Partnerships Director. The conference brought together international EdTech presenters and over 245 attendees (representing 121 institutions) to learn about digital learning innovation in the sciences and...

Hispanic families from the Diamantes program at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, NC, visited NASA Langley and the National Institute of Aerospace to meet Hispanic Subject Matter Experts (SME). 

•23 upper elementary and middle school children had lunch with 6 Hispanic SME mentors. They shared their path to NASA with highlights of perks and challenges of being Hispanic and bilingual. The students also toured NASA Langley.

•24 parents visited the National Institute of...

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On June 6, the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) released Mosquito! Community Research Guide, a freely available international curriculum for elementary-secondary that uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for actions that are student-defined and implemented. It was field tested internationally at nine sites, including schools in Reston, VA, and Leominster, MA.

GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO MHM) training and educational resources are linked to...

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On May 30, 2018, NASA scientists and public engagement professionals shared NASA science with 4,200students and teachers from 58 schools acrossthe Boston area at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Students discovered a wide array of NASA careers, observed the Sun through a solar telescope, explored a supernova in virtual reality, launched water bottle rockets, and listened to Astronaut Sunita Williams share her experiences in space. Goddard Planetary Scientist Maria Banks wowed...

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On May 23, 2018, seven high school students, their teachers and the Lexington School for the Deaf’s administrators, connected via video conference with GLOBE SME’s at NASA Langley: Dr. Margaret Pippin, Jessica Taylor, Tina Harte, Marilé Colon Robles, and William Wood.  Interpretation services were provided by Christina York, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at NASA Langley, and an interpreter at the Lexington School for the Deaf.  The students asked questions about clouds and weather...

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STEM Day at Fenway Park was held in Boston, MA on May 30, 2018 and reached ~4000 students and educators.  This cross-collaborative effort, led by NASA GSFC, enabled Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from a variety of organizations to share rich science content reflecting NASA research & exploration.

NASA Astromaterials scientists Dave Draper & Liz Rampe presented their research to a packed stadium of participants.

The NASA Astromaterials tables enabled participants to observe and hold...

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NASA Astromaterials connected audiences with authentic and unique NASA assets including STEM experts, astromaterial samples, and curation labs. Sharing these assets within the context of exciting NASA Events & programs provided relevance, enthusiasm, and STEM career awareness.

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And the winners are…..

On May 1, 2018, more than 100 students from Michigan & Ohio presented over 70 research projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student conference at The University of Toledo’s Student Union. This conference, originally named SATELLITES: Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space, has grown over the years. The speaker, John Moore from the Palmyra Cove Nature Center, showed students how their data can be visualized by...

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A nugget from joint efforts of the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative and the AREN Project.

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April 12 Live Webinar - Global Connections & Collaborations

•>90 teachers and students attended from 17 countries

•Student team presentations about local investigations in US, Croatia, Taiwan, and Finland:

Nature Science Technology Center, Ottawa Hills, Ohio described water collection and testing before and after back-country filtration and explained how to easily create and share H2yOu Water stories.

Medicinska Skola, Varazdin, Croatia studied impact and quality of water on...

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On April 23, 2018 twenty four educators from the local community participated in the Earth Day Educator Experience led by the Science Education team at NASA Langley. The day was centered on providing unique opportunities for educators to engage with NASA assets including viewing facilities, meeting Subject Matter Experts, and learning about NASA educational resources. The educators spanned across all grade bands (elementary, middle, and high school) and the majority of educators were from...

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On March 24, 2018 at the American Museum of Natural History, Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart, was joined by NASA solar scientists Masha Kuznetsova and Leila Mays, and Jon Linker, Predictive Science Inc., as they explained solar eclipses, the aurora borealis, and the science behind them using the NASA-funded, open source OpenSpace software in AMNH’s LeFrak giant screen 3D theater. This program also included a viewing of Aurora Borealis, a 3D film directed by Ikuo Nakamura,...

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Total observations: 56,514 cloud observations 3x more than North American Solar Eclipse!

The NASA GLOBE Clouds Challenge, organized by NASA Langley with strong collaborations from GLOBE and GLOBE Observer social media, motivated people around the world to make up to 10 GLOBE cloud observations daily from March 15 - April 15, 2018. GLOBE received over 56,500 cloud observations from more than 15,000 locations in 99 countries, including observations from every continent  even Antarctica....

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In April, over 1600 Students from 30 states and Mexico were able to interact and hear from a NASA Scientist, Dr. Doug Ming,  about the latest Mars rover activities, what the scientist teams are learning from these activities, and some of the challenges humans will face if we plan to live and work on Mars.

Conducted at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Astromaterial Webinars connect NASA scientists with learners from all backgrounds in formal and informal settings to provide the spark to...

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Authors: Kevin Czajkowski, Jessica Taylor & Tracy Ostrom

GLOBE Mission EARTH is exploring different ways their Subject Matter Experts can connect with students.

This nugget provides a few examples of the connecting SMEs to students.

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From March 30 to April 1, 2018, NASA scientists and outreach professionals from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center participated in AwesomeCon, Washington, D.C.’s ComicCon, with an estimated attendance of 67,000 people.Dawn Myers of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission led the effort on behalf of NASA. At the booth in the exhibit hall, visitors learned about lunar topography and moon landing sites with LRO, terrestrial elevations from the ICESat-2 mission, and the Global...

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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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Wednesday, April 18–Sunday, April 22, 2018 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and 6:00–10:00 p.m. Thursday (Ages 18+)
Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio, The Exploratorium, San Francisco

Join NASA and Exploratorium scientists to learn all about the InSight Lander mission, the first to focus on examining the deep interior of Mars. Launching in May 2018, it will be the very first interplanetary launch from the  West Coast. 

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat...

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Solar System Ambassadors at NSTA 2018

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The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative supported GLOBE-trainee Amanda Clapp with a GLOBE field day for her students, centered around atmosphere protocols.

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The GME team was interacting with science teachers using GLOBE and NASA activities at the 2018 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on March 15-18 in Atlanta, GA. With over 8,000 teachers in attendance, you could find the team doing numerous activities: presenting at NASA’s Hyperwall and NSTA sessions, manning stations at the NOAA and NASA booths and distributing information at NESTA Shar-A-Thons.

Hyperwall Presentations at the NASA booth:

GLOBE: Viewing Clouds from...

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The MUREP Educator Institutes (MEIs) brings together students and professors from Minority Serving Institutions to each of the NASA centers for an authentic STEM experience. The GLOBE Mission Earth team (University of Toledo and NASA Langley) have been working in collaboration with Texas State University, the GLOBE Implementation Office, GLOBE Partners, and NASA to incorporate GLOBE training into the 2018 summer activities.

Recent Preparation Activities

  • Presentation to Educator...

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On a chilly Friday in February, 28 teachers and two GLOBE researchers with the Arctic and Earth SIGNs project gathered in Tok, Alaska.

Drs. Elena Sparrow and Katie Spellman (University of Alaska Fairbanks) ran a workshop for teachers of the Alaska Gateway School District to learn how to use GLOBE protocols and NASA resources to study climate change in their schools and Alaska Native communities

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