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NASA, Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students. The program provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research. Interns will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work.

Scientists and Engineers at UT/CSR are conducting NASA supported research on astronomy,...

Looking for a way to model moon phases for your remote or in-person learners?

Explore the phases of the Moon in this cool 80's retro style experience featuring your AI friend LuCIA. Use a model to identify inaccuracies in LuCIA’s coding. Sequence a variety of Moon phase diagrams to “Reprogram” her code. Test the new code to improve the clarity of the galaxy image and reprogram her until a clear image is achieved. Head straight to the Phases of the Moon experience at

Aileen Toback, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Heritage Middle School in New Windsor, NY, is also a NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative Educator Ambassador. Ms. Toback has been participating in meetings with NASA scientists and engaged her students in a snowflake classification project which is part of NASA climate change research. Ms. Toback was recently featured on Times Herald-Record.

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This Nugget describes how Solar System Ambassadors are modifying their engagement methods in order to continue serving their audiences in this time of COVID-19 social distancing.


During the Week of July 16-20, Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline through support from SMD and OSTEM round 15 regional challenges commerorating the 50th Anniversary of the Landing of Apollo 11. The overall impact of the program is summarized through overall statistics of the program and the best video and a national news article.


One of our CCRI teachers Nicole Dulaney recently created a unit plan (9-12) that passed SMD product review and is available for national distribution. Please distribute to your relevant teacher networks. All questions and feedback are welcome.
Earth’s Energy Budget is a unit plan designed for high school students grades 9 – 12 with access to computers, NASA GISS Panoply software, and RStudio. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. The goal of this unit is for the students...

Please check out this video to learn about how the Exploratorium will make music from a Total Solar Eclipse. You can view on our YouTube channel, link here:

On August 21st, 2017, Wayne Grim, a Bay Area composer and Staff Sound Artist at the Exploratorium, will be producing a real-time sonification of the eclipse that will be streamed by the Exploratorium as part of a composition for the renowned musical group Kronos Quartet. This auditory...

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Yesterday WGBH Director of STEM Education, Rachel Connolly hosted a Facebook Live event with Dr. Alex Young to discuss the solar eclipse and talk about the year ahead. The link to the live event is:


Girl Scout Destinations are the ultimate adventure for individual girls ages 11 and older! Girls make friends from all over the country as they travel with Girl Scouts from different states and pack their bags full of inspiring, life-changing experiences. Current Girl Scouts, or any interested girl can contact her local Girl Scout Council to apply! There are three Desintations for the 2017 total solar eclipse plus astronomy camp at University of Arizona to choose from!


Here is a fascinating project: Voices of Humanity (VoH) - giving a voice to all of humanity in space exploration. Professor Philip Lubin at UC Santa Barbara and some of his students are working on a public engagement and educational outreach program by placing the essence of  humanity, in the form of documents, poetry, pictures, movies, music, tweets,  digital DNA and other data, into every spacecraft and eventually to the stars. Their group was funded by NASA NIAC program with a Phase I...

Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a summer internship opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to work directly with NASA scientists in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change during the summer of 2016.

During the summer term of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA GISS Scientists whom will lead high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and high school STEM...


Over 300 elementary school students and nearly 300 middle school students competed for prizes in the Mars Rover competition.

Sponsored by the IEEE, it was held at the University of Houston January 30.  

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In September 2015, Tina Shah, the Senior Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs' STEM initiatives and Educational Foundations ( spoke during the Planetary Community's monthly tag-up.  She shared a variety of great information about the Boys &Girls clubs; they are eager to work with the NASA science education community:

  • Over 4200 clubs around the world; now in 400 military installations in other countries
  • Their goal is to partner with the local clubs; opportunity and...

NASA GSFC Office of Education is currently seeking graduate students to participate in the year long NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative internship program located at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. 

Program Description: The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long internship opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science...

In February 2015, Steve Glendenning (  presented at the Planetary EPO Community's monthly community call to share out information regarding the NASA 3D Resources portal:

  • This is a one-stop-shop for NASA content; people can add to and take from the gallery for content.
  • The project started with 3D Models (lighwave, Maya, etc) for game and animation developers, but given the 3D printing arena that is building models layer by...

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Watch NASA Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission launch live on March 12, 2015!  MMS will study the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy via a process known as magnetic reconnection.  With four identical spacecraft, the mission will provide the first three-dimensional view of this fundamental process, which occurs throughout the universe.

You don't need to be at launch to have a great time!...

The Dawn Mission E/PO is planning to commemorate the arrival of the spacecraft at dwarf planet Ceres with a festival called i C Ceres. As we did with Vesta Fiesta heralding the mission’s arrival at the giant asteroid in 2011, i C Ceres will provide a forum and resources for events to be held across the country and around the world. Vesta Fiesta recorded over 100 festivals at museums, observatories, and backyards; from the flagship event at the Pasadena Convention Center that highighted Dawn...