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NASA Space Science Education Constorium (NSSEC) attended the Maker Faire Bay Area from May 17-19, 2019, along with over 125,000 other attendees that specialize in makerspaces and education technology.

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Are you a scientist planning to submit a JWST proposal in Cycle 1? Are you interested in serving your community as a local JWST expert during proposal-planning season (Jan-Apr 2020)? Then please consider applying to the JWST Master Class.

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) will host approximately 25 participants for a 4.5-day, in-depth Master Class in Baltimore, MD on November 18-22, 2019. The Master Class will include topics related to James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) proposal...

NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the MLA/DLA annual conference May 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MD.

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Death Valley’s unique landscape and dark skies help us glimpse and better understand the wonders beyond our world. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival celebrates these resources and the rich heritage of NASA science and engineering research conducted in the park. The 2019 event drew about 2,500 visitors, with positive reports from visitors, scientists, and rangers involved. The event is a collaboration of NASA, the National Park Service, the Death Valley Natural HIstory Association, and many...

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A cooperative agreement led by The Astronomical League, to bring the Sky Puppies Observing Program to adults and children. The Sky Puppy Observing Program provides a way for adults to share with youth the wonders of the Universe and to introduce them to the basic information about astronomy and the solar system.

 

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Las Vegas..

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The NASA eClips™ Team will attend the  Virginia Homeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair March 22-23, 2019 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team will engage families in trivia games about common science misconceptions. This informal group will be invited to sign up to produce NASA Spotlite videos. NASA Spotlites are 90 to 120 second videos that correct common science misconceptions. 

Link to VA Homeschoolers Website - 

Question: The US government is partially shut down, what does that mean for awards made under Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Solicitation: NNH15ZDA010C?

Answer: NASA is currently closed due to a lapse in Government funding. Most civil servants are on furlough status; therefore unable to respond to messages. The civil servants at NASA Headquarters, Wallops, Ames, Armstrong, Langley, Kennedy, etc. who work the USIP CAN are not available...

Since 2007, Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) four science divisions (Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics) at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, have supported graduate student-initiated research through the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF). In 2018, however, SMD is inviting proposals for graduate student research via a new solicitation entitled "Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology" (FINESST)...

  • 404 participants attended the NASA GSFC Visitor Center’s International Observe the Moon Night event on Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • 65 volunteers, including members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team, representatives from across NASA science and engineering divisions, communications specialists, and local high school students helped make it an outstanding event
  • Event included:
    • Telescope viewing, supported by the Goddard Astronomy Club
    • Hands-on...

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has published a Request for Information (RFI) for Inputs to the Science Mission Directorate Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing (NNH18ZDA017L).

 The NASA Science Mission Directorate requests information, comments and suggestions to assist in the development of a Strategic Plan for Scientific Data and Computing. RFI NNH18ZDA017L solicits input from all stakeholders, including but not limited to members of scientific...

Posted on behalf of Jennifer K. Levasseur, PhD Museum Curator, Department of Space History

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum/ P.O. Box 37012 / NASM 3567, MRC 311 Washington, D.C. 20013-7012

Phone: 202-633-2429 / Fax: 202-786-2947 Email: nasmmutualconcerns@si.edu

Re: Mutual Concerns of Aviation and Space Museums Conference

Just a friendly reminder that we’re just two months away from our 2018 conference in Tucson, AZ! If you haven’t seen the agenda, registered, or booked...

NASA is now advertising for the Deputy Chief Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). The OCS represents all of the scientific endeavors in the agency, ensuring they are aligned with and fulfill the administration's science objectives. The OCS advises the NASA Administrator and other senior officials on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related Investments. To find a detailed description of this position and additional information on...

The Astrophysics Division of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, invites nominations for service on the Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) that advises the Astrophysics Division Director.

The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is December 1, 2018.

U.S. citizens may nominate others or may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies on the APAC. There will be member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider...

Program Description: The NASA 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 a science related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the graduate students coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring and is considered to be a part time position that supports the graduate students major area of study...

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  • Over 1500 people attended the Night Sky Festival held August 10-12 at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado.
  • Staci Tiedeken of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center represented the Solar System Exploration Division at the festival. She discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various meteorites and Earth rocks for attendees to analyze and explore.
  • Representatives from James Webb Space Telescope and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera were also present, and festival...

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The Infiniscope team launches a new partnership with the Chief Science Officer Program through their CSO Summer Institute held July 19th, 2018 at Arizona State University.

300 newly elected CSO’s from around the country developed networking skills and science action plans. These action plans include Infiniscope products and involvement of their teacher advisors in the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network to extend the content they have available in planning their community STEM...

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170 librarians (nearly double the number of librarians interested in 2017) opted to join the Infiniscope Teaching Network at ALA Conference held in New Orleans June 22th-25th, 2018. Their membership provides free access to digital materials they find valuable in planning upcoming STEAM outreach events hosted by their libraries. Librarians were excited because the content can be used:

  • as a bookmark on a web browser as a no maintenance resource for patrons to explore;

  • in...

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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...

Would you like to take middle school children beyond the solar system? With Afterschool Universe you can!

Afterschool Universe is a freely available curriculum for an out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school students (roughly grades 6-8 or ages 11-14) developed by NASA. Using hands-on activities and interdisciplinary teaching techniques, it explores basic astronomy concepts and takes participants on a journey through the universe. Afterschool Universe offers an opportunity...

STEM Educator & Associate Researcher: New Horizons in Space Additive Manufacturing and STEM Education

Dates of Program: 7/2/2018 - 8/10/2018
Stipend Amount: $4,500 
Application Deadline: 5/25/2018

Description:
The New York City College of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology offers an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS) as well as a baccalaureate degree. Both degree programs are hands-on with engineering applications in areas such as CAD, CAM, Materials...

Black Hole Outreach and Education with NOVA and the ASP 

Join WGBH's NOVA program "Black Hole Apocalypse" and educators from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on May 22 at 6pm PT 9pm ET for a webinar that explores of the cosmos’ greatest mysteries: black holes. They will share some fun, hands-on activities about gravity and finding black holes using indirect evidence, and take a deep dive into the new NOVA Black Holes app. This session is a great fit for both classroom and out of...

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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The ASP's 130th Annual Meeting (Advancing Astronomy for All: A Conference on Education, Communication, and Diversity in Science) welcomes your contributions to the advancement of science literacy through astronomy. Share your work and network with other innovative leaders in astronomy education and outreach.

Learn from a thoughtful network of educators and expand your understanding of what's possible in astronomy education with us. Meeting will be held from September 10 - 13, 2018 in...

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