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Engage, Explore, Discover:  The NASA JSC Astromaterials Science Engagement Team efforts are aimed at sharing and engaging students, educators, the public, and the scientific community with the science, research, curation, and exploration conducted by the Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) Division. This is facilitated through resources available on our website, webinars, outreach events, educator workshops, participation in conferences, programs enabling the borrowing of...

In response to the current COVID restrictions, the 2020 SEES program went virtual to provided a safe virtual summer internship experience opportunity for 333 high school sophomores and juniors over 13 different project choices. SEES Interns worked remotely with Scientists and Engineers at UT/CSR conducting NASA supported research on astronomy, remote sensing, space geodetic techniques to help understand Earth systems, natural hazards, COVID, and climate science. Students also participated in...

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This Sept. 17, 2020, collaborative webinar was planned and presented by three NASA Science Activation Earth science awards and the GLOBE Implementation Office. Each group shared a broad range of NASA-sponsored opportunities and resources to connect students to investigating our Earth system using NASA and GLOBE data.

Our goal was to support teachers and students to develop and enter their research in the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS).

There were 138 attendees...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 9:00am EDT (1:00pm UTC, 3:00pm CET): Educators and Students Aligning Greenings and Tree Height: A Collaboration Between the European Phenology Campaign and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. 

This webinar will highlight the collaboration between both campaigns, with a focus on taking tree height measurements/observations at the same time participants take greenings (green up/green down) measurements. The leads for the European Phenology...

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Anna MacLennan, a former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Intern (SEES Class of 2019), was named one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners for 2020.  

“The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners is comprised of young people from around the world who are breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) fields and bringing the sciences to the public through...

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC; 8:00pm CEST): New Jersey Pinelands: The Nation's First National Preservation Area. Congress created the Pinelands National Reserve (PNR) through the passage of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. Mr. John Moore, Executive Director at the Institute for Earth Observations at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park, will discuss how the PNR is listed as the first National Reserve in the nation. Discussion on the PNR being approximately 1.1 million...

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC): Kicking Off Year 3 With Tree Height Research Using Satellites and Ground-Based Instruments: The importance of tree and vegetation research to help us understand our changing planet. Join us for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign with the first of our featured science talks for Year 3 of the campaign. Dr. Nancy Glenn, a researcher from Boise State University, the University of New South Wales and an ICESat-2 Mission...

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During summer 2020, two SciAct projects (SEES and NESEC) provided a safe virtual summer internship experience for 114 rising high school juniors and seniors from 22 states, PR, and APO (Germany). The Mosquito Mappers was one cohort that was part of the larger NASA SEES project. Students analyzed coincident data collected using GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat and Land Cover tools. They used online data access and analysis tools, such as Collect Earth Online, AppEARS LP DAAC, Worldview, Google...

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Suzi Taylor, Director of Montana State University’s Science Math Resource Center, introduced Youth leaders from the Lewistown, Montana Boys & Girls Club and an Extension 4-H agent to airborne remote sensing using kites at a STEM activities training on August 24, 2020. Participants made mini-kites and then worked in teams flying kite-borne instrumentation to collect imagery and atmospheric data in Montana's wheat growing country. Skills learned and data collected will be used to enhance their...

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On Aug. 31, 2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson presented virtually to 38 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Langley Research Center. Elizabeth featured new and updated resources that are perfect for both Face-to-Face and virtual instruction, including the new Google Classroom connections and integration with other Google products. Desiray presented GIS story maps for blending data visualization and analysis in...

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The 2020 Community Cloud Challenge: Science is Better Together (July 15 - August 15, 2020), led by the NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley, asked participants around the world to learn, discover and, when safe, collect GLOBE cloud observations.  This year, participants could join a video watch, do an at-home activity, or collect observations to participate due to COVID-19 (https://observer.globe.gov/cloud-challenge-2020).

Weekly videos with NASA experts and GLOBE educators featured...

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Two recent peer-reviewed publications have featured GLOBE citizen science (GLOBE Observer) data. In the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, “Clouds Around the World: How a Simple Citizen Science Data Challenge Became a Worldwide Success” describes the overall quantity and type of data collected during the 2018 Spring Cloud Challenge, as well as satellite matches made (left, top image), and specific areas of interest such as over-the-ocean clouds observations in the Drake Passage...

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On August 20, 2020 My NASA Data's Angela Rizzi delivered a presentation titled, Beating the Back to School Blues with My NASA Data: Exploring Earth System Phenomena with My NASA Data Resources” to 24 educators through NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Kennedy Space Center.

Angela provided an overview of the variety of resources available in My NASA Data and identified how to locate, access,...

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Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed...

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We have a great opportunity for Graduate Student Research Assistants in the NYC metropolitan area to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NYC:

Graduate Student Research Assistant Stipend: $11,700

Application Period: Applications are considered upon receipt and the application period closes on September 21, 2020.

Multiple positions...

We have an amazing opportunity for High School STEM Teachers to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams while developing STEM curriculum for their current classes:

The NASA GSFC Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)  is currently recruiting high school STEM Teachers to apply for the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI).

Teacher Stipend: $7,650.00

Application Period: Applications are considered upon receipt and...

Dr. Gregory Cajete will be speaking on Native Science and Astronomy 

Date: September 10, 2020 

Time: 12:00 Pacific, 3:00 Eastern 

Please note the time on the flyer is Pacific Time.

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https://bit.ly/328W2v6

In response to educators continuing online in the fall semester, the Infiniscope team offered 43 educators from all over the U.S. a 4-day online workshop held July 14-17, 2020.

This workshop focused toward creating virtual field trips (VFT) that connect students to their community and promote learning that is rooted in students' own "place" such as their neighborhood or town. These educators were tasked with creating a VFT for classrooms use.

VFTs are guided online explorations that...

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In response to educators continuing online in the fall semester, the Infiniscope team offered 94 educators from all over the U.S. a 3-day active learning online workshop held July 20-22, 2020. The workshop featured an overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by Dr. Katie Novak in cooperation with WBGH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom Initiative, NASA resources with specific UDL integrations such as the accessibility toolkit by NASA eClips, and expert educators from the...

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Attached, please see our nugget detailing the first of two Take and Make distributions to public libraries in support of at-home COVID activities. This bag uses GLOBE/NESEC resources. 

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WGBH, through its Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms project, is offering K-12 educators a three-part webinar series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Katie Novak, Ed.D., author of eight best-selling books on Universal Design for Learning and Mirko Chardin, co-author with Dr. Novak on "Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL," will lead a series of three one-hour webinars on Universal Design for Learning.  Participants will learn more about a framework to help...

Members of Montana State University Academic Technology and Outreach passed out 500 NASA space kits to Blackfeet tribe, through a partnership with Blackfeet Community College and NESSP SMD Grant.

A 2nd offering will go to Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

The effort generated several news articles in MT

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The Bronx Community College Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute is offering a ten day hands-on remote professional development workshop for K-12 educators and college professors: “GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATORS“.

 

Dates are: 24 August to 4 September, 2020; 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday.

 

Educators must be currently teaching and affiliated to US accredited institutions [K-12 and Colleges].

 

WORKSHOP LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND OUTCOMES

  • To provide you with...

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GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) provided professional development to teachers on Elementary GLOBE’s Do You Know Clouds Have Names? and What’s Up in the Atmosphere? NASA Langley shared their expertise in three sessions in the GLOBE Mission Earth’s Elementary GLOBE Professional Development. On Monday (08.03.2020), Jessica Taylor welcomed the group on behalf of NASA and showcased her favorite NASA activities that are well matched to GLOBE and can be adapted for online learning. Elizabeth Joyner...

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NASA STARS en Español developed from a growing need to promote awareness of NASA’s diverse career opportunities for minority populations and highlight Hispanic professionals as role models in STEM careers. It was only appropriate to do it Spanish.

 

We are excited that CCRI Educator, Alejandro Mundo, will be featured on NASA STEM STARS en Español!

 

Please join us on Monday 8/10 at 1:30 pm EDT following this link:

 

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