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NASA SEES High School Intern Speaker Series highlights the Artemis Mission

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NASA SEES High School Intern Program Speaker Series

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The Universal Design for Learning Mobilization Guide for SMD Science Activation Teams was created to support SciAct teams who are getting started in implementing UDL within their projects. The Guide provides a basic overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), guidelines for conducting a UDL Self-study/assessment, thematic findings from Katie Novak’s initial review and one-on-one consultation meetings with select SciAct teams, and UDL implementation tips.  Groups requiring additional...

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WGBH presents Usage Metrics for our PBS LearningMedia Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom Collection during COVID-19 School Closures (March 1 – May 31, 2020), Attendance Metrics for Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Webinars and 1:1 Consultations, and Highlights of our ongoing Teach the Moon Campaign.

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On June 30, the American Museum of Natural History and NASA@My Library, in partnership with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, hosted a live webcast "Follow Perseverance to Mars." The “virtual field trip” used AMNH’s OpenSpace to take viewers to the landing site of the Mars 2020 rover, led by AMNH’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. LPI Staff Scientists Germán Martínez and Kennda Lynch, and NASA Johnson Space Center Exploration Mission Scientist Liz Rampe participated on-screen...

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Dear All,

 

I am writing to ask you if you would be interested in giving a  virtual presentation to the AGU Fall Meeting? The session is

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ED035. Virtual and In-Person Educator and Student Research Programs Promoting Authentic Scientific Experience

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We invite presentations of experiences, models, and outcomes of successful initiatives that provide authentic research experiences for students and educators at all levels from elementary school...

Interns at The Learning Center at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute prepared and distributed STEM@Home science kits for homebound students unable to attend summer camp due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Over 100 kits were distributed across western North Carolina to students in grades 6 -12 through the funding and support of cooperative agreement NNX16AB87A.

“Camp Connect” is a month long (July 1 – August 6) interactive distance learning science experience exploring topics ranging...

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Astromaterials scientist, Liz Rampe, presented a webinar titled “Curiosity Rover Update & Preview of Mars 2020” facilitated by Paige Graff and Suzanne Foxworth.  A total of 160 live participants and 100+ archive registrants from 43 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and South Africa were reached by this event.  Numerous SMD Science Activation partner audiences were reached including classroom teachers, Solar System Ambassadors, Museum staff, Librarians, Challenger Learning...

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Follow Perseverance to Mars (OpenSpace & NASA @ My Library Livestream)

June 30, 4 pm EDT

The Perseverance Rover will launch this summer (July 17 – Aug. 5, 2020) and head to Jezero Crater, where it will land at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.

The American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart will lead us on an exploration of this exciting landing site as we fly over it together...

Sense of Place - Indigenous Perspectives of Earth and Sky
Featuring Ka'iu Kimura,
Executive Director of the 'Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i"


Jun 18, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific/ 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5815908608377/WN_pCU0nyR4RkWLWvg9rTJjTQ

 

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Field Trip: Moon

June 12, 1 pm EDT

Earth's Moon as visualized in OpenSpace. Six emblems on the surface indicate where the Apollo missions landed.

Join the American Museum of Natural History’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and astrophysicist Jackie Faherty on a live virtual space fight to our Moon. Experience the phases of the Moon as never before and visit landing sites of NASA’s Apollo and Chinese Lunar Exploration programs, including on the far side of the Moon, to find out why these missions play an important role in advancing science on Earth. Discover clues about the...

On May 5, 2020 the Infiniscope team hosted a webinar in support of the mission to enhance inquiry-driven, active learning, at scale. This webinar introduced Screencasting, a method of capturing a computer screen with voiceover as the student demonstrates their knowledge. The webinar featured four Infiniscope Advisory Board members demonstrating practical examples of free resources for screencasting that can be used in an online classroom.

145 attended the live webinar, 65 of these...

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The teams registered in the ROADS on Mars Freestyle student challenge submitted their videos and Mission Development Log May 21. Some 50 teams with 225 students and over a 100 parents in 19 states worked with the students to complete the challenge that required team work in an era of social distancing due to the Covid `19 pandemic. We are still working on judging the submissions but two amaziing examples are included in the ppt

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Weekly Online OpenSpace Tour of the Solar System

This tour will be held weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30 pm PST / 7:30 EST.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you love space? Come and join a California Academy of Sciences Morrison Planetarium presenter on a wander through our Solar System and beyond. Explore with us in this Facebook and YouTube live presentation using 3D space visualization software OpenSpace.

Come ready with your questions about planets or astronomy...

Mars 2020: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life

You’re invited to join us as Dr. Kenneth Williford, Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA Mars 2020 mission talks about the various ways in which Perseverance will be seeking signs of life.

Join us May 8 @10:00 PT/ 1:00 ET

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This talk will include a mission overview with payload and exploration strategies, a discussion of the Jezero crater landing site, and a brief history of Mars surface exploration. Q & A session will...

On April 22, 2020 the Infiniscope team hosted an Online Learning eXchange in response to the COVID-19 needs voiced by Infiniscope community members as they move classes online.

The eXchange featured free resources that educators could use immediately, including 15 panelists from the Science Activation Network and other agency members.

160 participants registered, 68 attended live, 12 via recording which continues to be available OnDemand.

Positive feedback from our Infiniscope OLeX...

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Field Trip Mars

March 8, 2020, 1:30 pm ET / 10:30 am PT

https://youtu.be/EBy36tg2gyc

Field Trip Mars poster showing the time of the event (May 8 1:30 ET) and Mars, surrounded by illustrated spaceships.

Are volcanoes still active on Mars? What does Mars smell like? Where did the water that was once on Mars go? Get answers to these questions—and ask your own — in this family-friendly livestream flyover of Mars on the American Museum of Natural History's YouTube. Using OpenSpace, NASA-funded space visualization software, museum scientists will fly over canyons, hover past impact craters, and...

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.

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The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) has created a series of four posters illustrating the link between Earth Day and lunar exploration. The posters are available for download on the LPI website. Each poster is 24" x 36."

Roughly 9,500 people attended the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Kids Week in New York City on February 20 – 22. Staci Tiedeken and Natalie Curran from GSFC’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) lead attendees in the making of their own lunar and Martian landers in preparation for future Artemis missions and for the launch of the Mars 2020 Rover. Curran, a planetary geologist in GSFC’s SSED, also spoke to the audience about her work on Apollo lunar samples.

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Members of the NASA collaborative effort with the American Camp Association (ACA) were actively engaged in sharing NASA Science Activation resources as part of the booth at the ACA Conference in San Diego, CA, February 12-13, 2020. The excitement was felt as participants stopped by to have their picture taken in front of the Science Activation Banner with NASA representative Tina Harte and Sha’rell Webb (LPI), while learning about the authentic investigative learning opportunities that...

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Roughly 2,000 people attended the Bell Museum’s Space Fest in St. Paul, MN on February 1-2. Participants learned about lunar science, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, NASA’s Artemis program, meteorites, and the OSIRIS-REx mission courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division. Event goers explored the Moon and near-Earth asteroid Bennu via hands-on tactile models, meteorites (including a touchable lunar meteorite), and Earth...

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Recruitments for the Rovers Observation and Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars student challenge is in full swing with participation significantly higher that the ANGLeS student challenge fro 2019/2020.

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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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The Earth to Sky Partnership (ETS) team coordinated a NASA booth at the National Association for Interpretation's annual conference in Denver Colorado, Nov 13-16, 2019. ETS staff joined with colleagues from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth, Heliophysics, Astrophysics and Planetary sciences outreach staff to engage with hundreds of enthusiastic informal educators at the conference. Many positive contacts were made, and eyes were opened to the broad scientific, visual and educational...

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