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Nuggets

Nuggets submitted by the NASA SMD Science Activation community can be found here.

To submit a nugget:

1) Create your nugget using the template provided in the link below. Please note:

a.  One Slide (plus the title slide though it will not be posted)
b.  Use timely information
c.  Include who, what, where, why information
d.  Audience: Stakeholders and General Public
e.  Use plain language
f.  Spell out acronyms
g.  Do not use red text
h.  Use interesting visuals with captions, but ensure parental release forms are obtained before using images with minors (or use a different image)
i.  Remember to include a high res photo (for posting on science.nasa.gov/learners/nuggets).

2) Use the following template for naming your file: DATE SUBMITTED_PI LAST NAME_SMD DIVISION (Astro, Earth, Helio, Planetary, or CrossDivision)

3) Email your completed nugget file and one high resolution image file used in the nugget to Lin Chambers.

4) Post your nugget to the workspace (Create+ --> Nugget), making it public, and tagging your group, the SciAct Collective, and the Community Page.
 

Click Here for the Current Nugget Template


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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17 Students and five teachers presented their GLOBE research work virtually on May 19, 2020 in the GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) Students And Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret The Earth from Space (SATELLITES) Student Conference. Students who were able and allowed to present virtually did so. Teachers presented student projects for students who were not allowed to due to a school’s policy of not allowing students to present using conferencing software. Research projects were...

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On May 9, 2020, GLOBE Mission Earth’s team from Boston University hosted a virtual profession for
science teachers from Providence City Schools, Rhode Island. Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers who are involved with GLOBE student research projects in the 2019-2020 school year met to learn about a virtual student research symposium for Providence students to present their research. Teachers also learned about GLOBE and related resources available to help them transition from...

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GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar: What's a Phenological Garden? Cycles of Life in Your Classroom and Neighborhood, broke previous records in registration, attendance, largest number of international attendees and featuring an international speaker. Over 100 people registered and over 70 attended the webinar on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm EDT. Starting with the GLOBE Green Up/Green Down Protocol, presenters showcased activities being done by students at schools which can be adapted to home...

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Beginning on Monday April 27th and running through the end of the school year, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) is giving teachers a break!

Recognizing the tremendous pressure on teachers created by the shift to online learning, the GMRI team opted to find a way to give our teacher partners a break from carrying the load alone. GMRI Home Delivery is a menu of virtual learning experiences adapted from GMRI’s education programs. All of the programs are facilitated by experienced...

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Brian Campbell and Dorian Janney took part in the 2020 COSI Virtual Science festival, May 6 – 9, 2020, through Facebook Live and Video Premiere events. The festival was, “A Community Celebration of Science,” a four-day community festival that engaged learners of all ages – bringing science to people where they live, work, and lounge – to inspire curiosity and further exploration. Brian’s and Dorian’s features included NASA and GLOBE Program information and  have reached thousands of...

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Students from around the country who received the NASA Earth System Science Award* were invited to one of two webinars on May 4 and 6, 2020.

79 students registered from 26 states and Puerto Rico; 39 students attended live. Marilé Colon Robles, GLOBE Clouds Project Scientist, shared her journey to NASA. Angela Rizzi introduced data tools to help students continue their Earth systems research. Resources included: My NASA Data, Worldview and NASA Earth Observations (NEO).

Over 100 student...

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On May 14, 2020, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented virtually to 52 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative on the topic of global phytoplankton distribution. Dr. Brad Hegyi explained the Earth system science connections affecting phytoplankton distribution while Elizabeth Joyner presented the variety of educational resources on this topic available through My NASA Data (i.e., mini lessons, story maps, lesson...

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Two groups of engineering students from University of Toledo and Boston University designed instrumentation for GLOBE protocols this past semester. The University of Toledo and Boston University Colleges of Engineering held virtual events on May 1 and May 4, 2020 respectively on their senior design projects. Both groups hope that high school students build and use these sensors.

Boston University

Design team: May Alsaleh, Andrew Schenck, Meryl Shea, Thy Vu

Faculty advisors: William...

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STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project have developed a special collection of resources: STEAM Ahead @ Home for library staff and patrons.

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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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LaRC staff worked with Ohio Department of Education-Science to deliver two virtual professional development sessions for Ohio science teachers. Jessica Taylor and Tina Harte showcased Elementary GLOBE learning modules and provided examples of ways teachers can adapt Elementary GLOBE to a virtual setting on Tuesday, April 28. The following Thursday, Elizabeth Joyner and Angie Rizzi highlighted My NASA Data's resources, i.e., mini lessons ready for Google Classroom integration, and story maps....

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Presenters from the STAR Library Network (STAR Net) facilitated an interactive webinar, "Bringing the Stories of the Skies to Your Library," with Christine Shupla from the Lunar and Planetary Institute and Elizabeth Nicolai from the Anchorage Public Library in Alaska.

The webinar highlighted NASA and NASA-related resources for libraries to help provide virtual STEAM programming for the 2020 summer reading theme, “Imagine Your Story.” 

Constellation stories from indigenous cultures from...

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My NASA Data’s story maps are now featured on ESRI’s educational website, Teach with GIS, as part of a gallery which showcases exemplar student exercises that use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach a variety of subjects.

The webpage titled “Use NASA Data to Explore Earth Systems” was published on April 15th, 2020 and features the following My NASA Data Story Maps: Hurricanes as Heat Engines, Creation of Urban Heat Islands, Volcanic Eruptions, Sea Ice and the Earth System, and...

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Oliva Bibler, Roman Azzarello and Neva Hargreaves, three students from Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo (Ohio), presented their research via zoom at the Hydrology High School Capstone Culminating Event arranged by George Voltz from the NASA Glenn Research Center Education Office. 

The research done by these students illustrates the power of mentoring. Dr. Jodi Haney (GLOBE partner Bowling Green State University), Christine Staschiak  (Environmental Engineer from NASA Plum...

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On April 23, 2020, My NASA Data’s Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented virtually to 42 educators through NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative.  Dr. Brad Hegyi, an atmospheric scientist from NASA's Langley Research Center explained the science behind Urban Heat Islands while My NASA Data Educator, Elizabeth Joyner, presented the variety of educational resources on this topic.

My NASA Data is part of the GLOBE Mission Earth “Science Activation”...

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During the spring of 2020, Elizabeth Joyner of LaRC’s My NASA Data collaborated with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), The University of Wisconsin, and Dataspire to coordinate and provide a series of virtual experiences focused on Data Literacy in the Earth Sciences for 20 STEM pre-service teachers at TCNJ.

The four-part series started with students being trained in GLOBE’s Urban Heat Island (UHI) Campaign protocols by Palmyra Cove’s Institute for Earth Observations in February.  In...

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Please find attached our highlight of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Virtual Conference.

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Please see the attached nugget for Astronomy Magazine Interview for Citizen Science Month.

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Tassia Owen created and conducted online webinars to engage girl scouts in GLOBE Observer and help them work toward completing their “Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey.”  Beginning on March. 27, Tassia presented to over 3.7K thousand Girl Scouts from across the United States and abroad. The webinar was hosted by Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands as part of their Girl Scouts Connected: Virtual Program Series (

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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.

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Christy Wall, New Mexico GLOBE Coordinator for GLOBE Mission EARTH collaborated with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Los Alamos, NM to get students outside using GLOBE during school closures due to COVID-19. PEEC is producing an online series called “Take it Outside” that includes information about a specific phenomenon, craft ideas for kids, and outdoor challenges. The goal of this series is to provide parents with ideas to keep their students engaged in science as...

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Please see the attached nugget for our Patron Experience Pilot training workshop. 

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The NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University featured My NASA Data (MND) in a monthly national webinar with NASA Langley Research Center Subject Matter Experts.  Thirty-five teachers from across the world attended the virtual session where Dr. Brad Hegyi and Elizabeth Joyner addressed the topic of Sea and Land Ice Melt using NASA data, as well as MND resources such as Story Maps, lesson plans, activities, data sets, and more.

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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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