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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


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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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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Elizabeth Joyner, Angela Rizzi and Desiray Wilson from NASA Langley Research Center's My NASA Data (MND) project provided virtual professional development to elementary, middle, and high school teachers in Providence, RI and Toledo, OH via zoom conferencing. Both groups explored the Urban Heat Island Effect Story Map using MND Data Literacy Cube learning resources. Teachers at the University of Toledo explored MND resources and integrated MND's Earth System Data Explorer with GLOBE data in...

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Congratulations to all GLOBE Mission Earth-West schools who participated in the 2019 data challenge. A total of nine schools entered over 900 GLOBE measurements!

A special congratulations to Met Sacramento’s teacher, Jon Thackery, who’s class entered 518 data measurements with the GLOBE Observer App. 

Close runner-up's include:

•Skyridge Elementary: Juliet Hamilton’s & April Johnstone’s classes for entering 219 data measurements.

•ASCEND Charter: Jessica Kunz’s classes for...

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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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Jessica Taylor, NASA scientist for Langley Research Center, visited grade 4 students in Ms. Lisa Smith at Hannah Crawford School, Crestline, OH via zoom conferencing. These grade 4 students collect data on clouds and surface temperature and submit that data to the GLOBE Program. The students composed a song about NASA and sang it to Ms. Taylor. Ms. Smith is part of the GLOBE Mission EARTH program at the University of Toledo.

Quote from Lisa Smith’s Facebook Page stating the impact the...

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Elizabeth Joyner of My NASA Data joined the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University to offer a 60-minute national webinar to over 70 registrants. 

More about My NASA Data (MND):

MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story maps) in support of NGSS Earth System phenomena. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA...

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Summary of GLOBE and GLOBE Observer citizen science efforts at Camp Discovery (Blythewood, SC) as a result of the GLOBE Camp Pilot 2019. 

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•In January 2020, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) awarded 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and US Virgin Islands. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2020.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with...

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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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During the fall semester of 2019, GLOBE Mission EARTH University Professors Drs. Kevin Czajkowski and Mark Templin from the University of Toledo (UT), Ohio and Dr. David Padgett from Tennessee State University (TSU) engaged their Undergraduate, Pre-Service Education Students in educating K-12 students about GLOBE and conducting research. The K-12 students observed clouds and the heights of trees on their school grounds. They also collected surface temperature data and learned about urban...

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In collaboration with the National Park Service and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Earth to Sky held a two-day pre-conference workshop as a component of the annual conference of the National Association for Interpretation, November 11-12, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

 

Eighteen informal educators from around the country who work for federal, state and local agencies, universities, and NGOs attended the workshop, which featured NASA and NCAR science and resources and...

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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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In spring of 2019, Earth to Sky's co-lead Anita Davis received an inquiry from Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) rangers for new information about the changing glaciers in the park. Anita contacted Dr. Christopher Shuman (UMBC JCET), a scientist working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Cryospheric Sciences Lab for any updates that might be provided. In turn, Dr Shuman undertook development of a 1972-2018 Landsat imagery time series depicting changes to glaciers in the park.

His...

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  • On November 14, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 12. GSFC SSED planetary geologist Natalie Curran discussed her current and future work with Apollo lunar samples through the Apollo Next Generation Sample Analysis Program while SSED outreach coordinator Staci Tiedeken provided an overview of lunar exploration before the Apollo era and a retrospective look at the Apollo 12 mission at the GSFC Visitor...

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My NASA Data team members, Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson, presented "NASA Resources Support Instruction of NGSS Earth System Phenomena" in the national webinar series hosted by The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), and The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).

MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story...

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On October 20th, 2019, members of the GPM Science team and several other Earth Science outreach professionals were on hand to share the excitement of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission with over 100 children and families who braved the poruing rain to attend the Sunday Experiment at GSFC's Visitor Center. 

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I've been conducting interviews with colleagues in the space sciences from underrepresented groups for a few years now as part of my work with the NSSEC program. I'm so happy to share this 20 min film that explores some of the challenges that white women and people of color face in space science, and science more broadly. Meet some space scientists who are changing the social image of who does science.

Enjoy. Learn. Share

http://multiverse.ssl.berkeley.edu/FullSpectrum

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100 students from underrepresented communities in the Houston area attended a free, one-day STEM academy at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) facilitated by volunteers from Best Buy’s Geek Squad. LPI scientists and public engagement staff assisted in integrating planetary science content into the activities.

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LPI's portable planetarium was set-up at the Texas A&M-Galveston campus to share solar system science and exploration with undergraduate maritime studies students. Dr. Michael Evans of NASA JSC used the opportunity to recruit students to take his Spring 2020 planetary geology course that will be offered on campus.

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SEES Interns highlight their research from the summer intern program at the Texas GIS Forum.

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