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Nuggets submitted by the NASA Science Activation community can be found here. Every week, SMD selects one nugget from the community to send to the White House. The most recent submission is posted below. Links to nuggets submitted over the past six months can be found in the first post in the feed below.

To submit a nugget:

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

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 Maria Washington.

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

Most Recent White House Submission

Click Here for the Current Nugget Template


The Trees Around the GLOBE Campaign commenced on September 15, 2018 in conjunction with NASA's ICESat-2 satellite launch on the same date at 6:02am PDT. The campaign focuses on students taking tree height measurements around the globe, with complementary measurements of land cover classification, green up/green down, and the carbon cycle to help build a robust data set for research. Once the ICESat-2 satellite data for tree height is available, students will be able to compare their tree...

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  • Over 200 people attended the Fort Belvoir Star Party held October 10th in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
  • Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC and Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC discussed International Observe the Moon Night, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and lunar science and exploration with visitors.
  • Military members and their families were also able to learn about different types of telescopes and do some terrestrial observing.

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Earth & Space Science events in 250 communities across the U.S.

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  • Over 30,000 people attended the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Space & Science Festival held September 20-23 in New York City.
  • Andrea Jones of the Planetary Science Institute and NASA GSFC and Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with visitors.
  • Festival goers were able to touch terrestrial analogs of lunar rock types, feel 3D models of the...

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The September 2018 issue of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) magazine for middle school teachers, Science Scope includes an article on NASA GLOBE Observer (GO) Clouds project: Cloudy with a chance of “cirrus” science.

Each issue of Science Scope includes an in-depth article featuring a citizen science project and highlights formal and informal science research projects that students can join and contribute to by gathering and sharing data.  This series is the results of a...

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The NASA Langley GLOBE Teacher Summer Internship was a 10 week on-site experience that included interactions with NASA scientists, engineers, and educators; virtual SME connections; daily GLOBE data collection; GLOBE workshops; and the development of a GLOBE implementation plan for their classroom. During the experience the interns assisted the NASA Langley with a variety of education & outreach events. Throughout the internship the central theme focused on the process of developing...

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he 2018-2019 lecture series in climate change, Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics, first lecture in the series will be Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. 

The three topics and their presenters on September 18th are: 
• Introduction to Webinar Series; by David Rind and Cynthia Rosenzweig
• Instability of the North Atlantic Circulation in a Warming Climate; by David Rind
• Climate Change Challenges to Agriculture, Food Security, and Health; by Cynthia Rosenzweig

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ICESat-2 Pre-launch Educator Workshop from the Dick DeWees Community Center in Lompoc, California was on GME (GLOBE Mission EARTH) Facebook Live on September 13, 2018. Brian Campbell, NASA Earth Science Education Specialist at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, described the science behind the mission and its connection to the GLOBE Program. John Moore and Peter Dorofy from the Palmyra Cove Nature Park’s Institute for Earth Observations explained how the data from ICESat-2 can be display on the...

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  • This past August, Andrea Jones and Staci Tiedeken, both of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division, spoke about planetary science and exploration at two local libraries in support of the AAAS-organized Summer of Science.
  • Jones led a program at Beatley Central Library in Alexandria, VA; Tiedeken spoke with visitors at Long Branch Library in Silver Spring, MD.
  • Roughly 50 people attended these events and learned about Goddard’s contributions to planetary...

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Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while...

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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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The MEI (MUREP Educator Institute) attendees received GLOBE Training in Clouds and Surface Temperature Protocols at the NASA Centers this summer. NASA’S Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) invites professors and their education students to attend a 5-day institute at each center. This year GLOBE trainers worked alongside with NASA education specialists to train the MEI participants. Marile Colon Robles from NASA Langley, and Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, lead scientist for the...

Over 5400 people joined in celebrating the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing at the Bowie Baysox baseball game on July 20th. Upon entry into the stadium, baseball goers were greeted with astronaut cutouts which they could take their pictures with. They were also able to explore a variety of other activities, including:

  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Moon
  • Properties of meteorites and terrestrial rocks
  • Living in space - astronaut food
  • Citizen science with...

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NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating at the NASA ALA Booth. The exhibit enabled participants to get information about sample return missions, resources, and observe and hold authentic Lunar and meteorite samples including an Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) sample determined to be from Vesta, Genesis Mission flight wafer samples, Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disks, and meteorite hand samples.

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From June 22-25, the NASA@ My Library team and other NASA groups interacted with hundreds of professional library staff from around the country at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The NASA@ My Library team presented numerous NASA Hyperwall talks highlighting STEM activities such as Loony Lunar Phases and Strange New Planet. In addition, they hosted three, hour-long sessions highlighting new tech trends in STEM, afterschool partnerships, and 2017 eclipse...

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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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On May 19, 2018, Holli Kohl and Jeannie Allen (GSFC/SSAI) supported the third annual Albuquerque Science Fiesta with a NASA activity table. Approximately 5,000 people attended the event, primarily in family groups.

The NASA table was the debut of a new activity developed in partnership between GLOBE Observer and Explora!, a hands-on science center in Albuquerque. In the activity, families created a land cover map of the park the event was in using legos. We then compared the map to NASA...

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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...

We have started our series of summer camps in underserved regions and they are getting attention. See the local news acticle at

https://www.yaktrinews.com/news/40-davis-high-school-students-participate-in-nasa-camp/756772814

Hispanic families from the Diamantes program at Saint Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, NC, visited NASA Langley and the National Institute of Aerospace to meet Hispanic Subject Matter Experts (SME). 

•23 upper elementary and middle school children had lunch with 6 Hispanic SME mentors. They shared their path to NASA with highlights of perks and challenges of being Hispanic and bilingual. The students also toured NASA Langley.

•24 parents visited the National Institute of...

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On June 6, the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) released Mosquito! Community Research Guide, a freely available international curriculum for elementary-secondary that uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for actions that are student-defined and implemented. It was field tested internationally at nine sites, including schools in Reston, VA, and Leominster, MA.

GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper (GO MHM) training and educational resources are linked to...

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From May 24-26, 837 student teams (7 per team) from 33 U.S. states and 13 countries competed at the world finals of this creative problem solving extravaganza - Odyssey of the Mind (held at Iowa State University).

NASA scientists and educators worked with >4,000 K-12 students, coaches, and parents in 36 classroom sessions, 7 science talks, and at the Creativity Festival. Students learned how to be citizen scientists using NASA’s GLOBE Observer app to provide ground observations of clouds...

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On May 30, 2018, NASA scientists and public engagement professionals shared NASA science with 4,200students and teachers from 58 schools acrossthe Boston area at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Students discovered a wide array of NASA careers, observed the Sun through a solar telescope, explored a supernova in virtual reality, launched water bottle rockets, and listened to Astronaut Sunita Williams share her experiences in space. Goddard Planetary Scientist Maria Banks wowed...

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