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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. Make sure your title fits on two lines.
b. Remember to include a high res photo (for posting on science.nasa.gov/learners/nuggets).
c. Post the photo here with the nugget.
d. Include alt text to describe the image.

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.

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  • On May 18th, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) talked to participants at the Prince George’s Philharmonic performance.
  • The evening’s featured work was Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • GSFC SSED provided two exhibits which greeted audience members as they arrived:
    • Moon & Mars
      • Mars crustal...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the MLA/DLA annual conference May 1-3, 2019 in Cambridge, MD.

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Death Valley’s unique landscape and dark skies help us glimpse and better understand the wonders beyond our world. The Death Valley Dark Sky Festival celebrates these resources and the rich heritage of NASA science and engineering research conducted in the park. The 2019 event drew about 2,500 visitors, with positive reports from visitors, scientists, and rangers involved. The event is a collaboration of NASA, the National Park Service, the Death Valley Natural HIstory Association, and many...

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The AREN Project at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in St. Louis, MO.

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  • On May 4, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Planet Walk event on the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail.
  • Walkers, runners, and bikers had the opportunity to learn about the planets, asteroids, and the Sun at activity tables that were stationed along a scale model of the solar system.
  • A 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing astronomy café followed the daytime activities.
    • Two...

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Over 200 Ohio and Michigan students (grades K-16) from 12 schools presented over 100 projects at the GLOBE Mission EARTH SATELLITES Student Conference at The University of Toledo on May 1, 2019. Dr. Kevin Czajkowski and Dean Charlene Gilbert (College of Arts & Letters) handed out the awards with trophies to students per grade level: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, including a Peer Choice Award. Research projects were related to the Earth’s environment, the GLOBE Program and NASA.

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  • On April 26–28, scientists and outreach specialists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in Awesome Con (Washington, D.C.’s version of Comic-Con).
  • Dawn Myers of the Restore-L mission lead the NASA GSFC booth while Staci Tiedeken was lead coordinator for the Solar System Exploration Division (SSED) portion.
  • 2019 GSFC SSED panels:
    • Small Steps and Giant Leaps: The Past, Present, and Future of NASA’s Exploration of the Moon
    • There...

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Students presented their research at the GLOBE Midwest Student Research Symposium at the University of Northern Iowa.

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  • On April 22–23, scientists and outreach professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division participated in the Earth Day event at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
  • Travelers, school groups, and the public had the opportunity to learn about NASA Earth and planetary science at this pop-up booth style event.

Our contributions to the event include:

  • Hands-On Activities:
    • Exploring Earth’s Neighbor: The Moon
    • Space Rocks – (OSIRIS-REx...

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36 students from 5 schools from MI and IN presented 20 projects at the GLOBE U.S. Midwest Student Research Symposium on April 5-7 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Student projects were reviewed both by their peers and by local scientists and educators. The Midwest GLOBE SRS hosted by Marcy Seavey, Sasha Wohlpart, Science Educator, School Board Member, STEM Coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa. 

The Award Winners at the GLOBE Midwest Student Research...

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A cooperative agreement led by The Astronomical League, to bring the Sky Puppies Observing Program to adults and children. The Sky Puppy Observing Program provides a way for adults to share with youth the wonders of the Universe and to introduce them to the basic information about astronomy and the solar system.

 

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Teachers and science club coaches from 15 schools located in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio participated in the Apollo 50 Competition Training on April 16 and 17 at Monroe Community College in Monroe, MI. Tedrick Mealy from the University of Washington NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) lead the training on drones and Lego Mindstorms robots. Collaborating with Robert Winglee from University of Washington NESSP, Dr. Kevin Czajkowski from GLOBE Mission EARTH agreed to...

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Scientists attending the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC; March 18-22, 2019) engaged with early career scientists throughout the week, serving as presentation reviewers and mentors.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) scientists participated in the April 13, 2019 “Owls in Space Symposium” at Rice University. They spoke with university students and current NASA and commercial space professionals during the networking event attended by Rice alumnus NASA Administrator James Bridenstine.

 

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Three workshops reached the following states and individuals:

  • FL on 1/31-2/1/19: 37 participants
  • AZ on 2/4-2/5/19: 38 participants
  • KS on 2/26-2/27/19: 34 participants

This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library Network-Collaborative Summer Library Program partnership.

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As part of an ongoing effort to develop and maintain relationships with underrepresented minority students, Infiniscope joined Heard Elementary in Phoenix, AZ by special invitation to engage and excite more than 300 students in exploration of the newest digital learning experiences. Examples include:

  • Mars InSight experience
  • Star life cycle explorer
  • Moon phases augmented reality (AR) explorer

Over the last 3 years, Heard Elementary School students have engaged with Infiniscope...

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On March 13, 2019, the Tom Green County Library System (San Angelo, TX), in collaboration with the Space Science Institute and its NASA@ My Library initiative, launched the Patron Experience Pilot project. The project aims to test ways that libraries can help foster the public’s interest in Earth and space science.

The strategies are designed to first trigger interest in a NASA science topic even among patrons who may be reluctant to say they are interested in science. After interacting...

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NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Las Vegas..

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  • Over one hundred people attended the Lunar Palooza portion of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, TX on March 17th.
  • Scientists and public engagement specialists from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, and the Science Festival Alliance at MIT discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with participants.
  • Attendees were able to...

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•In February 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) sent out 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2019.

•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for 11 STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with strong...

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A webinar facilitated by NASA Astromaterials, Paige Graff, at the Johnson Space Center on February 13, 2019 brought students, educators, Solar System Ambassadors, Challenger Centers & more into NASA's Stardust Curation Lab.  Participants came from 22 states, Mexico and Australia.

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  • The SXSW EDU Learn by Design Competition celebrates the collaboration of designers and educators in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education. The competition showcases projects focused on the design of physical space and the potential it has to improve learning outcomes.
  • With support from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, LabVenture was completely reimagined to feature NASA’s essential role in collecting and interpreting ecosystem data. The new program and...

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Attached is a nugget about Radio JOVE's Historic Marker Project that is featured in local video.

 

Best,

Shannon

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Please join us for the next webinar from the 2018-2019 Lecture Series in Climate Change – Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics

Date: Tuesday February 19th 2019

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm EST

• Projections of Future Drought by Jennifer Aminzade

• Lightning and Climate Change by Colin Price

Webinar Registration Link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/abe40061c3cd0d6bd746f627e8486654

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NASA’s Moon Data Sheds Light on Earth’s Asteroid – Jan 17, 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtPFCwGDa8s

By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. Thenumber of asteroid impacts to the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago, researchers reported in a January 18 paper...

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