Nuggets submitted by the NASA SMD Science Activation community can be found here.
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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)
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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.
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.
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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.Download
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.Download
WestED and UC Berkeley (part of GLOBE Mission Earth) hosted the 2019 Fall NARM (North American Regional Meeting) for GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California on October 16 & 17, 2019. Drs. Allison Leidner (NASA) and Tony Murphy (GLOBE) welcomed the group. STEM Equity and serving underrepresented urban youth in STEM learning and careers was the underlying theme throughout the PD and NARM. Lunch speaker...Download
The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign commenced on September 15, 2018, in conjunction with NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 or ICESat-2 satellite launch on the same date at 6:02am PDT.
This campaign is a student research campaign focusing on tree height - one of the measurements conducted by the ICESat-2 mission.Download
On October 5, 2019, the Goddard Visitor Center celebrated the 10th year of International Observe the Moon Night: an annual global celebration of lunar science and exploration, celestial observation, and our personal and cultural connections to the Moon. 534 visitors + 78 volunteers (from all GSFC science divisions and community partners) participated in the event, which featured a welcome by Charles Bolden and continued celebrations of Apollo 50th anniversaries, current...Download
The Answer: Design a project-based learning question that appeals to the students’ interest! The McKinley STEMM Elementary School grade 8 students asked the driving question "Is the water in Toledo clean and safe enough for Mohawk (dog) and other dogs to swim in?" On September 24, students did the nine water quality GLOBE protocols testing the Maumee River along with Clouds and Surface Temperature at Sidecut Metropark in Maumee, Ohio (located outside of Toledo, OH).
At one station, Dr....Download
Suzi Taylor, a member of the AREN team based at Montana State University, was one of the top 10 GLOBE Observers during the summer Lewis & Clark GO on a Trail summer campaign June 1 to Sept. 2.
Taylor submitted 29 observations in the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail swath (including four near Observation Stations or visitor’s centers and two near designated Lewis and Clark historic sites), plus another 27 outside of the swath. Her observations ranged from the top of a mountain peak...Download
On September 19, 2019, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division partnered with the Boston Red Sox to host 4,111 students and teachers at historic Fenway Park. Schools from across New England participated, including students from underserved areas and several Massachusetts Teacher of the Year award recipients. Students learned about a wide array of NASA careers and missions through hands-on activities, talks, and demonstrations. In particular, Astronaut Scott Tingle’s recorded message...Download
Scientists and communicators from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division and Astrophysics Science Division welcomed 40 members of the Washington D.C. Big Brothers Big Sisters program to NASA Goddard’s Visitor Center on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. Youth and their mentors met 10 NASA professionals from a wide range of jobs and backgrounds and participated in activities featuring the Moon, Mars, meteorites, solar observing, pulsars, and black holes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs...Download
Reaching For The Stars
Space Science Badges were completed by over 68,000 Girl ScoutsDownload
Montana State AREN Team Hosts Science Pub Talk on GLOBE Observer's Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Citizen Science ChallengeDownload
This is a typical question teachers ask their students on the first day of school. Our teachers participated in GLOBE professional development so that their students can participate in the GLOBE Program this school year. Two partners, Boston University (BU) and University of Toledo (UT), from GLOBE Mission EARTH, trained about 40 teachers from grades 2-12 in Rhode Island and Ohio. Teachers learned how to collect and enter the GLOBE data, visualize the data through GLOBE’s Vis System and then...Download
On July 11th, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore hosted thirty (30) Upward Bound Students and seven (7) teachers supported by college mentors to partake in the first STEM Day event with NASA/AREN. Previously, there was a teacher workshop on May 25th for training purposes in efforts to aid in the organizing of the STEM Day Event. The students were involved in a workshop introduction (1.5 hours), design challenge (1.5 hours) and kite flying (1 hour). The event took place from 9:00 am to...Download
Each spring the Baysox organization in Bowie, Maryland offers tickets to the local Bowie students to attend a baseball game. Prior to the baseball game the students are encouraged to attend a STEM Expo, two hours prior to the game. The Baysox organization contacts environmental organizations, in advance, to participate by demonstrating to the students STEM projects or providing the students with a “hands on” activity related to STEM. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in...Download
In partnership with the Texas Space Grant Consortium, NASA Astromaterials Subject Matter Experts at Johnson Space Center shared NASA science and exploration with the ~65 SEES high school intern participants. This included sharing a variety of Astromaterials samples, the Apollo lunar laboratory, the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility and more!
The ISS Imagery & Moon SEES teams were toured around by their Astromaterials scientist mentors!Download
NASA Astromaterials staff was one of many exhibitors participating in the event. We shared information about meteorites from the Moon and Mars, Apollo Moon rocks, and enabled the public to experience collecting 3D printed samples of Moon rocks with Apollo replica tools off of a printed LRO map of the Moon.
More than 3000 people stayed for 10-30 minutes interacting with our subject matter experts!Download
In preparation for celebrations and activities centered around the Apollo program and Moon landing, a webinar with Apollo NASA Engineer (for 54 years), Jerry Woodfill, was facilitated by Paige Graff from the Johnson Space Center by JSC Astromaterials in partnership with STAR Library Networks on July 9, 2019.
Feedback included: “This was a great program to help us with our work to excite people about space exploration. Thank you!"Download
•use citizen science tools to collect real-time data
•access global real-time data
•access archival global data
•incorporate these data into lessons they build using the Infiniscope adaptive platform
At least half of these educators reported they are planning to use these products in their classroom in the coming year.Download
This Nugget provides a brief summary of Solar System Ambassadors public engagement programs held over the past year to celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversaries leading up to the anniversary of the Moon landing mission. A batch of new reports came in the day after this Nugget was posted. It was updated on 8/8/2019 to include those numbers.Download
Throughout the month of July, NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division contributed to the overall social media initiative for the #Apollo50th anniversary, focusing on sharing lunar science through the NASA Moon, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and NASA Solar System social media accounts.Download
Members of the NASA Langley Science Directorate Education Team supported the YMCA STEM Fair at the Virginia Air and Space Center on July 25, with the assistance of two NASA Langley teacher interns and two student interns. During the event GLOBE cloud observations were submitted using the GLOBE Observer app and campers had the opportunity to interact with a set of GLOBE Observer Cloud hands-on learning activities developed for informal audiences. The event was attended by over 2,000 campers...Download
The Apollo celebration on the National Mall was a multiday event (7/18-7/20) that drew in tens of thousands of people from around the world, despite the heat. Andrea Jones and Staci Tiedeken of GSFC’s SSED led the SSED’s contributions to this event which included:
- Moon to Mars Tent:
- Going back in history with a lunar exploration timeline
- Exploring Mars’s crustal magnetic field using MAVEN
- Learning about the Curiosity rover
- Discovering how places on Earth are similar to...