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Earth to Sky Participation at the National Association for Interpretation Conference

Posted on December 1, 2020 - 10:42 AM CST

Tags: Educator | Conference / Meeting | Use of NASA Data | Exhibits | Presentation | Visualizations/ Video | Nuggets | Earth Science

November 10 – 13, Earth to Sky and GSFC Earth science had a significant presence at the virtual National Association for Interpretation (NAI) annual conference.  In addition to a pre-conference workshop, Earth to Sky hosted two conference sessions and a virtual booth.  

o   “Climate Science in the Era of COVID-19”, presented by Geneviève de Messières (Earth to Sky Lead) and scientist Lesley Ott (GSFC GMAO), drew 154 participants to learn about changes in air pollution, prescribed fire patterns, and the nuances of carbon dioxide signals.  A lively participant discussion focused on weaving these science results into place-based education (interpretation). 

o   “You Too Can Create a Virtual Field Trip” was presented by Anita Davis (Earth to Sky co-lead) and Russanne Low (IGES). The 270 participants interacted in the session, which featured demonstrations by interpreters in the Earth to Sky community who used the Flyover Country app to develop a free virtual tour of their site. 

o  167 attendees discovered many NASA resources selected for informal educators, refreshed with new content daily.  8 hours of live sessions were coordinated and hosted by Earth to Sky (Geneviève de Messières, Anita Davis, Ruth Paglierani, and John Morris), featuring presentations and demos by GSFC outreach specialists Kristen Weaver, Heather Mortimer, Brian Campbell, Dorian Janney, and Valerie Casasanto; cryospheric scientist Chris Shuman; and Rusty Low (IGES).  Several participants returned multiple times, citing appreciation for the wealth of NASA resources: "Great Job with your virtual booth. I appreciate the small scheduled demos… I haven't seen anyone else really doing this, so fantastic job setting the example…"

Conference sessions and booth resources are available to conference registrants through December
Thereafter, selected content from ETS presentations and booth will be posted to the ETS website