Tom Nolan Tom Nolan

An Open Invitation to share your NASA resources with the Gifted Education Community

Updated on February 24, 2014 - 4:08 PM CST
Posted on February 7, 2014 - 1:50 PM CST

Tags: General Public | Informal | SMD E/PO Community | Educator | Underserved / Underrepresented | Outreach | Webinar | Use of NASA Data | Professional Development | Visualizations/ Video | Cross-Forum / Collaborative Project

In preparation for our "Gifted Students are Under-Represented Too, Part 2" webinar on Feb. 24th, we are soliciting current NASA resources that will engage the Gifted Education community, so this is an open invitation for all of the NASA E/PO community to post your resources here.

To start it off, here is an exciting video promoting the upcoming five NASA Earth missions to help us unveil more about the mysteries of this familiar, yet still largely misunderstood, planet we live on.


See the promo video -




  • Lin Chambers Lin Chambers

    Posted: February 20, 2014 by Lin Chambers at 3:20 PM CST

    One idea, from conversations with Theresa Schwerin, is that MY NASA DATA offers a lot of scope for gifted students.  The site enables them to access a large amount of NASA Earth science data, which can be used for individual projects, science fair projects, etc.

  • Deborah Scherrer Deborah Scherrer

    Posted: February 24, 2014 by Deborah Scherrer at 4:08 PM CST

    Here at the Stanford Solar Center, we developed a little scientific instrument that monitors changes to the Earth's ionosphere caused by the Sun.  We call these the SID (or SuperSID) space weather monitors.  They are designed for high school students to have hands-on experience with authentic scientific instruments and data.  The package comes with an extensive manual, a research guide, and a teacher's curruculum to get started.  The data can be used locally or shared through a data center here at Stanford.  The instruments were part of the United Nation's International Heliophysical Year and are still be distributed as part of the UN's International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).   Over 800 monitors have been distributed worldwide.  Read more at:

    The SID package has been handed off to the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (SARA) for distribution.  Cost is low ($50) and for students and/or schools that cannot afford that, there are often stipends available.

    Gifted students should be able to easily install and make use of these instruments.  For an application form, contact:                          



    Deborah Scherrer, Stanford Solar Center