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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.  One Slide (plus the title slide though it will not be posted)
b.  Use timely information
c.  Include who, what, where, why information
d.  Audience: Stakeholders and General Public
e.  Use plain language
f.  Spell out acronyms
g.  Do not use red text
h.  Use interesting visuals with captions, but ensure parental release forms are obtained before using images with minors (or use a different image)
i.  Remember to include a high res photo (for posting on science.nasa.gov/learners/nuggets).

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.
 

Click Here for the Current Nugget Template


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.

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Reaching For The Stars

Space Science Badges were completed by over 68,000 Girl Scouts

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Montana State AREN Team Hosts Science Pub Talk on GLOBE Observer's Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Citizen Science Challenge

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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...

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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...

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  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...

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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!

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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!

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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!"

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Infiniscope combined forces with the teams from GLOBE Observer and My NASA Data to train educators to

•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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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160 elementary and middle school students from underserved communities attended a NASA astronaut STEM engagement visit hosted by the Office of Congressman Jose Serrano for the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBro) & BronxWorks.

Staci Tiedeken and Andrea Jones of GSFC’s SSED discussed past, present, and future lunar exploration; Rock Abrasion Tools onboard the Mars Exploration Rovers constructed in part from World Trade Center materials to honor victims of 9/11; and...

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On Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Monroe Community College , 9 teams of 45 students from grades 5 through 12 participated in Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS) celebrating the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The winning team, Crypto Cyborgs, is going to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The teams had to do the following tasks for the competition: build a replica of the lunar module; program a Lego robot to act as a rover; use a remote-controlled drone to land the 8- by- 10-...

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  • Fort Meade’s first ever STEAM Day was held on July 27th in Fort Meade, MD. Middle school students from military families had the opportunity to learn about the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun.
  • Staci Tiedeken of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center led three activities at the event – Oreo Moon phases, Moon impact paintings, and solar observing – and talked about the recent Apollo 11 anniversary with the middle schoolers in...

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Team staffed the American Museum of Natural History SpaceFest on July 20, 2019, a family-focused festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and future space exploration and research. Throughout the day, the museum reported close to 30,000 admissions. At least 5,000 visited one or more of the following NASA stations: 1) Light and Sound in Space, 2) Scale Models of the Solar System, 3) Magnetic Sun and Magnetic Earth, 4) Solarium https://www.nasa.gov/solarium 5) Science...

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The NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) team gave 10 presentations (including 5 poster presentations), provided two half-day training sessions, and collaborated on a public event at the Michigan Science Center (Pop-up Science with NASA). A NESEC team member also assisted with GLOBE student fieldtrips.

Training sessions included 1) field work and training with 35 international participants on Belle Isle using GLOBE Observer; 2) panel presentations on NESEC GLOBE Campaigns...

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