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Nuggets

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 ANGLes Challenge is still one month out from the regional challenges celebrating the 50th Aniiversary of the landing of Apollo 11 but the program contnues to generate a lot of pressure and a good social media following.

 

 

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June 6, 2019 – Webinar #2: How Cool is the Eclipse? Collect Data with GLOBE

GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) and the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) joined forces for the second webinar (in Spanish) to prepare GLOBE teachers and students to make observations during the upcoming total eclipse in South America. GME PI Dr. Kevin Czajkowski illustrated the correct way to collect surface temperature data and used a data sheet developed by GME research assistant, Sara Mierzwiak,...

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On July 2, 2019, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the Pacific Ocean and make landfall in Chile. The Exploratorium will have a team waiting at the Cerro Tololo Observatory to capture this event live and make it available via satellite or the web. One hour English and Spanish language programs begin at 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT. Telescipe only feed of entire eclipse begins at 12:00pm PDT, 3:00pm EDT. Totality begins at 1:38pm PDT, 4:38pm EDT. Feed information:

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NASA Space Science Education Constorium (NSSEC) attended the Maker Faire Bay Area from May 17-19, 2019, along with over 125,000 other attendees that specialize in makerspaces and education technology.

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GME-UT participated in The Lake Erie Water Festival on May 21, 2019 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse in Monroe, MI. This annual event educates 6th grade students from Monroe County Schools about environmental issues.

GME-UT  along with two high school students from Meadow Montessori (Lily & Meca) manned Station #9. Students collected water samples from different locations of a nearby pond and measured the temperature, transparency, pH and phosphorus. The groups shared their...

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431 science teachers from 42 states, D.C, and US Virgin Islands were excited join the Infiniscope Digital Teaching Network. Teachers were recruited during Hyperwall talks and demos held within the NASA booth at NSTA in St. Louis, Missouri from April 11-14, 2019.

Teachers were surveyed to determine how they typically make data-driven decisions in the classroom. In talking with these science teachers, they were enthusiastic about Infiniscope because it offers STEM-focused activities that...

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On May 22, 2019, scientists and public engagement professionals from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Solar System Exploration Division and Office of Communications shared NASA planetary science with 1,500 students and teachers at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, MD. Students discovered how to tell the difference between a meteorite and an Earth rock, explored the crustal magnetic field of Mars, suggested potential future lunar landing sites for NASA, and constructed their own NASA rocket...

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AEROKATS in Puerto Rico

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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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