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. Make sure your title fits on two lines.
b. Remember to include a high res photo (for posting on science.nasa.gov/learners/nuggets).
c. Post the photo here with the nugget.
d. Include alt text to describe the image.
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.
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...Download
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.
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.Download
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...Download
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...Download
NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) attended the 2019 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) conference in Las Vegas..Download
- Over one hundred people attended the Lunar Palooza portion of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, TX on March 17th.
- Scientists and public engagement specialists from NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, and the Science Festival Alliance at MIT discussed lunar science and exploration, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, and International Observe the Moon Night with participants.
- Attendees were able to...
•In February 2019, the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) sent out 350 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits to science and children’s museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. All recipients are listed at: www.nisenet.org/earth-space-toolkit-recipients-2019.
•Each toolkit contains all the necessary materials, educator guides, and media for 11 STEM hands-on activities that explore the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe with strong...Download
A webinar facilitated by NASA Astromaterials, Paige Graff, at the Johnson Space Center on February 13, 2019 brought students, educators, Solar System Ambassadors, Challenger Centers & more into NASA's Stardust Curation Lab. Participants came from 22 states, Mexico and Australia.Download
- The SXSW EDU Learn by Design Competition celebrates the collaboration of designers and educators in the pursuit of design-based solutions to challenges within education. The competition showcases projects focused on the design of physical space and the potential it has to improve learning outcomes.
- With support from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, LabVenture was completely reimagined to feature NASA’s essential role in collecting and interpreting ecosystem data. The new program and...
Please join us for the next webinar from the 2018-2019 Lecture Series in Climate Change – Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
Date: Tuesday February 19th 2019
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm EST
• Projections of Future Drought by Jennifer Aminzade
• Lightning and Climate Change by Colin Price
Webinar Registration Link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/abe40061c3cd0d6bd746f627e8486654
NASA’s Moon Data Sheds Light on Earth’s Asteroid – Jan 17, 2019
By analyzing data on lunar craters provided by the Diviner instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have made a fascinating discovery about the history of impacts on both the Earth and the Moon. Thenumber of asteroid impacts to the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago, researchers reported in a January 18 paper...Download Attachments
- Over 200 children and their families attended the Walter Reed Holiday Party held December 8th in Bethesda, MD. This event has been held annually for the past 30 years and is an opportunity to bring joy to children with cancer.
- Staci Tiedeken of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center discussed the OSIRIS-REx mission and had various Earth rocks and meteorites for visitors to analyze and explore.
•As libraries across the country prepare to implement space science-themed programs in summer 2019, the Space Science Institute and Lunar and Planetary Institute are partnering with state libraries to deliver training on NASA science learning experiences.
•Two workshops reached the following states and individuals:
- NM on 10/31/18: 17 participants
- CO on 11/15-16/18: 34 participants
•This effort is part of the SMD Science Activation program and the STAR Library...Download
Dr. David Padgett, Tennessee State University received recognition for his efforts on GeoNet (The Esri Community) as one of the 15 Inspiring GIS Day 2018 Success Stories. TSU and Morgan State University developed a collaborative forum for GIS Day on November 14, 2018. The theme, The Maps of Black Folk: Geospatial Technologies in Professional Practice and Student Career Mapping, included
student and faculty presentations which were shared via Facebook Live on David Padgett’s Page or...
InSight’s successful landing was celebrated around the world, on social media, and in many lively events. In Times Square in NYC, the event was shared on the large screen. Dozens of NASA Solar System Ambassadors, Museum Alliance, and Night Sky Network astronomy club members joined Mike Massimino and NASA staff on the NASDAQ floor to ring the closing bell.Download
In October 2018, fourteen state libraries were selected to become 2019 NASA@ My Library partners. They will join four other state libraries who helped pilot the project in 2018. See map below for locations. Key partners for NASA@ My Library include the Space Science Institute, the American Library Association and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies.
This expanded network of 18 state library partners will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons
On Nov 2, the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, David Skorton, announced the recipients of the 2018 Smithsonian Education Awards for Achievement and Innovation. Smithsonian Science for Global Goals, from the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), received the Innovation Award for its “boundary-pushing approach to helping students across the globe understand critical socio-scientific issues and how they can take action in their local communities to make a difference.” The first...Download
Over 1100 events and lunar observers registered participation in 75 countries and all 50 US states. This is almost double the registered participation from 2017, the previous record.Download
In the spring of 2018, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Public Engagement Team from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center transferred content for the International Observe the Moon Night website from observethemoonnight.orgto moon.nasa.gov/observe, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Planetary Communications team. This partnership proved very successful. Web developers at MooreBoeckand web managers at JPL provided expertise on user experience design while the LRO Public Engagement team...Download
On October 18, 2018, the High Plains Library District, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s STAR Library Network (STAR Net) and it’s NASA@ My Library initiative, hosted a live In-flight Education Downlink from the International Space Station with NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor.
The downlink event resulted in at least 90 confirmed library events and had over 16,000 live views from libraries and partner classrooms across the nation. After the live event, the NASA@ My...Download
Webinar Series: Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics:
Tuesday, November 13 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
The topics and presenters on November 13th are:
Explaining Climate by Andrew Lacis
The Role of Clouds in Climate by Anthody D. Del Genio
Register Now: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/9d62f5a1bf2f61b44ac87b605f06faf5
These presentations are hosted by CCRUN, a NOAA RISA Team, that is drawn from the recent book, Our Warming Planet: Topics in...
- Over 4000 people attended GeekGirlCon in Seattle, Washington on October 27 & 28
- GeekGirlCon is an inclusive convention that celebrates the geek in everyone and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology
- Staci Tiedeken of ADNET Systems, Inc. and NASA GSFC organized the “Careers at NASA: From Mission Operations to Public Engagement” panel which included six female NASA GSFC scientists, engineers, and public engagement specialists