Science Activation Highlights

These highlights illustrate the range of activities conducted by the Science Activation collaborative network that reach learners of all ages using NASA Science-funded experts, content, or authentic experiences.

Portrait of Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa smiling outside with long dark brown hair.

NASA SCoPE PI, Meenakshi Wadhwa, inducted to National Academy of Sciences

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On April 26, 2024, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) welcomed a new cohort of outstanding members into its ranks, including Principal Investigator (PI) Meenakshi Wadhwa of NASA SCoPE – the NASA Science Mission Directorate Community of Practice for Education.…

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A student speaks into a microphone while pointing up at the projector screen behind them showing comparative graphs of their research results. Another student presenter stands near them on the stage.

Growing Beyond Earth Annual Student Research Symposium

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NASA Science Activation’s Growing Beyond Earth project is a 6th-12th grade classroom-based citizen science project developed by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in partnership with scientists at NASA, designed to advance NASA research on growing plants in space. It includes a…

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Screenshot of the webpage for My NASA Data: Solar Eclipse.

My NASA Data Milestones: Eclipsed by the Eclipse!

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The My NASA Data (MND) project supports grades 3rd through 12th-grade students and teachers across the globe in analyzing and interpreting NASA mission data. MND provides student and teacher materials, including teacher-facing lesson plans, student-facing lessons and interactives, and NASA…

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Collage showing 14 of the 19 educators selected and one tortoise observer with eclipse glasses.

Infiniscope and Eclipse Soundscapes Collaboration Reaches 1,766 Middle School Students

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Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Education Through Exploration, in collaboration with Eclipse Soundscapes, a NASA Citizen Science initiative based at Advanced Research in Inclusion & STEAM Accessibility (ARISA) Lab, came together to empower a cohort of enthusiastic science educators…

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This is a thermal image depicting several people gathered, likely indoors. The varying colors represent different temperatures, with warmer areas shown in red and yellow and cooler areas in green and blue. The people's heads and other body parts that are emitting more heat appear in warmer colors, indicating they are warmer than the surrounding environment.

NASA SCoPE Supports Science Activation Projects and Events for 2024 Eclipse

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The NASA SCoPE (Science Mission Directorate Community of Practice for Education) project aims to facilitate connections between NASA science subject matter experts (SMEs) and educational outreach opportunities aligned with the goals of NASA Science Activation (SciAct) teams. With the 2024…

Article2 months ago
Nine young children sitting on a blanket outside using paper plate eclipse viewers to see the sun.

Eclipse Ambassadors Engage Communities Off the Path

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From Hawaii to Maine, 700+ Ambassadors for the NASA Science Activation program’s Eclipse Ambassadors Off the Path project held more than 1200 events in locations ranging from senior centers to churches to food pantries. At these events, Eclipse Ambassadors helped…

Article2 months ago
Photo of participants at the 2024 U.S. GLOBE Southeast Student Research Symposium standing in front of the Apollo Saturn V rocket.

Students Present GLOBE Research at INFINITY Science Center with NASA ASTRO CAMP Community Partners Team

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Nineteen 5th-12th-grade student scientists gathered on 5 and 6 April, 2024 at the INFINITY Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi for the U.S. GLOBE Southeast Student Research Symposium. The students traveled to the symposium with educators and chaperones from Alabama, Louisiana,…

Article2 months ago
Lori Rubino-Hare guides a group of 20 out-of-school-time educators sitting in small groups to examine PLANETS printed materials at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston STEAM lab.

It Takes a Village: Meaningful Collaborations to Broaden Participation in STEM

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The NASA Science Activation Program’s Planetary Learning Advancing the Nexus of Engineering, Technology, and Science (PLANETS) project team, led by Northern Arizona University, Engineering is Elementary, United States Geological Survey (USGS) Astrogeology, and WestEd, develops planetary science and engineering curricula…

Article2 months ago
The image is centered on a group of three high-school students with a large television camera in the foreground. The person responsible for the television camera is hidden by the camera itself, but that person's arm is seen extending out from behind the camera holding a microphone in front of the three students. The student in the center of the group of students is speaking into the microphone. She is holding a colorful sculpture of a seahorse that is about 2 feet long and is made of rope and other found plastics, reflecting the topic of their student research on ocean plastics. The other two students are facing and listening to the one who is speaking. In the background of the image, taped to the wall behind the group of students, is a small white poster with writing and a graph.

Findings from the Field: Students and Professionals Connect at Research Symposium

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On March 18, 2024, 65 middle and high school scientists gathered at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in Portland, Maine to share their science research projects with one another and with professional scientists from GMRI, Mount Washington Observatory…

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A classroom photo with seated children focused on their teacher standing at the front of the room. The walls are filled with colorful projects, artwork and decorations.

8 Must-Have NASA Resources for Science Teachers in 2024

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No one can bring the excitement of Earth and space science to the classroom like NASA!  Launch your lessons to the next level with these eight essential resources for K-12 teachers: Experience the Total Solar Eclipse  Whether you’re on or…

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