Science Activation Highlights

These highlights offer updates on an activity that impacted learners using NASA Science-funded experts, content, or authentic experiences.

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Sep 16, 2022
NASA GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Observer citizen scientists contributed data for two recent articles featured in Insect’s Special Issue, Citizen Science Approaches to Vector Surveillance. This Special Issue featured research applying citizen... Read More
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Sep 15, 2022
Citizen science data are often described as being of use to science, but examples of citizen science data featured in research are rare. Here, an image from the summer 2021 GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Observer Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge was... Read More
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Sep 7, 2022
NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3), led by Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA, has partnered with the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) to revise rocket and payload building activities originally developed for college students to work for young learners on the autism spectrum. From August 8... Read More
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Aug 12, 2022
NASA's Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative (SMSC) was one of many organizations that hosted NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) First Images Livestream event on July 12th, 2022, with an introduction for our local audience by SMSC Principal Investigator, Matt Cass. The next day, SMSC followed... Read More
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Aug 4, 2022
Professionals from one hundred science centers, children’s museums, and public planetariums across the United States participated in the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) Earth & Space project-based professional learning community during October 2021 - April 2022.... Read More
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Jul 28, 2022
Each year, NASA's Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pathways (NESSP) project hosts a national Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) challenge where teams of students in grades 4-12 work together to complete hands-on objectives related to NASA missions. Top teams that participated in 2019 and... Read More
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Jul 26, 2022
Engaging future researchers and leaders with accessibility and inclusion concepts and best practices early in their careers is a key step in broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). In order to get early career physics researchers thinking about how they... Read More
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Jul 25, 2022
A member of the NASA Science Activation NASA Inspires Futures for Tomorrow’s Youth (NIFTY) project team was invited to present at the 2022 Civil Rights Best Practices Exchange Forum hosted by the Federal Aviation Administration.  On July 13, 2022, Jessica Taylor from NASA Langley Research... Read More
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Jul 22, 2022
Properly utilizing new learning technologies and techniques will undoubtedly increase the accessibility and diversity of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) engagement in the U.S. However, technologies alone are not enough to create effective engagement and learning... Read More
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Jul 13, 2022
In April, 2022, NASA announced the selection of several proposals, totaling $12 million over four years, to five organizations from across the country to bring NASA science to learners of all ages, backgrounds, and communities (learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/3IlmOFb). One such award, led by... Read More
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Jul 5, 2022
The NASA Community College Network, a 5-year program to bring NASA science and scientific expertise into the nation's community colleges, has entered its second year, doubling its reach in both participating colleges and participating scientists from its pilot year. As part of the program,... Read More
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Jun 17, 2022
The NASA SMD Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE) team offers bi-annual Seed Grant selections of $5K - $20K to scientists and engineers for projects that can bring their science to national audiences with the help of a NASA Science Activation (SciAct) Project Team (check out the teams: ... Read More
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Jun 7, 2022
The American Museum of Natural History’s OpenSpace Project  is a NASA-funded visualization and presentation tool that enables live exploration of the known universe, including observed data, models and simulations, recent discoveries, and even space mission activities. In May 2022, OpenSpace... Read More
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Jun 2, 2022
On May 15-16th, 2022, the Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative hosted a Lunar Eclipse viewing party along with trivia and other lunar activities with the help of Innovation Station in Dillsboro, NC. Binoculars and telescopes were set up in the parking lot for optimal viewing and the Lunar Eclipse... Read More
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May 26, 2022
At the 2022 STEM for All Showcase, the short video "Welcoming Girls to Astronomy" was selected to receive the prestigious Facilitator’s Choice Award. This video, produced by Theresa Summer at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, showcases a series of 5 short videos that give practical tips for... Read More
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May 10, 2022
In December, 2021, libraries across the United States celebrated the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) by hosting events and participating in JWST reading challenges and launch activities.   Science Activation's NASA@ My Library project partnered with Beanstack, a reading and... Read More
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May 9, 2022
On April 18th at Green Lake State Park, in Fayetteville, NY, New York State Master Teachers were participants in a unique, astrobiologically significant training opportunity to learn how to create virtual field trips with Infiniscope's Tour It Tool.  The training consisted of three virtual... Read More
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May 3, 2022
Teachers from the NASA-affiliated Montana Learning Center in Helena, Mont. are being lauded as two of the nation’s leading educators.  Fifth grade teacher Chris Pavlovich of East Side Intermediate School in Livingston, Mont., was recently recognized with the prestigious Presidential Award for... Read More
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Apr 27, 2022
Looking for ways to share your science or get involved in outreach activities? The NASA Science Mission Directorate Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE) Team is pleased to announce a rolling funding opportunity through NASA’s Science Activation 2.0 Education and Community Outreach Program (... Read More
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Apr 11, 2022
​The NASA SMD Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE) hosted an informational webinar in March to support applicants for the inaugural NASA SCoPE Seed Grants. This min-grant program endeavors to reduce barriers for subject matter experts (SMEs) to engage in science communications with the... Read More
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Feb 23, 2022
Looking for ways to share your science or get involved in outreach activities? The NASA Science Mission Directorate Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE) Team is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through NASA’s Science Activation 2.0 Education and Community Outreach Program (SciAct).... Read More
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Feb 18, 2022
The Boise State Physics department holds a monthly astronomy event on the first Friday of every month, during which they virtually host space science-related experts to talk about their work and research and answers astronomy questions. This month, they hosted Chris Anderson from one of NASA... Read More
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Feb 9, 2022
​NASA Science Activation (SciAct) recently supported two sessions at the regional American Camp Association Texoma Conference from January 11-12, 2022 – one session on Mars Exploration and the other on the 2023-2024 solar eclipses. Presenter Christine Shupla (Lunar and Planetary Institute)... Read More
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Jan 21, 2022
​At the AGU Fall Meeting held in December 2021, the NASA Science Mission Directorate's Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE) program team connected with more than 400 career and early career scientists to share how they can get involved with NASA Science Activation (SciAct) program as Subject... Read More
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Jan 18, 2022
​Infiniscope and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) are combining efforts to transform Earth and Space Science (ESS) in K12 education. The effort begins by raising awareness with the AGU community at the annual Fall Meeting, held December 6 - 14, 2021 both virtually and in-person. During the two... Read More
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Jan 14, 2022
NASA had a major presence at the hybrid National Association for Interpretation annual conference in 2021, both virtually and in person in Palm Springs, CA. Participating NASA Science Activation teams included the Earth to Sky Interagency Partnership, the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative... Read More
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Nov 23, 2021
In March of 2020, after our facility was closed to the public in response to COVID-19, the three staff members at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center peered at each other from our various screens and asked “So, what do we do now?” As one of NASA’s official Visitor Centers, our team... Read More
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Nov 8, 2021
​Two James Webb Space Telescope Livestreams were held on October 13 and 14, 2021, reaching more than 1000 viewers across the United States, and counting! These livestreams are preparing people for the James Webb Space Telescope launch and resulted from the awesome collaboration between two NASA... Read More
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Oct 20, 2021
​On September 10, 2021, NASA's Neurodiversity Network (N3) sponsored a presentation showcase featuring the work done by the sixteen high school and beginning college summer interns (and 13 NASA Subject Matter Expert mentors) selected for our pilot program. Each mentor introduced their intern(s),... Read More
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Oct 18, 2021
Beginning June 6, 2011 through July 16, 2021, Yuma School District held four weeks of virtual camp sessions, serving 595 Hispanic students. Yuma School District is located in Yuma, Arizona and is a NASA ASTRO CAMP® Collaborative Program, (ACCP) partner and a One Migration Education Program. ... Read More
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Oct 4, 2021
REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids is a weekly, family friendly exploration of our galaxy (and beyond!) with hosts Brian Holden and Meredith Stepien. Built for kids and based on questions from kids, REACH features interviews with subject matter experts, interactive at-home activities, and... Read More
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Aug 9, 2021
American Museum of Natural History’s “Astronomy Online” virtual programming series was awarded a 2021 Media & Technology MUSE Award on July 23rd. “Astronomy Online” is a monthly program using OpenSpace to explore a variety of Earth and space science topics, from Mars 2020 to space weather... Read More
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May 20, 2021
WGBH’S Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms: New Resources Launched WGBH has expanded its Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms (BUAC) collection on PBS LearningMedia with the launch of 24 new K-12 resources.
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May 11, 2021
Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms - WGBH Overview: Katie Novak, Ed.D., author of eight best-selling books on Universal Design for Learning and Mirko Chardin, co-author with Dr. Novak on "Equity by Design: The Power and Promise of UDL", will lead a series of three one-hour webinars on... Read More
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May 10, 2021
The free event, which runs from Tuesday, May 11, through Tuesday, May 18, will feature experts from NASA’s Science Activation Program—a community-based approach to connect NASA science with learners of all ages.
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Apr 22, 2021
N3 seminar at Stanford Neurodiversity Project
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Apr 19, 2021
The purpose of this Guide is to support State Library Agency (SLA) efforts to engage their public libraries in successful and effective programming in STEM. The Guide may be used to promote access to NASA science discoveries and provide learning experiences to people of diverse backgrounds. The... Read More
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Apr 6, 2021
On Thursday, March 4 Jessica Taylor and Tina Harte led a webinar on gender equitable strategies for teachers in engaging rural girls in STEM. This session was part of the 3-D Thursdays monthly webinar series for rural educators. Over 100 educators signed up for the session “Engaging Rural Girls in... Read More
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Apr 1, 2021
​A collaboration of Science Activation programs conducted a virtual session at the national American Camp Association conference on February 3, 2021. The live session included an overview of a number of activities and resources from Science Activation programs and infrastructure.
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Mar 31, 2021
On February 4, 2021, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) staff participated in the Space Exploration Educator Conference (SEEC) sharing subject matter experts and activities that showcase SMD science & model authentic scientific practices.