Science Activation Highlights

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

Universe
Sep 14, 2022
The NASA Universe of Learning program’s Accessible Learning Resources team, drawing upon expertise and software written by blind observational astronomer Dr. Nic Bonne, developed capabilities for and created a new series of 3D printable tactile plates. This project scales up a previous 3D model... Read More
Universe
Sep 13, 2022
With support from the Webb mission and NASA’s Universe of Learning, a team of experts, including scientists and musicians, has created a new way to explore the images and data of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.  This combination of science and art can help improve how blind and low-vision... Read More
Universe
Sep 12, 2022
Public libraries partnering with the NASA@ My Library project are celebrating the July, 2022 arrival of the Webb Telescope’s first images through community programs and activities. They hosted events with subject matter experts (SMEs) explaining the Webb Telescope, how infrared telescopes work, and... Read More
Universe
Aug 18, 2022
​Space Telescope Science Institute's (STScI’s) Office of Public Outreach, the Webb mission, and NASA’s Science Activation program have partnered to share Webb’s First Images with the public, working with communities across the country to support celebrations of Webb and its first images through the... Read More
Universe
Aug 17, 2022
The Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA (GSAWN) team (part of the NASA's Universe of Learning project), in partnership with National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), provides support and resources to facilitators hosting events for girls and their families. One of the resources the GSAWN team created is... Read More
Universe
Jun 28, 2022
Co-founded by NASA astronauts Dr. Edward Lu and Rusty Schweickart, the B612 Foundation and its core program, the Asteroid Institute, are dedicated to discovering asteroids to protect our planet from impacts and inform global decisions related to planetary defense. The organization uses NASA-funded... Read More
Universe
Jun 15, 2022
Science Olympiad is one of the nation’s most prestigious STEM competitions. The competition, hosted by Caltech in 2022, is comprised of knowledge events designed by experts from government agencies, top universities, and industry, covering topics in engineering, physics, epidemiology, astronomy,... Read More
Universe
Jun 14, 2022
During May 2022, NASA's Universe of Learning Accessible Learning Resources team and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory released a pair of sonifications on black holes. The two black hole sonifications, one of M87 and the other of the Perseus Galaxy Cluster, were released on May 4, 2022 through a NASA... Read More
Universe
May 20, 2022
​On April 27th, 2022, the American Museum of Natural History held its first public program in the Hayden Planetarium since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. "Astronomy Live: Our Dynamic Universe" was presented as part of the American Astronomical Society’s 53rd annual meeting of the Division... Read More
Universe
May 11, 2022
A member of NASA Science Activation's Infiniscope project, Seyi Okuneye moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2021 to teach science for the InterAmerican Academy. In October of that year, Okuneye held his first Astronomy Night for students and parents in the community, featuring an Infiniscope virtual... Read More
Universe
Apr 25, 2022
Celebrating the confirmation of the 5000th exoplanet? NASA’s Universe of Learning has put together learning resources to help you explore the science of exoplanets, including resources for learners across a wide range of engagement venues, knowledge levels, and interests. These resources were... Read More
Universe
Apr 22, 2022
The Informal Learning Network, a collaboration of museums and cultural institutions affiliated with the Smithsonian and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), is excited to announce that, on April 1st, 2022, it selected 21 of these museums from across the country to help expand... Read More
Universe
Apr 20, 2022
"Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths" is a traveling exhibit that visited Fort Lupton, Colorado, a rural community with a population of ~ 10,000 people, with a 56% Latinx population, from December, 2021 – March, 2022. This exhibit, supported by NASA’s Universe of Learning, serves as a... Read More
Universe
Apr 19, 2022
On January 25, 2022, the NASA’s Universe of Learning AstroViz team released a visualization of a massive stars’ explosion. This video, boasting over 47,000 views as of April 11th, explores the intense brightening seen in the 1840s and, using data from Hubble, Chandra, and Spitzer, explores in 3D... Read More
Universe
Mar 24, 2022
In late February, the New York Hall of Science hosted a free, 5-day winter camp attended by autistic middle-school learners. The 18 camp participants tested out NASA astronomy activities, curated by the NASA Neurodiversity Network (N3), as part of the N3 co-design process – a process that involves... Read More
Universe
Mar 4, 2022
​NASA’s Neurodiversity Network (N3) – a Science Activation project focused on "Creating Inclusive Informal Learning Opportunities across the Spectrum" – recently staffed a table at a community astronomy fair organized by the College of Marin in Marin City, California. There were approximately 100... Read More
Universe
Nov 3, 2021
​The Eclipse Soundscapes: Citizen Science Project (ES: CSP) will introduce accessible opportunities for citizen scientists to participate in real and meaningful scientific research focusing on how eclipses affect Earth's life. Regine and her students have conducted in-depth research to create a... Read More
Universe
Oct 1, 2021
NASA ASTRO Camp Collaborative Partner (ACCP) FY21 Collaborators, Parque Estelar Camino Barranco de Badajoz, located in Guimar, Spain, was awarded with the Starlight Recognition 2020 in "Education and Dissemination of Astronomy" in the International Awards of the Starlight Foundation presented at... Read More
Universe
Sep 14, 2021
​After a hiatus of 19 months, a dozen AAA teachers returned in late June and early July to participation in STEM immersion experiences at NASA's Airborne Science Facility in Palmdale, Calif., including flights on SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. 650 high school... Read More
Universe
May 21, 2021
International Observe the Moon Night: Reaching Girl Scouts Through Social Media Girl Scouts of the USA invited girls from local council astronomy clubs to submit a photo of the Moon and short video to encourage girls to participate in the International Observe the Moon Night on September 26th.
Universe
Apr 12, 2021
Infiniscope’s newest learning experience released on April 1st models stellar evolution and scientific ways of knowing as learners create stars from a stellar nebula and track them through their life cycles. Learners investigate and dispel common misconceptions related to star colors, luminosity,... Read More
Stellar nebula with Infiniscope logo in the upper right, text in black box at top that says "our newest learning experience is here", and text in the lower left that says "Star Party: Modeling stellar evolution & scientific ways of knowing".
Universe
Apr 9, 2021
WGBH presents Usage Metrics for our PBS LearningMedia Bringing the Universe to America’s Classroom Collection during COVID-19 School Closures (March 1 – May 31, 2020), Attendance Metrics for Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility Webinars and 1:1 Consultations, and Highlights of our... Read More