Science Activation Highlights

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

Solar System
Sep 9, 2022
A 2021 survey of U.S. planetary scientists revealed a desire to engage more effectively with diverse communities and a need for help in learning where and how to begin. In August 2022, NASA's Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) team held a second pilot workshop at Space Center Houston to... Read More
Solar System
Jun 29, 2022
NASA’s Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve (CIDSR) STEM Network is very excited to welcome its first NASA-funded astronomer-in-residence! Catherine Slaughter will lead space science outreach events and give community lectures to share her love of astronomy with the public. The Idaho Statesman recently... Read More
Solar System
May 16, 2022
A 2021 survey of planetary scientists revealed a desire to engage more effectively with diverse communities and a need for help in learning where and how to begin. In April 2022, the Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) team held a three-day pilot workshop at Arizona State University (... Read More
Solar System
Apr 12, 2022
NASA Science Activation teams Planetary Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (Planetary ReaCH) and NASA SMD Community of Practice for Education (SCoPE) came together March 15th to host a virtual workshop titled “Boosting Inclusivity in Educational Outreach”. This workshop was a peripheral event... Read More
Solar System
Apr 6, 2022
In late March, 2022, PLANETS landed in Las Vegas, Nevada! Their professional development team worked with several enthusiastic and dedicated educators interested in contributing to the field of out-of-school time STEM education. Their co-design input will affect optimizations for the PLANETS... Read More
Solar System
Jan 5, 2022
The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team at NASA's Johnson Space Center, collaborating with the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute, brought science alive for 150 Girl Scouts and parents on October 5, 2019 at International Observe the Moon Night. The event enabled 100 Girl... Read More
Solar System
Nov 22, 2021
An educational activity created by education specialist Brandon Rodriguez (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) gets students in grades 6-12 learning about geography and planetary science through NASA's Mars Trek online interactive. Available on the JPL Education website as a project that students can... Read More
Solar System
Oct 8, 2021
Over 500 middle school girls and their parents participated in Rice University’s Reach for the Stars event held on Saturday, October 12, 2019. This annual event encourages girls to pursue academic achievement and careers in STEM. ARES staff showcased meteorite hand samples, a lunar touchstone and... Read More
Solar System
Sep 16, 2021
Awesome Girls: Space Exploration - Mars to the Stars Prepare for the launch of the Perseverance rover in July! Join experts for an overview of the Mars mission and the stars beyond. Reaching for the Stars: NASA Science for Girl Scouts reached of 2200 girls via Girl-led webcasts for girls K – 12.... Read More
Solar System
Sep 3, 2021
The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA from December 9-13, 2019. As part of the NASA booth, the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team brought Astromaterials assets including Apollo lunar samples, a carbonaceous... Read More
Solar System
Aug 31, 2021
​On January 28, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) meteorite processor, Curtis Calva, shared an overview of the work he does in NASA's Antarctic Meteorite Curation Laboratory. The event reached ~317 live participants and 400+ archived participants across 17 states and... Read More
Solar System
Jul 22, 2021
The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), an annual conference that provides hands-on activity sessions and opportunities to connect with NASA content and experts, took place at Space Center Houston from February 6-9, 2020.
Solar System
Jul 20, 2021
The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Team, in partnership with the NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC), participated in a launch exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Solar Orbiter Launch in February 2020...
Solar System
Jul 19, 2021
On March 11, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Deputy Apollo Curator, Dr. Juliane Gross, shared details about how lunar sample investigations, including ANGSA & the recently opened core sample, studies of other Apollo samples & meteorites continue to contribute to... Read More
Solar System
Jun 23, 2021
​On April 24 & 29, 2020, Astromaterials Research & Exploration Science (ARES) scientists Andrea Meado & Andy Britton shared how NASA & the world observe Earth from space using astronaut images.
Solar System
Jun 11, 2021
On September 26, 2020, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) connected with thousands of participants from around the world during NASA's International Observe the Moon Night Live Stream event. The event was led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Solar System
Jun 10, 2021
1,238 teachers/students registered for Red Sox Virtual STEM Day on September 29, 2020 which was led by NASA Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division (SSED).
Solar System
Jun 4, 2021
​On October 3, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) scientist John Gruener shared his career path to NASA, including his inspiration as a young boy visiting a NASA center, as well as excitement about exploring the Moon. The interactive presentation shared information about... Read More
Solar System
May 28, 2021
On December 17, 2019, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) team member Ben Feist shared the Apollo in Real Time website. This site brings together audio, transcripts, video, and imagery enabling the public to experience Apollo missions as they occurred ~50 years ago.
Solar System
May 26, 2021
The grand opening of a 5.2-mile scale model of the Solar System, newly installed on exercise trails across West Haven City, Utah, took place on May 22, 2021. Solar System Ambassador Jennifer Jones created the permanent exhibit with support from the West Haven City Mayor's Office and students from... Read More
Solar System
May 24, 2021
On August 25, 2020, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist, Dr. Cindy Evans, shared her experiences searching for Meteorites in Antarctica as well as how these rocks from space contribute to ongoing research about our early solar system.
Solar System
May 6, 2021
NESSP ROADS on Mars Freestyle Challenge The teams registered in the ROADS on Mars Freestyle student challenge submitted their videos and Mission Development Log May 21. Some 50 teams with 225 students and over 100 parents in 19 states worked with the students to complete the challenge that... Read More
Solar System
Apr 16, 2021
Museums all over the United States celebrated the NASA Perseverance mission and landing with a variety of public engagement programs both in-person and online during February 2021. Programs covered a variety of content focused on the science behind the mission, the engineering to land the mission,... Read More
Solar System
Apr 6, 2021
Educators with the National Institute of Aerospace’s (NIA) Center for Integrative STEM Education (CISE) worked virtually with 15 sixth-grade students from Douglas Wilder Middle School in Henrico County, Va. on February 10, 2021 to design and construct cloud cover estimators. Sarah Baker, a first-... Read More
Solar System
Apr 5, 2021
​On February 18, 158 Solar System Ambassadors hosted 123 virtual watch parties to celebrate the Perseverance rover’s successful landing on the surface of Mars.
Solar System
Apr 2, 2021
The NASA Space Place Team created a number of products (articles, videos, activities, and a game) over the past several months to support the Perseverance launch and landing on Feb. 18, 2021. See attached slide for detailed list of products.
Solar System
Mar 29, 2021
​On February 9, 2021, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist Dr. Justin Simon and additional Subject Matter Experts interacted with audiences across the nation (and world) about the upcoming Mars Perseverance Mission to Mars.