Science Activation Nuggets

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

Earth
Jul 21, 2021
Andy Henry and Geoff Bland from the AEROKATS & ROVER Education Network (AREN) Project offered TerraROVER training to GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) teachers in five locations July 21-23.
Earth
Jul 13, 2021
​The Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department hosted the 2021 virtual NM STEM Symposium on July 13, 2021 where NASA Langley presented “Leveraging NASA Data to Explore Global and Regional Phenomena in the Earth System” to 14 teachers. In this session, Elizabeth Joyner... Read More
Earth
Jul 7, 2021
​Elizabeth Joyner and Maria Royle, from NASA Langley, presented to 15 students and teachers affiliated with the University of Toledo's NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) program on July 7, 2021. They presented a variety of NASA Earth data resources including My NASA Data, NASA Earth... Read More
Earth
Jun 22, 2021
National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) Educators presented at the Mission Mars: A STEM Problem Based Learning Teacher Professional Development Institute on June 22, 2021, at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth, Va. Dr. Sharon Bowers (Senior STEM Educator), Joan Harper-Neely (STEM... Read More
Earth
Jun 18, 2021
The National Institute of Aerospace's (NIA) Center for Integrative STEM Education (CISE) educators met virtually on June 18, 2021, with 70 first graders from Carver Elementary in Newport News, Va.
Sun
Jun 10, 2021
​On Thursday, June 10, 2021, people across the Northern Hemisphere were able to experience either an annular solar eclipse or a partial solar eclipse.
Solar System
May 22, 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
Earth
May 21, 2021
On May 21 and 22, the NESEC-led* GLOBE Observer team provided strong support to NASA’s inaugural citizen science event, CitSciCon. Five team members and three GLOBE Observer volunteer participants presented in five sessions (NASA Citizen Science@My School; CitSci Lifelong Learning; NASA Citizen... Read More
Earth
May 14, 2021
Dr. Kevin Czajkowski, PI on the GLOBE Mission Earth, presented virtually to more than 100 students from over 30 schools in Malta attending the 10th Annual Youth Summit on May 14 at 9:00 am (Malta time)/3:00 am EDT. Dr. C’s presentation on the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) was part of the urbanism... Read More
Earth
May 13, 2021
GLOBE Research Done in the Time of COVID: Students Showcase Their Work On May 13, 2021, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Midwest Earth System Science (ESS) Collaborative held the GLOBE Midwest ESS Virtual Science Symposium, featuring GLOBE work done by 3rd-... Read More
All Science
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.
Earth
May 4, 2021
NASA eClips released a new video resource on May 4th for middle school students, titled Real World “The Nature of Science” that weaves together core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts on which scientific knowledge is built. Adhering to social distancing guidelines, this video was created... Read More
Earth
Apr 30, 2021
A GLOBE+ Virtual Student Symposium (G+VSS) was held April 30-May 1 for students engaging in scientific research. The event reached 83 students from 15 schools from California, New Mexico, Louisiana, Indiana, Michigan and Puerto Rico. Students ranged from grades 6 through 12. All 25 student research... Read More
Webinar with 10 participants on the right side of the screen. On the left is a JPL Greenland Survey 2020 slide with 2 men in front of a small plane. Also on the slide is a map of a white body of land surrounded by water with red lines around the land borders.
Earth
Apr 28, 2021
My NASA Data's (MND) Elizabeth Joyner and Dr. Bradley Hegyi presented to 20 secondary teachers from Radford University as a part of the engineering and science modeling/simulation workshop hosted by LaRC's Office of STEM Engagement. In this session, MND presented remote sensing in the Earth... Read More
Earth
Apr 22, 2021
On April 22, 2021, GLOBE Observer published a peer-reviewed paper, “GLOBE Observer and the GO on a Trail Data Challenge: A Citizen Science Approach to Generating a Global Land Cover Land Use Reference Dataset,” in Frontiers in Climate. The paper defines GLOBE Observer land cover data collection and... Read More
Earth
Apr 17, 2021
On Saturday, April 17, Molly Duhamel along with her students from Otsego Junior High School performed GLOBE water quality tests at Mary Jane Thurston Park in Grand Rapids OH. The students collected water from two locations: water flowing before the dam and water after the dam, for comparative study... Read More
Earth
Apr 15, 2021
Between April 15 and May 15, GLOBE Observer hosted the 2021 Community Trees Challenge: Science is Better Together. Participants were invited to measure trees with the GLOBE Observer app or to complete related activities to observe trees in other ways, learn about trees, create tree art, or engage... Read More
Earth
Apr 15, 2021
On April 15, 2021, NASA Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Scientist Kenton Fisher and additional Subject Matter Experts interacted with audiences across the nation (and world) about Earth Day and observing Earth from space, focusing on astronaut photography from the... Read More
Earth
Apr 12, 2021
From April 12 – May 1, 2021, Angela Rizzi and Elizabeth Joyner presented a series of My NASA Data and NASA GLOBE Cloud sessions at the National Science Teaching Association's Virtual Conference. A total of 78 teachers participated in five synchronous (recorded) sessions where the presenters shared... Read More
Earth
Apr 9, 2021
​The first-ever Earth to Sky course led by a team of Earth to Sky Regional Leaders concluded this month. The virtual course, which focused on climate communication in the Upper Delaware River Watershed (UDRW) region, was spread over an eight-week period beginning in April 2021. The goal of the... Read More
All Science
Apr 8, 2021
N3 seminar at Stanford Neurodiversity Project
Earth
Apr 6, 2021
Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with SciStarter to help girl scouts around the country complete their “Take Action for the Planet” projects focused on our climate. The GLOBE Observer app is one of four platforms recommended for participants to gather environmental observations. Four virtual... Read More
Slide showing where the panelists for session 1 and the moderator live on a colorful map of the U.S.
Earth
Apr 6, 2021
Marile Colon Robles (NASA Langley Research Center), Dr. Russanne Low, (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) and Brian Campbell (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) co-presented, “Transitions in Citizen Science with the GLOBE Program during a Global Pandemic: Shifting Gears from Data... Read More
Universe
Apr 1, 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".
Earth
Mar 29, 2021
On March 29, 2021, My NASA Data's Angie Rizzi and Elizabeth Joyner presented a new type of educational resource, Scientifically-Interesting Stories. Twenty-six educators from around the world joined the session hosted by Kennedy Space Center's NASA STEM Educator Professional Development... Read More
Image of thumbnail photograph showing satellite image of phytoplankton and My NASA.
Earth
Mar 29, 2021
My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner & Angela Rizzi presented a suite of interactive Earth Science resources that can be used in virtual and in-person classrooms. 79 educators participated in the webinar on March 29 hosted by the Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC). The resources... Read More
Advertisement image of event with little girl’s face on monitor looking surprised.
Earth
Mar 24, 2021
Dr. Russanne Low, science lead for GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper, conducted two online sessions (March 24 and April 2) as part of the Malaria Vector Surveillance Workshop, led by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative VectorLink Ethiopia Project. 50 Ethiopian mosquito health professionals... Read More
Screenshot of title slide displaying GLOBE Observer mobile app, mosquito, and title of tutorial: "Mosquito Larval Habitat Surveillance and Mitigation using GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper".
Earth
Mar 19, 2021
The GLOBE Mission Earth team held a 90 minute professional learning session on March 19 for elementary (K-5) and high school (9-12) teachers. The session focus was on data literacy and on-line resources for teachers to practice data literacy skills with their students. The session featured... Read More
Intro slide from "Data Literacy in the High School Classroom" presentation to teachers in breakout rooms.
Earth
Mar 10, 2021
On 3/10/2021, Elizabeth Joyner from My NASA Data presented to 106 STEM teachers in the New York State Master Teacher Program on the creative opportunities for using NASA Earth data to support student learning. This master teacher program works in partnership with the nine regional campuses in the... Read More
Earth
Mar 9, 2021
On March 9, 2021, Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center, partnered with Camp Discovery in hosting a virtual NASA GLOBE Citizen Science Training for a cohort of 20 educators, camp directors, and parents. The training covered clouds, trees and surface temperature protocols, with an opportunity for... Read More
Earth
Mar 9, 2021
Elizabeth Joyner, My NASA Data, presented with Kristin Hunter-Thomson, Dataspire, to 107 participants on strategies for teaching data literacy during the SXSW EDU 2021 conference on Mar. 9. 2021. Using My NASA Data's Earth System Data Explorer as a model, the presenters showcased strategies for... Read More
All Science
Mar 4, 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
Earth
Mar 1, 2021
This spring 2021 semester, My NASA Data's Elizabeth Joyner collaborated with SUNY Fredonia, the College of New Jersey, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, NASA GISS, and Dataspire to facilitate a learning progression for building data literacy with NASA Earth Data. Twenty-seven SUNY elementary... Read More
Earth
Feb 26, 2021
The University of Toledo participated in the OhioView Geospatial Virtual Workshop on February 26 with 52 participants. Kevin Czajkowski (University of Toledo), Brian Campbell (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) and Peder Nelson (Oregon State University) presented about GLOBE, the GLOBE Observer App... Read More
Earth
Feb 25, 2021
​A research paper was published in February 2021 in the Journal of Emerging Investigators by a student who participated in the summer 2020 Mosquito Mappers Virtual Internship cohort. Dr. Rusty Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), led this project. The Virtual Mosquito Mappers... Read More
Earth
Feb 23, 2021
Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center, collaborated with Camp Discovery, Blythewood SC, this spring to create a NASA Citizen Science Educator Cohort of 20 formal and informal educators. Each member of the cohort completed GLOBE Training in clouds, trees, and surface temperature data collection.... Read More
Solar System
Feb 18, 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
Feb 18, 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
Feb 10, 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
Feb 9, 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.
All Science
Feb 4, 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.
All Science
Feb 3, 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.
Solar System
Feb 1, 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
Sun
Dec 17, 2020
​NASA Space Science Education Consortium (NSSEC) members delivered products, gave presentations, and collaborated with NASA en Español, Office of Communications, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile to engage many with the December 14th total solar eclipse across... Read More
Earth
Dec 17, 2020
​The individual needs of teachers vary widely and are ever changing due to COVID-19. GLOBE Mission Earth at the University of Toledo works to meet our teachers’ needs.
Earth
Dec 14, 2020
On Dec. 14, 2020, South America experienced its second total solar eclipse in two years. While the current situation prevented many from traveling to the area, GLOBE community members in the region were able to contribute data using the Eclipse tool in the GLOBE Observer app. GLOBE... Read More
Earth
Dec 1, 2020
NASA Earth Science for Interpreters Earth to Sky Partnership (ETS) at the National Association for Interpretation Annual Conference November 10 – 13, 2020 | Virtual 1300 informal educators, interpreters, and communicators from federal, state and local agencies, and NGOs attended the conference... Read More
Earth
Nov 30, 2020
The 17th GLOBE Latin American Conference led by Mariana Savino, regional coordinator, occurred virtually from November 18-20, 2020. Three GLOBE campaigns, Mission Mosquito, Urban Heat Island Effect-Surface Temperature Campaign and Trees around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, showcased their... Read More
All Science
Nov 5, 2020
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
Earth
Oct 23, 2020
Former SEES Interns, Ethan McFarlin, Iris Xia, and Sean Yang, who were a part of the 2019 Emergency Preparedness Team, competed in the 2020 AWS Data Exchange Challenge. The main requirement of the challenge is to build (or update) a data-driven solution that tells a story by employing at least one... Read More
Earth
Oct 9, 2020
On a bright sunny morning on October 9 on the banks of the Maumee River, teacher Ms. Cynthia Madanski from McKinley STEMM Academy in Toledo Public Schools logs into Google Meets in her 7th grade Google Classroom. She and her students, working remotely, are conducting GLOBE Water Quality tests. Each... Read More
Universe
Oct 8, 2020
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.
Solar System
Sep 29, 2020
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
Sep 26, 2020
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.
Earth
Sep 21, 2020
Anna MacLennan, a former STEM Enhancement in Earth Science Intern (SEES Class of 2019), was named one of The Mars Generation’s 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in STEAM and Space Award Winners for 2020.
Earth
Aug 31, 2020
Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been... Read More
Photos of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Team. From left to right: Peder Nelson (OSU), Dorian Janney (NASA GSFC), Peter Falcon (NASA JPL), Christopher Shuman (NASA GSFC), and Brian Campbell (Lead, NASA WFF).
Solar System
Aug 25, 2020
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.
All Science
Aug 25, 2020
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
Earth
Aug 25, 2020
WGBH’S Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms: Outreach and Promotion 2020 Mars Perseverance Rover Promotion Pre-Launch: Mars 2020 Resource kits from NASA Promote Texas State University’s free 1-hour webinar on NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Shared posts about NASA STEM Stars en... Read More
All Science
Aug 25, 2020
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.
Earth
Aug 24, 2020
Two recent peer-reviewed publications have featured GLOBE citizen science (GLOBE Observer) data. In the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, “Clouds Around the World: How a Simple Citizen Science Data Challenge Became a Worldwide Success” describes the overall quantity and type of data... Read More
Earth
Aug 20, 2020
Virtual Back to School Presentation of My NASA Data Resources On August 20, 2020 My NASA Data's Angela Rizzi delivered a presentation titled, “Beating the Back to School Blues with My NASA Data: Exploring Earth System Phenomena with My NASA Data Resources” to 24 educators through NASA Science,... Read More
Earth
Aug 5, 2020
Library Patrons Receive 8,500 Take & Make Bags to Conduct GLOBE Citizen Science Activities Based on results of a survey to NASA@ My Library Partner Sites, Take & Make Bags were distributed to 49 Partner Libraries in support of summer learning during COVID-19. Libraries elected to receive... Read More
Universe
Jul 27, 2020
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
Earth
Jul 27, 2020
17 teachers from five areas around the Great Lakes are participating in the Great Lakes Student Research Campaign professional development funded by NOAA’s B-WET Program leveraging GLOBE Mission EARTH in a hybrid model of local and virtual training. This is a collaborative effort of five GLOBE (... Read More
Earth
Jul 21, 2020
Elizabeth Joyner and Angie Rizzi presented My NASA Data (MND) Resources in two teacher professional development sessions virtually. GLOBE Mission Earth Langley team hosted a B-WET session for 17 elementary to high school teachers from schools in Defiance, OH; Toledo, OH; Detroit, MI; Marquette, MI... Read More
Solar System
May 21, 2020
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
Earth
May 20, 2020
GME Webinar on Phenology Breaks Records GLOBE Mission Earth Webinar: What's a Phenological Garden? Cycles of Life in Your Classroom and Neighborhood, broke previous records in registration, attendance, largest number of international attendees and featuring an international speaker. Over 100... Read More
Earth
May 9, 2020
On May 9, 2020, GLOBE Mission Earth’s team from Boston University hosted a virtual profession for science teachers from Providence City Schools, Rhode Island. Elementary, Middle, and High School teachers who are involved with GLOBE student research projects in the 2019-2020 school year met to learn... Read More
Slide with four guidelines for a Providence Virtual Science Symposium Presentation.
Solar System
Apr 29, 2020
​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.
Earth
Apr 28, 2020
Partner requests connected NESEC virtually with >5,000 learners, educators, and families during March and April 2020. Following are a few examples.
Girl Scouts Connected green logo with "a virtual program series" subtitle.
Earth
Apr 28, 2020
Oliva Bibler, Roman Azzarello and Neva Hargreaves, three students from Aerospace and Natural Science Academy of Toledo (Ohio), presented their research via zoom at the Hydrology High School Capstone Culminating Event arranged by George Voltz from the NASA Glenn Research Center Education Office. 
Earth
Apr 24, 2020
During March and April 2020, the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative has been responding to educator requests to connect directly with learners during this difficult time. Teachers have been reaching out asking for direct connections to NASA science and Subject Matter Experts. The team works... Read More
Picture of a slide titled "Greetings from NASA!" with a satellite. It also reads "Presentation for middle school students at Monomoy Middle School".
Earth
Apr 24, 2020
NESEC’s GLOBE Observer Team Supports NASA at Home In March and April 2020, the GLOBE Observer team changed focus to support the NASA at Home initiative.
Earth
Apr 23, 2020
GLOBE Campaigns Go Indoors GLOBE Campaigns have suspended outdoor fieldwork, but campaign science continued indoors during April 2020: GLOBE Mission Mosquito conducted an interactive videoconference on April 2 to Meet up and Do Science. The 86 participants from 10 countries included teachers,... Read More
Earth
Apr 15, 2020
My NASA Data’s story maps are now featured on ESRI’s educational website, Teach with GIS, as part of a gallery which showcases exemplar student exercises that use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach a variety of subjects.
Solar System
Mar 11, 2020
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
Feb 9, 2020
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
Feb 9, 2020
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
Dec 17, 2019
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
Oct 4, 2019
​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