School's Out!

School’s out, but education doesn’t stop! The excitement of informal science programs is ramping up for the summer. NASA Wavelength provides access to posters, lithographs, videos, puzzles and games that can support summer STEM explorations for students, as well as captivating activities that students can do in an informal science setting or even on their own at home. And some of the activities are just plain fun.

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Created 2014.07.03
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Exploring Earth with Citizen Science - The GLOBE Program

This week, we’re focusing on a major environmental education initiative, The GLOBE Program. As the name suggests, this is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program focused on the environment. GLOBE promotes and supports the collaboration of students, educators, as well as professional and citizen scientists on inquiry-based investigations of the Earth system. The program currently operates in 109 countries, 45 States, and two U.S. territories. NASA serves as lead agency, NSF is joint sponsor, and NOAA and the U.S. Department of State play supporting roles.

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Created 2014.06.22
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Exploring Earth with Citizen Science - Observing Our Home Planet

Over the past few weeks, we’ve explored citizen science projects that allow volunteers to assist in analyzing data from NASA space missions. But what about projects that allow citizen scientists to study their home planet? A number of great opportunities are available that offer a chance to explore Earth science, as well as allowing participants to stretch their legs and enjoy the outdoors.

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Created 2014.06.09
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36,422 Photos = One Big #GlobalSelfie

On Earth Day, NASA asked the world to submit selfies in response to the question, “Where are you on Earth Right Now?” The response was overwhelming, with over 50,000 photos submitted from 113 regions and countries!

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Created 2014.05.23
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Exploring Space with Citizen Science - A Zooniverse of Opportunities!

Engaging students in real-world research opportunities can be a challenge. This week, we explore Zooniverse - an online citizen science project offering many space science research opportunities for budding scientists or those interested in learning more about our universe!

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Created 2014.05.14
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Exploring Space with Citizen Science - CosmoQuest

In part one of our three part series on citizen science, we feature CosmoQuest - an online resource allowing students and the general public to participate in real-world research of our Moon, Mercury, and the asteroid Vesta. CosmoQuest also features resources for educators and links to weekly online programming via Google Hangouts.

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Created 2014.04.30
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Celebrate Earth Day with NASA

Earth Day is just around the corner, and NASA is doing plenty to celebrate. You don’t need to be near a NASA center to participate in Earth Day – there are online events for all to share in the fun.

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Created 2014.04.17
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Get Ready for Your Closeup: #GlobalSelfie

Students and teachers around the world are invited to participate in a celebration of Earth Day with NASA's #GlobalSelfie event! On Earth Day (April 22), take a moment to go outside and capture a selfie of either yourself, your friends, or your entire class, and submit it using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie - these images will be used by NASA to create a mosaic image of Earth, starring you!

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Created 2014.04.09
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Finding and Supporting the E in STEM

To accomplish NASA satellite mission objectives, scientists and engineers much find a synergy between their disciplines. With the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), educators need to do the same. NASA Wavelength can help you appreciate the distinction between the two, how they work together, and how they relate to NGSS.

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Created 2014.04.02
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NASA @ NSTA!

Are you ready for a fun-filled week of science education at the 2014 NSTA National Conference in Boston? We are! From April 3-6, NASA will be at the conference, presenting sessions covering Earth and space science. A handy Google calendar shows all the NASA sessions and workshops, with times and locations. Sessions will include activities, lesson plans, and other educational resources and projects – most available online. Stop in to see what’s available to liven up your science lessons!

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Created 2014.04.01
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