What's STEM Got To Do With It?

STEM learning is among the most powerful initiatives to invigorate schools in recent years. While the acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, the excitement comes from vitalizing connections across those fields. In STEM, students engage in real-world problems—and solutions. STEM learning creates a context for the development of a deeper set of skills and new ways of thinking. It shows kids how they can make a difference.

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Created 2014.09.01
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Soar Through Earth Science with NASA Airborne Campaigns

3…2…1…Liftoff! NASA is well known for its missions that begin with the blast of a rocket launch, but did you know that NASA also has missions that stay within Earth’s atmosphere? The many Earth-observing satellites orbiting our home planet provide a broad perspective when it comes to gathering data, but the NASA Airborne Science Program provides a different point of view. Using aircraft that stay relatively close to Earth’s surface, these campaigns study phenomena within the Earth’s system on an up-close-and-personal level.

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Created 2014.08.20
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Happy Anniversary, Aura!

On July 15, NASA’s Aura atmospheric chemistry satellite celebrated its 10th anniversary. Since its launch in 2004, Aura has monitored the Earth's atmosphere and provided data on the ozone layer, air quality, and greenhouse gases associated with climate change. Initially scheduled for a five year mission, Aura has gone on to double it’s lifespan, and shows no signs of slowing down!

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Created 2014.08.06
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IBEX: Mission Science for Students with Dyslexia

Here at NASA Wavelength, one of our priorities is to provide resources to accommodate learners of all kinds. We understand that many students have unique learning needs, and some students require specialized resources catering to their strengths. One collection that we are particularly proud of comes from the education and public outreach (E/PO) team for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission.

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Created 2014.07.28
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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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