Earth Day Events in Washington DC!

Earth Day kicks off this Friday, marking the 45th anniversary of the event! Join us for four days of public events at the National Mall in Washington DC on April 17 and 18, followed by activities Union Station events on April 21 and 22. These events will feature NASA scientists and astronauts, real time uplinks to the International Space Station, a hyper wall (at Union Station) and other hands-on exhibits.

National Mall – Monument Grounds:
Friday, April 17 – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday April 18 – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Union Station – Main Level:
Tuesday, April 21 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 22 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The following events and activities will be held at the National Mall AND Union Station:
1 Eyes on the Earth 3D: Come Fly with NASA!
Eyes on the Earth is a three-dimensional (3D) visualization experience that lets users “fly along” with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe climate data from a global perspective in an immersive, real-time environment.

2 Digital Photo Booth
Get your face in space! You’ll walk away with a real keepsake.

3 NASA Visualization Explorer
NASA Visualization Explorer (NASA Viz) is a free iPhone, iPad, and iPod app that provides access to visualizations of current NASA research. Through the app, two visualization-based science stories are released per week about cutting edge research efforts in Earth and Planetary science, Heliophysics, and Astrophysics. The app is freely available in the iTunes store. For more information, please visit: nasaviz.gsfc.nasa.gov

4 Searching for Life Beyond Earth
Find out how what we learn about Earth is being used in the search for life in the universe.

5 The Balloon Program
Scientific balloons support Earth Science investigations in many ways. Successful missions require many engineering and technological advances. Come and learn about air density, aurora, momentum, magnetic field, balloon materials, and electrical circuits, with fun-to-do, hands-on activities.

6 Rainwater Exhibit: A Green Embassy
(*activity only available on April 18) A live demonstration of a rainwater collection and filtration system, with plants, rocks and a working “rain” system; a smart meter that measures water and energy consumption; and more.

7 Puzzling Changes in the Land
Arrange a time series of Landsat images or piece together a Landsat scene to reveal Earth’s changing landscape.

8 Aviation and the Environment
The Earth’s atmosphere protects life in many different ways. But, what would happen to us if our atmosphere suddenly disappeared? Learn how pilots and astronauts protect themselves as they travel to the very edge of Earth’s atmosphere.

9 Measuring Precipitation: On the Ground and From Space
Learn how rain gauges work, make your own using a reused plastic water bottle, and test and calibrate it compared to an official scientific gauge.

10 Ultraviolet Beads
NASA keeps a close eye on the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation and you can too! Become a UV detective with specially designed UV sensitive beads and walk away with your very own UV detection bracelet.

11 Icy Worlds Big Discoveries
Come hear about NASA’s upcoming flyby of the icy world Pluto, along with Plutopalooza events you can participate in, activities you can download and resources you may share. Pluto is one of many fascinating icy worlds being explored by NASA. Can you name two others? solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/plutotoolkit.cfm

12 Are You a Super Sleuth? Take the Earth Imagery Challenge!
NASA satellites are taking measurements of planet Earth from space. Follow our “clues” to solve the imagery mystery!

13 GLOBE @ 20 Years – Cloud in A Bottle
Have you ever wondered how clouds form? Moist air rises in the atmosphere, cools, and water droplets form into clouds. Join in the fun by making your own cloud in this popular experiment. It can be a little tricky but practice always makes perfect.

National Mall Only:
1 AERONET
Aerosols are tiny atmospheric particles that are invisible to our eyes, but play an important role in regulating Earth’s climate. Come experience the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) in action! AERONET is a globally distributed network of 600 automatic radiometers that measures concentrations and properties of aerosols throughout the day, every day, from fixed points on every continent and some islands. These measurements provide vital ground truth observations used to validate satellite measurements of aerosols.

2 Space Launch System Inflatable Rocket Exhibit
Learn about NASA’s Journey to Mars through the new 3DV app and talk to engineers working to put humans on Mars.

Union Station Only:
1 Dynamic Planet (Union)
This touchscreen interface allows users to drive a spherical display that shows a variety of remote sensing satellite datasets.

2 Know Your Earth (*activity only available on April 22) (Union)
How well do you Know Your Earth? Here, you can take a quiz and earn a prize if you
correctly answer each question. Quizzes can be taken at the Know Your Earth table or on
your smart device via a QR code. Through these quizzes, you can learn all about NASA
Earth Science.

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Communicating Climate: ‘Beautiful Earth Show’ – April 20

The UMBC Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology invites the campus community to a symposium focused on communicating the results of scientific climate investigations. Climate affects all residents of the Earth but we all have different perspectives and ways of talking about it. The symposium also celebrates the integration of art and science with renowned musician and composer Kenji Williams who will perform the multimedia presentation, “Beautiful Earth.” The show will be followed by a poster session, hands-on experiments  and reception. All are welcome to join! See details below and visit www.jcet.umbc.edu for more information.

When: April 20. Beautiful Earth Show begins at 3.30p.m. (Symposium runs from 12.30 – 6:00 p.m.)
Venue: University of Maryland’s University Center Ballroom, Baltimore County.

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Spring SMD Education Product Review Reminder

It’s time once again for another round of the NASA science education product review!

The Notice of Intent (NOI) for the spring review is now due and final product submissions are due via the online submission form and by mail by Monday April 13th, 2015. NOI’s may be emailed to John Ensworth (Senior Science Education Specialist, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) at john_ensworth@strategies.org. Please include in the NOI a title, the forum it represents, the intended audience (grades/ages formal/informal), what format it will be distributed in (e.g. Website, PDF etc.), the approximate number of pages of reading (textbook density), funding partners, and any other important information. The product submission and review information site is available at http://nasareviews.strategies.org/. Physical products require 10 copies to be mailed to 507 Cherrywood Dr. Longmont, CO 80504. Electronic products can be linked and/or uploaded (40 mb limit) to the online form. There is no need to submit a printed version of the product submission form. Please contact John with any questions at (703) 312-0563(w) / (703) 312-8657(f) / (720) 378-2771(cell).

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NGSS EQuIP Rubric Webinars – April 1st & 15th, 1:00 p.m

The final webinars from the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric webinar series will be held on April 1st and 15th. Session 3 (April 1) examines several lessons with a focus on the criteria in the third column of the rubric on ‘Monitoring Student Progress’ through accessible, unbiased pre, formative and summative assessments aligned to three-dimensional learning. Session 4 (April 15) examines at least one lesson with a focus on the criteria in all three elements (alignment, instructional supports, and assessment) to determine the extent to which the lesson supports the NGSS three-dimensional learning. The NGSS EQuIP Rubric Webinars for the SMD EPO community offers an opportunity to learn how to use the rubric. Participants will review lessons ahead of time, then share ratings in the webinar and discuss their rationales for ratings and suggestions for improvement.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/438937382 or join by phone at +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll free | Meeting ID: 438 937 382. All sessions will be recorded and archived.

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Earth Day 2015 (April 17th, 18th, 21st, 22nd)

This month, the Earth Day Network (EDN) will kick off U.S. and global activities on a massive scale to mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Under EDN’s leadership, Earth Day has grown from a single-day event to a year-round movement to promote sustainability. On the National Mall in Washington DC on April 18, 2015, the EDN will partner with the Global Poverty Project to present “Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day,” a large-scale public event that for the first time joins the climate movement with movement to end extreme poverty. NASA activities will be held on the Washington Monument Grounds on April 17 and 18, followed by Union Station events on April 21 and 22. These events will feature NASA scientists and astronauts, real time uplinks to the International Space Station, a hyper wall (at Union Station) and other hands-on exhibits. Events are free and open to all ages. For more information, please visit http://www.earthday.org/.

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2015 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Open

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 27th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held in one single session in summer 2015 (August 10-14 only) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Applications are due April 10, 2015. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

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Major STEM Opportunity for School Districts: Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, and NanoRacks announce Mission 9 to the International Space Station. This STEM education opportunity immerses grade 5-12 students across a community in an authentic, high visibility research experience, where student teams design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. The program nurtures ownership in learning, critical thinking, problem solving, navigation of an interdisciplinary landscape, and communication skills – all reflective of the NGSS. A 9-week experiment design competition September through November 2015 allows student teams to design and formally propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab on Space Station. All interested communities are asked to inquire by April 30, 2015. For more information, please visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/2015/03/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-9-to-the-international-space-station-for-2015-16-academic-year/.

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Goldstein (SSEP Program Director; NCESSE Center Director) at (301) 395-0770 or at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

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NASA Wavelength Blog Series Part 3: Space Science

As the final post in the three part “Authentic Data, Authentic Learning!” blog series, this post introduces space science resources that can be found on NASA Wavelength. Users are invited to explore resources across heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics using the various search functions that NASA Wavelength offers. Examples from formal, informal and higher education are also highlighted. To read about how to access these great space science resources, click here http://nasawavelength.org/blog/authentic-data-authentic-learning-part-3-space-science.

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NASA Wavelength Blog Series Part 2: Earth Science

Following the first post in the “Authentic Data, Authentic Learning!” blog series, this second post (http://nasawavelength.org/blog/authentic-data-authentic-learning-part-2-earth-science) highlights some specific resources available on Wavelength for accessing Earth science data. Not only do these resources present data in a variety of ways, but they can also be easily paired with many different Earth science lessons and exercises. NASA missions generate troves of scientific data; whether gathered by peering into deep space or sampling Earth’s atmosphere, these data form the core of NASA science research. Welcoming authentic NASA data into the classroom supports the “Practices” dimension of the Next Generation Science Standards by encouraging analysis and interpretation of data.

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2015 NASA Planetary Science Summer School Applications Open

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for its 27th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will be held in one single session in summer 2015 (August 10-14 only) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost, and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science.

Applications are due April 10, 2015. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. Further information is available at http://pscischool.jpl.nasa.gov.

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