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NOAA Announces New Environmental Literacy Grants
NOAA's Office of Education has announced awards to five institutions as part of the Environmental Literacy Grants competition for Building Capacity of Informal and Formal Educators. These five awards support two collaborative projects: Advancing Climate Literacy through Investment in In-service and Pre-service Science Educators (ACLIPSE) and Carbon Networks: Using Local and Regional Datasets, Visualizations and Narratives to Build Educator Capacity about Ocean Acidification and Global Change.  >>

October-Letter to the Community
Hello Everyone, Change is something that happens all around us, every day. Some changes are very slight while others are more pronounced. Where I live in the Northern Hemisphere we are undergoing our annual seasonal change to fall (autumn). This photo of me checking the precipitation amount in my rain gauge was taken two weeks ago. Now the leaves on the trees are bright reds and yellows and I'm checking phenology with my leaf color chart. Soon it will snow and I will measure that as well. Seasons change here and so does my appreciation of the beauty and complexity of the Earth system.  >>

Geting NASA into Richmond City Classrooms
Getting NASA into Classrooms Richmond City Public Schools' students are on their way to collecting and sharing science data with other kids around the world with The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Tuesday, November 4, 2014, Elementary school teachers from across the district will be introduced to one of GLOBE's free educational resources – a series of children's storybooks that introduce Earth system science concepts to students. The storybooks cover science topics that correlate to Next Generation Science Standards. The story plots range from studying soil to studying clouds, and teachers are encouraged to read the story with their students and complete the science activities suggested in the books, which require no special instrumentation. Each teacher will receive the book assigned to his or her grade level along with the complimentary learning activities. Giving the presentation on GLOBE's storybooks are Tina Harte and Sarah Crecelius, GLOBE trainers, and Kristyn Damadeo, Education and Public Outreach specialist, from NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. NASA is a partner of GLOBE, which is a worldwide hands-on science and education program. "Literacy and science skills complement each other. For example, it's important to teach students about the idea of cause and effect in terms of reading comprehension. In science, we are also looking at cause and effect, just in a different context. In both areas, these storybooks inspire inquiry and investigation," explains Jessica Taylor, GLOBE trainer at NASA's Langley Research Center. The GLOBE storybooks are freely available online in multiple languages, and they are available for print or for digital slideshows. For information on the storybooks and related lessons and activities, visit:  >>

GLOBE Distinguished Educator Fellowship
GLOBE invites applications for the new Distinguished Educator Fellowship. Use your expertise to develop new educational resources that can benefit the whole community.  >>

Scientists Help Students Connect to Earth's System
From Oct. 4 – 24, during the Virginia Science Festival, Earth Science Week and Read Aloud Week, NASA Langley's Science Directorate invited volunteers to participate in the Earth Science K-5 Storybook Read Aloud event. More than 70 volunteers from six directorates at NASA Langley answered the call to read "All About Earth: Our World on Stage" to a K-5 classroom. Volunteers reached more than 10 different school districts and more than 2,200 students and teachers. They reached as near as NASA Langley's Child Development Center and as far as Southwest Louisiana. Some volunteers got inventive with the delivery of the story, like Susan Kizer and Xia Cai of the Science Directorate, who made water, air, soil and living things costumes for five of the students to wear and demonstrate the Earth's connections as they read the story, which chronicled a classroom preparing for a play about the Earth's connected system. Wes Goodman of the Research Directorate, along with his daughter and her boyfriend, visited Armstrong Elementary in Hampton, Va., where they presented a puppet-style "All About Earth" story using narration and stick images of the book's main characters from behind a curtained wall. From the deck of NASA Langley's Headquarters building, Blain Lege of the Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO) used Langley's notable vacuum spheres as a backdrop as he virtually read to a class in Lafeyette, La. "I hope I was able to motivate at least one child to get interested in NASA," said Lege, who is from Southwest Louisiana. "By time I was done, everyone wanted to be an astronaut and a star at recycling to help save the Earth." Because dozens participated, thousands of students were able make personal connections to Earth's system and NASA.  >>

Elementary GLOBE at NSTA Richmond
NASA Langley Research Center shared their love and passion for Elementary GLOBE at the Regional NSTA Conference in Richmond, VA. Teachers that stopped by NASA's booth received storybook set - with a copy of each of the 5 books! NASA also hosted a session "Elementary GLOBE Storybooks: Building Science Inquiry & Literacy Skills". Participants at the session learned how the free Elementary GLOBE resources enhance literacy skills while exploring the natural world.  >>

Earth Science Week 12 -18 October 2014
This Earth Science Week, join NASA on a special mission to explore Earth's connected systems, contribute to citizen science, participate in educator webinars and engage with NASA Earth scientists.  >>

GLOBE Welcomes International Coordinator Lyn Wigbels
The GLOBE Implementation Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyn Wigbels, as GLOBE International Coordinator.  >>

Technology Update - October 2014
The GLOBE website is constantly changing and improving. In the last few weeks, the Program has added many important additions and upgrades. Here are some of the latest upgrades and enhancements.  >>

Climate Studies Resources from NASA
The weather is changing. Climate is, too. Check out these NASA climate studies resources for students:  >>