New Opportunities and Resources in STEM Education

Call for Volunteers:  AGU Education Section Leadership Openings

The AGU Education Section seeks candidates for several roles on their Executive Committee. These leadership positions require a manageable commitment of time, energy, and skills. The efforts of this committee benefit the geoscience community and the mission of the AGU.

Join the AAS Education Committee

The AAS Education Committee invites expressions of interest from potential new members for a three-year term beginning in March 2022. The committee consists of a team of roughly 10 AAS members involved in formal and informal astronomy education at various levels and types of institutions, astronomy education research, professional development, and mentoring. For more information, visit

Professional Development Webinar:  De-Jargoning your Talks

The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s education and public engagement team assists planetary scientists in their communication and public engagement activities. In this session of Sharing Planetary Science, we will discuss ways to identify and avoid jargon. Join us on February 15, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. CST. For more information, visit

Report:  Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education

The Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education initiative, sponsored by the NSF, addresses the critical questions facing undergraduate geoscience education. During the last six years, over 1,000 members of the geoscience community have helped shape a vision for the future of undergraduate geoscience education. This report articulates that vision and identifies strategies for transformative change in undergraduate geoscience education. Access the full report at

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Credit: NASA.

NASA Selects Education Projects to Help Broaden STEM Participation

NASA has selected a diverse group of projects from museums, science centers, library systems, and other informal education organizations across the country. These projects will bring space exploration to traditionally underserved areas and broaden student participation in STEM. Read the full press release at

NASA’s Eyes on the Earth Puts the World at Your Fingertips

The 3D real-time visualization tool lets users track NASA satellites and the vital Earth science data they provide. Recent upgrades to the tool make for an even more fascinating experience for learners of all ages. For more information, visit

New Activity Puts Students in the Driver’s Seat on Mars

In this activity, participants will plan their path for the rover to see just how challenging it can be to get from one place to another on Mars. For more information, visit

Rover tracks on Mars.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

New Season of “On a Mission” Available Now

“On a Mission” is the JPL’s podcast series that shares thrilling stories about NASA missions, told through the lives of those who make space exploration possible. In the fourth season, we’re transported to the Red Planet with all five of NASA’s Mars rovers. For more information, visit



Spotlight on Education highlights events and programs that provide opportunities for planetary scientists to become involved in education and public engagement. If you know of space science educational programs or events that should be included, please contact the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Education Department at [email protected].