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National Science Foundation (NSF) The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950. We fund a significant proportion of federally supported basic research. For official source information about NSF, visit www.nsf.gov
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05/30/2020
Why is it so cold at the poles?

Spend your Saturday 🌅 morning with Timon and Pumba as they take a trip to the Poles to figure out why it's so cold there.

Weekend read 👓 : https://bit.ly/3ez9tZEAntarctica is one of the most isolated places on earth right now. It is also the ...
05/29/2020
Q&A: Life on the ice during a pandemic

Weekend read 👓 : https://bit.ly/3ez9tZE

Antarctica is one of the most isolated places on earth right now. It is also the one place on the planet that has remained free of #COVID19.

Find out how NSF is keeping #science in Antarctica going and the continent free from the #pandemic.

Keeping science in Antarctica going and the continent COVID-19-free

05/29/2020
Scientist Selfie: Meet Ken Keenan

Get a glimpse into what it's like to #quarantine on a ship for 21 days with Ken Keenan, winter site manager at Palmer Station, Antarctica 🇦🇶.

Yesterday, you got a peek at the #science happening at Summit Station, Greenland — the only high altitude, high latitude...
05/27/2020

Yesterday, you got a peek at the #science happening at Summit Station, Greenland — the only high altitude, high latitude, inland, year‐round observing station in the Arctic.

Today, take a virtual tour https://bit.ly/3d72RBy.

📸 Credit: August Allen, Polar Field Services

05/26/2020
Scientist Selfie: Mara Menahan

Balloons 🎈, helium, and two miles of ice 😱

Take a peek 👀 at the #science happening at the center of the Greenland ice sheet ⬇️

On #MemorialDay, we remember and honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country.
05/25/2020

On #MemorialDay, we remember and honor those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

05/23/2020
Why do we sneeze?

NSF + the Lion King’s Timon and Pumba teamed up to answer your kid’s most burning questions - like why do we sneeze? 🤧

Weekend read 📰: https://bit.ly/3gfL79eIn the wake of #COVID19, scientists funded through NSF’s RAPID grants have quickly...
05/22/2020
RAPID responders: How NSF support is enabling the fight against COVID-19 in real time

Weekend read 📰: https://bit.ly/3gfL79e

In the wake of #COVID19, scientists funded through NSF’s RAPID grants have quickly deployed to help the country fight the pandemic, recover from it, and help avoid the next one.

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05/22/2020
Scientist Selfie: Meet Joe Wartman

From standing in the fields after Hurricane Katrina to the front lines of the #COVID19 response, learn more about this scientist's work in tracking disasters and recoveries ⬇️

NSF's Acting Director Kelvin Droegemeier will #takeoverNSF TODAY to discuss the agency's rapid response to the #COVID19 ...
05/21/2020

NSF's Acting Director Kelvin Droegemeier will #takeoverNSF TODAY to discuss the agency's rapid response to the #COVID19 pandemic.

Catch the conversation live on Twitter, @NSF, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

How do you teach about a #pandemic… during a pandemic?Learn how education researchers from UNC Chapel Hill and the Unive...
05/20/2020

How do you teach about a #pandemic… during a pandemic?

Learn how education researchers from UNC Chapel Hill and the University of Missouri + Missouri high school teachers teamed up to develop a new #COVID19 curriculum in just weeks ➡️ https://bit.ly/2ZlJLUo.

Funded by an NSF Rapid award, this new curriculum is aligned with the next generation #science standards.

This afternoon, take a tour of America's first planetarium or visit the sea life at the New England Aquarium all from th...
05/18/2020

This afternoon, take a tour of America's first planetarium or visit the sea life at the New England Aquarium all from the comfort of your couch https://bit.ly/369RaaF.

Museums, science centers, zoo, aquariums, and other #NSFfunded science organizations are bridging the #socialdistance gap by offering a variety of free virtual resources and experiences that you can enjoy with your whole family #athome.

05/16/2020
Scientist Selfie: Meet Dr. Valencia

Meet Dr. Valencia 👋 molecular geneticist and chief clinical officer at Aperiomics, a #NSFfunded small business that is currently using its expertise and equipment to perform tests that specifically detect the virus that causes #COVID19 https://bit.ly/2X11T34.

Check out the video below as Dr. Valencia shares some insight into his life and work in the lab ⬇️

Meet KIBO, the screen-free robot kit 🤖 This #NSFfunded resource lets your 4- to 7-year-olds create, design, decorate and...
05/12/2020

Meet KIBO, the screen-free robot kit 🤖

This #NSFfunded resource lets your 4- to 7-year-olds create, design, decorate and bring their own robot to life https://bit.ly/2Wrbq4v!

KIBO is an easy and fun way to spark your young learners’ interest in #STEM.

📸 KinderLab Robotics

🎉 In honor of our birthday, we are celebrating by sharing your #NSFstories ✨ https://bit.ly/2yM2NZ8! Are you a #STEM edu...
05/11/2020

🎉 In honor of our birthday, we are celebrating by sharing your #NSFstories ✨ https://bit.ly/2yM2NZ8!

Are you a #STEM educator who’s benefited from NSF support or been recognized as a standout in STEM education (like through the PAEMST program)? Share your story on social (don't forget to tag us)! Tell us how NSF contributed to your growth or effectiveness as an educator.

NSF’s story is YOUR story. Our story is made up of stories of the scientists, researchers, engineers and educators who think big and set out to discover the unknown.

Happy #MothersDay 🌺 to all the extraordinary mothers on Earth!
05/10/2020

Happy #MothersDay 🌺 to all the extraordinary mothers on Earth!

05/08/2020
Supercomputers Aid Researchers in Hunt for COVID19 Answers

The computing power of more than a million laptops 💻 combined. That's the firepower a network of NSF-supported supercomputing resources brings to the fight against #COVID19.

Learn more about how these high-performance resources are helping facilitate COVID-19 research, and possible solutions, faster than ever before ➡️ https://bit.ly/35GHTGZ.

💻 Coding is the new literacy! With Scratch, kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations and sh...
05/07/2020

💻 Coding is the new literacy!

With Scratch, kids can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations and share their creations with an online community. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively.

Learn more about this #NSFfunded resource and its counterpart Scratch Jr. (for ages 5-7) here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2SHLfUG.

📸: Scratch

What’s so super about supercomputers?  Well, they can process vast amounts of data a thousand times faster than an ordin...
05/06/2020

What’s so super about supercomputers?

Well, they can process vast amounts of data a thousand times faster than an ordinary personal computer. And for decades, supercomputers have helped scientists address the world’s biggest challenges. Today, these supercomputing resources are helping scientists better understand how to combat #COVID19.

From modeling drug compounds to combat the #virus to learning how the weather might affect its spread, research on #NSFfunded supercomputers like Frontera is helping the nation respond to COVID-19 and potentially prevent future outbreaks https://bit.ly/3cgEm4I.

05/04/2020
What teacher has inspired you?

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek! 👩‍🏫

This week is dedicated to all of our teachers who are making sure their students keep learning during these most unusual of times … THANK YOU! ❤️

Our most recent Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (#PAEMST) recipients shared stories of teachers who inspired them.

What teacher has inspired you? Share to #ThankATeacher bit.ly/PAEMST1920

Join #STEM teacher and researcher Sarah Slack as she recounts her PolarTREC expedition to #Antarctica to study the most ...
04/29/2020

Join #STEM teacher and researcher Sarah Slack as she recounts her PolarTREC expedition to #Antarctica to study the most dangerous glacier on Earth. 😱

Listen in LIVE on YouTube tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Eastern https://bit.ly/2YfXb3G.

Funded by the NSF, PolarTREC provides educators, researchers, classrooms, and the public access to exciting, cutting-edge polar science.

04/29/2020
PAEMST and PAESMEM 2019 Recognition Event Highlights

Are you the next award-winning teacher? 🏆

It’s not too late to apply for #PAEMST! We are still accepting applications. Complete eligibility by May 1 and submit your application by October 26 http://bit.ly/PAEMST1920.

Take a look at last year's ceremony and see what you could experience if you win ⬇️

Last year the National Science Foundation honored 230 outstanding #STEM teachers and mentors from around the country. Awardees enjoyed an awards ceremony, a ...

With professional conferences and events cancelled due to the #pandemic, the #STEM for All Video Showcase is providing e...
04/27/2020

With professional conferences and events cancelled due to the #pandemic, the #STEM for All Video Showcase is providing education researchers, educators, policy-makers, and others interested in STEM education a way to learn and interact with others in the field.

Join the conversation May 5-12 https://bit.ly/3eXtom2.

Are Dinosaurs Alive!? 🤔 This weekend, take a #NSFfunded adventure to uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs ...
04/24/2020

Are Dinosaurs Alive!? 🤔

This weekend, take a #NSFfunded adventure to uncover evidence that the descendants of dinosaurs still walk (or fly) among us.

Stream Dinosaurs Alive! now for free until June 15 https://bit.ly/2YdUGz1. Popcorn 🍿 not included.

Need a biology tutor? ✏️ Check out MolGenT, an online tutor for students looking for help with the basic concepts of bio...
04/24/2020

Need a biology tutor? ✏️

Check out MolGenT, an online tutor for students looking for help with the basic concepts of biology and genetics. Featuring a series of video clips, short lectures, and quizzes, this #NSFfunded resource is available for free here ➡️ https://bit.ly/2xM2QUr.

The doctor is in! 👨‍🔬 NSF Astrophysicist Joe Pesce (Dr. Joe) will be on hand to answer all of your #blackhole questions!...
04/23/2020

The doctor is in! 👨‍🔬

NSF Astrophysicist Joe Pesce (Dr. Joe) will be on hand to answer all of your #blackhole questions!

Catch the live Q & A today on Twitter at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Happy #Earthday 🌍 On the 50th anniversary of earth day, learn how these 10 #NSFfunded projects are helping us better und...
04/22/2020

Happy #Earthday 🌍

On the 50th anniversary of earth day, learn how these 10 #NSFfunded projects are helping us better understand our planet https://bit.ly/352ZqbV.

Impress your friends, family, classmates, and colleagues with these stunning #zoom backgrounds, courtesy of NSF https://...
04/21/2020

Impress your friends, family, classmates, and colleagues with these stunning #zoom backgrounds, courtesy of NSF https://bit.ly/2VGY9D3.

Host your next meeting live from an iceberg in Antarctica or attend class from the surface of the sun! Choose from six backgrounds inspired by some of the most groundbreaking and inspiring #NSFfunded research.

Download ⬇️ today!

Grab your color pencils, crayons and markers! 🖍️ Give your kids (and yourself) a little creative boost with this printab...
04/11/2020

Grab your color pencils, crayons and markers! 🖍️

Give your kids (and yourself) a little creative boost with this printable coloring page featuring the supermassive black hole as seen by the Event Horizon Telescope: https://bit.ly/2yTQ0DJ.

Share your finish work of art with us here on Facebook (don’t forget to tag us!) or on Twitter using the hashtag #realblackhole.

Got questions about #blackholes, leave them in the comment section👇. We will be answering them live next week!

04/10/2020
Firsteverimageofablackhole,explained.mp4

One year ago today we caught a glimpse of a #realblackhole, more than 50 million light-years from Earth https://bit.ly/2VkBXOW! It took eight (yes eight!) telescopes around the globe to capture this image. Learn more about this epic #NSFfunded discovery here ⬇️

Got questions about #blackholes, leave them in the comment section. We will be answering them live next week!

Join the challenge https://bit.ly/3aXP5QF!NSF + U.S. Department of Energy + Department of Homeland Security, teamed up t...
04/09/2020

Join the challenge https://bit.ly/3aXP5QF!

NSF + U.S. Department of Energy + Department of Homeland Security, teamed up to launch the Civic Innovation Challenge. Teams will compete for awards of up to $1 million to support ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects that have the potential for scalable, sustainable, and transferable impact on community-identified priorities.

Teams will include civic partners—such as local, state, and tribal government officials, and non-profit and community leaders—working together with technical and social science researchers.

Due to the impact of #COVID19 in the United States, specifically the impact on our nation’s teachers, the deadline to su...
04/07/2020

Due to the impact of #COVID19 in the United States, specifically the impact on our nation’s teachers, the deadline to submit a #PAEMST application has been moved from May 1, to October 26, 2020.

However, in order to submit by this new deadline, a teacher must have completed eligibility in the application portal by the original May 1 deadline.

Eligibility takes just 5 minutes to complete – start your application today! bit.ly/PAEMST1920

04/05/2020
Squishy Robots story3.31.20.mp4

#NSFfunded researchers at Stanford University and UC Santa Barbara have developed this soft robot that combines traditional and soft robotics, making it safe, but sturdy.

Watch here ⬇️

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