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Badges for NASA Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Meri   
Monday, 29 April 2013 07:12
ETEGlobalTemperaturesBadgeAbout the Badges for NASA Activities Pilot Year
The Center for Educational Technologies is partnering with NASA and Project Whitecard on Robotics and STEM Badges Using NASA Content. This is one of 30 projects awarded in the 2012 Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with support from the HASTAC Initiative. Learn more about the winning entries to the Digital Mediat & Learning Competition 4 here:

7 RWIW BadgesBadges are a way to capture one’s accomplishments, skills and achievements earned outside of more formal venues–such as schools and jobs–as a sort of resume-builder. When learners take part in badgable NASA or other activities available through their schools, online, and elsewhere, they can earn badges that they can add to digital backpacks–to carry with them throughout their careers. These are a formal, competency-based acknowledgment of expertise, knowledge, and skills. The competencies to earn a badge show up via a “criteria” link when a badge is opened. In all badges, students are linked to additional activities that will increase skills and influence their educational and career goals.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, executives from MacArthur and Mozilla, and other stakeholders to promote this educational opportunity in a Badges for Lifelong Learning event held at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Sept. 15, 2011. NASA shares the goal of increasing the number of youth that enter STEM fields, coming from both traditional and informal pathways. Giving recognition of the stepping stones to expertise via badging is one way to encourage staying within a STEM pipeline. Read more!
This 5 Feb. 2013 R.I. Students Gaining “Badges,” Credits Outside School article by Nora Fleming in Education Week does an excellent job describing some of the purposes and issues with using out-of-school badges for credit in Rhode Island schools. Read it here! Also, learn about badges and the City of Chicago's upcoming Summer of Learning at

LunarRoverBadgeThe CET design team was led by Dr. Meri Cummings, who especially wishes to acknowledge Drs. Robert Starr, Daniel Laughlin, and Chuck Wood for their contributions and patience throughout the pilot year, and our partner developers–especially Sharon Bowers, Monica Trevathan, Natalee Lloyd, Paulette George, Michael Hare, and Becky Jamarillo, for providing the needed information about their projects and proofing multiple badge drafts. Cassie Lightfritz created images for the project before it was funded, AND created the game-like badge website at Chris Ruckman was our lead programmer for getting the badges “baked” and into the Mozilla OpenBadge Backpack, AND for creating multiple badge-issuing interfaces. This is truly a team effort! 

Earn a badge! First, create a backpack. It’s simple. Go to The process just requires a working email address and a password. Sharpen your brain by challenging yourself to a math review with the Lunar Rover activity in the geometry series at the Exploring Space Through Math website. Then test your skills and earn the badge at

Learn more about the Curiosity Rover and earn another badge at our partner’s Starlite Digital Badges website:

Connect with the NASA badges community through the Badges for NASA Activities collaborative group on NASATalk.

NASA developers, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn more about getting your activity(ies) badged.

See all the NASA activities that have been badged during the 2012-2013 pilot year at

Learn more at Enjoy!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:34