New on the Space Place Web Site: Satellite Graveyard

Where do old satellites go to die?  Countries and commercial ventures have been putting spacecraft in orbit around Earth since the late 1950s.  There must be a lot of space junk out there.  So what happens to them when they no longer work?  Find out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spacecraft-graveyard

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New on the SciJinks Web Site

El Niño is a weather pattern that occurs in the Pacific Ocean, but it is so big that it affects weather all over the world.  While this year’s El Niño isn’t much to write home about, past El Niño years saw widespread and significant global weather effects.  Find out more about El Niño and what causes it at http://scijinks.gov/el-nino

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New on the Climate Kids Web Site: OFFSET

Check out the latest educational game from NASA’s Climate Kids—OFFSET! Take matters into your own hands and help cut back on carbon emissions. Part pong, part resource-management, and 100% retro, this game is challenging, exciting, and educational. Play it today! http://climatekids.nasa.gov/offset

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Invite Your Classroom to Spring 2015 Solar Week, May 18-22

Please join us for the spring 2015 Solar Week during May 18-22 – a lively week of online activities and curriculum for students about the Sun, including games and lesson plans for the whole week. In addition, there’s an online interactive message board where your classroom can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Spring 2015 will also feature a day focused on Earth’s upper atmosphere – the ionosphere – and its interactions with the Sun. For more details, visit www.solarweek.org.

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Joint Maryland and Delaware Library Association Conference, May 6-8

The Joint Maryland and Delaware Library Association Conference 2015 is being held on May 6-8 in Ocean City, MD.  This year’s theme: Boldly go … where no libraries have gone before! Join us for three days of engaging presentations, a variety of vendors, booths and activities to explore, and several keynote speakers, including NASA’s Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division, Dr. Jack Kaye, who will be speaking on Wednesday May 7. For more information about the conference schedule and registration, visit http://www.mdlib.org/files/docs/conference/MLAProgram.pdf.

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NASA Wins 2015 Webby Awards

The 2015 Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries worldwide. About 1,000 nominees were selected from the entries and placed into dozens of categories for voting.

Three websites and a mobile app from NASA are among the winners of the 2015 Webby Awards, announced Monday in New York:

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory — Webby award winner and People’s Voice award winner in the Websites: Government category
NASA’s Global Climate Change — Webby award winner and People’s Voice award winner in the Websites: Green category
NASA GeneLab — Webby award winner in the Websites: Best Navigation category
NASA’s Earth Now mobile app — Webby award winner in the Mobile Sites & Apps: Education and Reference category

A full list of winners is available at http://www.webbyawards.com/winners.

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i C Ceres – Space Science Festival, May 9

After more than seven years cruising at stunning speeds, including a wonderful year exploring protoplanet Vesta, the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres. As the Dawn mission begins its exploration of Ceres, it’s time to celebrate! A flagship i C Ceres event will be held on May 9, 2015, in Pasadena, California, by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. The event will include games and contests. Plus, members of the mission team will be there to translate the space science for you!

If you aren’t in southern California, don’t worry. You can host your own event! Big or small, public or private, all are welcome. Celebrate with your club, society, school group or museum. Awesome presentations will be streamed live.

To learn more, find an event near you, or explore resources to plan your own I C Ceres event, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/I_c_ceres.asp.

For more information about the Dawn mission, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/.
Please email any questions about this opportunity to Joe Wise at jwise1972@gmail.com.

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Imagine Ceres!

Share in the anticipation and excitement of Dawn’s arrival at Ceres in March 2015! Can you imagine what the Dawn mission might discover at Ceres in the next few weeks and months? What does this vast world hold for explorers and scientists today? People often mistake science as a collection of facts and information. In fact, science is a process of “imagining” answers to questions and developing ways to disprove ideas and move forward the process of understanding and knowledge. Send us your creations in the form of art, music, poetry, video, or . . . . . Let’s imagine together.

To view a list of resources to help ignite your imagination, visit http://1.usa.gov/1zuJg96. You can submit your creations here http://1.usa.gov/1bGSB2u.

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Apply Now for the 2015 Mars Through Time Training, July 13-16 (Deadline: May 15)

This four-day, high school teacher professional development training focuses on Mars science and exploration and the nature and process of science. Participants explore the relationship between technology and science using the history of Mars exploration as an example. Participants also learn about and discuss the nature and process of science with each other and invited speakers. Registration is free. Travel stipends are available for select participants based on need. Interested teachers should apply here. The application period closes May 15, 2015. To register, visit http://bit.ly/1GKTwMQ.

Who: In-service and pre-service high school science teachers

What: A free, four day professional development training focusing on the nature and process of science, Mars science and Mars exploration

Where: Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX

Travel stipends are available to select participants based on need.
All participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours.
Classroom resources will be provided.

For more information, contact Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission team, August 3-7 (Deadline: May 22)

Join us in this week-long, NASA funded program, where you will receive training to become a MAVEN Ambassador. The goal of the MEA program is to develop the capacity and provide the opportunity for educators to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics and Planetary Science educational resources. This program will provide middle and high school educators with follow-up support via teleconference calls and other electronic communications. We expect that the educators involved in the MEA program will implement the lesson plans and education resources in their own classrooms, as well as train other teachers at local and regional professional development conferences or meetings. The application period closes May 22, 2015.

 Who: Middle and High School Educators

Where: Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Participants receive a single travel stipend of $700. Free housing and meals will be provided. Application is opened to US citizens and permanent residents, and can be made here http://bit.ly/1DF7J6I.

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