Helio Community of Practice Meeting

Opportunity for Ongoing Connection with NASA Solar Scientists, Professionals and Other Educators from Across the Country – next meeting September 15, 2015.

Each month, NASA science and education experts join with educators of middle and high school audiences to discuss topics about the Sun and Sun-Earth connections, share educational resources and experiences using with students, and experiences using them as educators. Members of the community build strong relationships with other educators and NASA solar scientists across the country, while connecting more deeply with solar science concepts, acquiring a collection of resources and materials to use in their field, and discovering more opportunities to develop professionally.

We would love to have more educators join our vibrant group! All that is required is a desire to learn about sun science (heliophysics) and how to bring it to student audiences. To hear more about this exciting, engaging and free community of practice for science educators from the members themselves, click on the link for a short informative video. Please feel free to contact Andi Nelson at anelsonsmd@gmail.com with any questions or curiosities and for information on how to join the meeting.

To hear more about this great group of educators and scientists from community members themselves, click here http://bit.ly/1KX35Fo.

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NASA Wavelength Feature: International Observe the Moon Night Blog Post

Each year, the world celebrates lunar science and exploration during International Observe the Moon Night. This year it’s held on September 19 and this blog post provides several links that show how you and your friends can participate – through registered events, social media and more! http://nasawavelength.org/blog/international-observe-moon-night.

Check out these hands-on activities from the Wavelength collection to do with your family at your event.

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NASA Wavelength Helps Connect Your Classroom to the Headlines!

While sea level rise has been making a splash on news and media channels, did you know that NASA Wavelength offers educational resources to help you and other learners dive deeper into the topic?

Check them out at:  http://nasawavelength.org/resource-search?qq=Sea+level&educationalLevel=&facetSort=1&sortDescendingBy=date

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New on the Climate Kids Website: Fossil Fuels

In this four-part series, learn the history of fossil fuels and the technology that became dependent on them. From coal, to oil, to natural gas—find out how people first discovered these resources and how they changed our lives forever. http://climatekids.nasa.gov/fossil-fuels-coal/

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New on the SciJinks Website: El Niño and Lightning

Did you know that El Niño conditions affect more than just clouds and rain? Scientists have discovered that it causes increased lightning and even increased tornado activity too. Crazy, right? It all has to do with jet streams. http://scijinks.gov/el-nino-lightning/

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New on the Space Place Website: Sun Paper

We see it every day in the sky. Our sun is a burning ball of superheated gas. Even though it’s 93 million miles (149.6 million kilometers) away, we can feel its heat and light on Earth. With this activity you can make marbled paper look just like our sun. http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sun-paper/

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STEM Educators sought for NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (Applications Due Sept. 18, 2015)

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies while remaining in their current teaching positions.  Selected educators will become STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community.

All applicants must be currently employed as full time STEM educators and also be US citizens in order to participate in this opportunity. Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies located at 2880 Broadway, NY, NY 10025.  Participants will receive an annual stipend ($9,000).  For more information, see http://smdepo.org/post/8286.

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NASA SMD Flight Research Opportunity for Students (NOIs Due Oct. 1, 2015)

NASA and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program have released the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunity, which solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle.

A question and answer telecom will be held on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. with NOIs due October 1. The solicitation (NNH15ZDA010C) can be found at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/solicitations.do?method=open.

General questions may be directed to David Pierce (david.l.pierce@nasa.gov). Questions concerning the Space Grant component may be directed to Dr. Lenell Allen (hq-space-grant@mail.nasa.gov).

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International Observe the Moon Night

International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual worldwide public event that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to NASA planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an InOMN event on September 19— and uniting on one day each year to look at and learn about the Moon together. On their website, you can find information about how to host, register, and evaluate your InOMN event, look for an InOMN event near you, and share pictures and highlights from InOMN.

Check out these hands-on activities from the Wavelength collection to do with families at your InOMN event.

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NASA PD Webinar: Art and the Cosmic Connection

Geology meets art! Let your inner geologist use art to recreate craters, mountains, rivers, wind driven landscapes and more. Learn to read planetary images as well as Earth images. Meets NGSS for Earth’s Place in the Universe, Earth Systems, and with Common Core Social Studies integrations. On September 15 a free, one-hour webinar for educators in grades K-16 will be held, hosted by Sandra Kaszynski, a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

Time: 6:30pm ET

Audience: Educators in Grades K-16

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