NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

NASA Educator Professional Development presents a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA Education Specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides, and resources to bring NASA into your classroom. Upcoming webinars include:

  • Earth System Science Part 1: Understanding Clouds – August 5, 11:00am – 12:00pm ET
  • Engineering in the Classroom 1: Intro to Engineering Design – August 5, 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET
  • Engineering in the Classroom 2: Single Class Projects – August 6, 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET
  • Earth System Science Part 2: Water Cycle – August 7, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET
  • Engineering in the Classroom 3: Long Term Projects – August 7, 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET
  • Art and the Cosmic Connection, August 19, 4:00pm – 5:00pm ET

For more information and to register for any of the above webinars, please visit:

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CosmoQuest at DragonCon (August 29 – September 1)

(August 29 – September 1; Atlanta, Ga.)

The CosmoQuest team will be at DragonCon in Atlanta this Labor Day weekend to share citizen science and space science with sci-fi/fantasy fans. Hands-on science demonstrations and an opportunity to try out CosmoQuest’s citizen science projects will be available at the convention, and CosmoQuest will be participating in several Science and Space panels.

Keep up with the schedule on the CosmoQuest blog:

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Online Course for Educators – Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement (Apply by Aug. 30)

(Apply by August 30)

Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week course for educators interested in putting a space-themed twist on learning. The course is designed to be self-paced, online professional development experience focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA’s unique capabilities.

For more information and to enroll in the course, visit:

Questions about these courses should be directed to Amy McDowell at 

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See What’s New on NASA Wavelength

We have recently added forty new featured resources to the NASA Wavelength home page. These resources are among the most recent to complete the NASA SMD peer-review process, so please stop by at take a look:

While you’re at the site, check out our latest blog on resources for students with dyslexia. The Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) Mission education and public outreach team has developed a great series of resources specifically for middle school students with this language processing disorder:

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Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MESDT) Program – Grades 8-14 (Sept.-May)

The Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MESDT) program is about to begin a new season that runs from Mid-September through May! They are now recruiting educators and their students  who would like to conduct authentic research for the Red Planet. Student teams from around the country in grades 8-14 work via online technologies with scientists and educators from the CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) instrument. Students learn new software, analyze CRISM data, design and investigate their own research questions, and present their work to the science team and their peers.

For more information, visit:
You can also email MESDT coordinator, Brian Grigsby ( with questions.

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2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge (Apply by Sept. 12)

(Apply by September 12)

The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission will host the 2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This challenge will task teams of students with measuring the height of Earth around us, from tree canopies to bodies of water. This challenge will be the first of its kind in a yearly series of ICESat-2 engineering challenge events.

Open to undergraduate students from U.S. colleges and universities, teams will be selected to participate in this challenge through a proposal and selection process. Participating teams will design and build hexacopter multirotors that can create a digital elevation model of a specific area within a predetermined amount of time. Students will also submit technical and educational reports describing in detail their efforts throughout the competition process.

Fore more information about the Challenge, visit:

Questions about this challenge should be directed to Brian Campbell at 

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OSSI NIFS – Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities (Submit by Oct. 12)

(Submit by Oct. 12 for Spring 2015 opportunities)

NASA Internships are educational hands-on traineeships that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. Through these internships participants leverage NASA’s unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals. Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2015 opportunities.

For more information on the different internship programs and how to apply, visit:

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Earth Science Week 2014 Contests (Submit by Oct. 17)

(Submit by Oct. 17)

The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a series of contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014 (Oct. 12-18):

  • Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest – Open to All Ages: Photographs should support the topic “Connections in My Community” and capture evidence of the connections of Earth systems in your community.
  • Earth Science Week 2014 K-5 Visual Arts Contest: Artwork should be two-dimensional and focus on the theme “Earth’s Connected Systems and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States.
  • Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest – Open to All Students Grades 6-9: Essays (no more than 300 words in length) should focus on the theme “Earth System Science in Today’s World.”
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The 2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (Submit by November 15)

(Submit by November 15)

“How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity?” College students and early career professionals are invited to consider this question as part of a new video challenge. Participants will submit a video no longer than three minutes, and creatively express their answer through animation, sketches, music, live action – however they can imagine an answer! Individuals or teams may participate, and videos must have at least one clear reference to the International Space Station.

For more information and complete rules, visit: 

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FameLab: Exploring Earth and Beyond

FameLab, the science communication competition, is back! It’s a fun-filled day of competition, coaching, and camaraderie that’s all about communicating science concepts to the audience. Early career scientists from diverse scientific disciplines craft a 3-minute, powerpoint-free talk on their research or a related topic and deliver it in a supportive environment to judges.

The most recent event was held in late July, but other sessions will be scheduled in the very near future. To get more info, join the mailing list, and see video clips of prior FameLabbers, visit

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