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: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog

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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: http://bit.ly/UmRUlX
You can also email MESDT coordinator, Brian Grigsby (bgrigsby@suhsd.net) with questions.

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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 http://famelab-eeb.arc.nasa.gov/.

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Climate Kids – Make Seed Balls!

Climate Kids has a new activity that allows you to make the world a greener, nicer place while learning about plant life — Seed Balls! These small, easy to make balls are filled with wildflower seeds. When thrown at the ground, the balls break open, releasing the seeds and setting the stage for a beautiful garden. The seeds will have everything they need to take root wherever these balls land. Check it out at http://climatekids.nasa.gov/seed-ball.

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OCO-2: Ready for Liftoff!

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 is preparing to launch! This new mission will map carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere, but why do we study carbon dioxide in the first place? NASA Wavelength has created a list of educational resources on this greenhouse gas, along with information on the upcoming OCO-2 mission and links to articles and activities for students of all ages. The list is available at http://bit.ly/1z57nrj.

Want to create your own resource list in NASA Wavelength? It’s easy! Learn how at http://bit.ly/1pThnxR.

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Solar Plasma Fest (July 2)

(July 2; 11:00 – 3:00 pm ET; Level 2, Observatory at the Maryland Science Center)

To celebrate the Sun and the Van Allen Probes mission, the John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory has partnered with the Maryland Science Center to provide a fun day of learning for adults, educators, families and kids, to help them better understand the Sun-Earth connection. The Van Allen Probes education and public outreach team will provide interaction activities and mission materials, while mission team members will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the Earth’s radiation belts and how the Sun influences out day-to-day life.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1jLdAPb.

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CosmoQuest at CONvergence (July 3-6)

(July 3-6, CONvergence, Minneapolis, Minn.)

The CosmoQuest team will be at CONvergence this summer to share citizen science and space science with makers and 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, as well as a blend of art and science and science in science fiction. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1qRQbnP.

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Rainsticks and Weather Folklore

Throughout history, humans have attempted to understand and control the weather through folk traditions, superstition, and rituals. Learn about the fascinating history of “weather making” and about some of the many cultures that have practiced it through time with this article and activity. http://1.usa.gov/1pJAKes

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SciJinks in a SNAP! Stormy Space Weather Video

Did you know that satellites also keep track of space weather? Learn all about it in SciJinks’ very first “SciJinks in a Snap” video. This is a new series of short animated videos with accompanying posters entertain viewers while providing an educational experience.  http://1.usa.gov/1maSxp2

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Space Place Small Worlds, Big Discoveries Booklet

There’s more to our solar system than just a sun and some planets. With asteroids, comets, meteors, and moons, the solar system is a pretty busy place. How did these smaller bodies form and what can they tell us? Find out in Space Place’s downloadable booklet: “Small Worlds, Big Discovered!” http://1.usa.gov/1v1Y9Y8

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