International Observe the Moon Night (Sept. 6)

(September 6)

The whole world will collectively admire and celebrate the moon on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)! We invite you to join in the fun. The InOMN website is filled with resources and information on how you can participate, and a map is provided for you to see what events are taking place in your neighborhood. Can’t find a local event? Consider registering and hosting one for your friends, neighbors, and colleagues! For more information, please visit http://observethemoonnight.org.

A special collection of educator resources has also been created in NASA Wavelength to support InOMN – find the collection at http://nasawavelength.org/list/602.

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Women in Aviation and Space Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian (Sept. 13)

(September 13; Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.)

Join Smithsonian’s family day event series as they celebrate the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. On September 13th, they will celebrate the accomplishments of women in aviation and space exploration. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/1C2U1gR

 

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2nd Annual Astrobiology Symposium (Sept. 18-19)

(September 18-19; John W. Kluge Center, Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.)

The John W. Kluge Center along with the NASA Astrobiology Program is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions.

The event is free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. For more information, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1xv4r3E

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NASA Family Education Night (Sept. 20)

(September 20; 2:00pm – 6:00pm ET; Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.)

Join us for the 5th annual NASA Family Education Night. This free event (limited to the first 2,000 attendees) targets 1st-6th grade students and their parents/guardians, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) under the theme “Technology Drives Exploration.” Educational activities and demonstrations will highlight the future of America’s space program, allow children to apply critical thinking skills, make and launch rockets, and talk with an astronaut.

For more information, please visit: http://on.fb.me/1vr2IQn

 

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National Mars Education Conference (Apply by Sept. 23)

(Apply by September 23; September 27; Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.)

Join NASA’s Mars Education team to learn Next Generation Science Standards-aligned strategies to use natural events as timely learning opportunities. The conference will focus on a fantastic dramatic natural event that is taking place very soon, the Comet Siding Spring is on track to have a close encounter with Mars on October 19, 2014!

Attendees will be introduced to NGSS STEM hands-on activities and ays to extend students’ learning with critical thinking and project-based learning challenges.

For more information and to apply, visit: http://marsed.asu.edu/naturalevents

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Earth Science Week 2014 – Earth’s Connected Systems (Oct. 12-18)

(October 12-18)

Join us for an exploration of our dynamic Earth! This year, Earth Science Week celebrates “Earth’s Connected Systems” – from land to sea, ice to sky, and everything living in between, NASA missions study Earth’s system and help us to understand the interconnectivity among its components. Our 2014 website covers NASA Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth’s system, videos, links to mission science, and more. Stop by to see our schedule of upcoming events for educators and the public at http://nasaesw.strategies.org.

Want the latest information on NASA Earth Science Week activities? Follow us on Twitter (@NASAESW) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NASAESW).

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GLOBE and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The GLOBE Community developed “A Guide to Connections between the GLOBE Program and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)” to support schools, districts, and states in the adoption of the new national science standards. This guide connects GLOBE protocols and resources to the NGSS Framework, and can be used as a resource for digital curriculum platforms.

To read the document and for more information about GLOBE and NGSS, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1s9W4ZF

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NASA’s Climate Kids: Galleries of Change

NASA’s Climate Kids presents eight galleries that show rapidly changing climate conditions on our planet.  This visual tool gives individuals the chance to explore climate change by highlighting key areas such as weather and climate, fresh water, air, oceans, energy sources, plants and animals, and technology.

For more information, visit: http://climatekids.nasa.gov/search/gallery/ 

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SciJinks Web Comic

SciJinks is pleased to announce a new web comic series highlighting the scientific adventures of a revolving cast of intrepid weather explorers. Meet Theo, a curious kid with a taste for science hijinks as he is guided by Bill, a serious-minded groundhog and mentor. Check it out at http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/comic1.

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Space Place in a SNAP! GPS and the Quest for Pizza

Ever wonder how GPS systems allow us to get from point A to point B? NASA’s Space Place provides insight with a brand new addition to “Space Place in a SNAP!” This series features quick, animated videos, complete with a print-ready poster.  Learn about the ins and outs of GPS using the real world example of a quest for pizza. Check it out at: http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/gps-pizza.

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