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:

  • Engineering Design in the Classroom, Part 2: Implementation – Oct. 1, 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
  • Engineering Design in the Classroom, Part 3: Assessment – Oct. 2, 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
  • Food For Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom – Oct. 7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
  • Storm Warning! Understanding Our Sun – Oct. 8, 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
  • Earth System Science Series: Part 1-Weather Vs. Climate – Oct. 14, 7:00pm – 8:00pm ET
  • K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 1 Literacy Components – Oct. 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET
  • Earth System Science Series: Part 2 Remote Sensing – Oct. 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm ET

For more information and to register for any of the above webinars, visit: http://bit.ly/OXz4jn

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GLOBE/NASA Satellite Partnerships – Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Become Part of a NASA Mission with GLOBE

Along with the ongoing Cloudsat and CALIPSO missions, The GLOBE Program involves educators, students, and scientists in two new NASA satellite partnerships in 2014-2015.

  • Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), launched on February 28, 2014
  • Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), scheduled for launch in January 2015

The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) invites members of the NASA scientist community to get involved by becoming a member of the GLOBE International Scientist Network (GISN) Lend your expertise to students in activities related to satellite missions, Earth and atmospheric science research, and STEM education. Learn more about ways to participate on the GISN webpage and for more information, contact: science@globe.gov

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The GLOBE Student Art Competition (Submit by Oct. 17)

(Submit by October 17)

The GLOBE student art competition to illustrate the 2015 GLOBE calendar is currently underway. GLOBE students from around the world are submitting original art that demonstrates the benefits of Earth observing satellite missions to their school and/or community in alignment with the theme, “See Globally, Act Locally: How GLOBE Connects to Earth Observing Satellites.

For more information and how to submit your art work, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qy1laN

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CosmoQuest Citizen Science at GeekGirlCon 2014 (Oct. 19-20)

(October 19-20; The Conference Center; Seattle, Wash.)

This convention celebrates women in science, science fiction, technology, comics, and all things geeky. CosmoQuest will be participating in the DIY Science Zone, a hands-on space for science experiments and demonstrations for con-goers of all ages.

For more information about the convention, visit: http://geekgirlcon.com/
For more information about CosmoQuest citizen science and all of their upcoming events, visit: http://cosmoquest.org/.

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Fall 2014 Solar Week (Oct. 27-31)

(October 27-31)

Join fellow educators and students for Solar Week Fall 2014! This lively week of online activities and curriculum for students is focused on our Sun, and includes games and lesson plans for the whole week. Students will learn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar flares, and solar storms through the activities provided. In addition, there is an online message board where your classroom can submit a question to leading solar scientists. Fall 2014 will also feature a day focused on ancient observatories.

Solar Week is ideal for students studying the solar system, the stars, or astronomy in general, and now features a day on solar energy. It also provides a glimpse into the world of scientists, and provides students with information on science careers. For more information, please visit: www.solarweek.org

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Space Academy: Sun-Earth Connections (Oct. 30)

(October 30)

Middle school students and their teachers will get a close-up look at NASA missions designed to explore the Sun-Earth relationship and space weather when they visit the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).

This event will focus on two missions: Van Allen Probes and Solar Probes Plus. The daylong event will include briefings on these missions, a student “press conference” where students will play the role of reporters and ask the panelists questions as if it were an official NASA press conference, lunchtime discussions with scientists and engineers, and interactive science/engineering demonstrations.

For more information, visit: http://www.spaceacademy.jhuapl.edu

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NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Application (Submit by Dec. 15)

(Submit by December 15)

The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) application is now open for the spring session!

Community college students interested in exploring a STEM career at NASA can apply today to become a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar. Scholars learn about past, present, and future Mars mission in a 5-week online session beginning January 2015. Scholars who successfully complete the web-based activities may be eligible for a 30day workshop at NASA, where they will:

  • Work on a team project directed by NASA engineers
  • Attend briefings by NASA engineers and scientists
  • Tour NASA facilities
  • Open the door to a world of career possibilities at NASA

For more information and to apply, visit: http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/

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Asteroid Time Capsule Campaign (Sept. 2)

(September 2)

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission and The Planetary Society announce the start of the Asteroid Time Capsule Campaign. Tweet or post an image on Instagram (with hashtag #asteroidmission) to answer the question: “Where are we now and where will we be in 2023 in Solar System exploration?” Top tweets and images will be etched on the silicon wafer which will be placed in the Sample Return Capsule (SRC). An identical wafer will be placed on the spacecraft. All entries will be archived in a virtual Time Capsule kept at the University of Arizona and opened in 2023.

For more information on the mission, visit: http://www.asteroidmission.org/timecapsule 

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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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