Mars Through Time Workshop for High School Educators (Apply by May 16)

(Apply by May 16; July 8-11; University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam insturment team invite high school teachers (in-service and pre-service) to attend this four day workshop on Mars! Attendees will discover the relationship between technology and science as it relates to our understanding of Mars. Attendees will also discuss the nature and process of science with invited speakers.

Registration is free, but the workshop is limited to 20 participants. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply. For more information and to submit an application, please visit http://bit.ly/ZrkMrL.

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Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip – NASA Digital Learning Network Event (April 25)

(April 25, 2:00-3:00pm ET)

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, the U.S. Department of State’s Collaboratory, and Google’s Connected Classrooms invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will feature a special lesson about the Mars rovers presented by education and content experts from NASA. Students from schools around the world will connect with the event via Google Hangouts. For more information on this event, please visit http://bit.ly/Q9O91U.

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Climate Change Effects – NASA Digital Learning Network Event (April 22)

(April 22, 1:30pm ET)

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the nation will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference.  For more information, please visit http://dln.nasa.gov/.

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Cubes in Space (Register by April 18)

(Register by April 18)

The Rubik Learning Initiative, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, and NASA’s Sounding Rocket Program is offering a free science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics-focused education program for students ages 11-14. Cubes in Space provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Using formal or informal learning environments, students and educators will experience engaging content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube. These cubes will be launched via a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in late June 2014.

Leveraging the excitement of space exploration, students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from design through the review process. Throughout the experience, students will acquire key 21st century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.cubesinspace.com/.

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New Features on NASA Wavelength

NASA Wavelength, the digital collection of NASA Earth and space science materials for educators, is pleased to announce a series of new features to the site! These features are meant to create a better experience for educators, as well as provide the most up-to-date information on our newest resources.

  • List Building: Users can now create their own customized list of resources! These lists can be easily shared via social media and email, as well as downloaded into PDF format for use at workshops, trainings, or other events. The list builder has the option to include resources outside of the NASA Wavelength collection, allowing for maximum customization to meet your educational planning needs.
  • Blog: The NASA Wavelength blog keeps teachers up-to-date on new site developments, professional development opportunities and special events, tips and tricks for using NASA resources, as well as information on topical subjects like Next-Generation Science Standards. Stop by and add your voice to the conversation in the comments!
  • Featured Resources: We have a brand new collection of featured resources up on our home page, including the most recent additions to the NASA Wavelength catalog.  

More information on the new features is available at http://nasawavelength.org.

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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:

  • Kepler: The Search for Habitable Planets – April 2, 6:30pm ET
  • The Engineering Evolution: Data Analysis – April 3, 6:30pm ET
  • Prairie Potholes: A Landsat Activity – April 8, 6:30pm ET
  • The Basics of Telescopes and NASA Missions – April 9, 6:30pm ET
  • Newton’s Laws and NASA – April 14, 5:30pm ET
  • Whispers from Space: The Deep Space Network – April 16, 6:30pm ET
  • Solar System and the Periodic Table – April 30, 6:30pm ET

For more information and to register for any of the above webinars, please visit http://bit.ly/18PKlLr.

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Climate Change Effects – NASA Digital Learning Event (April 8 & 22)

(April 8 & 22, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm ET)

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as they investigate the effects of climate change. Students across the nation will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations from NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. For more information, please visit http://1.usa.gov/QgwkhU.

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NASA Mars Education Symposium (Apply by April 15)

(Apply by April 15; June 16-20; Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.)

Currently, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is exploring Gale Crater on Mars to investigate a site that has a very interesting history that could include habitability! Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Material presented will help educators expand student understanding of how biology, geology, and chemistry are essential to the search for life elsewhere.

Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours. Attendees are responsible for transportation to and from Arizona State University, lodging, and meals. Some hiking will be required to participate in the field experience. Space is limited to 30 participants. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/1lm8rSs.

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“Ask NICE” Online Professional Development Series for Educators Grades 4-12 (April 17)

(April 17, 4:00 pm ET)

The next Ask NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) program session is coming up! “A Climate Change Summary – What We Know and How We Know It” discusses evidence that Earth’s climate system is warming at an unprecedented rate. Participants will learn more about how scientists measure and document warming trends, as well as learn about tools to teach this topic to students. Certificates of professional development hours are available upon request. To learn more and to find connection information, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1jKjL78.

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Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest – Grades 5-12 (Entries due April 17)

(Entries due April 17)

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. For more information, including the topics for the Spring 2014 contest, as well as videos on the scientific process, please visit http://1.usa.gov/OhuI5Y.

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