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August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse visible across the US

September 15, 2017 Cassini plunges into Saturn's Atmosphere

 

Educator Science Educator Symposium
Participate in an Educator Symposium featuring several short sessions led by teams of industry professionals and educators at the 2017 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Sunday, April 2, 2017 (9:00 am to 3:45 pm). Stipends and AAPG Convention and Exhibition Registration are available for a limited number of (60) participants.

Earth Science Educator Field Trip
Sign up for an Earth Science Educator Field Trip at the 2017 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Saturday, April 1, 2017 (8am-2pm). Work with Dr. Erik Scott of E&P Geoscience, LLC, and other geoscientists to experience the dynamic nature of river systems while investigating the morphology and sedimentology of Panther Creek, Montgomery County. Stipends and AAPG Convention and Exhibition Registration are available for a limited number of participants.

Earth Science Educator Field Trip
Sign up for an Earth Science Educator Field Trip at the 2017 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Saturday, April 1, 2017 (8am-5pm). Join Dr. Shuhab Khan of the University of Houston and other geoscientists to collect and interpret Ground Penetrating Radar data in real time in several Houston-area locations. Stipends and AAPG Convention and Exhibition Registration are available for a limited number of participants.

LiftOff 2017: Starry Night
This weeklong aerospace workshop emphasizes STEM learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others. Free to Texas participants. Application deadline: April 14, 2017

 

Solar Week: Spring 2017
Solar Week is back! Celebrate a week of online cool facts, games and activities about the Sun for ages 9-14. Ask scientists questions and find activities by science st andards, age range, materials etc. at NASA Wavelength. March 27-31, 2017.

Total Solar Eclipse
On Aug. 21, 2017, the moon will pass between Earth and the sun, creating a total solar eclipse visible along a narrow path stretching across the continental United States. The NASA eclipse page lists events, activities, inofrmation about the science, and more.

AAPG Conference and Exhibition
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) invites middle and high school teachers to help celebrate its 100th anniversary; the conference will be in Houston April 1-4, 2017, and teachers can attend at reduced rates. More details and final agenda coming soon.

 

Fly Your Exoplanet on The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
All ages are welcomed to submit a .pdf sketch or graphic to be included to fly aboard the the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system (called exoplanets). In the first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants and will orbit a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. Submit your request via email by Nov. 20, 1027.

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Help NASA find a new planet and new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. Comb through images to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)
Apply to lead your team of high school students in participate in a national standards-based, lunar/asteroid research program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Supervised by their teacher and advised by a scientist, teams undertake student-led, open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science and support the goals of SSERVI. At the end of the year, four teams compete for a chance to present their research at the NASA Exploration Science Forum held at the NASA Ames Research Center in July 2018. Application deadline: March 31.

The Paradigm Challenge
The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration by generating new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world. The top 100 teams will win cash prizes from $200 to the $100,000 Grand Prize.

100th AAPG Anniversary
Middle-school, high-school, and community college instructors who are teaching Earth science and related topics are invited to participate in the Earth Science Educator Program of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 100th Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) at the George R. Brown Convention Center on April 2-5, 2017. Science Coordinators and Directors, as well as pre-service students preparing for teaching Earth science and related topics in grades 6-14, also are invited to participate!

 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
Nominate grades 7-12 mathematics and science teachers or submit your own application for one of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Nomination deadline: April 1.

 

Free Sea Level App
Polar Explorer: Sea Level is a new climate change education app that focuses on sea level rise and its consequences; users can determine where sea level is changing right now, or what places around the world are at risk from storm surge.

New "Explore NASA Science" Website
Explore the redesigned NASA Science website and learn about new discoveries, sign up for the newsletter, and much more!

Fall 2016 Universe in the Classroom Edition is now available!
In this edition of The Universe in the Classroom, learn about a storyline approach to teaching about eclipses, including investigations into lunar phases, the size and scale of the Earth-Moon system, why eclipses happen, and the pattern and frequency of their occurrence.