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March 8, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse, visible from Southeast Asia and Pacific

March 19, 2016 Spring Equinox--first day of spring

June 20, 2016 Summer Solstice: Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere

July 4, 2016 Juno Mission arrives at Jupiter

August 12 - August 13, 2016 Perseid Meteor Shower


Coral Reef Ecology Workshop & Scuba Field Experience
Applications are now available for K-12 formal and informal educators to participate in the annual Down Under, Out Yonder coral reef ecosystem workshop and scuba field experience at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary on July 9-13th.

Learning about Chemicals and the Environment
In this 4-day workshop, July 18-21, teachers participate in a broad spectrum of instructional exercises, become part of a panel discussion and tour various chemical plants and industrial waste disposal sites on facility field trips. Teachers completing all days of the workshop receive a $300 stipend.

GET wet! Teacher Workshop
Join Galveston Bay Foundation for a FREE 2 day workshop! Educators will gain comprehensive background knowledge of Galveston Bay, take home lessons for the classroom, and gain hands on field experiences. This workshop is geared towards middle school and high school level educators.

Transforming Geoscience Preparation for K-8 Pre-Service Teachers
This two-day workshop will explore strategies for strengthening K-8 science teaching, through both science content knowledge and science teaching methods. The workshop is open to science faculty, education faculty, and in-service science teachers. Participants' housing and meals will be paid for by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

NASA Educator Professional Development webinars
The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate.

LIFTOFF 2016: Exploration- Past, Present, and Future
A weeklong professional development training for teachers emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. 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.The application deadline is April 15, 2016.

Earth Educators' Rendezvous Summer Educator Event
This program, July 18-22, 2016 at University of Wisconsin-Madison welcomes college faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about the Earth. Among many options, participants can learn about new teaching approaches, discover opportunities to get involved in research programs, prepare for an academic career, or discuss how to approach teaching and learning challenges in their classroom.


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the Girl Day STEM Festival will be celebrated during Engineers Week on February 27th, 2016. Over 4,000 elementary and middle school students are expected to participate with over 900 volunteers and several organizations presented by Halliburton and by Google.

AGU 2015 Fall Meeting Online
AGU is now providing free access to breakthrough research presented at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. Watch live-streamed content as well as previously recorded lectures and oral presentations from the meeting through AGU On-Demand. Registration required.


Help NASA Study Mars -- Planet Four: Terrains
Help planetary scientists characterize surfaces on Mars by examining images taken with the Context Camera. The exotic terrains of Mars' south pole have many forms unlike anything on Earth. We would like your help to map where they occur in images taken by the Context Camera aboard Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

World’s Largest K-12 Science Competition

Subscribe to Connected Science Learning
Sign up now to receive Connected Science Learning, a new, free e-journal bridging the worlds of formal and informal science education. The first issue, to be launched on March 15, will focus on successful formal/informal science education collaborations, including Urban Advantage Denver, Omaha's Zoo Academy, and the STEM Pathways Program in Minneapolis.

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12. Students will choose one of three topics and write an essay about why they think an image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Essays must be under 500 words.

Student Climate Research Internship in New York City
The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative is a summer internship opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to work directly with NASA scientists in a NASA research project associated with the science related to climate change. High school interns will work for 40 hours per week for a six-week period in the summer session and undergraduate students work full time for eight weeks to complete a research project. Applications are due March 1, 2016

SOHO's Birthday Image Contest
SOHO’s 20th birthday was Dec 2! Join @NASASunEarth to vote for your favorite SOHO image.

2016 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to a place to work for a few months and go home.The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for K-12 students throughout in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2016.


2016 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
The Texas Space Grant Consortium has established a new Educator STEM Scholarship Program. These $1,500 scholarships are intended to recognize teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at a TSGC member institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor's degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.


Careers in Mining
Careers in mining offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the opportunity to make a difference. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects) are used by mining professionals throughout the industry. Listen to these interviews to see how interest in STEM subjects can lead to a rewarding career in the mining industry.

Free "NASA’s Journey to Mars" Planetarium/Dome Show
"NASA's Journey to Mars" is a short planetarium presentation that can be used in the educational domes of your school district, as well as local planetariums, to inspire interest in STEM. Learn how you can acquire the show for use in your area.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last.

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
The Mars Survival Kit is a collection of educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Online Tool: Climate Inspector
The Climate Inspector is an interactive Web application that builds on GIS mapping and graphing capabilities to visualize projected temperature and precipitation changes throughout the 21st century. With the Climate Inspector, users can explore how temperature and precipitation may change to investigate climate changes around the globe and through time; inspect climate trends, variability, and uncertainty; and download maps and data at approximately 1° spatial resolution.

New Traveling Exhibit - Protecting Our Home
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute has a new traveling library exhibit available for loan. The exhibit, Protecting our Home, discusses the threat of impacts from asteroids, the damage they can cause, and how scientists are studying asteroids to better understand how to mitigate potential impacts from space.

NASA Space Place Website: Play Helios!
The sun generates all that heat, light, and other energy from fusion. Protons and neutrons smash together in a reaction that releases lots of energy. Experience the excitement for yourself in Helios, a game about fusion on NASA Space Place.


Planetary Exploration in Science Education
Educators can engage students of all ages in planetary exploration, connecting them to current research and the reasons for exploring. In this edition of Universe in the Classroom, learn about the variety of ways planetary scientists explore the solar system, and how to actively engage learners in modeling the differences in data quality depending on the technology used to explore.

Hottest Heaviest Double Star Nearing Catastrophe
Astronomers say these two giant stars that are touching may merge to form a single giant star or form a double black hole.