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Calendar in the Sky Webinar: Day of the Dead
The origins of this modern holiday have connections to astronomical events, especially to seasonal cycles of the Sun. During this Webinar (Sept 26) Calendar in the Sky will examine the astronomical origins of some of the Maya and other cultural traditions associated with Day of the Dead.

Free NASA Mars Education Conference in Arizona
Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Looking for ideas on how to integrate and take advantage of current, natural events using NGSS practices into your classroom teaching? Are you curious how NASA themes can fit into your curriculum to help you engage your students’ interest? Mars will have a very close encounter with a comet Siding Spring shortly! Dr. Richard Zurek, Mars Program Chief Scientist from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will give teachers the latest information about how NASA will address this challenging natural event.

Free Small Bodies Workshop in Tucson
There will be a free workshop for science educators of grades 5-12 on small bodies in the solar system in conjunction with the Division of Planetary Sciences annual meeting! "Small Worlds: Big Discoveries" will discuss how asteroids and comets have shaped our understanding of the history and evolution of our solar system. When: Sunday, November 9, 8:30am- 5:00pm (lunch included) Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson, Arizona. Registration closes Oct. 24.

Houston Mars Rover Celebration Teacher Workshops
These two workshops (Sept. 20 & 27) at the University of Houston will help teachers to prepare their students for the 2015 Mars Rover Celebrations. The Sept. 20 workshop covers the basics of Mars science; Sept. 27 covers the revised curriculum materials and provides examples of the inquiry based acticivites.