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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


The 2016 DREAM2Explore teacher professional development workshop will take place July 11-15 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Grade 6-9 science teachers are invited to participate in this free workshop focused on lunar and planetary science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars is growing and changing with new data from current and recent planetary missions. In-service and pre-service science teachers are encouraged to apply.

Lunar Workshop for Educators
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission is sponsoring a free workshop on June 27-July 1 in Greenbelt, Maryland for grade 6-9 science teachers. The week-long workshop focuses on lunar science and exploration, complete with tours, presentations and a lunch with NASA scientists, tons of hands-on activities, pedagogical discussions about how effectively to share lunar science with your students and more! Stipends amounts of $500 are available for those who need financial assistance to participate (first-come, first-served basis).

Summer Houston Chemistry Workshop
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.


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.


One Shared Place' Contest: Educator-Student Videos
AGI is pleased to invite teams of educators and students to enter its new "One Shared Place" contest. Each team will submit a 30- to 90-second original video informing viewers about an outdoor place that is special in terms of geoheritage (natural features, settings, and resources formed over vast periods) and geoscience (the study of Earth systems).

GLOBE El Niño Field Campaign and Webinar Series
To help educators prepare for the El Niño Campaign, GLOBE is hosting a series of free education webinars to discuss the mechanics of the campaign, give updates on data collection, and give participants the opportunity to learn science content from experts. Several dates to choose from.

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.

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.

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


National Park's Science Minute Movies
Science Minute Movies profile staff in eight Pacific Northwest national parks and offer behind-the-scenes looks at science in action.

Faces of Earth - Building the Planetx
Prepare to witness the explosion that formed planet Earth, and travel back in time to explore the evolution of the Earth we know today. See new technologies that allow today's geoscientists to strip back layers of the Earth, to see what previously could only be imagined. This is episode 1 of the 4 part Faces of Earth series.

PLAN!T NOW - Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure
PLAN!T NOW's Young Meteorologist Program takes students on a severe weather preparedness adventure where they encounter lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms - all while learning about severe weather science and safety. Young Meteorologists are shown opportunities to put their knowledge to work in hands-on activities and community service projects. Players who complete the game earn a Young Meteorologist Certificate.

Lab Out Loud: Exploding Supernovae and Robotic Telescopes
Andy Howell, a scientist at Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) and Adjunct Faculty in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, talks about studying supernovae, his work with robotic telescopes, and how science really happens.

Cretaceous Impact Resources
Online activities for grades 5-12: *Impact Craters and the KT Boundary *Changes Over Time - Microfossils in Blake’s Nose *Cretaceous Impact Kit (can be used for grades 5-8, 9-12, and informal education) *Blast from the Past poster

DLESE Teaching Boxes
DLESE Teaching Boxes are free, online classroom-ready instructional units created by a collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers - focusing on gathering and analyzing scientific evidence. Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis from multiple lines of evidence, and engaging students in the process of science.

Curriculum Collections
The Curriculum Collections from the American Museum of Natural History offers activities, articles, videos, and more. Topics include biodiversity, deep sea vents, polar climate change, and more.


NASA’s Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns on a Super-Earth
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of a super-Earth planet -- a rocky planet nearly two times as big as ours. The map reveals extreme temperature swings from one side of the planet to the other, and hints that a possible reason for this is the presence of lava flows.

Flowing Lava on Distant Planet
Astronomers have new data suggesting that planet 55 Cancri e (which orbits a star 40 light years away from our solar system), may have flowing lava circulating the heat across its surface.

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.