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January 1 - December 31, 2015 Hubble Space Telescope's 25th Anniversary

January 1 - December 31, 2015 International Year of Light

March 6, 2015 Dawn Mission arrives at Ceres--largest asteroid

March 20, 2015 Spring Equinox--the first day of spring

April 4, 2015 Total Lunar Eclipse

April 22, 2015 Earth Day

July 14, 2015 New Horizons mission flies by Pluto


Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute
This week-long professional development opportunity, takes place July 20-24. Participants will explore the benefits of using historical primary sources in the science classroom, particularly around the nature of science, the practices of scientists, and the relationship between science and society.Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC, and any required overnight accommodations. Application deadline: March 24, 2015.

The Design of Discovery Workshop
In this K-12 professional development workshop, participants will explore the stories behind amazing NASA missions, from initial concept to science results, with the people who make the missions a reality. Discover how scientists, engineers, and mission operators collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure that science goals will be met. Hear the latest on emerging science from the New Horizons mission as it begins to return images of Pluto, and follow Dawn as it nears orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. Be the first to learn a new guided engineering, maker-based "design a mission" project to help students understand the relationship between scientific objectives and the engineering and design process. The workshop will be held at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.


I C Ceres
As the Dawn mission explores the dwarf planet Ceres, there will be a Space Science Festival with activities and presentations on May 9, 2015; events will be occuring around the US, and communities are invited to host their own event.


Imagine Ceres: What will we find?
What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How and when do you imagine that Ceres formed? Send your imaginations in the form of art, music, poetry, video, or other, to the Dawn Mission education team.


Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The PAEMST program announces that the 2014-2015 application period for 7-12 grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers is now open! Please consider nominating a talented teacher or applying yourself. The nomination deadline is April 1, and the application deadline is May 1. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

ING Unsung Heroes Program's Class Project Awards
Each year, one hundred K-12 educators are selected to receive awards of $2,000 each to help fund their innovative class projects. Of the one hundred finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system. Application deadline: April 30 2015.


2015 Celestial/NASA Mission Events Resources
From eclipses to meteor showers to spacecraft encounters, there is always something happening in our solar system! These events present opportunities for educators to share the excitement of space science and exploration with their audiences. Resources are available through LPI's "Look Up" site for these events.