Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lab Out Loud

Lab Out Loud is a podcast and blog that discusses science news and science education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field. The podcast, hosted by science teachers Dale Basler and Brian Bartel, covers a variety of topics in science and science education–the latest episode is Episode 95, Helping Students Imagine Mars.

Support for Lab Out Loud is provided by the National Science Teachers Association.

Fly Along with Voyager

The public can fly along with NASA’s Voyager spacecraft as the twin probes head towards interstellar space, the space between stars. NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System program, a Web-based, video-game-like tool to journey with NASA’s spacecraft through the solar system, has added a Voyager module that takes viewers along for a ride with Voyager 1 as it explores the outer limits of the heliosphere. Time has been sped up to show one day per second. Rolls and other maneuvers are incorporated into the program, based on actual spacecraft navigation data. The charged particle data are also shown.

MyMoon Webcast with Brian Day

Join the conversation with Brian Day and learn more about the next NASA mission to the Moon, LADEE. New discoveries find the Moon a far more exciting place than we previously thought. This August, NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) — part of the new generation of robotic lunar explorers) — will launch from Wallops Flight Facility, and orbit the Moon! This mission will be the FIRST launch of the new Minotaur V rocket and will provide us with a greater understanding of the structure of the very thin lunar atmosphere and dust within it. LADEE will also provide opportunities for you to get involved through citizen science and observations during the mission. Come with questions and be prepared to learn how YOU can get involved!

The MyMoon webcast will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 8 pm EDT.

The Franklin Institute’s Case Files

The Franklin Institute presents “The Case Files” online, highlighting individuals from the history of science and technology. Each thematic group of case files begins with commentary from a distinguished historian of the discipline. All contain scans of related newspaper clippings, personal letters, book excerpts, and more, and some have podcasts. Topics include computing, transportation, cosmic inquiry, energy and communications.

The Engines of Our Ingenuity Turns 25

The Engines of Our Ingenuity turns 25 this year. Engines is a radio program that tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. Written and hosted by John Lienhard and other contributors, it is heard nationally on Public Radio and produced by KUHF-FM Houston. Among other features, this website houses the transcripts for every episode heard since the show’s inception in 1988. There are also lots of extras, such as audio files, episodes in Spanish, and related talks and papers.

HubbleSource

HubbleSource is a growing collection of resources for educators, developers, interpreters, producers, and other professionals in museums, planetaria, nature centers, observatory and park visitor centers, and other free-choice learning venues. Its products and resources include exhibits and shows, source material, events and services. HubbleSource is part of the public outreach effort at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Online Books from NSSDC

The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC), NASA’s permanent archive for space science mission data, has made available a large number of online books about planetary and lunar science and exploration. Their collection covers the planets of the solar system, manned and unmanned missions, Apollo documents, NASA history, technology, and more.

Aerospace Education Services Project Webinars

The Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP), NASA’s longest-running K-12 education project, is offering free webinars open to all educators. There is no software to download and no special equipment is required to interact. Just go to the meeting room URL and use your name to sign in as a guest. Certificates of completion are available to participants. All webinars are hosted at https://meeting.psu.edu/neon.

Upcoming AESP webinars will feature the following topics: Space Faring, the Kepler Mission, Robotics, Engineering Design, Rockets, the Solar System, Mars, and the Sun.