Monthly Archives: June 2013

Geologic Time Scale Online Exhibit

Take a journey back through the history of the Earth through the University of California Museum of Paleontology’s online exhibit Geologic Time Scale. Jump to a specific time period using the time scale and examine ancient life, climates, and geography, or start in the Cenozoic Era (65.5 million years ago to the present) and work back through time, or start with Hadean time (4.6 to 4 billion years ago) and journey forward to the present day. Additional information about plate tectonics and the geologic time scale’s origins and time divisions is included.

LunGradCon 2013

The fourth annual Lunar Graduate Conference (LunGradCon 2013) will be held virtually on July 10, 2013.

LunGradCon 2013 will address the three main research areas of the NASA Lunar Science Institute:
Of the Moon: Investigations of the nature and history of the Moon (including research on lunar samples) to learn about this specific object and thereby provide insights into the evolution of our solar system.
On the Moon: Investigations of the effects of the lunar environment on terrestrial life and the equipment that supports lunar inhabitants, and the effects of robotic and human presence on the lunar environment.
From the Moon: Use of the Moon as a platform for performing scientific investigations, including observations of the Earth and other celestial phenomena that are uniquely enabled by being on the lunar surface.

LunGradCon 2013 will also present opportunities for social networking among conference participants and senior scientists and engineers from NASA ARC and the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Registration for LunGradCon 2013 will be open until June 15, 2013.

Explore! for Informal Science Educators

Explore! is designed to engage children in space and planetary science in the library and informal learning environments.

The Explore! website provides hands-on activities and supporting resources such as presentations, recommended books, and online resources for librarians and other informal educators. These products can be used to engage children of all ages in the wonders of our solar system, staying healthy in space, and more. The materials are free for educational use and designed specifically for the library setting and informal educational venues. The hands-on activities are designed to be easy to do and vary in length from 30 minutes to two hours, topics are flexible, and families are invited to share and learn together. Explore! also provides opportunities for partnering libraries with volunteer groups, local businesses, community programs, and schools.

Programming Librarian

A project of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Programming Librarian, is the premier online resource for all things related to presenting cultural and community programs for all types and sizes of libraries. Librarians from public, academic, special, and school libraries stay connected with the latest programming initiatives and resources through Programming Librarian. Check out their library, blog, grant and job listings, online learning opportunities and archives, and monthly e-newsletter.

Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth Competition

The Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth competition is a creative building competition where the LEGO Group and NASA invite the fans of LEGO ReBrick to a building competition.

To participate in this building challenge, find out about the missions NASA has planned through the 2030s. Pick one and build a LEGO model out of your own imagination. Your LEGO creation does not need to be a scientifically correct model (though you are welcome to build that too), but you have to document the relationship between a future NASA mission and your model.

The competition begins June 5, 2013, and the submission period ends July 31, 2013. Winners will be announced September 1, 2013. Check out the official rules and start building!

NASA CORE is Closing

The NASA-sponsored Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) is closing. CORE has been operated through a cooperative agreement with Lorain County Joint Vocational School in Oberlin, Ohio. The cooperative agreement, which provides funding for CORE, ends on June 30, 2013. Final orders through CORE should be submitted no later than June 9, 2013.

A wide variety of NASA educational materials, video clips, and links to other NASA educational websites can be found using the NASA education materials finder. Educators can also contact the NASA Field Center Educator Resource Center that serves their state concerning the availability of educational materials.

Exploration Design Challenge

The goal of the Exploration Design Challenge is for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Protecting astronauts from radiation on these distant travels is an important — and very real — problem that needs solving. NASA would like your help. Check out the challenges for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.