The NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest is going on now. This annual contest, open to all students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from anywhere in the world, is a competition of student-developed space settlement designs and related materials. Rules, guidelines, and submission information can be found online. All submissions must be received by March 1, 2016. Good luck!
Check out the Mars Survival Kit, lessons and activities to guide students’ exploration of Mars. There are activities for every level from K through 12.
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is accepting proposals for the 2016 Building STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) with Día mini-grants. The ALSC will award up to ten libraries $2,000 each to implement a Building a STEAM with Día program in their community. The project year for this grant is January 2016 through May 2016. For more information and to apply for a mini-grant, please visit the Building STEAM with Día mini-grants site. Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5 pm CT.
The education office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently relaunched its website with new capabilities and offerings for formal and informal educators, K-12 students and aspiring JPL interns and fellows. The updated website, called “NASA/JPL Edu,” features a growing assortment of educator and student activities and resources, events, internship programs and educational news and blogs.
Next week is Earth Science Week (October 11-17)! Check out the American Geosciences Institute’s Earth Science Week website for resources, events, and the latest news.
Did you miss the September Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation by Paul Schenk? A video of the lecture is now available online for viewing.
The American Astronautical Society has established the Sally Ride Excellence in Education Award to recognize an outstanding educator in either a) the delivery of space education or b) the use of space in STEM education. Both K-12 educators and college/graduate-level educators can be nominated. The deadline for 2015 nominations is October 31.
As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030’s, it is important to understand fact versus fiction about living on Mars. On Thursday, October 1, 2015, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will conduct a Journey to Mars Education Event called “So You Want to Be a Martian.” A curated panel discussion with KSC Director Bob Cabana, NASA’s Planetary Science Director, a NASA astronaut, a NASA botanist, and two stars from the movie “The Martian” will be hosted on NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Educators MUST sign up for this opportunity no later than Friday, September 18 at 3 pm EDT. The 90-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on October 1 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute announces workshops at Harris County Department of Education Science Center. These Earth and Space Science workshops for elementary and middle school teachers will be conducted in September and October 2015.