A new edition of the LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter is now available online. Find out about educator workshops and courses, grants and awards, special events, and ways to get involved.
The Geological Society of London has an online interactive resource on plate tectonics and other key geoscience topics. It is a quick and colorful way to explain a fundamental of geologic science.
Join us for the next SkyFest event on Saturday, May 10. There will be night sky viewing at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society. View Jupiter and Mars through telescopes and learn about the solar system through hands-on activities. This free public event will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.
The 2014 Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest encourages students to discover the world and its ongoing changes through the lens of a camera, taking note of the shifting landscape around them. Students in grades 5 – 8 are invited to take a photograph of something that is changing in their local natural environment and write a short essay about the photograph. The photo can be taken anytime April 14 and 25. Entries and entry forms must be received by email or postmarked by May 16, 2014.
The Scale of Discovery is a dynamic, multi-site workshop taking place Saturday, April 26. This professional development workshop will feature presentations by mission scientists and engineers, hands-on events, and resource materials. Can’t make it to one of the workshop locations? Watch presentations via the event’s free webinar. Register online by April 15.
CalTech is offering a free online course, The Science of the Solar System. Featuring CalTech’s Michael Brown, the course will explore the solar system using concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. Dr. Brown will share the latest from Mars, explore the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in the universe. And the course is free! Sessions begin March 31.
Announcing NASA’s 26th annual Planetary Science Summer School. Three sessions take place this summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Preference is given to post-docs, recent PhD’s and current doctoral students, and applications from masters-level students or faculty members will be considered on a space-available basis. Deadline to apply is April 1.
A Planetary Science Undergraduate Teaching Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the Spring Room at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). This year a suite of teaching resources for your undergraduate classroom with be featured including EarthSpace (an online repository for higher education materials in Earth and space science), strategies for using social media to connect and share with your education communities, and techniques for assessment that will support and help share the story of your education efforts. Please contact Sanlyn Buxner with questions at email@example.com.
The Lunar and Planetary Institute is conducting professional development sessions at the Harris County Department of Education in Houston, Texas, for elementary and middle school educators. Sessions will be held in December, January and February, and will cover patterns in the sky, Earth’s changing surface, the solar system and seasons, lunar phases and tides, and characteristics of the universe. Advanced registration is required, and spaces are limited.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics presents a 14-minute video demonstration of the various apps available on iOS and Google Play for viewing the night sky. These apps can be used as an aid when outside or from inside on a cloudy night. Explore the night sky from your smart phone and tablet.