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.
Getting ready for next month’s International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)? A selection of InOMN event materials including Moon maps, statistics and other lunar resources have been compiled and are available online. InOMN is Saturday, September 19.
The USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in science or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education. Up to four scholarship awards are presented to undergraduate students each fall. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering, and applicants must be within two years of earning a BS degree in a field of science or engineering, including life science and science education, by the time the award is received. Apply online – the deadline is July 31.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance, invites public libraries to apply to host one of three science- and technology-focused traveling exhibitions. The exhibitions — which are ideal for small libraries, requiring only 200 square feet of display space — are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages. Apply to host a space, earth science or technology exhibition at your public library. Guidelines and an application can be found online.