The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has an archive of their “STEM in 30” program presentations online. The program consists of live, fast-paced, 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in STEM for students. Archived presentations cover a variety of space-related topics. Stay tuned for more dates and topics.
The next SkyFest will take place on International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. There will be hands-on activities and night sky viewing of the Moon. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. Mark your calendar and make plans to join us.
Planetary Maps for Children is a set of maps illustrating the planetary bodies of the Solar System. The maps are available from the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography in Hungarian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Italian, Romani, and English.
Applications are being accepted now for 2015 fall session NASA internships. NASA internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and educators. Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA’s missions. Mentors can be civil servants, contractors, or faculty conducting activities directly related to NASA’s unique assets and ongoing mission activities. The deadline to apply is May 31.
Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, May 9, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm for the next SkyFest event, “i C Ceres: The Dawn Mission Arrives at Ceres.” There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be viewing of the night sky. The event is free and open to explorers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult the entire time they are visiting the LPI.
Registration is now open for the next Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series presentation. Dr. Britney Schmidt of the Georgia Institute of Technology will present “The Europa Report: A Report” on April 9 at 7:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend. Join us at the LPI for this educational and entertaining event.
April 2015 is Hubble Space Telescope Month. The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing six 1-hour webinars during the month of April to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Educators are invited to attend and learn how to incorporate exciting images, videos, and activities into classroom instruction for students of all ages. Register online.
“What is our place in the Universe?” Throughout human history, astronomy has repeatedly overthrown our understanding of this question and new telescopes and astronomers continue to do so. Join Jason Kalirai of the Space Telescope Science Institute on April 1 at 6:30 pm EDT as he explores 6,000 years of human astronomy, showcases the biggest discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope, including some of his own work, and ponders current mysteries of the Universe that may be unlocked by NASA’s next flagship telescopes. This talk is open to the public and accessible to all ages. It will be webcast for those who cannot attend. Find out more online and register soon.