Category Archives: Education

2014-2015 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

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The entire lineup for the 2014-2015 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series has been announced. The films that will be discussed during our look at “Science” on the Silver Screen are Gravity, The Core, Contact, and Europa Report. The season wraps up with Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute asking, “Movie Science: Who Cares if It’s Wrong?”

All presentations will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and begin at 7:30 pm. A light reception and an opportunity to meet the speaker will follow. The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Join us.

Solar System Ambassadors Program

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The NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program invites you to apply to become an ambassador to the public for calendar year 2015. The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public engagement effort accomplished by space enthusiast volunteers across the nation who communicate NASA’s exciting discoveries and plans for future exploration of the solar system and beyond to general public audiences. The deadline for applying is September 30, 2014.

Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters

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The book “Getting a Feel for Lunar Craters” was created with the NASA Lunar Science Institute and features tactile diagrams of the lunar surface designed to educate the blind and visually impaired about the wonders of Earth’s moon. The first reprintings of this publication have run out, but a text-only version and an audio file of the book are available to download.

MAVEN Teacher Workshop

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Teachers, are your students obsessed with space? Looking for curriculum that blends science content and literacy skills? NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN)presents Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! A workshop for elementary teachers and educators.

MAVEN, the next Mars mission, arrives at Mars on September 21. This workshop will include a special appearance from Max Goes to Mars author, Jeffrey Bennet, dinner and lectures by MAVEN scientists, followed by a NASATV broadcast of the arrival. The event will take place on Sunday, September 21, from 1:00 to 8:30 pm at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), Space Sciences Building, 3665 Discovery Dr., Boulder, Colorado 80303. The registration fee is only $20 and covers coffee, snacks and dinner. Register online by September 15.

National Community College Aerospace Scholars

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Community college students from across the nation are invited to apply to become National Community College Aerospace Scholars. Students who dream of having a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) career can learn more about what NASA does and how to become a part of the exciting future of space exploration. Details are available online, and there will be two informational webinars on August 11 at 9 am and 4 pm CDT. Applications are due August 18.

Humans in Space Art Video Challenge

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The Humans in Space Art Video Challenge is on! The Humans in Space Art Program and NASA’s International Space Station Program together invite college students and early career professionals to take a journey with us. Through the international Humans in Space Art Challenge, we invite you to explore “How will humans use space science, and technology to benefit humanity?” and to express your answer creatively in a video three minutes long or less. The deadline to submit a video is  November 15, 2014.