Enhance geology education with Schoolyard Geology from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This website helps explore geological features found in a typical schoolyard through activities and examples of what to look for, creating a rich geologic experience.
Join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute on Saturday, February 21, from 1 – 3 pm for the next SkyFest event, “Our Star, The Sun!” There will be hands-on activities, and, with assistance from the JSC Astronomical Society, there will be daytime viewing of the Sun through telescopes with special filters. 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.
Interested in using accurate science fiction stories to teach or reinforce astronomy and physics concepts? Astronomy professor Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, has compiled a list that may be helpful.
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 interactive exhibitions are designed to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for all ages. Each exhibition will travel to eight sites in 2016 and 2017. Application deadline is April 7, 2015.
The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) announces the 2016 Grants for Student Research in Mineralogy and Petrology. Students, including graduate and undergraduate students, are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is June 1, and the next award will be made in January 2016.
Space Center Houston announces the Mars Trekker Global Teen Summit, an international conference with unique simulated experiences that allow teens ages 13-17 to explore topics of clean water, renewable energy, food and nutrition in the development of a sustainable community for global citizens on Mars. The summit will be held June 15-20 at Space Center Houston, the NASA Johnson Space Center’s official visitor center, in Houston, Texas. Registration deadline is May 14.
NASA’s annual Space Settlement Contest is underway. The competition is open to all students grades 7th through 12th from anywhere in the world. Details and rules can be found online. All submissions must be received by March 1.
The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) is hosting the following teacher workshops presented by Christine Shupla of the Lunar and Planetary Institute:
January 14 – Moon Mania: Lunar Phases and Tides (register by January 13)
February 5 – Weather and Climatic Interactions (register by February 4)
February 11 – Our Celestial Neighborhood (register by February 10)
The European Space Agency (ESA) has made available the first Rosetta-related teaching resource for the primary level, targeted at children between the ages of 8 and 11. The resource, Our Solar System: Teacher’s Guide and Pupil Activities, can be found online.
From eclipses to meteor showers to spacecraft encounters, there is always something happening in our solar system! There are also many annual celebrations of Earth and space. These events present opportunities for educators to share the excitement of space science and exploration with their audiences. A list of events taking place in 2015 is available on the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore! Calendar webpage.