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.
The winter solstice is approaching. Find out everything you need to know about the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere from EarthSky.
As a resource for the higher education audience, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a series of slide sets designed to bring recent NASA discoveries to the college-level non-major introductory astronomy classroom. These Astro 101 slide sets compile short, topical presentations on new developments from NASA SMD Astrophysics missions relevant to Astronomy 101 topics, including “Debris Belts Around Vega” and “Black Holes in M38.”
Informal science educators at museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, Challenger Learning Centers, observatories, zoos, aquariums, parks, and nature centers who wish to share NASA information with their visitors are invited to join the Museum Alliance. The Museum Alliance is intended to bring current NASA Science and Technology to visitors through professional development of the museums’ staff, advance notice of NASA events, and provision of materials such as visualizations, access to NASA experts, educational materials, etc. It’s a free service that only requires that you be a staff member at one of the above types of institutions, respect all embargoes on pre-released news items, and report on a quarterly basis how the information is used.