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April 18, 2020 Sky Fest: Earth Day

April 22, 2020 Earth Day

June 27, 2020 Sky Fest: Asteroids and Planetary Defense

July 17, 2020 Mars 2020 scheduled to launch

July 18, 2020 Sky Fest: Mars 2020 and Astrobiology


Webcast Details 'Focus Days' of Earth Science Week
What does Earth Science Week 2020 have in store for you? Each day during the week, you can focus on a different area of Earth science. Go online today to view a free webcast about the "Focus Days" of this year's celebration: • International EarthCache Day (Sunday, October 11) • Earth Science Literacy Day (Monday, October 12) • Earth Observation Day (Tuesday, October 13) • National Fossil Day (Wednesday, October 14) • Geoscience for Everyone Day (Thursday, October 15) • Geologic Map Day (Friday, October 16) • International Archaeology Day (Saturday, October 17)

Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP)
Taught by Texas A&M physics and astronomy faculty and master high school physics teachers, the MIPEP curriculum focuses on clarifying fundamental physics concepts through problem-solving, hands-on demonstrations, and laboratory experiences.

NISE Network Online Workshops
The National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network runs a series of free online workshops as professional development opportunities for partners.


Sky Fest: Earth Day 50th Anniversary
Come join us for hands-on activities about the largest terrestrial planet in the solar system! All ages are welcome to this FREE event. Explore our planet as seen from space through hands-on activities. View Venus, the Orion Nebula and stars through telescopes. (weather permitting)


Get Involved With Art for National Fossil Day
Open to U.S. residents of any age, the contest focuses on the theme "Life of the Paleozoic Oceans." This theme is inspired by our 2020 National Fossil Day logo, which features the organisms of the Permian Reef of the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and New Mexico.

Explorers Wanted: Apply To Be an Astronaut
As we prepare to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. Applications are due March 31.

GLOBE Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the GLOBE Program, the NASA GLOBE Observer team is hosting a month-long citizen science challenge in April 2020. Volunteers are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app.

Be a Part of the Artemis Generation
NASA would like YOU—the Artemis Generation—to be a part of a new, custom-built 3D mosaic sculpture representing our lunar exploration plan to send the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024!


USRA Scholarship Awards
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, and aeronautics-related sciences.

Toshiba Grants for Grades 6-12
Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students.

NSTA Awards
NSTA Awards Programs honor teachers and principals from all grade levels for outstanding work; nominate yourself, a fellow teacher, or a student.

Toshiba Grants for K-5
K-5 grade teachers are invited to apply on-line for a $1,000 Toshiba America Foundation grant to help bring an innovative hands-on project into their own classroom. Grant applications are due on October 1st each year.

Donors Choose Teacher Grants
Donors Choose is funding teacher projects for all subject areas.

Motorola Solutions Foundation's Innovation Generation Grants
These grants support innovative, hands-on STEM programs serving K-university students and teachers in the United States.

Kinder Morgan Foundation Education Grants
$1,000 to $5,000 go to educational programs for K-12 youth in the United States and Canada in communities focusing in areas of academic programs, including tutoring, arts education programs, and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards.


Happy 50th Earth Day to our NASA eClips educators and friends!
This edition of the newsletter focuses on Earth Day. In addition to including an engineering design challenge and NASA eClips videos, the newsletter also includes: • NASA's GSFC Connect the Spheres: Earth Systems Interactions • GLOBE: Earth as a System Community • My NASA Data: Earth as a System

Explore the Universe with NASA at Home
Launch rockets, solve challenges, do real NASA science and more. Our online activities and other content are engaging for kids, adults and the whole family. Be your own explorer at home – the universe is waiting.

IRIS Reaches Students at 'Teachable Moments'
IRIS offers a set of online resources - Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments - dealing with recent events of interest to seismologists, such as the magnitude-7.7 earthquake between Cuba and Jamaica on January 28, 2020. View PowerPoint presentations, animations, and visualizations, as well as links to Spanish-language materials and USGS data. Additional resources address other quakes worldwide

The 'Critical Zone': Explore with CZOs
The CZOs program is a National Science Foundation-supported interdisciplinary effort that serves the international scientific community through research, infrastructure, data, and models. The aim is to enhance scientific understanding of what happens in the "critical zone" where chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes shape Earth's surface and support terrestrial life.

Earth Science Week Adds Geoscience to Earth Day
Educators and young people worldwide will celebrate Earth Day 2020 on April 22 with activities, experiments, and investigations exploring how our world works - and those in the know will be tapping the wealth of education resources available through Earth Science Week.

NASA Express - STEM Connection
Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

"The Astro-Not-Yets Explore Sound" Storybook
A short story helps young students learn about sound, vibrations and NASA's Commercial Crew Program that will launch astronauts from Florida to the International Space Station.


Some ‘superpuff’ exoplanets may actually be ringed worlds like Saturn
Some puzzling planets called superpuffs could be Saturns in disguise. These exoplanets appear very large given their masses, suggesting that they have densities like cotton candy. Astronomers have struggled to explain how these planets could have turned out so fluffy (SN: 11/30/15).

The Disk of the Milky Way is Warped Because it Already Collided With Another Galaxy
For decades, astronomers have been trying to understand why the Milky Way galaxy is warped the way it is. In recent years, astronomers have theorized that it could be our neighbors, the Magellanic Clouds, that are responsible for this phenomenon.

Salty Water on Early Mars could have Serve Earth-like Life
A new study confirms earlier inferences that the ancient lake waters in Mars’ Gale Crater may have been habitable for microbial life.

InSight reports that Mars is active with Quakes
InSight is a first-of-its-kind mission to study the interior of Mars while also monitoring surface conditions. The mission team recently reported in a set of six papers that Mars is active with quakes, dust devils, and magnetic pulses.

Comparing Mountains on the Moon to the Earth’s Peaks
NASA’s Artemis Program is planning to land astronauts on the Moon’s south pole. To prepare for this, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) is creating the Lunar South Pole Atlas (LSPA).

Introducing Perseverance: NASA’s Latest Mars Rover
NASA’s next mission that will land a rover on Mars is set to launch between July and August of this year. Until last week, the rover was known as Mars 2020. A nationwide naming campaign took place last August, challenging schoolchildren to come up with innovative names for the new rover; the winning name is Perseverance.