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February 22, 2020 Sky Fest: Venus and Volcanism

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


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


Calling for presenters - Greater Houston Area STEM Conference: "STEM Innovations and Impact on Educational Communities"
UHCL's College of Education would like to invite you to join us at our STEM conference, "STEM Innovations and Impact on Educational Communities" on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Texas STEM Conference
The Texas STEM Coalition Conference brings together over 1,100 STEM educators to learn about cutting-edge technologies, STEM best practices, innovative approaches to teaching & learning, successful partnership strategies, and more.

SkyFest: Venus and Volcanism
The next free SkyFest event at Lunar and Planetary Institute is "Venus and Volcanism" on February 22, 2020. Come join us for hands-on activities about the hottest planet in the solar system, and the small, huge, and unique volcanoes that can be found on Earth and other worlds!


The NASA WEAR Challenge
A NASA student design challenge for wearable technologies, is a nationwide challenge for middle and high school age students. Formal and informal education institutions may participate in this challenge. Top teams will be invited to participate in a culminating event at a NASA center. Join the Artemis Generation and accept the challenge today!

Citizen Science Project: Silent Earth
This project uses your smartphone to make sound level measurements. The goal is to discover the quietest outdoor places in your town, rural location, or as you go about your travels and vacations.

Opportunity in Statistics Research with National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics is seeking applicants for a one-year opportunity to conduct statistics research, analysis and data visualization.


Edward C. Roy Jr. Award For Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching
The purpose of this award is to honor the memory of Dr. Edward C. Roy Jr., who was a past president of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), a professor at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a recipient of both the Ian Campbell Medal and the Heroy Distinguished Service Award.

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented annually to two educators, one elementary and one secondary, who instill in their students the skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects.

The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Science Competition
The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision science competition encourages K-12 students to imagine what technology might be like in the future while experiencing scientific process and discovery in an engaging, hands-on way. Let’s empower the next generation of inventors, scientists and leaders.

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.


Polar Educatprs International
PEI is a vibrant network promoting polar education and research to a global community. By fostering dialogue and collaboration between educators and researchers, PEI aims to highlight and share the global relevance of the polar regions with the broader community. Join PEI to be a part of this growing global network!

Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms
WGBH in collaboration with NASA presents digital media resources you can use to teach topics in K–12 Earth and Space Science.

EarthDate: A New Resource for Science Teachers
EarthDate is a resource for science teachers, especially teachers of the earth sciences. EarthDate features two-minute audio programs covering an array of topics related to the Earth, everything from water and atmospheric systems to life on our planet over millennia and current geological and weather events.

Solar Week Toolkit
Solar Week, a week of online lessons, games and hands-on activities about the Sun for grades 5-9 or ages 9-14, happens twice a year, approximately mid-to-late March and mid-to-late October.

Lunar and Planetary Bulletin - July 2019 Issue 157
This newsletter explores issues related to planetary science and exploration.

Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program
The Solar System Ambassadors (SSA) program works with motivated volunteers across the nation to share the latest science and discoveries of NASA's missions through a variety of events that inspire their communities.


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!

Using radar data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, recently published research presents a new scenario to explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high.