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May 11, 2019 Astronomy Day

June 21, 2019 Summer Solstice: First Day of Summer

July 20, 2019 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

July 1 - August 30, 2020 Mars 2020 scheduled to launch

 

NASA Professional Development Webinars
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for these free 60-minute webinars. Online registration is required.

2019 K-8 Earth Science/STEM Teacher Leadership Academy
The American Geosciences Institute invites school administrators to nominate teachers for the American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academy. Nominated K-8 teachers can apply to attend a week-long academy at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This summer’s academy will be held in Houston, Texas July 7-12, 2019. Academy-related travel, lodging, and subsistence costs will be reimbursed though a grant from ExxonMobil.

 

SkyFest May 18: Space Tech
All are welcome to join us at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, May 18 (10 am - 12 pm) for this free family event, with hands-on activities to learn how technology is used to explore the solar system!

LPI May 9 presentation "InSight into Planetary Interiors"
Please join us on May 9 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute for "InSight into Planetary Interiors" by InSight mission Principle Investigator Dr. Bruce Banerdt. This year's Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series theme is "The LPI at 50: A Half Century of Solar System Exploration." Each free presentation begins at 7:30 pm and is followed by a reception. Presentations are also live-streamed.

10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall
Take a free guided tour of the sky at the 10th Annual Astronomy Festival sponsored by Hofstra University. The festival will feature solar, optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and star clusters; hands-on demonstrations, activities and videos; a planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome; speakers from scientific and educational organizations; and a chance to meet astronomers. Join the celebration June 22, 6-11 p.m. EDT on the National Mall.

Global Launch
Join the celebration around the world and launch your rocket with Space Camp’s Global Launch on July 16, 2019! Whether you’re launching ignition rockets, stomp rockets, balloon rockets, or just simple straw rockets, you can take part in the celebration!

Explore Moon to Mars: Map of Events and Exhibits
Check out nationwide opportunities to learn about Moon missions--past, present and future! Add your own public events and find others in your community.

NASA Science Live
Take a behind-the-scenes look at NASA via a new monthly television series. The first episode - To the Moon, and Beyond- airs February 27and explores lunar science past, present, and future. Submit questions using #askNASA.

2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
The Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) takes place July 24-26, 2019 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

 

NASA’s App Development Challenge
NASA’s App Development Challenge gives middle and high school students the opportunity to develop an app that can visualize three minutes of simulated data in support of NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 flight test. Team submissions will be considered for an all-expenses-paid trip to a NASA field center. Round 1 participation concludes with video submissions on May 1.

GLOBE Observer: Measure Trees
Be citizen scientists for NASA by measuring trees with NASA GLOBE Observer’s latest in-app tool: Trees. It’s an easy and meaningful way to be a part of real NASA science.

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLES Challenge)
NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites teams of students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot. Organizations will run the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge locally to select a team to advance to the nearest regional challenge hub. The top team at each regional challenge hub will earn the grand prize of a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!

Humans in Space Youth Art Competition!
The SciArt Exchange invites young people 10-18 years old to submit visual, literary, musical and video artwork about what we will do on the Moon and why it is important. Entries are due April 30, 2019. For more information, please contact contests@SciArtEx.org.

 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
The 2018-2019 nomination window for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program is now open. Teachers of grades 7-12 mathematics and science are encouraged to sign up to apply. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The 2018-2019 nomination window will close on March 1, 2019. The application window will be open until May 1, 2019.

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.

 

Astrobiology Lesson Plans for K-12
Astrobiology lesson plans with rationale, objectives, materials, instructions, assessments, reflections, standards, grade levels, and evaluations. The activities range in age and grade level, allowing for variations and optional add-ons. The lesson plans cover a variety of topics including extraterrestrials, the Seagar equation, the Drake equation, exoplanets, life’s essentials, NASA exploration, and NASA scientists.

Recordings from 50th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Recordings of many of the special sessions and events at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference are available to watch online, including the NASA Headquarters briefing, the Masursky Lecture by Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison H. ("Jack") Schmitt, and the special session on 50 Years of Planetary Science.

Summer of Space by STAR Net
STAR Net’s "Summer of Space" website provides public librarians with valuable tools to help your summer learning program achieve great success. Public Libraries can register and become eligible to receive additional STEM resources, build partnerships between libraries, enter to win valuable giveaways, and get in contact with space experts.

The Art in Earth
Utilize a collection of the best images from Earth-observing satellites, with short science explanations for each image in hardcover, ebook, or the interactive website. Learn more about NASA's Earth science programs, find other NASA ebooks to add to your library, and explore NASA’s Worldview for more Earth data and art.

STAR Net's "Summer of Space"
In the summer of 2019, 16,000 libraries across the country will celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs. The slogan "A Universe of Stories" was chosen by library professionals. This site includes a information and links to resources and activities to assist libraries in their planning.

Apollo Anniversary Resources by NISE Network
These NASA and other resources and links have been assembled by the NISE Network for museums and science centers.

LPI Apollo Anniversary Resources
Founded at the height of the Apollo program in 1968, the Lunar and Planetary Institute is proud to share our Apollo and lunar resources with the world as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo and look to the future.