Earth and Space Science News for Educators

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Calendar

May 13 - May 14, 2021
Cosmic Exploration Speakers Series: Dragonfly: Exploring an Organic-Rich Moon

August 12, 2021
Perseid Meteor Shower

October 16, 2021
Lucy mission launch to asteroids

October 16, 2021
International Observe the Moon Night

October 31, 2021
Launch of James Webb Space Telescope

November 1, 2021
Artemis 1 Launch

November 24, 2021
DART mission launch to asteroid

December 14, 2021
Geminid Meteor Shower

 

Workshops and Courses

Geoscience and STEM Teacher Leadership Academy for K-8 teachers
AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, and ExxonMobil Exploration are recruiting teachers for the 13th annual national Geoscience and STEM Teacher Leadership Academy for K-8 teachers. The 2021 academy will begin with an introductory webinar in early July, with the main academy experience taking place virtually July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 29. AGI welcomes applications from teachers from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the Department of Defense network. The application review process will begin April 1, 2021, and will continue until spaces are filled.

Geoscience and STEM Teacher Leadership Academy
AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, and ExxonMobil Exploration are recruiting teachers for the 13th annual national Geoscience and STEM Teacher Leadership Academy for K-8 teachers. The 2021 academy will begin with an introductory webinar in early July, with the main academy experience taking place virtually July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 29. AGI welcomes applications from teachers from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the Department of Defense network. The application review process will begin April 1, 2021, and will continue until spaces are filled.

NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop
This is a list of NASA's current and future events for educators, administrators, and science enthusiasts across all levels.

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

 

Events

Cosmic Exploration Speakers Series: Dragonfly: Exploring an Organic-Rich Moon
Join us as Dr. Melissa Trainer (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) describes NASA’s Dragonfly mission to Titan. This large icy moon of Saturn has a subsurface ocean of liquid water, methane lakes and rivers on the surface, and methane clouds and rain. Other more complex organics are formed in the atmosphere. Dragonfly is a rotorcraft with a sophisticated scientific payload, designed to take advantage of Titan's dense atmosphere by flying to and landing at different sites on this geologically complex moon. This revolutionary mission concept will enable scientists to characterize the habitability of Titan's environment, to investigate how far pre-life chemistry has progressed, and even to search for chemical signatures of life.

 

Get Involved

Student Research Opportunity
High school teachers seeking a research opportunity for their students during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to apply for the Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program. ExMASS is an academic year-long research program that envelops teams of students, paired with a scientist, in the process of science. At the end of the year, teams compete for a chance to present their research during the annual NASA Exploration Science Forum. Application deadline: May 15, 2021.

Send a Pledge to the Moon
Submit a Pledge of the Artemis Generation to Explore (PAGE). NASA is turning the page to a new chapter of human space exploration with Artemis missions to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. All schools, museums, youth serving organizations, universities and other STEM organizations in the United States and its territories are invited to send a recorded video pledge to the Moon aboard the Artemis I mission. NASA is accepting pledges until June 4 or until storage space is full, whichever happens first.

Apply to host a NASA-supported Webb Space Telescope Community Event
Are you interested in holding an in-person or virtual event as part of the Webb Space Telescope Community Events initiative? NASA can support museums, science centers, planetariums, public libraries, nature centers, visitor’s centers, zoos, art galleries, community centers, and other non-profit organizations that communicate or wish to communicate science to the public. Applications are due May 16, 2021

2021 Community Trees Challenge
The GLOBE Program invites everyone to participate as citizen scientists to observe, learn, engage, and create as they track their progress on the Trees Challenge Activity Tracker. You can choose the best journey for your interests, or try to complete all the activities. Work together as a family, as a group of friends, or independently. By completing these activities, you will improve your science observation skills, enrich your understanding of trees as part of our landscape, learn why NASA studies trees, be a part of a NASA-sponsored citizen science project, as well as join a citizen science community. Your observations of tree height contribute to a global database that is free and open so that anyone scientists, students, communities, and citizen scientists can conduct research.

The McDonald Observatory is offering more digital programming!
Students and teachers are invited to visit McDonald Observatory remotely from home or school for incredible educational experiences. Each program is 40 minutes long and requires a Zoom account for each connection. Thanks to support from the Friends of the McDonald Observatory and the Meyer-Levy Charitable Foundation, these programs are available at no cost to participants.

 

Grants and Awards

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.

 

Resources

Moon 101 Video Series
The Moon 101 series has recently been remade for a new generation of lunar explorers by The Aerospace Corporation. The 12-episode video collection provides a snapshot of the most important and exciting discoveries about our Moon. The concept originated from the Moon 101 Lecture Series developed by the late Dr. Paul Spudis at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI). The Moon 101 series features interviews with Apollo-era scientists and engineers telling their stories about how they reached the Moon and lessons learned.

Earth Day 2021 Classroom Resources
Bring the STEM celebration to the classroom with the Earth Day 2021 Toolkit filled with educational resources.

Explore Mars with JMARS
This site designed for science teachers will acquaint you with Mars, introduce JMARS, an authentic research platform for exploring Mars, empower you to search out the answers to your own questions based on data using JMARS, and launch you into your own Mars research to answer your own questions.​

NASA has a Mars resource package.
NASA has a Mars resource package which combines activities, videos/animations, and stories at one site.

Download the 2021Explore Science Wall Calendar
Download the full-color, printable calendar that features NASA pictures of nature's artwork on Earth and in Space.

 

Mission News and Science

2020 and 2016 Tie for the Hottest Years on Record
2020 is in a “dead heat” with 2016 for the hottest year on record, scientists with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced. Based on ocean temperature data from buoys, floats and ships, as well as temperatures measured over land at weather stations around the globe, the U.S. agencies conducted independent analyses and arrived at a similar conclusion.

Neutron Stars May Not Be as Squishy as Thought
New measurements of the most massive known neutron star find that it has a surprisingly large diameter, suggesting that the matter within isn’t as squishy as some theories predicted.

The Missing Water on Mars
New NASA-funded research shows a substantial quantity of its water – between 30 and 99% – is trapped within minerals in the planet’s crust, challenging the current theory that due to the Red Planet’s low gravity, its water escaped into space.

First Flight of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has become the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet.

‘Oumuamua may be a chip off an icy exoplanet
First spotted in 2017, 'Oumuamua has been called an asteroid, a comet and an alien spaceship. But researchers think they finally have the mystery object pegged: It could be a shard of nitrogen ice broken off a Pluto-like planet orbiting another star.

 

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