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December 21, 2019 Winter Solstice

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!

Texas ROADS on Mars Challenge Educator Workshop
The ROADS on Mars challenge gives teams of students grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to Mars, following in the path of the next rover — Mars 2020. Just like the next rover, teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analysis of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and successfully landing.

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.

NASA Opens Registration for 2020 Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Registration has opened for student teams to participate in the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, set for April 17-18, 2020, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Registration for international teams closes Dec. 12; U.S. team registration ends Jan. 16, 2020.

Mars 2020: Name the Rover Contest
In fall 2019, NASA will run a nationwide "Name the Rover" contest open to K-12 students in the US. The spacecraft will need a name by July 2020, when it's expected to launch. The contest is part of NASA's ongoing effort to engage the public in its Moon to Mars mission, which will search for signs of microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology and pave the way for human exploration. If you're not a K-12 student but want to get involved, NASA is also accepting applications to judge the contest submissions.


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.

Earthwatch Institute: Teacher Fellowship!
Teach Earth offers teachers the opportunity to step away from their desks and out of the classroom for an outdoor environmental learning experience.

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.


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.

NASA eClips
Real World Resources for Educators to inspire students!

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.

Astromaterials 3D project webpage is live!
Astromaterials 3D project webpage is now live! Check out the first lunar sample picked up on the Moon in interactive 3D as we celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11!


NASA Scientists Confirm Water Vapor on Europa
Forty years ago, a Voyager spacecraft snapped the first closeup images of Europa, one of Jupiter’s 79 moons. These revealed brownish cracks slicing the moon’s icy surface, which give Europa the look of a veiny eyeball. Missions to the outer solar system in the decades since have amassed enough additional information about Europa to make it a high-priority target of investigation in NASA’s search for life.

"We're touching history": NASA opens untouched Apollo moon rock sample sealed for more than 40 years
In December 1972, astronauts on the Apollo 17 lunar mission returned to Earth with samples of rock and soil from the moon. On Tuesday, NASA scientists opened a sample that had been sealed and untouched for more than 40 years.

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.