Earth and Space Science News for Educators

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Workshops and Courses

National Air and Space Museum's Teacher Innovator Institute - Application deadline: February 15
"The National Air and Space Museum's Teacher Innovator Institute (TII) will welcome up to 30 teachers from across the United States in Summer 2023. Spend two weeks in Washington, DC, working with education and STEAM experts to explore the connections between informal STEAM education and authentic learning. There is no cost for teachers to participate and most expenses are paid by the Museum. Submit your application by February 15, 2023. "

Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries (SEAL) Virtual Trainings - Jan. 10, 18, 26 & Feb. 7, 22
STAR Net’s SEAL project is creating hands-on activity guides, science resources, and giving away free solar viewing glasses for the annular solar eclipse in 2023 and the total solar eclipse in 2024. To get your library or library system ready for these awesome solar events we’re hosting a series of virtual trainings at the beginning of 2023 to let you know all about the great resources available through SEAL. We’ll review the SEAL project, go over the contents of the circulating solar viewing kits, demonstrate a hands-on activity, and more!

The Association of Children’s Museums’ annual InterActivity Conference - April 26-28
The Association of Children’s Museums’ (ACM) annual InterActivity conference is the largest gathering of children’s museum professionals in the world. The ACM and the Louisiana Children’s Museum invite you to InterActivity 2023: Leveraging Our Voice in New Orleans, April 26-28. Registration is open!

2023 Earth Educators' Rendezous - Save the date!
Save the date for the ninth annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous! NAGT and the Rendezvous Planning Committee are pleased to announce that next year's Rendezvous will be held in Pasadena, CA, from July 10-14, 2023, and is hosted by the Division of Natural Sciences at Pasadena City College (PCC) and the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at California Institute of Technology (Caltech)!

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

Europa Clipper Cam Moderated Chat - Tuesdays @ 12:00 p.m. CT
Watch live as NASA's next outer solar system mission, Europa Clipper, is built and tested in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. NASA's Europa Clipper mission will perform dozens of close flybys of Jupiter’s moon Europa, gathering detailed measurements to investigate whether the moon could have conditions suitable for life. Moderated chats will take place in the comments on the Clipper Cam YouTube stream every Tuesday from 12-12:30 p.m. CT.

The James Webb Space Telescope: Atmospheres of Other Worlds - January 31 @ 9:00 p.m. CT
Join the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University for an online public lecture about the JWST, which is capable of measuring the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres with unprecedented sensitivity. In this lecture, Prof. Macintosh will discuss the most exciting exoplanet science planned for JWST: it will study giant planets like our own Jupiter by blocking the glare of bright stars, allowing us to understand how these worlds form. KIPAC Public Lectures are free and open to all, and are recommended for the general public.

 

Get Involved

Art x Climate: A Project of the Fifth National Climate Assessment - Submission deadline: January 27
The U.S. Global Change Research Program invites artists to engage in the development of the Fifth National Climate Assessment by creatively visualizing climate change in the United States: its causes, impacts, and manifestations; our shared vulnerabilities; and the strength of our collective response. Art x Climate seeks to strengthen partnerships between science and art and demonstrate the power of art to advance the national conversation around climate change.

Explore Data Challenges: EXPLORE the Surface of the Moon
The Senior Lunar Data Challenge is open to students, professionals and enthusiasts interested in planetary science and data processing. The Junior Lunar Data Challenge is aimed at school students aged 10-14 year, but activities are open to everyone that wants to have a go.

NASA Citizen Science Projects
NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. Want to work on some real NASA science? Click on one of the 28 projects below to get started. NASA citizen science projects are open to everyone around the world, not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission - Starts June 28
Educators, sign your classrooms up for EarthKAM's newest mission! EarthKAM allows students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology.

Fly Your Name Around the Moon with Artemis I
Artemis I will be the first uncrewed flight test of the Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft. The flight paves the way toward landing the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon! Enter your name online tto have it included on a flash drive that will fly aboard Artemis I.

Sign up for NASA's "Artemis STEM I Learning Pathway"
Are you looking to share the excitement of Artemis Missions with your STEM learners? Leading up to launch, NASA’s Artemis I STEM Learning Pathway will provide weekly newsletters filled with STEM resources and ready-to-use content. Each week’s resources can be used individually or in combination to create a lesson plan tied to the learning series’ weekly theme. Registration is free, sign up today!

AI4Mars - Help Train NASA’s Rovers to Better Explore Mars
NASA needs YOUR help to make future Mars rovers safer! By participating in this project, you will help improve the rovers’ ability to identify different, sometimes dangerous terrain - an essential skill for autonomous exploration. More than 12,000 citizen scientists have already volunteered, individuals and teams of all ages are invited to get involved today!

 

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

Fly with Artemis
Bring your audiences along for a ride with Artemis 1! You can show the latest imagery and videos from the cameras or you use NASA’s Eyes to show exactly where the mission is/was/will be.

Apollo 17 Presentation Slide Deck
December 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, the final Apollo mission to the Moon. Celebrate this historic accomplishment with a public presentation that provides an overview of the mission, including highlights, video clips, and images. The presentation is meant for use by anyone interested in learning more about Apollo 17 and as a resource for those who may be presenting on the topic. You can download and adapt the slides to your audience and setting.

Relive the Mission - Apollo 17 in Real-time
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 17, the last mission in which humans set foot on the Moon. You can explore the Apollo 17 mission and moon landing in real-time through this incredible multimedia project.

The Artemis Generation - Prepare for the Next Leap
Check out the new lunar-focused season of the award-winning video series #NASAExplorers, and meet the people who are preparing to conduct science on the lunar surface for Artemis.

Hands-on Learning with Pie-Pan Convection Activity
Visualize the fluid motion of convection cells. This phenomenon occurs all around us but is usually unseen. For this activity, all you need is soapy water, a heat source, and some food coloring—the effect caused by the rising and sinking fluids is spectacular.

A Lesson for Every Day of the School Year
With 180 lessons in JPL's online catalog, you can explore Earth and space with NASA all year long. Learn how with this handy NASA-JPL school year calendar.

The Mars Collection - Europlanet Educational Resources
Europlanet has produced a set of school resources exploring the possibilities of life on the Red Planet. The resources link areas of the curriculum with research into past and present conditions on Mars and how we can study these conditions via planetary field analogue sites here on Earth.

 

Mission News and Science

Hungry Little Star
Even baby stars burp after feeding! New research from our retired Spitzer Space Telescope shows that certain young protostars can experience dazzling outbursts at a higher rate than that seen in older protostars - telling us that the younger stars are experiencing something like early growth spurts.

Peering through Titan's Clouds
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope got its first look at Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. Because Titan has a dense atmosphere, its surface is hidden in visible light, but Webb’s infrared eye captured some astonishing details on the moon’s surface.

Perseverance has a Pet Rock!
How do you choose a rock on Mars? Sometimes you don’t— it chooses you. For the past 4 months, Perseverance has had an unexpected traveling companion. In early February, a rock found its way into the rover’s front left wheel, and since hitching a ride, it’s been transported more than 5.3 miles. The little travelling companion has made periodic appearances in the rover's Hazcam images.

New Details Revealed about NASA's DAVINCI Mission to Venus
NASA will send a probe to descend through the atmosphere of Venus in mid-2031 to measure the composition of the atmosphere and acquire images and mineralogical data from the venusian highlands. This information will help us understand why Venus has evolved so differently from Earth, even though the two planets are similar in size. The Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging (DAVINCI) mission, will launch in 2029.

Samples of Asteroid Ryugu Contain More Than 20 Amino Acids
In 2014, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) dispatched its Hayabusa2 spacecraft to rendezvous with the asteroid, Ryugu. By 2020, samples of the asteroid were returned to Earth, where analyses revealed that the asteroid is rich in carbon, organic molecules, and volatiles. Recently, strains of more than 20 different amino acids -the building blocks of DNA and life itself- were observed! These findings could provide new insight into how life is distributed throughout the cosmos and could mean that it is more common than previously thought.

Discovery Alert: Two New, Rocky Planets in the Solar Neighborhood
NASA's TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission has made an exciting discovery! The planet-hunting spacecraft has found two new super-Earths orbiting a star only 33 light-years away. These are two of the closest rocky planets ever found. Neither world is likely to support life, due to their extremely high temperatures, but scientists still think they’re worthy of further observations.

Dead Star Caught Ripping Up Planetary System
A star's death throes have so violently disrupted its planetary system that the dead star left behind, called a white dwarf, is siphoning off debris from both the system's inner and outer reaches. This is the first time astronomers have observed a white dwarf star that is consuming both rocky-metallic and icy material, the ingredients of planets.

 

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