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August 12, 2020 Perseid meteor shower

September 3, 2020 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lucy mission to Trojan asteroids

September 22, 2020 Fall Equinox 2020

September 26, 2020 Astronomy Day

October 11 - October 17, 2020 Earth Science Week


GSA's GeoTeachers Offer Professional Development
The Geological Society of America (GSA), a longtime Earth Science Week partner, offers K-12 professional development opportunities through its GeoTeachers Program. Through the program, GSA provides resources and programming to support K-12 teachers and other educators.

Rice University Online Software Training
As a part of the NASA Space Science Education Consortium, Rice University offer free online training for: Stellarium - open source astronomy software for planetariums and personal use. Space Update - an interactive, real-time display system of space science images and data. Space Weather - an educational product produced by NASA's MMS and IMAGE programs.

Webcast Details 'Focus Days' of Earth Science Week
What does Earth Science Week 2020 have in store for you? Each day during the week, you can focus on a different area of Earth science. Go online today to view a free webcast about the "Focus Days" of this year's celebration: International EarthCache Day (Sunday, October 11), Earth Science Literacy Day (Monday, October 12), Earth Observation Day (Tuesday, October 13), National Fossil Day (Wednesday, October 14), Geoscience for Everyone Day (Thursday, October 15), Geologic Map Day (Friday, October 16), International Archaeology Day (Saturday, October 17)

Mitchell Institute Physics Enhancement Program (MIPEP)
Taught by Texas A&M physics and astronomy faculty and master high school physics teachers, the MIPEP curriculum focuses on clarifying fundamental physics concepts through problem-solving, hands-on demonstrations, and laboratory experiences.

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


Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lucy mission to Trojan asteroids - September 3rd
he 2020-2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series features scientific leaders of these exciting missions, each describing how their mission will contribute to our growing, ever-changing knowledge of the solar system.

Earth Science Week
Earth Science Week 2020 learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the relationship between Earth materials and people. The coming year's theme will promote public understanding of geoscience and stewardship of the planet, especially in terms of these raw materials.


GLOBE Observer: Link to Soil, Air, Oceans, More
Want to get involved in citizen science? Through the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, you can take part in GLOBE Observer, an international network of professional scientists and citizen scientists collaborating to promote education about environment and climate.

Earth Science Week 2020 Contests Spur Education
Recognizing the need to provide educational activities that young people and others can pursue at home during this challenging time, American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is opening submissions for its Earth Science Week contests earlier than usual this year.

2020 Earth Science Week Contests
AGI is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Earth Materials in Our Lives," for this year's Earth Science Week (October 11-17, 2020). This year's competitions will feature the traditional video, photography, visual arts, and essay contests.

Get Involved With Art for National Fossil Day
Open to U.S. residents of any age, the contest focuses on the theme "Life of the Paleozoic Oceans." This theme is inspired by our 2020 National Fossil Day logo, which features the organisms of the Permian Reef of the Guadalupe Mountains of West Texas and New Mexico.

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!


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.

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.


NASA GLOBE Clouds has a Family Guide with ideas for how to observe, record, and learn about clouds.
NASA GLOBE Clouds has a Family Guide with ideas for how to observe, record, and learn about clouds. The guide includes multiple ways to practice cloud observations using the GLOBE Observer app or by creating a science journal. In the section on Learning about Clouds, hands-on activities using materials that can be found around the house are featured, as well as the GLOBE Elementary books and coloring pages.

Explore the Universe with NASA at Home
Launch rockets, solve challenges, do real NASA science and more. Our online activities and other content are engaging for kids, adults and the whole family. Be your own explorer at home – the universe is waiting.

IRIS Reaches Students at 'Teachable Moments'
IRIS offers a set of online resources - Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments - dealing with recent events of interest to seismologists, such as the magnitude-7.7 earthquake between Cuba and Jamaica on January 28, 2020. View PowerPoint presentations, animations, and visualizations, as well as links to Spanish-language materials and USGS data. Additional resources address other quakes worldwide

The 'Critical Zone': Explore with CZOs
The CZOs program is a National Science Foundation-supported interdisciplinary effort that serves the international scientific community through research, infrastructure, data, and models. The aim is to enhance scientific understanding of what happens in the "critical zone" where chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes shape Earth's surface and support terrestrial life.

Earth Science Week Adds Geoscience to Earth Day
Educators and young people worldwide will celebrate Earth Day 2020 on April 22 with activities, experiments, and investigations exploring how our world works - and those in the know will be tapping the wealth of education resources available through Earth Science Week.

NASA Express - STEM Connection
Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Polar Educators 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!