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December 12, 2020 Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists: Ice Volcanoes in Space with Dr. Sean O'Hara


TLC Online Astronomy Institute Presents: The Universe in the Classroom
The ASP Teacher Learning Center has opened registration to the new Online Astronomy Institute for Modules 4-6 of the Winter/Spring 2021 session. Save $50 on the popular, 3-module option! Each module covers classroom tested, inquiry-rich astronomy activities designed to engage students in investigations of space science phenomena.

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.

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.


Become a Solar System Ambassador!
The NASA Solar System Ambassadors program is a public engagement effort that works with motivated volunteers across the nation to communicate the science and excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and discoveries with the people in their communities.


Take a Trip to the Moon and an Artemis Launch with the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest!
Take remote learning a little further as in 250,000 miles further. NASA collaborated with Future Engineers to create the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, open to U.S. students in grades K-12, launches on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 17, 2020, challenging participants to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole.

Applications Now Accepted for the Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) is hosting a special summer intern program to involve students in activities that support missions to the Moon that utilize the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway, and robotic assets on the lunar surface. It is a unique opportunity to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities may involve assessments of landing sites and traverse plans for multiple destinations that are responsive to NASA objectives. The LPI invites applications from graduate students in geology, planetary science, and related programs

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.

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 eClips - Summer 2020 Newsletter
Dr. Fatoyinbo Agueh is the featured SME in both videos. She is a research physical scientist at GSFC. The first video focuses on the Carbon Cycle (and includes GLOBE protocol). The Ask SME video is a glimpse into Dr. Fatoyinbo Agueh's STEM journey. This newsletter also includes links to three episodes of NASA eClips at Home that we produced with Virginia Public Media this summer. Each 30-minute segment includes NASA eClips videos and demonstrations of supporting activities. We developed these with student college interns who are the hosts.

Free Online Earth & Space Science 8th Grade Textbook
Imagine an online textbook for Middle School Earth and Space Science that is fully up-to-date, aligned with all NGSS standards, and designed for abundant, teacher-driven interactivity that will promote student engagement. Now imagine that this textbook is completely and permanently available for FREE. Offered as public service by astrophysicist/author Jeffrey Bennett.

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.

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

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 - March 2020
This newsletter explores issues related to planetary science and exploration.


A Historic Asteroid Touch Down and Sample Collection
OSIRIS-REx will travel to a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu and bring a small sample back to Earth for study. The mission launched Sept. 8, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As planned, the spacecraft will reach Bennu in 2018 and return a sample to Earth in 2023.

Past, Present, and Future of Women in Space
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. For #WomensEqualityDay on Aug. 26, we celebrated the women who make our workforce diverse, strong, and highly skilled.