As you get ready for the new school year, consider adding a little space to your class.
NASA offers educational resources for use with kindergarten through college, as well as resources for the informal education community. Many of NASA’s educational products are quick and easy to find on the NASA website. Visit the NASA Blast Back to School page to find educational resources and NASA events taking place in your area. From the site, you can find information relating to the following topics:
- NASA Explorer Schools.
- NASA Summer of Innovation.
- Current Opportunities for Students and Educators.
- National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.
- Taking Up Space Blog.
- Go Backstage With NASA Education.
- Homework Topics for Students.
- NASA’s Education Resources,
- Easy Ways to Obtain NASA Educational Materials.
- Find NASA Teaching Materials.
- NASA’s Educator Resource Center Network.
- Central Operation of Resources for Educators.
- Educational Multimedia.
For more information, visit the Blast Back to School page: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/blast-back-to-school-2010.html
Link to the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus home page.
The Desert RATS tests offer a chance for a NASA-led team of engineers, astronauts and scientists from across the country to come together to conduct technology-development research in the Arizona desert. The location offers a good stand in for destinations for future planetary exploration missions.
NASA’s 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge
NASA is inviting students in grades 5-8 to participate in the 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge. The challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting.
Teams of up to six students design a water recycling system for the unique environment of the moon. Teams then test their system on a simulated wastewater stream. Proposals and results are due Feb. 28, 2011.
The winning teams will be announced in May 2011. The top three teams will receive awards. The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the winning team’s visit to Kennedy, students will gain firsthand knowledge about NASA’s missions, receive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA’s launch facilities, and learn about future aerospace and engineering careers.
For more information and contest rules, please visit http://wlmr.nasa.gov/.
Questions about the challenge should be directed to Jay Garland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The show begins at sundown, August 12, when Venus, Saturn, Mars and the crescent Moon pop out of the western twilight in tight conjunction. All four heavenly objects will fit within a circle about 10 degrees in diameter, beaming together through the dusky colors of sunset. No telescope is required to enjoy this naked-eye event.
The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high school students to work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope.
The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.
Deadline for Fall 2010 submissions is noon Pacific time (3 p.m. EDT) on Oct. 27, 2010.