No Boundaries, a USA TODAY education initiative in collaboration with NASA, encourages students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students explore STEM careers through stimulating project-based learning and team competition. No Boundaries targets students in grades 7-12 and is designed as a team-centered cooperative learning project. No Boundaries is cross-curricular and requires minimal teacher preparation. It aligns to national standards and includes assessment rubrics. Students who submit their final No Boundaries career presentation projects to the 2011 National No Boundaries Competition are eligible to win up to $2,000 in cash awards for themselves and $500 for their teacher or sponsor. They will receive VIP passes to visit a NASA facility. Winners may be asked to present their work to NASA.
NASA Explorer Schools invites K-12 students to join a live chat on Jan. 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. EST with Dr. Joel S. Levine. Dr. Levine is the Chief Scientist of the ARES Mars Airplane Mission, and will answer questions about the the development of a robotic, rocket-powered airplane that will fly through the atmosphere of Mars to search for evidence of life by looking for trace gases of biogenic origin.
Join the chat at https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/live-chat-Levine.html
An archive of the chat will be posted shortly after the chat ends.
Teachers, are you interested in incorporating video technologies into student learning activities? Here’s a great way to show your students examples of student-created videos that support learning.
OPTIMUS PRIME is more than just a well-recognized name from TV and movies: it is a great analogy for NASA technology transfer and, therefore, an excellent teaching tool. OPTIMUS PRIME began in space and transformed itself in order to come to Earth. OPTIMUS PRIME goes undetected and helps people while protecting them. Similarly, NASA technologies, though designed for space applications, are often modified and transformed to go into everyday products used on Earth; they often help people but still go undetected.
The OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award promotes NASA spinoffs, recognizes innovation through technology transfer, and promotes innovative communication of spinoff stories to the public through video. The OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award both acknowledges the contribution of both NASA innovators and the companies that spun off NASA technology for commercial applications and educates America’s youth about the benefits of NASA spinoff technology.
The deadline for casting your vote is Feb. 6, 2011.
OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. © 2010 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get back to academics by taking advantage of the wealth of NASA-based classroom resources and learning opportunities that we can provide. NES will offer your students monthly chats that feature scientists, researchers and engineers.
Our next chat is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 21 at 2:00 p.m. EST. We also will offer another series of live electronic professional development webinars for educators. We look forward to having you or your school participate again this spring. And if you are not an NES participant, join now!
Solar energy is the primary source of power for today’s NASA missions. New solar technologies can improve space-based energy systems for human and robotic spacecraft missions. NASA solar technologies demand that deployed solar energy systems be as efficient and as lightweight as possible. Researchers at NASA are pushing the limits of solar energy efficiency and weight by creating new materials that enhance solar energy system performance. Technologies for space-based applications also provide Earth-based benefits, helping to drive down the cost of solar energy with more efficient systems.
This week, Jeremiah McNatt, electrical engineer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center, demonstrates how solar cells are made and used on the International Space Station.
NASA Now Promotion Video
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Each year, NASA produces a publication that highlights NASA spinoff technologies. Its articles show ways NASA research and technology have impacted our world. NASA Explorer Schools teachers can use these very interesting features when presenting NES modules. Students looking for a research topic or possible project area may find one of the spinoffs to be the perfect topic.
Link to the NES Virtual Campus home page.
On the clear autumn night of Nov. 19, approximately 250 students and parents at Dr. Albert Einstein Academy, School #29, circulated among four activity stations relating to astronomy. The stations included telescope viewings of the moon, Jupiter and its moons, a virtual night sky tour in the planetarium, and two learning activity tables.
At the end of the evening, the night’s success was evident by the large number of parents and children who lingered, reluctant to leave. In fact, several parents asked when the next Astronomy Night is scheduled.
To learn more about how NASA Explorer Schools educator Tracy Espiritu and the teachers at the academy pulled off this successful astronomy night, read the Astronomy Night at School 29 post in the Ideas for family night events post in the ~Other NASA-related Activities I’ve Done forum in NEON.