NES Update: June 18 – June 22

Professional Development Web Seminar

Professional Development Seminar: Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

June 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. EDT

Receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity. Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

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Chemistry of Water: Mars Exploration — Is There Water on Mars? Web Seminar

June 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Learn how to implement this is an inquiry-based lesson for students on how atmospheric pressure and vapor pressure affect the boiling point of water. See why the boiling point of water is pressure-dependent, rather than temperature-dependent. Then, by extension, they deduce if there could be liquid water on Mars.

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NASA Now: Reason for the Seasons

First Day of Summer

June 20, 2012 at 7:09 p.m. EDT

The seasons on Earth are caused by the tilt of the Earth as it rotates on its axis and revolves around the Sun. The 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s axis results in changes of the angle of incident sunlight. A common misconception among students is that the seasons are caused by the distance between the Earth and Sun. In fact, summer in the Northern Hemisphere occurs at aphelion, the farthest distance between the Earth and Sun, and follows summer solstice when incident sunlight is most concentrated along the Tropic of Cancer, 23 degrees 26 minutes 22 seconds.

Preview NASA Now: The Reason for the Seasons


International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2012 Mission from July 10-14, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the http://EarthKAM home page.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email