NASA Education Express – Feb. 24, 2011

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

NASA at the 2011 NSTA Conference
Audience: All Educators
Conference Dates: March 10-13, 2011

NASA History Symposium — 1961/1981: Key Moments in Human Spaceflight
Audience: All Educators and Grades 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: April 26-27, 2011

RockOn! 2011 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 3, 2011
Workshop Dates: June 18-23, 2011

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates June-August 2011


NASA at the 2011 NSTA Conference

Make NASA a part of your NSTA experience this year! The 2011 National Science Teachers Association’s national conference is being held March 10-13, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. Dozens of NASA presentations, workshops and short courses are scheduled during the conference. To find NASA sessions that fit in your schedule, visit

Also, stop by the NASA exhibit booth (#729) in Moscone Center South to learn about exciting new NASA programs and products.


NASA History Symposium — 1961/1981: Key Moments in Human Spaceflight

The NASA History Program Office and the National Air and Space Museum’s Division of Space History are pleased to announce a symposium marking four significant anniversaries in the history of human spaceflight in 1961 and 1981. This event will take place April 26-27, 2011, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. The symposium is free and open to the public.

This Key Moments in Human Spaceflight symposium marks the 50th anniversaries of Yuri Gagarin’s first human spaceflight, Alan Shepard’s first U.S. human spaceflight, and President John F. Kennedy’s “urgent national needs” speech before Congress, all in the spring of 1961. The symposium also marks the 30th anniversary of the first flight of the space shuttle in spring 1981.

In addition to featuring a variety of engaging panels, the symposium will include a keynote speech by Dr. Michael Robinson from the University of Hartford on the theme of exploration in space. Dr. George Herring from the University of Kentucky will be the keynote speaker for the second day, addressing the Cold War context of the space race during the 1960s.

For more information about this opportunity and to register online, visit

Inquiries about this symposium should be directed to


RockOn! 2011 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn! 2011 workshop June 18-23, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 3, 2011.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn! and to register online, visit:

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by e-mail at or by telephone at 303-492-3141.


Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops for in-service science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place in State College, Pa. Grants are awarded to all participants to cover in-state tuition, lodging, parking, some meals and partial travel.

Ancient Global Warming (Grades 6-12) — June 15-17, 2011
Venture back 55 million years to learn about a major global warming event and what it can teach us about the potential effects of future global warming on the environment and life on Earth. Hands-on activities will include computer modeling and processing of ancient samples.

Engaging Students in Astronomy (Grades 5-9) — July 18-22, 2011
Learn how to use the Starry Night software package, which allows users to simulate the behavior of the night sky and the motion of objects in the solar system. Participants also will learn to analyze student work in order to contribute to research into how students’ understanding of astronomy changes over time.

Hands-on Particle Astrophysics (Grades 9-12) — July 25-29, 2011
This workshop will feature hands-on explorations of high-energy messengers from extreme cosmic phenomena, such as galactic supernova blast waves. Instructors will highlight leading Penn State experiments in Antarctica, the Argentine Pampas and the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere.

Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Search for Life in the Cosmos (Grades 5-12) — Aug. 1-5, 2011
Join faculty from the Penn State Astrobiology Research Center to examine how scientists work to detect and characterize life on the early Earth, in extreme environments and in extraterrestrial settings. The latest research and related hands-on activities will be highlighted.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction (Grades 6-12) — Aug. 1-5, 2011
Delve deep inside black holes and modern ideas about gravity, space, time and solar system formation. Current ideas might surprise you!

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