|Astronomy Night at Pocomoke River State Park
Event Dates: July 20 at 8-10 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation and Pocomoke River State Park for an evening of astronomy. The event will begin at 8 p.m. EDT with an Astronomy 101 presentation, followed by stargazing with high-powered telescopes. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars.
|NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.
|Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: All Educators
Mission Dates: July 24-30
Give your students the opportunity to see Earth from the perspective of #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold on the International Space Station! The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, or EarthKAM, program invites students to request images of specific targets on Earth taken by a camera placed in the window of the space station. Because EarthKAM participation is not restricted to a particular time of day, it’s perfect for summer camp programs and community youth organizations. Visit https://www.earthkam.org/ to learn more and sign up for this free program.
Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.
|International Space Station: Environmental Control and Life Support Systems—Ecosystems
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 30 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems on the International Space Station and associated video and activity resources. Treating the space station as a small scale ecosystem will be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards LS2.B and LS2.C. Online registration is required.
|Learning from the Dark: Dark Matter and Energy—Physical Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 31 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore dark energy and matter, and discuss their significance in cosmology and physics. Learn about linking these concepts to physical science and Earth space science standards. The activities address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2, PS3, PS4 and ESS1. Online registration is required.
|Webinar—Solar Storms in the Ionosphere and the NASA GOLD Mission
Event Date: Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. PDT)
NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission has been placed into its geostationary orbit and will soon begin capturing unprecedented images of Earth’s interface to space. Join GOLD scientist Stan Solomon to learn how the GOLD instrument—an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph—will measure the response of Earth’s upper atmosphere to changes in solar activity.
|Explore Space Tech: Rockets 101
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Blast off into learning by exploring the math and science of rockets with NASA missions and STEM classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest and excitement in forces and motion with inquiry-based rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets. Online registration is required.
|Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series Event—Perseid Meteor Shower
Event Dates: Aug. 11 at 7:30-9:45 p.m. EDT
Join NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia for the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series, and discover the night sky from Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia District. This special event corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower and begins with an Astronomy 101 presentation. Afterwards, participants will look for meteors and stargaze with telescopes (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public; however, refuge entrance fees apply.
|International Space Station: Extreme Environments
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: July 19 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Investigate the harsh environment of space, the critical role spacewalks play in human space exploration and how spacesuits are designed to protect astronauts from the harsh space environment. NASA STEM classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated into this walking with the stars webinar. Online registration is required.
|Mars Day! 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: July 20 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate “Mars Day! 2018.” This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors may talk to scientists conducting Mars research and learn about current and future missions.
|International Space Station: Mass vs. Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. Also learn about microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Webinar activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.
|International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 25 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use these videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.
|Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 25 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore an overview of math problems that give an authentic glimpse of modern science, engineering and actual research data from NASA missions that explore signs of life beyond Earth. Online registration is required.
|NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25 at 7 p.m. EDT
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.
|Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27
The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs during July. Here’s your chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education. Visit the website for a list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet.
|Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.
|World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. This event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.
|Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
NASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card.
|‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1
NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The “CineSpace” competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top submissions.
|2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24
The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year’s free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.
|Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5
Scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.
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Take part in a Year of Education on Station. September 2017 – September 2018: Although on different crews, astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold – both former teachers – will work aboard the International Space Station. Visit NASA’s A Year of Education on Station website for out-of-this-world resources and opportunities for K-16 students and educators.
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