NASA Education “Science WOW!” Message — Aug. 23, 2017

Check out the latest edition of NASA Education’s “Science WOW!” — your source for NASA opportunities in science education delivered “Weekly On Wednesday.”

Check out the latest edition of NASA Education’s “Science WOW!” — your source for NASA opportunities in science education delivered “Weekly On Wednesday.”

Science WOW! Thanks Subscribers on First Anniversary

On Aug. 10, 2016, the first Science WOW! message was sent to 953 subscribers.

Since that date, NASA’s science experts found distant worlds, shared views from space probes that zoomed near Saturn and Jupiter, and launched satellites that help us better understand our home planet. And the number of Science WOW! subscribers multiplied to more than 7,000!

NASA’s STEM Science Activation team wants to thank YOU for being a part of our first year of Science WOW! We hope you have enjoyed learning answers to the “Question of the Week” and exploring the “Have You Seen” items featured each week. And we can’t wait to share more science and learning opportunities with you in the many years to follow.

How can we improve sharing the science? Please send your feedback to

Science Always Starts With a Question …

This Week’s Question: How Many Moons Do Other Planets Have?

Earth’s moon was in the spotlight during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. But what about other moons in our solar system? Do all planets have moons?

Discover for yourself at

Have You Seen This?

Did you miss the solar eclipse on Aug. 21? Or do you want to relive the experience of seeing totality? Check out the Solar Eclipse Gallery to see some of NASA’s best solar eclipse pictures.

Opportunities for Future Scientists of All Ages

Science Opportunities for Educators of Grades K-12

Science Opportunities for Higher Education and Informal Institutions


Opportunities for Future Scientists of All Ages

**NEW** New NASA eClips™ Videos Available
Audience: K-5 and Informal Educators and Students

Two new NASA eClips™ resources have been released! NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments and lesson guides designed to inspire and engage students while helping them see real-world connections.

Our World: Sun’s Position (Grades K-5)
Find out more about how our sun’s position in the sky changes due to Earth’s rotation, revolution and tilt. Learn from the experts — Dr. Alex Young and Dr. Nicki Viall explain these connections so students understand patterns within the Earth-sun relationship.

Guide Lites: Solar Images Interactive Lesson (Grades K-5)
In this activity, participants create a picture of the sun. The picture can then be examined with colored filters to simulate how specialized instruments enable scientists to capture images and view different features of the sun. Participants use the solar picture to model the difference between a partial and total solar eclipse.

To learn more about NASA eClips, visit

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2017 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Next Lecture Date: Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and presented by JPL’s Office of Communication and Education, shares the excitement of the space program’s missions, instruments and other technologies.

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL’s Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

Next Lecture in the Series:

40 Years in Space: Voyager’s Remarkable Journey Continues
Event Date:
Aug. 24 and Aug. 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
For 40 years, NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft have been on an incredible journey that has taken them to the outer planets and beyond. Join Alan Cummings, a senior research scientist and Voyager team member since 1973, as he revisits the highlights of the last 40 years and speculates on what lies ahead for the intrepid Voyagers.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit

Questions about this series should be directed to

Science Opportunities for Educators of Grades K-12

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

**NEW** Solar Eclipse 2017: So It Rained — What Did You Miss?
K-12, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Aug. 24, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
If you didn’t see the 2017 solar eclipse, what did you miss? Even if you watched the event, join us to explore the science, views and videos of the eclipse that were recorded by NASA and citizen scientists across the U.S. NASA STEM solar resources for the classroom will be presented for your use year-round. And be prepared to share your eclipse stories. Register online to participate.

**NEW** Exploring Beyond the Planets: Art and the Cosmic Connection
K-12, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Aug. 29, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn about the solar system and beyond. Participants will explore activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. The NASA STEAM activity, Art and the Cosmic Connection, also will be discussed. Register online to participate.

**NEW** Exploring Beyond the Planets: Do You Think Aliens Exist?
K-12, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Aug. 30, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will ponder intriguing questions about the universe and explore topics related to the search for life beyond our planet while using some of the same strategies that astrobiologists use. Children’s literature books also will be introduced. Register online to participate.

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Steve Culivan at

**NEW** Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017

The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) aims to recruit individuals with enthusiasm and ambition for a renewable, one-year term from 2017-2018 on its advisory board. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space, and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meet-ups at national conventions.

For more information, visit

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Jessica Swann at

**NEW** Sign Up to Receive the NASA Space Place Gazette
Audience: K-6 Educators

Something new is always going on at NASA Space Place. Do you want to keep up with all the latest articles, activities and games? Sign up to receive the NASA Space Place Gazette!

This monthly e-newsletter for educators and parents has information on all of the latest and greatest offerings from the NASA Space Place website. To sign up, visit

Please direct questions about the NASA Space Place Gazette to

**NEW** Sign Up to Receive the SciJinks E-Newsletter
Audience: 5-12 Educators

SciJinks is all about weather! Short for “Science Hijinks,” the SciJinks website is a joint effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA. SciJinks puts fun and adventure into learning about weather, satellite meteorology and Earth science. The site is geared toward middle and high school students and their educators.

To keep up with the latest articles, activities, and games at the website, sign up to receive the SciJinks E-Newletter. Each month you will receive an email with links to fascinating science articles, fun weather facts and educational games. To sign up, visit

Please direct questions about the SciJinks E-Newletter to

Opportunities for Higher Education and Informal Institutions

2018 BIG Idea Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017

NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design contest open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. This competition seeks innovations in the design, installation and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at either NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia or NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The winning team will receive NASA internship offers.

A notice of intent is requested by Oct. 1, 2017. Entries are due Nov. 30, 2017.

For more information, visit

Please direct questions about this opportunity to

NASA Accepting Applications for NASA Spring Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2017

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on spring internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, NASA-relevant tasks. If you think you have what it takes to be a NASA intern, please visit today to apply or to learn more about the numerous opportunities available.

The deadline for spring applications is Oct. 17, 2017!

Please submit inquiries about the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships One Stop Shopping Initiative, or NIFS OSSI, via

Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website!
Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Explore the redesigned NASA Science site and send us feedback. Visit To view the site in Spanish, visit

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educators and Students Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
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