NASA Education “Science WOW!” Message — Sept. 13, 2017

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Science Always Starts With a Question …


This Week’s Question: When Will Cassini Plunge Into Saturn?

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft will make a fateful plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, ending the mission just one month shy of its 20th launch anniversary. Get details on the spacecraft’s final days with this end-of-mission timeline.

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/cassini-end-of-mission-timeline/


Have You Seen This?


After nearly two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. The Grand Finale Toolkit has background information about the mission, a gallery of Cassini images, a 3-D interactive feature and more!

https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/grand-finale/overview/


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** 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: Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, 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:

A Volcanologist’s Paradise
Event Date:
Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2017&month=9
Volcanoes helped to transform the surface of Earth. But the biggest volcanic eruptions in the solar system aren’t happening on Earth: They’re taking place on Jupiter’s moon, Io. Join research scientist Ashley Davies, a volcanologist at JPL, for a discussion of how studying volcanoes on Earth leads to a clearer understanding of how Io’s volcanoes work and how best to study them from spacecraft.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

Questions about this series should be directed to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.


NASA Seeks Creative Arts Inspired by Cassini’s Mission to Saturn
Audience: All Educators and Students Ages 13 and Older

During nearly two decades in space, Cassini has inspired people on Earth. Cassini has sent home thousands of images of icy moons and resplendent rings. It helped discover erupting water geysers on Enceladus and seas of methane on Titan. It showed us a view of Earth as a blue dot.

Now the mission is moving toward its “Grand Finale,” and in September 2017 it will finally draw to a dramatic end. NASA’s Cassini team would like to know this: How has Cassini inspired you?

Visit the Cassini Inspires website to explore images and more from the mission. Then use inspiration to get creative. Write a poem. Paint a picture. Choreograph a dance. Tell a story. The possibilities are endless!

Share your creation with the NASA Cassini team on the social media platform of your choice, such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or others. Tag it #CassiniInspires. Or send it directly to cassinimission@jpl.nasa.gov.

To learn more, visit https://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/cassiniinspires/.


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** There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: Marsbound!
Audience:
5-8, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Sept. 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Get an overview of the NASA education resource Marsbound! — Mission to the Red Planet. This cross-curricular activity combines science, engineering, mathematics and group interaction as students plan for an unmanned mission to the Red Planet. This webinar addresses Common Core – Mathematics standards and Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Online registration is required. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/271282

**NEW** Cosmology 101
Audience:
5-8, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will get a historical overview of the varying scientific views about the structure of the observed universe from ancient cultures to current theories. This webinar addresses Next Generation Science Standards ESS1.A. Online registration is required. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/271284

**NEW** There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: Who Will Feed the World?
Audience:
4-10, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
STEAM Educators will explore problem-based learning using the NASA resource, Mission Geography. This activity includes an investigation that focuses on meeting the food needs of an increasing global population. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/271243

**NEW** Hurricanes in Your Classroom: Ask a Hurricane Hunter Pilot
Audience:
5-12, Informal and Pre-service Educators
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Learn how to use real NASA data and STEM lessons to explore hurricanes in your classroom. A U.S. Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunters” pilot from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, will share his experiences and expertise in the study of hurricanes. He also will take time to answer questions from participants. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/265134

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.


NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: 9-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, to lead research teams, and to develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time STEM educators who reside within a 50-mile radius of GISS, located in New York City.

Applications are due Sept. 21, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/ccri/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Matthew Pearce at matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov.


**NEW** NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar — Deep Dips: Designing a Mission Orbiter
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2017, 7 p.m. EDT

Join the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission team for a professional development webinar for formal and informal educators, troop leaders, museum docents, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science.

The MAVEN spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since 2014, making periodic “deep dips” to sample Mars’ upper atmosphere. Guy Beutelschies from Lockheed Martin will discuss the challenges engineers face in designing missions like MAVEN for success.

For more information, visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/education-outreach/maven-outreach-webinars/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to epomail@lasp.colorado.edu.

 


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 https://infiniscope.org/announcements/educator-advisory-board-application/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Jessica Swann at jlswann@asu.edu.


Opportunities for Higher Education and Informal Institutions


NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017

The CCRI internship is a yearlong opportunity for graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and research teams on a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the student’s course work and class schedule during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study. All applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside within a 50-mile radius of GISS, located in New York City.

Applications are due Sept. 21, 2017. For more information, visit http://www.giss.nasa.gov/edu/ccri/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Matthew Pearce at matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov.


**NEW** NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships Virtual Career Summit
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships recruiting team for this event showcasing the NIFS programs as well as highlighting the different types of available opportunities. Participants will learn about NASA opportunities, eligibility requirements and tips for the application process. Previous and current interns will share their experiences. The session will allow students to ask questions and have them answered live by NASA professionals.

For more information and to register to attend, visit http://bit.ly/2x9oZJp.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.


**NEW** 2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Tech Demo and Engineering Design Competition
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017

The 2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students at accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. This challenge gives teams the opportunity to design and build hardware that can extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice.

Up to 10 teams will be chosen to demonstrate their system’s water extraction capabilities in June 2018 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

A notice of intent is requested by Oct. 13, 2017. Project plans are due Nov. 16, 2017.

For more information, visit http://specialedition.rascal.nianet.org.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to rascal@nianet.org.


**NEW** Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits
Audience: Children’s Museums, Science Centers, Science Museums, NASA Visitor Centers, Public Planetariums and Observatories Located in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017

The National Informal STEM Education Network, or NISE Network, is pleased to offer free “Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018” toolkits to new and existing eligible partners in the United States. In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. In addition to the physical toolkits, all digital materials will be available online as a free download in February 2018.

A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process. Eligible organizations include children’s museums, science centers, science museums, public planetariums and observatories, and NASA visitor centers located in the U.S.

Applications are due Nov. 1, 2017. To learn more, visit http://www.nisenet.org/blog/post/applications-free-physical-2018-explore-science-earth-space-toolkits-hands-activities-due.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Catherine McCarthy at cmccarthy@smm.org.


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 https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://ciencia.nasa.gov.

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities
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For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educators and Students Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

Find NASA science resources for your classroom.
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. http://nasawavelength.org/

Visit NASA Education on the web:
NASA Office of Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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