June 06, 2019
Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. STEM is in everything
NASA does, and is a crucial part of making our bold visions of
exploration a reality. Could your students be a part of our future?
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Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast—Voyage to the Moon: 50 Years Ago and Today
Audience: Educators and Students Grades 6-8
Episode Available: Starting June 6
Live Web Chat: June 13 at 1 p.m. EDT
Humans first stepped onto the Moon 50 years ago, and NASA has plans to send the first woman and next man to land by 2024! Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to hear from those involved with the Apollo program and learn about the science behind getting to the Moon. Plus, explore plans for the Moon 2024 mission. Watch the episode, and then tune in for a live chat about Apollo!
Start Your Week With Space: Our Solar System
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 10 at 2 p.m. EDT
Start your week with an exciting science lesson and hands-on demonstration. Space is a big place! This week’s lesson introduces students to the planets in our solar system. Take part in a hands-on activity focusing on the distances between the planets and creates a scale-distance model of the solar system using receipt tape. Get more out of the session by creating a Scale Distance Model of the Solar System.
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: June 18 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get a historical overview of the varying scientific views about the structure of the observed universe from ancient cultures to current theories. The lessons discussed in this webinar address Next Generation Science Standards ESS1.A. Online registration is required.
NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 20 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.
NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Getting Cozy With Mars: MAVEN’s Aerobraking Campaign
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: June 26 at 7 p.m. EDT
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has successfully completed an aerobraking campaign, lowering the highest altitude of the satellite’s orbit to better transmit data from present and future Martian rovers and landers while continuing its observations of the Martian atmosphere. Join MAVEN’s Science Operations Center manager Dale Theiling to learn about the aerobraking process and get an update about the mission.
Educator Workshop: Seeds of STEM
Audience: Preschool Educators
Event Date: July 10-11
Join the Seeds of STEM team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, for an educator workshop to explore a problem-based STEM curriculum for preschool classrooms. Funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education, the Seeds of STEM curriculum was developed by a partnership of researchers and educators. Participants will learn about this 8-unit curriculum that teaches young children the skills of problem solving and provides teachers with a problem-based pedagogy that can be applied to any situation. Register to attend at https://fs28.formsite.com/webteamwpiedu/
Event Date: June 6 at 6 p.m. EDT
Call for Feedback: Mathematics Assessment Framework
Audience: K-12, Higher Education and Informal Educators
Deadline: June 7
The National Assessment Governing Board is leading updates to the Mathematics and Reading Assessment Frameworks for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The frameworks guide development of assessments and define the knowledge and skills students need in each subject area. The updated draft of the Mathematics Framework is ready for public feedback. Educators are encouraged to review the draft and provide recommendations for improvement by June 7. See https://www.naepframeworkupdate.org/.
Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Event Date: June 10 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.
Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Mission and Resources Overview
Event Date: June 11 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This webinar reviews the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautics research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. For decades, NASA has been studying aircraft noise in order to reduce noise emissions. Learn about NASA's newest X-plane, the X-59 QueSST, and the research on quiet supersonic flight. Participants will also get an overview of associated NASA STEM lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.
Explore Moon to Mars: Designing the Mission
Event Date: June 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the engineering design process as it applies to NASA’s journey to the Moon and on to Mars. This webinar will showcase NASA STEM engineering design challenges that help students understand the process of designing and launching a mission to land on the Moon and Mars. Online registration is required.
Explore Moon to Mars: Orion Ascent Abort-2 Flight Test
Event Date: June 13 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This summer, NASA plans to conduct the Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test. This milestone event will verify flight capabilities of Orion’s Launch Abort System, a key step in fulfilling NASA’s mission to go to the Moon and then on to Mars. Educators will hear from an Orion flight test engineer about the AA-2 test and the critical role played by mass properties in spacecraft design. This webinar will also highlight NASA resources and hands-on activities for engaging your students with Orion and AA-2. The activities discussed in this webinar address Next Generation Science Standards PS1, PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 14 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 17
Start Date: Sept. 3
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 14 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 17.
ASTRO CAMP 2019 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
ASTRO CAMP is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register.
Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—The Future of Lunar Exploration
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: June 19 at 8 p.m. EDT
NASA’s future plans include going to the Moon to stay, and then traveling on to Mars. The Moon provides the opportunity to accomplish transformational science in understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system. Join NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green as he describes how the Moon provides a natural, yet challenging, environment for our next-generation robotic and human explorers. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.
Apollo Anniversary Resources From NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement
Audience: All Educators and All Students
Celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversary and the future of Moon exploration with these educational resources! Find lesson plans, activities and printables. Get current information about contests and where to find images and original sources. Discover Apollo anniversary and “Moon to Mars” events happening near you on the searchable Map/Calendar, or plan your own event and submit it for inclusion.
SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Registration is still open for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, this conference features stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tours of Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.
10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall
Event Date: June 22, 6-11 p.m. EDT
Take a free guided tour of the sky at the 10th Annual Astronomy Festival sponsored by Hofstra University. The festival will feature solar, optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and star clusters; hands-on demonstrations, activities and videos; a planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome; speakers from scientific and educational organizations; and a chance to meet astronomers. Join the celebration from 6-11 p.m. EDT on the National Mall, in front of the Smithsonian Castle (between 9th-10th streets).
U.S. Space & Rocket Center Celebrates Apollo Anniversary With Global Launch Event
Event Date: July 16
On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew launched to begin their historic mission to the Moon. To commemorate this event, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, is asking teachers, scout leaders, families, students and rocket enthusiasts of all ages worldwide to join in a Global Rocket Launch! Visit the link for rocket ideas, then sign up and share your launch pictures on social media using #GlobalRocketLaunch.
Send Your Name to Mars on NASA's Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30
NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA's Mars 2020 rover! The Mars 2020 mission will launch next summer and land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration.
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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. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength
Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit ciencia.nasa.gov.
Visit NASA STEM Engagement on the Web:
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: https://www.nasa.gov/stem
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/forstudents
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
NASA Office of STEM Engagement | 300 E St SW, Washington, DC 20546
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