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Attend a NASA Educator Workshop
08.11.09
 
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Start the school year off with NASA educational resources. Credit: NASA

Check out the following NASA workshops and events in August and September. And be sure to frequently check the Current Opportunities list for opportunities taking place year round.


Solar System Educators Program -- A nationwide network of volunteers offers workshops that introduce the public to NASA missions and projects. The volunteers show how NASA topics, materials and research can be incorporated into the classroom.

"From Earth to the Universe" Exhibit -- "From Earth to the Universe" is a collection of astronomical images that showcase the most dramatic views of the universe. The images represent the incredible variety of astronomical objects that are known to exist -- planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and the clusters in which they congregate. They are being exhibited in over 250 locations throughout the world in 2009 and 2010. Over 60 countries are scheduled to host a FETTU exhibit.

"Teaching Earth and Space Science" Course at Rice University
Houston, Texas, Aug. 24 - Dec. 4, 2009

Earn three hours of graduate credit while learning about the solar system and solar system missions. The course is taught at Rice University on Monday evenings from 6:15-9 p.m., plus some observing sessions. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.

Chandra's First Decade of Discovery Symposium
Chandra's First Decade of Discovery is the fifth in a series highlighting unique imaging and spectroscopic results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This symposium will take place on Sept. 21-25, 2009, in Boston, Mass., and will highlight key science results from the first ten years of operation of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The focus will be on results which have had the largest impact on astrophysics. The registration deadline is Sept. 4, 2009.

NXT LEGO Robotics Workshop
Date: Sept. 5, 2009
Location: Wheeling Jesuit University Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling, W.Va.
Intended Audience: Educators and Adult Youth Group Leaders
Event Agenda: During the six-hour NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium-funded workshop, educators will learn to program and build robots and robot arms for various scenarios, so that they will feel comfortable leading robotics activities with students. Educators will also be introduced to the new FIRST LEGO League "Smart move" transportation research and robotics challenges.
Contact Info: Meri Cummings, meri@cet.edu

Name of Event: Cleveland Air Show
Date: Sept. 5-8, 2009
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Intended Audience: The Public, Students
Contact Info: Renee Elias, 440-775-1197, RElias@lcjvs.net

Name of Event: Reading, Writing, and Rings Workshop
Date: Sept. 8, 2009
Location: Marshall Space Flight Center Educator Resource Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Event Agenda: The Marshall Space Flight Center Educator Resource Center will offer a workshop to correlate with the NASA Educator Guide Reading, Writing, and Rings for teachers of grades 1-8. Hands-on activities meet national standards. Teachers will learn about the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and fun hands-on activities to excite students about science.
Contact Info: Miranda Martin, 256-544-5812, Miranda.Martin@nasa.gov

Name of Event: Early Start on Science Using Space
Date: Sept. 8-18, 2009
Location: Kindercare Learning Center, Troy, Mich.
Intended Audience: Early Childhood Students
Contact Info: Renee Elias, 440-775-1197, RElias@lcjvs.net

Name of Event: Louisiana Educator Resource Center
Date: Sept. 11, 2009
Location: Louisiana Educator Resource Center, Ruston, La.
Event Agenda: Taking place at the Louisiana Educator Resource Center on Sept. 11, 2009, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., parents will have the opportunity to drop off their K-6 grade children to have dinner and conduct experiments. The class will discuss new technology resources available through NASA and the NASA Education Web Site. Twenty children are expected to attend.
Contact Info: Lindsey B. Keith-Vincent, 318-257-2866, gbeer@latech.edu

Name of Event: Girl Scouts and NASA Day
Date: Sept. 12, 2009
Location: Breaux Bridge, La.
Event Agenda: An education specialist from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will join with Girl Scouts of Louisiana -- Pines to the Gulf, to hold an event in Breaux Bridge for 100 Girl Scouts. The event will include rocket building and launching rockets, Lunar Landers and parachutes. This opportunity is open to girls from the state of Louisiana.
Contact Info: Kristy Hill, 256-961-1358, Kristy.Hill@nasa.gov

Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Formal Educator Workshops
Millbrae, Calif., Sept. 12-13, 2009

Designed for educators of grades 4-12, the workshop will have several strands for participants to choose from to match their needs and interests. Each strand will include current content, hands-on activities and approaches to teaching science that can help teachers to meet their curriculum and science standards goals. Take-home materials will also be provided.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Informal Educator Workshops
Millbrae, Calif., Sept. 12-13, 2009

Pick up new tips and hone your skills for presenting science in informal settings in workshops designed for informal educators, including planetarium, museum and science/nature center educators. ASP staffers, NASA- and National Science Foundation-sponsored professionals, and special guest presenters will lead the workshop.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Astronomy 101 Workshop
Millbrae, Calif., Sept. 12, 2009

The Astronomy 101 Workshop will help participants implement interactive learning strategies in their classrooms. From questioning in the classroom to small group collaborative activities, interactive-teaching will be modeled by both workshop leaders and participants. Members of the Center for Astronomy Education at the University of Arizona will present this workshop.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific: Amateur Astronomer Workshops and Events
Millbrae, Calif., Sept. 12-13, 2009

Join other amateur astronomers for two days of workshops and events. On Sept. 12, 2009, attend a day-long meeting of the Astronomical Association of Northern California to learn new information and techniques. On Sept. 13, 2009, morning workshops will focus on moon outreach and enhancing public outreach skills, while the afternoon will feature speakers from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute.

Annual Okie-Tex Star Party
Date: Sept. 12-20, 2009
Location: Camp Billy Joe near Kenton, Okla.
Intended Audience: Students, Educators, the Public, Ham Radio Operators


AIAA Space '09 Education Alley
Education Alley returns to the AIAA SPACE 2009 Conference & Exposition, giving students and teachers a sensational opportunity to learn more about space. Precollege students can attend presentations, view exhibits, and talk with engineers about why they became part of this exciting industry. Supported by the AIAA Precollege Outreach Committee, Education Alley will feature displays from invited organizations like NASA, the U.S. Air Force, NOAA and Lockheed Martin, and include special sessions, tours of the main exhibit hall, and hands-on demonstrations that will show students what opportunities the space program could provide for them in the future. Sponsors of this year's Education Alley are The Aerospace Corporation, The Boeing Company, SpaceX, Raytheon and Wyle. The conference is taking place Sept. 14-17, 2009, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif.

Name of Event: NASA's Student Glovebox Workshop
Date: Sept. 16, 2009
Location: Marshall Space Flight Center Educator Resource Center, Huntsville, Ala.
Event Agenda: All area educators for grades 4-9 are invited to attend a workshop hosted by the MSFC ERC that will focus on science done on the International Space Station. Participants will build a science glovebox to take with them and conduct experiments inside the boxes.
Contact Info: Miranda Martin, 256-544-5812, Miranda.Martin@nasa.gov

Tracking Severe Storms Presentation
Date: Sept. 16, 2009
Location: Washington, D.C.
Event Agenda: Dr. Scott A. Brawn, research meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will speak about tracking severe storms.


Name of Event: Lunar Workshop: LRO/LCROSS and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Date: Sept. 19, 2009
Location: Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center -- Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Event Agenda: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join the KSC education staff for this free STEM workshop that highlights NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and viewing opportunities for the Oct. 9 lunar impact. Educators will learn to implement authentic, hands-on activities and locate sustainable NASA resources for their classroom. All participants will receive a NASA Educator Packet containing materials and resources. Door prizes also will be given.
Contact Info: Birdette Brown, 321-867-4090, ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov

Name of Event: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council: Space Girl Fitness
Date: Sept. 19, 2009
Location: Houston, Texas
Event Agenda: 200 girls will be participating in both physical activities and inquiry-based modules on nutrition, hydration and healthy bones. All the modules focus on STEM topics and the scientific process.
Contact Info: Jacky Cortez, jaqueline.m.cortez@nasa.gov

Name of Event: Iowa Girl Scout Event
Date: Sept. 19, 2009
Location: Ames, Iowa
Event Agenda: This Girl Scout event will host 100 girls at an all-day event in building Lunar Landers, parachutes and small model rockets. The rockets will be launched at the event. This is a joint venture with Girl Scout of Greater Iowa.
Contact Info: Kristy Hill, 256-961-1358, Kristy.Hill@nasa.gov

Name of Event: Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School Science Night
Date: September 2009 (exact Date TBD)
Location: Hollywood, Florida (Broward County)
Intended Audience: Students, Parents
Contact Info: Renee Elias, 440-775-1197, RElias@lcjvs.net

Name of Event: Introduction to Lego Robotics Workshop
Date: Sept. 29, 2009
Location: Huntsville, Ala.
Event Agenda: Teachers will learn how to build and program Lego Robots in this three-hour class. The class will introduce teachers that are unfamiliar with Lego robotics and make them comfortable to present this to their students.
Contact Info: Kristy Hill, 256-961-1358, Kristy.Hill@nasa.gov

Name of Event: Education Product Showcase: Earth Science Week Products
Date: Sept. 30, 2009
Location: Webcast Online Workshop through NASA Digital Learning Network
Intended Audience: Educators
Contact Info: Renee Elias, 440-775-1197, RElias@lcjvs.net

Name of Event: HESTEC Robotics Day
Date: Oct. 1, 2009
Location: University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
Event Agenda: The Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology Program's Robotics Day is devoted to a regional student hands-on science competition. High school teams represent their prospective school districts using advanced robotic engineering practices. Each team is mentored by a university engineering student majoring in robotics engineering, while engineers and scientists from Fortune 500 companies serve as consultants. HESTEC premiere science exhibits, including one from NASA, are showcased during this event.
Contact Info: HESTEC Robotics Day Coordinator, 1-888-432-4033

Name of Event:LRO/LCROSS Girl Scout Workshop
Date: Oct. 3, 2009
Location: Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center -- Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Event Agenda: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This workshop is open to the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council to earn their aerospace badge. KSC education staff will introduce the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the LCROSS mission and how to view the upcoming Oct. 9 lunar impact. Participants will study lunar topography, stratigraphy, and the electromagnetic spectrum. They also will engineer a lunar outpost design.
Contact Info: Linda Scauzillo, 321-867-4090, ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov

Name of Event: Astronomy Workshop: You Won't Believe Your Eyes
Date: Oct. 3, 2009
Location: Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center -- Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Event Agenda: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This free workshop by the KSC education staff introduces astronomy into the classroom by highlighting NASA's four "Great Observatories." Developed using national education standards, these hands-on activities include training on telescopes, using binoculars, reading star charts and a portable planetarium demonstration. Bonus: An update and hands-on activities related to NASA's LRO/LCROSS mission will be included. All participants receive a NASA Educator Packet containing materials and resources. Door prizes also will be given.
Contact Info: Birdette Brown, 321-867-4090, ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov

NIRCam/James Webb Space Telescope Astronomy Workshop
Date: Oct. 9-11, 2009
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Event Agenda: The NIRCam/JWST team hosts its 11th astronomy workshop for Girl Scout adult leaders.


Dark Matter Presentation
Date: Oct. 13, 2009
Location: Washington, D.C.
Event Agenda: Richard Mushotzky will present on dark matter using the Uniview astronomical visualization platform.


Name of Event: Alabama Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2009 Fall Forum
Date: Oct. 15-16, 2009
Location: Auburn University, Montgomery, Ala.
Event Agenda: About 100 teachers of grades 5-12 are expected to attend three sessions presented on the role of nanotechnology in future space probes. The sessions, titled Nanometer: Emerging Technologies of the Extremely Small, will provide insight to how nanotechnology concepts can be used in the middle and secondary classroom by understanding the concept of a billionth.
Contact Info: Wil Robertson, 256-961-1367, William.O.Robertson@nasa.gov

Name of Event: NASA & Girl Scout Event
Date: Oct. 17, 2009
Location: Ames, Iowa
Event Agenda: NASA will join with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa to hold an event in Ames, Iowa, for 100 Girl Scouts. The event will include rocket building and launching rockets, Lunar Landers and parachutes.
Contact Info: Kristy Hill, 256-961-1358, Kristy.Hill@nasa.gov

Name of Event: Ares 1-X Rocketry Workshop
Date: Oct. 24, 2009
Location: Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center -- Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Event Agenda: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Join the KSC education staff for a free, STEM-based workshop about the Constellation Program and the upcoming launch of Ares 1-X. Selected educators will learn to integrate authentic, formative and hands-on activities from NASA's new Rockets Educator Guide. All participants will receive a Rocket Kit containing components to build a pressurized rocket launcher, a copy of the new rocket guide, and a NASA Educator Packet containing materials and resources. Door prizes will be given.
Contact Info: Lisa Valencia or Christopher Blair, 321-867-4090, ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov

Name of Event: Rockets Rock! Foam Plate Speaker Challenge
Date: Dec. 19, 2009
Location: Kennedy Space Center Educator Resource Center -- Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Event Agenda: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sound waves, vibration testing and decibel levels play an integral role in spacecraft development and launch processes. This free educator workshop incorporates numerous national and state standards of science education including how energy is measured, is compared, and changes forms. Through hands-on STEM activities, educators will design and engineer a working model to demonstrate compression waves to their students. All participants receive a NASA Educator Packet containing materials and resources. Door prizes will also be given.
Contact Info: Birdette Brown, 321-867-4090, ksc-erc-educator-resource-center@mail.nasa.gov


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