Bring NASA to Your School and Neighborhood
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Start the school year off with NASA educational resources. Credit: NASA

Aerospace Education Services Project (Grades K-12) -- NASA's Aerospace Education Services Project is a comprehensive education support project that provides customized and sustained professional development and other education services to the formal and informal education communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The AESP primary focus is a professional development effort that serves the elementary and secondary education community by providing distance learning events, in-service training for educators, pre-service training for university students, and identification of appropriate NASA education resources.

You can request an event with AESP as part of your own Blast Back to School.

East Region (Langley Research Center): Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia. For more information about these and other events in this region, contact Gwen Wheatle, 757-864-3302, gwendolyn.h.wheatle@nasa.gov.

East Region Opportunities (listed in order of expiration)

Date: Sept. 12, 2009
Location: Fredericksburg, Va.
Event Type: Hartwood Days Organizing Committee -- Venturing Crew 1717 (Informal Education Event)


West Region (Ames Research Center, Dryden Flight Research Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory): Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. For more information about these and other events in this region, contact Karin Costa, 650-604-6077, karin.a.costa@nasa.gov.

West Region Opportunities (listed in order of expiration)

Date: Sept. 9, 2009
Location: Rohnert Park, Calif.
Event Type: Informal Education Event sponsored by Sonoma State University

Date: Sept. 14, 2009
Location: Portland, Ore.
Event Type: WHEELS Event sponsored by the Vernon School OR Explorer School

Date: Sept. 17, 2009
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Event Type: Community Outreach Event sponsored by the Idaho National Laboratory

Date: Sept. 18, 2009
Location: Ashland, Ore.
Event Type: WHEELS Event sponsored by Science Works

Date: Sept. 23, 2009
Location: Boise, Idaho
Event Type: WHEELS Event sponsored by the Idaho Historical Museum


West-Central Region (Johnson Space Center): Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas. For more information about these and other events in this region, contact Lisa Roberts, 281-483-8619, lisa.roberts-1@nasa.gov.

West-Central Region Opportunities (listed in order of expiration)

Date: Sept. 10, 2009
Location: Kearney, Neb.
Event Type: Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics Conference

Date: Sept. 10, 2009
Location: Canyon, Texas
Event Type: Conference at West Texas A&M University

Date: Sept. 10, 2009
Location: Harlingen, Texas
Event Type: HESTEC Conference


For contact information to all of the NASA centers, please go to the AESP directory.

Digital Learning Network (All grades) -- Bring NASA experts into the classroom via videoconferencing and webcasts. View the DLN catalog to see what opportunities await you.

Name of Event: Back to School Webcast
Date: Sept. 8, 2009
Location: Live broadcast/webcast
Intended Audience: Students/Educators/Everyone
Event Agenda:Log in to see what NASA employees from around the country have to say about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden will kick off the discussion sharing career highlights and goals followed by a special message from astronauts on board the International Space Station.
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/education/dln

Name of Event: Hubble Space Telescope Webcast
Date: Sept. 10, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Live broadcast/webcast
Intended Audience: Students/Educators/Everyone
Event Agenda:Join NASA scientists and astronauts as they talk about the new Hubble Space Telescope images of the universe.
URL: http://www.nasa.gov/education/dln

Teachers Corner on the Space Place -- Download over 50 original middle school classroom activities (originally published in the Technology Teacher Journal). Fulfill your bulletin board needs with downloadable Earth and space images, and keep up-to-date with podcasts on frequently asked questions.

DIY Podcast (Grades 5-9) -- Students can build multimedia presentations using NASA images, audio clips and video clips. The Do-It-Yourself Podcast offers modules that students can use to build their own podcasts by using their imaginations and adding their own video demonstrations and audio narrations.

What's Up? Podcasts -- The What's Up? video podcasts present doorstep astronomy highlights and feature a related JPL/NASA mission or instrument. What's Up? is delivered as a monthly, two-minute HD video download. Podcasts are available on NASA, NASA IYA, JPL, Solar System and mission Web sites. Podcasts can be downloaded via iTunes.

Speakers Bureau -- The NASA Speakers Bureau is composed of engineers, scientists and other professionals who present to audiences around the country. The Speakers Bureau is a free service as part of NASA's public communication and outreach programs.

NASA Exhibits -- Bring excitement to your community by using NASA art, artifacts or models through the Exhibit Loan Program. Use of exhibits is free of charge except for shipping and insurance.

Follow the Messenger Spacecraft's Flyby of the Planet Mercury -- Messenger's third flyby of Mercury will take place on Sept. 29, 2009. Educators will be imbedded with the science team for several days before the flyby and will develop blogs and tweets detailing the event. The Messenger Web site offers a multitude of education resources for use in the classroom.

What Will Be Announced at the Hubble Space Telescope Briefing on September 9? -- Check out the HubbleSite's "What's Next for Hubble?" page to learn about the latest breaking news.

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