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Blast Back to School Extra
08.17.05
The beginning of the school year is a great time to explore NASA's educational Web sites and products. This month's Extra highlights many resources available from NASA, as well as where and how to obtain them!

NASA's Office of Education promotes the development of educational resources for use with kindergarten through postsecondary audiences, as well as informal education. Sign up for emails for upcoming events, explore the realms of outer space through images from NASA's great observatories, plan for classroom experiences for the coming year and bring the excitement of exploration and discovery into the lives of your students.

And, don't forget to join NASA TV during the week of September 12-18, 2005. That's when some of its award-winning videos will help you "Blast Back to School."

NASA TV Education Schedule
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This 'Extra' feature highlights educational products, activities, multimedia and Web sites related to this month's theme "Blast Back to School."

Image to the right: Blast back to school! Credit NASA

Follow the Theme - Activities, Adventures and Web Sites of Interest

NASA Education - Keep up with NASA's education programs. The Web site is arranged by sections for Elementary and Secondary, Higher Education, Informal Education, Technology and Products Office and Education Flight Projects Office.
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A Guide to NASA's Education Programs - This searchable database has brief descriptions of NASA's Education Programs, including points of contact, admission criteria, location, content areas, and financial support for all of NASA's field centers.
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NASA Educational Materials - Search for NASA educational materials by type of product, grade level or subject area.
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Classroom Subjects - This area is designed to save time when seeking NASA resources associated with classroom subjects. Items in these subject areas are arranged by topics and selected based upon their benefit to the classroom educator.
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Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) - CORE serves as the worldwide distribution center for NASA-produced multimedia materials. Search the online CORE catalog by topics and categories of products. Featured "Blast Back to School" items include a backpack filled with lots of cool NASA "stuff", a set of NASA school supplies, and a bulletin board set. A Back to School Family Activity Kit is available on this site, as well.
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NASA Education EXPRESS Mailing List - Receive updates about NASA's educational opportunities, products and activities by signing up for the EXPRESS mailing list. Just a minute of your time will be well worth the information from this valuable resource.
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The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program - NASA Space Grant funds support scholarships and fellowships for students who are citizens of the United States at the undergraduate and graduate levels in space-related research, education, and public service projects.
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NASA Aerospace Education Services Program (AESP) - The NASA Aerospace Education Services Program Specialists provide assistance and support to educators in updating science, mathematics, geography, and technology curricula and in utilizing new and evolving instructional technology and teaching strategies.
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NASA's Digital Learning Network (DLN) - The NASA Digital Learning Network is comprised of three hub sites that provide learning events using digital learning technologies. The DLN offers videoconferencing or webcasting at no charge, providing interactive educational experiences to students and educators from kindergarten to university levels across the Nation and around the world.
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NASA Explorer Schools logo NASA Explorer Schools (NES)
The NES program establishes partnerships between NASA and school teams. Schools from across the country may apply online to participate in a program designed to bring engaging mathematics, science, and technology learning to educators, students, and families.
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Get into Edspace NASA's Edspace
Earth Crew is an exciting, interactive program linking students, teachers, and the public to space-related educational activities. Earth Crew members interact with NASA through webcasts, other distance-learning activities, and live programs around the Nation.
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A girl holding a book with a plane coming out of the book NASA Aeronautics Education
Learning activities and materials with an aeronautics focus for students and teachers at all grade levels can be found at this site.
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The words Science at NASA above an image of a galaxy Science@NASA Education
This program sponsors educational activities at all levels of formal and informal education. There are opportunities for learners to investigate their world and universe using unique NASA resources.
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Sun-Earth Day-Eclipse 2006
NASA's Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum sponsors and coordinates education events to highlight NASA's Sun-Earth Connection research and discoveries. The program for 2006 is titled "In a Different Light." Web site launch date: September 1, 2005. Order 2006 educator packets in January 2006.
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Illustration of Cassini-Huygens

The Cassini-Huygens Mission Education Program
In addition to providing opportunities for scientific discovery and exploration, the Cassini-Huygens mission offers an education program for grades K-12. This program is aimed at encouraging students of all ages to participate in learning about mathematics, science and technology, in the context of a deep space mission.
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Amazing Space

Amazing Space
Get to know our vast universe by exploring its planets, galaxies, comets, black holes and more. This is the Hubble Space Telescope page for students, teachers and space enthusiasts.
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center
Chandra is one of NASA's great observatories. Visit this site for the latest images and educational outreach.
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Cool Cosmos

Cool Cosmos
Open a door into the fantastic world of Infrared Astronomy. Check out the classroom activities, experiments, images and videos. A Spanish version is available.
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The words Spitzer Space Telescope to the right of an illustration of the telescope

Spitzer Space Telescope
Learn more about infrared light, astronomy, and the world around us. Spectacular images, fun games, resources for educators, and more!
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A woman holding a piece of an experiment

The Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program
This program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students. Students are challenged to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced gravity experiment of their choice over the course of six months.
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Dropping in a Microgravity Environment
This competition allows high school teams to design and build a science experiment to be operated in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. Four students and one adult advisor from each selected team will travel to NASA Glenn Research Center for DIME Drop Days in April to test their experiments.
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Videos showcased in the September 2005 Education File Schedule to support "Blast Back to School" are: "A" Train Express, Venus Transit, The Case of the Technical Knockout, Mirror, Mirror on the Universe, Measurement of All Things: Tools of the Aeronautics Trade, Case of the Disappearing Dirt, Plane Weather, Who Added the Micro to Gravity?, Case of the Unknown Stink, Ancient Observatories, Good Stress, Case of the Mysterious Red Light, Landscape Archeology: Hidden Treasures, Rocket to the Stars, and The Case of the Barking Dogs.
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Additional Resources

NASA CONNECT™
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NASA's KSNN™
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The NASA SciFiles™
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NASA's Destination Tomorrow™
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Mars for Educators
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The Space Place Teacher's Corner
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The NASA Sponsored Classroom of the Future™
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K-12 National Education Standards
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World Book @ NASA
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Spanish Online Resources
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Space Science Education Resource Directory
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