Special Events: For the 2011-12 School year the Digital Learning Network at the NASA John. H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio is offering a variety of Special Event connections for you and your students. The events will happen on a monthly basis. Three schools will be chosen to connect for each of the videoconference events listed below. The event grade level targeted for each event is mentioned in the listing. The events may also be webcast, depending on the amount of requests we receive, for all other schools and students who are interested in viewing the programs. Please see the video conference activities section below for information about how to register for this special event. Anyone wishing to register for this program MUST also be a registered user of the DLN! If you are NOT a registered user, please go to our homepage and become a registered user FIRST.
Special GRC Event Schedule!
November and December
Co-Op opportunities for high school seniors
Presenter: Maria Arredondo, Co-op student, OSSI Center Administrator
Grade Level: High School Seniors/Juniors
Focus Question: How can students apply at NASA?
Description: Have you been interested in working for NASA and asked yourself "How do I get into NASA?" "What is it I need to do?" During this presentation we will provide you with the steps on how students are able to apply for NASA. You will be able to ask questions of Maria Arredondo who has previously completed this process. She will help you gain valuable insight on how you can apply to work at NASA.
Topics covered: NASA Websites, Courses of Study
Presenter: Jeff Woytach, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn
Grade Level: Any!
Focus Question: What is a Hero? What makes a "space" hero?
Description: The presentation discusses the qualities and attributes we apply to a person(s) whom we see as a hero. Examples of heroes in space exploration are presented with discussion as to how their actions make them heroes.
Topics covered: Space exploration history, sociology/psychology of a hero
Presenter: Ana De La Ree, Chemist/Post-Doctoral Researcher - NASA Glenn
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, Colleges
Focus Question: How will we fuel our transportation in the future?
Description: Today we use gasoline and jet fuel to get from one place to another. These fuels come from petroleum found in the ground. When this supply runs out, what will we do then? Research is being done on making alternative fuels from different sources like plants, plastic waste and gases found in the air and in space. I work on a project where we take two gases (carbon monoxide and hydrogen) put them through a catalytic process and produce crude oil. This oil can be refined to make gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The goal of this project is to be able to produce this synthetic crude oil in the cheapest way possible without creating any waste.Topics covered: Alternative Fuels, Environmental Stewardship of Earth, How a catalyst works.
January and February
Maneuvering in Space
Presenter: Heather Hickman, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, Colleges
Focus Question: How does a spacecraft move once it is in space?
Description: Most of us have watched rockets launch into space but what happens to a spacecraft once it reaches orbit? How do they get to where they are intended to go? NASA Engineer Heather Hickman will let us know how we maneuver in space and give us an idea of the different propulsion technologies used on spacecraft of today and what the future may be. We will get some insight on how spacecraft stay on course and the research being done at NASA.
Topics covered: Newton’s Laws of Motion, Types of In-Space Propulsion Systems, Examples of Propulsion Systems used on current spacecraft.
The Human Body in Space
Presenter: David Fuller, Systems and Biomedical Engineer, NASA Glenn
Grade Level: 5-8
Focus Question: What happens to the human body in space?
Description: The human body, like most organisms on Earth, are highly adapted to the Earth’s gravity field. In orbit, where the effects of gravity are reduced to near zero, the human body tries to adapt to this new environment, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. This DLN topic will present some of the changes that the body makes while in microgravity and demonstrate these principles with simple models.
Topics covered: Health, Scientific Research, Space, Exploration, Human Anatomy and Physiology
Additional topics you may request,
Engineering Career Panel
Please check back for more updates!
|Students will view various images from an engineering career.|
|Students will participate in discussion with an engineer and discuss their career path and necessary academic steps that lead them in that particular direction for their career choice.|
Students will discuss importance of academic choices for their future career paths and how they parallel with the engineer's experiences.
Students will apply what they have learned from their discussions with the engineers to their own future career choices.
Students will express what they must do in order to achieve their future plans in careers of their choice.
Students may want to visit the NASA website at www.nasa.gov to become familiar with current NASA missions.
3 schools per event will be allowed to join host, David Mazza, for the NASA Glenn Special Event Series. Please review the events above, provide the needed information below, then email to David Mazza at email@example.com
Requests will be taken on a first come first serve basis. If we receive numerous requests we may be able to add another date and time for that program. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Dave at the email above.
Earth and Space Science Grades 4-8
Science and Technology
History and Nature of Science Grades 4-8