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Celebrate World Space Week With NASA
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World Space Week is the largest space event in the world. Image Credit: NASA

World Space Week kicks off today and runs through Oct. 10 in more than 100 countries with hundreds of education-related activities for teachers and students. NASA's Education Division will introduce a few of its own new features designed to inspire formal and informal educators and help them encourage students to pursue studies in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields.

Space Life Sciences Website
The agency's new Space Life Sciences education website went live on Sept. 28 at http://www.nasa.gov/education/spacelife. Development of the website was a collaborative effort between NASA's Teaching From Space project and Educational Technology Services.

Features focus on the human body in space, plants in space, space food and nutrition, space habitats, and the potential for life beyond Earth. The website will serve as a single location for education content, resources, opportunities and updates on space life sciences.

Educators will find classroom materials, links to other NASA websites, announcements about life science research conducted in space, and information on opportunities for educators and students.

NASA's Digital Learning Network
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, will host several events at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The events will focus on the Mars Curiosity rover that recently landed on the Red Planet. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the mission from NASA experts. For a schedule of events, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

Aerospace Education Services Webinars
NASA's Aerospace Education Services Project, managed by Penn State University, will host a series of webinars through the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON. During the month of October, educators and students will hear from experts on a variety of topics, including living and working on the International Space Station, the Kepler and DAWN missions, the solar system, and robotics.

A complete webinar schedule is available at http://neon.psu.edu/webinars   →. The webinars are hosted at https://meeting.psu.edu/neon   → .

NASA's Teaching From Space Project
NASA's Teaching From Space project is devoted to helping educators make STEM come alive for learners. A team of former classroom teachers offers experiences and resources intended to be unique and accessible and to provide real-life connections to the world of STEM. Students can get involved in real NASA missions and research, gain access to NASA experts, and use NASA equipment to take learning to a new level. Visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs for more information and a schedule of activities.

TFS will focus on World Space Week with its Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, activities in the U.S. and several other countries, Oct. 5-13.

Assembling and using amateur radios, students from around the world can talk directly with crew members on the International Space Station for about 10 minutes and ask questions about life in space and other space-related topics as the station passes over their area.

On Oct. 13, a scheduled ARISS radio contact and presentation by NASA astronaut Dr. Lee M. Morin will highlight youth activities at the PACIFICON 2012 premiere wireless event during the American Radio Relay League Pacific Division Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.

International ARISS events will be held at schools in Turkey, Malaysia, Luxembourg and Italy. For general information and a complete schedule of ARISS activities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs/ariss.

NASA's INSPIRE Online Learning Community
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Online Learning Community will hold a one-hour "LiveChat" for a group of high school students, Oct. 4. The online session will feature two newly inducted NASA student ambassadors.

The ambassadors will discuss what influenced them to pursue an education in a STEM field of study, their college experiences and future goals, and answer questions.

NASA recently inducted 100 high-performing interns into the 2012 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. Their selection is part of NASA's effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in STEM research and interactive opportunities.

For information about INSPIRE activities, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

Space Place Prime App
The agency also introduced "Space Place Prime," a new application for iPads. The app updates daily with articles from the Space Place website and the best of NASA images and videos. Users can search the Apple App Store for this new application.

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