NASA K12 Education

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12) NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)

NASA K12 Education

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates for April 2012
Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 9, 2012
Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 11, 2012
Free Exploring Space Lecture — The Little Satellite That Could
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: April 11, 2012
Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: April 11-20, 2012
For Colleges and Universities: 2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: April 13, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012
For High School Juniors and Seniors: 2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012
Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Institute Dates: July 14-27, 2012
LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: May 15, 2012
Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2012
Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)

April 5, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.
Color Spinners: Understanding Light and Color (Grades 4-8)
April 6, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Christina Comer will explain light and color by constructing color spinners and observing the effects of rapid movement using colors. This webinar will be a fun introduction illustrating how different colors can be made and then changed.
NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)


April 11, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will explain NASA’s mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about K-12 educational materials created by each of the directorates and how educators can access these materials free of charge. Learn about citizen science opportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resources that educators can incorporate into their classrooms.
Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will provide an overview of the Messenger mission to the planet Mercury and will share lessons and activities connected with the mission. Participants will learn where to find online resources to bring the excitement of exploring Mercury into the classroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes and create a labeled illustration of lava layering.
Start a Space Garden (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will share how to start a school garden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Space project and the Canadian Space Agency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10 years, Tomatosphere has evolved into a regular component of the curriculum for more than 13,700 classrooms in Canada and the United States. At the end of the workshop, a NASA space seeds surprise awaits you.
Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.
NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air we BreatheEcho the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.
For more information about the webinars listed above, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through May 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.
Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle atGwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.
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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on April 9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.
For more information and to register online, visithttp://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.aspx.
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visithttp://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increase performance. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

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