Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 12 to the International Space Station

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The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 12 to the International Space Station, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the space station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.

Each participating community will receive a microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment and all launch services to fly the minilab to the space station in spring/summer 2018 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community′s reserved mini-lab.

Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming uses the experiment design competition to engage the community in embracing a learning-community model for STEM education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations also are encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 28, 2017. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the “SSEP Mission 12 to International Space Station” National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2017/03/new-flight-opportunity-for-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiments-program-ssep-mission-12-to-the-international-space-station-starting-september-2017/

SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the use of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner of SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast Series

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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is presenting a series of free education webcast events called "STEM in 30." This program consists of live, fast-paced 30-minute webcasts designed to increase interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students. To enhance the learning experience, students can get involved with the content through the interactive "Cover It Live" feature, which includes poll questions and classroom activities. The webcasts are available live on the National Air and Space Museum website and NASA TV, and they will be archived for on-demand viewing.

The Women Paving the Way to Mars
April 12, 2017, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
“Boldly go where no man has gone before.” Iconic gender-specific phrases like this don’t tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry — from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson, who helped send humans to the moon, to Christina Koch, one of NASA’s newest astronauts. Join the webcast to learn about the women who are helping pave the way to Mars.

African-American Contributions to Aviation and Spaceflight
May 17, 2017, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
African-Americans have made contributions to aviation since its inception but found themselves routinely denied access to training as pilots and mechanics. “Brave” Bessie Coleman had to learn another language and travel across the ocean to earn her pilot’s license. The Tuskegee Airmen battled against discrimination to serve in World War II. NASA engineer Kobie Boykins helped design every rover that has gone to Mars.Join the webcast to explore the integral part African-Americans have played in shaping America's aerospace industry.

"STEM in 30" webcasts are online learning experiences but are filmed in front of a live audience. If you are interested in bringing your school group to a live filming of "STEM in 30," please email STEMin30@si.edufor details. 

For more information about the Smithsonian's "STEM in 30" Webcast Series, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/connect/stem-30.

Questions about this series should be directed to STEMin30@si.edu

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — Online Solar Eclipse Workshop

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Join NASA's Digital Learning Network for an online Solar Eclipse Workshop on April 11, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT. This hourlong live-streamed educator workshop will showcase solar eclipse education resources for K-12 educators. Learn how NASA education resources can help you bring the excitement and science of the total eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, to your classroom. Several hands-on activities will be demonstrated during the workshop, and subject matter experts will explain why the eclipse is a unique event for scientists and the public. 

This is the first total eclipse to cross the United States since the 1970s, and the next one will not occur until 2024. Make plans to attend and learn how to engage your students in “Total Eclipse 2017.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/185598385279098/.  

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

For information about other DLN events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/dln/special-events.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Event — NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Engineering Career Panel Webcast

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Tune in on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 10 a.m. EDT, to #askDLN questions about engineering and working at NASA.

Kennedy Space Center will host an hourlong live question-and-answer session with three engineers to discuss their different careers paths and current work experiences. Watch the live event on the NASA DLiNfo Channel and tweet questions with #askDLN or email questions to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

Speakers (subject to change):
Adam Ayala – Systems Integration and Test Engineering Manager
Melissa Jones – Director of Landing and Recovery, Exploration Mission-1
Steve Sullivan – Chief Engineer, Commercial Crew Program 

For information about current internship opportunities, please visit https://intern.nasa.gov/ossi/ and https://nasajobs.nasa.gov/studentopps/Pathways.htm.

Please direct questions about this event to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com, with "Kennedy Space Center Engineering Career Panel" in the subject line of your message.

For more information about this and other DLN events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/dln/special-events.

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Solar System Exploration: Dwarf Planets
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School, and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: April 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will get an overview of the story behind the creation of the Dwarf Planet classification. Learn about currently identified dwarf planets in our solar system and NASA resources for teaching about dwarf planets. Activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ESS1. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/227777

Solar System Exploration: Juno to Jupiter
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 4, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn about the solar system and beyond with NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter. Learn about the Juno mission, which began in August 2011, while also learning about hands-on activities related to the solar system. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/233990

Technology in the Classroom: Tools for Diverse Learners
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 2-8
Event Date: April 4, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT
Participants will explore how technology can be used to amplify student design and reflection pieces in science activities. With these readily available tools and practices, we can give students meaningful opportunities to revise and improve their projects to demonstrate their own learning and to share artifacts of their work. We will explore examples provided from elementary SPED classrooms and shared by special guest speaker Nick Giacobbe. Nick Giacobbe is a Harvard-educated SPED teacher named Innovator the Year for his work bringing technology into the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/236299

Solar System Exploration: Hubble — A History
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: April 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will get a historical overview of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Discussion will focus on using the telescope as a platform for teaching science concepts. Activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and PS4. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/227779

Solar System Exploration: Life on Mars?
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: April 6, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Is there life beyond our Earth? Using NASA STEM lessons, participants will explore the possibility of life on Mars using the definition of "life" to determine whether anything is alive in three different simulated Mars soil samples. The lessons have students experiment, record observations, and draw pictures as they collect data from the samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/232490

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.