[ECP] K-12 Newsletters NASA Science

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  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:34:35 -0500


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 Project M Puts Scientists Avatars On the Moon 
K-12 Newsletters This video of NASA JSC's "Project M" depicts a Robonaut-based, 
tele-operated mission to the Moon one that JSC claims could be accomplished in 
1,000 days once the go-ahead was given.

New Robotics Module in NASA?s Do-It-Yourself Podcast
NASA uses robots in the form of aircraft, arms, space probes and telescopes. 
These robots do everything from explore the solar system to build new rockets. 
Your students can create a podcast about robots using NASA audio and video 
clips, images, and information. NASA Education's newest DIY Podcast topic 
module is entitled "Robots."
This module features NASA robotic systems engineer Fernando Zumbado discussing 
robots and how NASA uses them. The module's 22 video clips include Mars rover 
animation and B-roll footage of several NASA robots. The Robots module also has 
11 audio clips. Students download these NASA multimedia materials and edit them 
with their own recordings and narration to create a podcast.
Other DIY Podcast topic modules are: Fitness. Lab Safety. Newton's Laws. Rocket 
Evolution. Solar Arrays. Spacesuits. Sports Demo.
Students can build multimedia projects, while teachers meet national education 
standards.A companion blog offers tips and suggestions for incorporating the 
DIY Podcast into the classroom.

NASA Gives Teens Their ?Space? With New Web Site
NASA?s Science Mission Directorate has launched Mission:Science, a new Web site 
created specifically for teenagers. Through Mission:Science, teens can access 
current NASA spacecraft data for school science projects, conduct real 
experiments with NASA scientists and locate space-related summer internships.
Mission:Science showcases NASA's educational science resources and encourages 
students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and 
mathematics. While NASA provides a vast amount of online STEM information for 
students of all ages, Mission:Science boosts the content available for this age 
The site also features social networking tools, links to enter science contests 
or participate in a family science night, information about college research 
programs, and an array of NASA images, animation, videos and podcasts. Visit 
Mission:Science at http://missionscience.nasa.gov Questions about the 
Mission:Science Web site should be e-mailed to missionscience@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The following education event is sponsored by the NASA JPL Earth Public 
Engagement Team.
NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, Calif., is co-sponsoring 
Climate Day 2010. This two-day event will feature lectures and demonstrations 
by scientists, a Climate Jeopardy competition, career information and educator 
The event will take place March 26-27, 2010, at the Pasadena Convention Center. 
On Friday, March 26, educators and students in grades 6-12 are invited to 
attend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event hours for the public will be held from 9 
a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Pre-registration is required to attend on 
For more details about Climate Day and to pre-register online, visit 
Please direct any questions about the Climate Day event to Annie Richardson at 

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a two-week summer residential session for 
early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach in an 
elementary or middle school classroom. The event will take place July 12-23, 
2010, at NASA?s Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace, 
mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able to 
interface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while 
learning to incorporate NASA's cutting-edge research into lesson plans for 
elementary and intermediate school students. 
Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to 
The application period closes on March 15, 2010. For more information, visit 
Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Alissa Keil at 

The 2010 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing 
the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will 
be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free 
to attend. Tickets are required. If you are unable to attend the lectures, they 
will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture videos will be archived.

Where the Hot Stuff Is: Volcanoes of the Earth and Solar System
Rosaly Lopes, Senior Research Scientist at NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
will discuss different types of volcanoes in the solar system. She will be 
emphasizing Jupiter?s moon Io, which has more than 150 active volcanic centers 
and the hottest lavas yet known. The lecture will take place on March 11, 2009, 
at 8 p.m. Come early for a Meet the Lecturer question and answer.

Give and Take: The Story of Martian Winds
Mars is a vast cold desert whose red surface is swept by winds. These winds can 
raise enormous amounts of dust, with some storms enveloping the entire planet. 
Ronald Greenley of Arizona State University will use remarkable images from 
multiple Mars missions to discuss the power of the wind.The lecture will take 
place on April 7, 2010, at 8 p.m. Come early for a Meet the Lecturer question 
and answer.

Impact Cratering and the Solar System Cataclysm
Impact cratering is a process with devastating effects on a planet and its 
environment. Very large impacts have the power to destroy whole oceans and 
life. Robert G. Strom of the University of Arizona will discuss how impacts 
have shaped the solar system we see today. The lecture will take place on April 
29, 2010, at 8 p.m. Come early for a planetarium show and to meet the lecturer.

Phoenix?s Arctic Adventure
For five months in 2008, the Phoenix spacecraft studied a northern arctic plain 
of Mars on a quest to understand the history of water in the planet?s polar 
regions. Peter Smith of the University of Arizona will discuss what Phoenix 
taught us about water, climate cycles and habitability on Mars. The lecture 
will take place on June 3, 2010, at 8 p.m. Come early for a Meet the Lecturer 
question and answer.

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