Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

Webcast for Teachers – Learn About the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON) – March 28, 2012

Join presenter John Weis from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., for an hourlong free webcast on March 28, 2012, at 3 p.m. EDT. This webcast will provide an overview of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, learning community. Learn how this worldwide community of educators, scientists and engineers can provide you with support, training and resources. This session will emphasize the steps to join and how to make the community work for you.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

To learn more about NEON, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/NEON.html

PetriDish.org – Crowdfunding for Science Projects


PetriDish.org is a new crowdfunding website for science

PetriDish is a crowdfunding program for science research.

What’s crowdfunding? It’s a way to raise funds for a program or project by asking for help from a community (in this case – online). The community members then make small pledges of money towards the cause. The researchers set a deadline for raising a funding goal and, if the goal is reached, each of those donations are applied to the project after the funding deadline. If the goal isn’t reached, then no donations are actually made. Lots of modest donations (often $5-$10) add up to a healthy research project!

PetriDish.org is in the beta stage now but researchers are encouraged to apply for the initial round of projects to be featured when the beta is complete. Researchers can increase awareness about their work, raise money for new projects and manage relationships with private donors all in one place. Donors can learn about new science projects and participate in scientific discovery.


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