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Over 50 Years Running – AESP: Aerospace Education Services Project

Connecting NASA with K-12, AESP is NASA’s longest running K-12 education project. AESP Education Specialist based at NASA field centers travel throughout the states to deliver pre-service and in-service professional development at no cost to the host. Go to http://aesp.psu.edu/ for more information or to request a visit to your school.

Educators will have access to NEON or NASA Educators Online Network, a professional learning community that will allow educators to expand their learning resources. Discover NEON at http://neon.psu.edu/

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Resources for the Mars Rover Landing

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The Curiosity rover will land August 5-6, 2012.

Celebrate the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover!

In a few weeks, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars. What will this rover do? Curiosity will look for things that sustain life: signs of long-term water in the past or present and the right chemical ingredients for life (e.g., carbon-based molecules, the chemical building blocks of life). Use this historic occasion to introduce current real-world science and engineering to your students.

Curiosity is scheduled to land on Mars at 1:31 a.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (That’s 10:31 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Aug. 5.) That evening, Mars will be visible in the night sky with a telescope or with the naked eye. Take this opportunity to host a Mars-gazing party! Just after sunset, Mars will be roughly 150 million miles away from Earth, and the Curiosity Rover will be only hours away from arriving to this distant orange dot in the night sky. Submit your events to http://www.nasa.gov/mars.

Looking for activities to get students excited about the upcoming landing? A number of short, hands-on activities relating to the mission are available at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate/marsforeducators/soi/.

For a basic overview of the Red Planet, visit the following websites:

  1. Basic Information on Mars:  http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars
  2. Mars Image Collection:   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/
  3. 3-D Images of Mars:   http://mars3d.jpl.nasa.gov/

Want to know more about the area where the Curiosity rover will be landing on Mars? Visit the following websites to learn more about Gale Crater.

  1. Destination Gale Crater: August 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm PDT:   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/images/?ImageID=3852
  2. Gale’s Mount Sharp Compared to Three Big Mountains on Earth:   http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/multimedia/pia15292-Fig2.html
  3. National Parks as Mars Analog Sites:   http://www.nps.gov/deva/parknews/mars-and-mojave.htm

The Curiosity rover will landing using a bold new landing technique. Check out the “Seven Minutes of Terror” video at the link below to see how rockets, parachutes and a “sky crane” will help Curiosity make a soft landing on Mars.

“Seven Minutes of Terror” video:   http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/index.cfm?v=49

Live media coverage of the Curiosity landing begins at midnight EDT (9 p.m. PDT) on NASA TV. To find NASA TV on your local cable provider, or to view the coverage online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv.

Curiosity also has a presence on Twitter and Facebook:

  1. Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity
  2. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity

For up-to-the-minute mission information about the Curiosity rover and progress toward its Mars landing, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov.

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Papercraft Spaceships and Satellites – Build Your Own Space Program!

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This papercraft Galileo model is very challenging to build!

Looking for an inexpensive creative project for you or your children?  Try some of the space themed paper models at the links below.  These patterns are available for free download.  Simply print the pattern and follow the instructions to build your own space fleet!  Warning: Some of these are very challenging!

Balloon Powered Nanorover, Cassini, Galileo, Etc (various skill levels)

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/kids/papermodels.cfm

Hubble, Chandra X-Ray Telescope, Etc (various skill levels)

http://science.nasa.gov/kids/the-universe/universe-spacecraft-paper-models/

Shuttle, Saturn V, Opportunity and Spirit, Etc (various skill levels)

http://jleslie48.com/gallery_models_real.html

Scaled Composites Spaceship One

http://www.currell.net/models/mod_free.htm

International Space Station

http://www.csiro.au/resources/InternationalSpaceStation.html

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ARISSat-1 Satellite Launched

A satellite with amateur radio capabilities and a student-designed experiment was released into orbit around Earth on Aug. 3, 2011, during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station. The satellite is transmitting signals containing information that students around the world can access.

ARISSat-1, which stands for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Satellite-1, contains a student-designed experiment and other equipment that students can use to learn more about space and space exploration. The rectangular spacecraft is covered by six solar panels that will charge the batteries in the satellite for about six months as it orbits Earth. Spoken telemetry values, with data such as temperature and battery life, are intended to promote science and mathematics education by encouraging school children to listen to the satellite, track its progress and plot the changes.

The project website provides free downloadable software that can be used to decode the data. In addition to data, the satellite will transmit 24 pre-recorded greetings in 15 different languages — French, Spanish, German, English and Chinese, to name a few.

Check out the ARISSat-1 website at http://arissat1.org/ for information on data transmissions, contests and student activities.

Questions about ARISSat-1 should be directed to teachers@arissat1.org.

NASA Education Communications Support Services (ECSS) Website

The NASA Education Communications Support Services (ECSS) website, http://www.nasaecss.com , is now available for NASA Education materials requests and communications-related news/information.

The ECSS team in the NASA Office of Education supports Agency-wide dissemination of materials and education events. All NASA and external individuals/organizations seeking educational materials or event support from the Office of Education may refer to the guidance below and on the website. The website also features a blog, social media connections, and other ongoing updates.

Guidance for Requesting NASA Materials

Companies and Non-Profit Organizations
• Please contact the NASA Education Office in your region. The points of contact can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/contacts/cdirect.html

Educators, Schools, and Families

Please utilize the following resources:
• The NASA Educator Resource Center in your region http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ercn/home/ERCN_Field_Center_Listing.html
• Regional Educator Resource Centers in your state http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ercn/home/ERCN_State_Listing.html
• NASA Central Operations of Resources for Educators (CORE) http://core.nasa.gov/
• NASA Online Education Materials http://www.nasa.gov/education/materials

Visitors to NASA Headquarters
• The Headquarters Library is open to the public and has an Information Center with a variety of free education and outreach materials.

Blast Back to School With NASA Educational Resources

As you get ready for the new school year, consider adding a little space to your class.

NASA offers educational resources for use with kindergarten through college, as well as resources for the informal education community. Many of NASA’s educational products are quick and easy to find on the NASA website.

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Blast back to school with some great NASA space materials

Visit the NASA Blast Back to School page to find educational resources and NASA events taking place in your area. From the site, you can find information relating to the following topics:

  • NASA Explorer Schools
  • NASA Summer of Innovation
  • Current Opportunities for Students and Educators
  • National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
  • Taking Up Space Blog
  • Go Backstage With NASA Education
  • Homework Topics for Students
  • NASA’s Education Resources
  • Easy Ways to Obtain NASA Educational Materials
  • Find NASA Teaching Materials
  • NASA’s Educator Resource Center Network
  • Central Operation of Resources for Educators
  • Educational Multimedia

For more information, visit the Blast Back to School page:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/blast-back-to-school-2010.html

New NASA Website Focusing on Robotics

Innovation, creativity, problem solving — the world of robotics at NASA is all of these things. Bookmark this new one-stop shop on NASA.gov for news about robotics for educators and students. Check out the things to do on the site to see if robotics might be in your future.

Things you can do on this site:
–Answer the question: What Is Robotics?
–Practice your programming skills with the interactive robotic activity.
–Watch and download video and multimedia features about robotics.
–Follow a timeline tracing the history of robotics.
–Check out lesson plans for your classroom.
–Stay up-to-date with information about NASA-supported robotics competitions.
–Visit the Robotics Image Gallery.
–Explore other worlds with NASA through robotic spacecraft discoveries.
–Read about scientists and engineers who design and test robots.
–Browse NASA Web sites for information about robotics.

Visit the new NASA Robotics website at: http://www.nasa.gov/education/robotics

Blast Back to School with NASA Educational Programs

As you get ready for the new school year, consider adding a little space to your class.

NASA offers educational resources for use with kindergarten through college, as well as resources for the informal education community. Many of NASA’s educational products are quick and easy to find on the NASA Web site.

Visit the NASA Blast Back to School page to find educational resources and NASA events taking place in your area. From the site, you can find information relating to the following topics:

— Bring NASA Missions Into Your Classroom
— Bring NASA to Your School and Neighborhood
— Attend a NASA Educator Workshop
— Current Opportunities for Educators and Students
— NASA Resources for Your Classroom
— Especially for Students

For more information, visit the Blast Back to School page:
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/blast-back-to-school.html

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