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Oregon State University Moon Tree Dedication October 10, 2012

CELEBRATE THE PAST AND INSPIRE THE FUTURE

Join the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Peavy Hall on the OSU campus for the Moon Tree Dedication, a celebration of Astronaut Stuart Roosa and the Apollo 14 Lunar Mission.

Apollo 14 launched on January 31, 1971 on what was to be NASA’s third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later, Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former Oregon US Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in Roosa’s personal belongings during the mission were about 500 tree seeds, part of a joint NASA/USFS project. Upon return to Earth, the seeds were germinated by the Forest Service. Known as the “Moon Trees”, the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States and the World. They stand as a tribute to astronaut Roosa and the Apollo Program.

Of the 500 seeds flown on Apollo 14, only about 50 trees still stand today. OSU is proud to be home to one of the existing trees, now a 40 foot tall Douglas Fir. This tree stands as a symbol of both our past achievements in space science and exploration and as an inspiration to future generations of explorers.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10, 2012
PEAVY HALL RICHARDSON 107
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

2:00-2:30 Dedication and unveiling of plaque
2:30-3:15 Speaker Presentation
3:15-5:00 Reception

For more information about the Moon Trees go to http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.html.
Contact the Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium at 541-737-2414 with questions regarding the dedication or go online for more information: http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/osu-moon-tree-dedication.

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Bag of Bones Classroom Activity – Grades K-8

Student and Skeleton

Let’s crunch some bones!

Students test bone density using plastic snack bags, corn puff cereal and a heavy book. They apply the scientific method to determine degrees of bone loss and learn why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Bag_of_Bones_Activity.html

Objective:

Following this activity, the student will be able to

  • Identify the effects of decreased bone mass (osteoporosis)
  • Describe why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth

National Science Standards:

  • Unifying Concepts and Processes in Science
  1. Evidence, models, and explanation
  2. Change, constancy, and measurement
  • Science as Inquiry
  1. Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  2. Understanding about scientific inquiry
  • Life Science
  1. Structure and function in living systems
  2. Diversity and adaptations of organisms
  • Science in Perspective
  1. Personal health
  • History and Nature of Science
  1. Nature of science

National Mathematics Standards:

  • Mathematics as problem solving
  • Mathematics as reasoning
  • Mathematical connections
  • Computation and estimation

Materials Needed:

  • Corn puff cereal (approx. 4.5 oz. per group)
  • Ziplock snack bags (6 5/8 inch x 3 ¼ inch) – 5 per group (larger bags holdtoo much cereal to count in a reasonable amount of time)
  • Permanent markers for labeling bags
  • Heavy books (one per group)
  • Student Activity Guide (one per student)
  • Broom and dustpan (for clean-up)

Time Required:

This activity may be spread out over a two- or three-day period. You maywish to use the first day for discussion and baggie preparation, and the second and third days for experimentation, data collection, and discussion.

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NASA Science Mission Directorate Seeks Educator Professional Development Feedback – Deadline September 10, 2012

The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is strongly committed to enhancing the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. As part of that commitment, each of the four divisions within the SMD established an Education and Public Outreach (E/PO) Forum. Each Forum consists of a team of scientists and educators that coordinates activities using NASA science content, expertise, and facilities.

One of the areas on which the Forums are currently focusing is teacher professional development. In an effort to continue offering the most valuable professional development experience possible, the Forums are seeking expert input.

Please fill in the survey found at the website listed below. The survey should take less than 20 minutes. We are asking for your response by Sept. 10, 2012.

http://bit.ly/NASAscienceteacher

Thank you very much for your contribution to NASA Science E/PO Forums!

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New Bookmarks From NASA – Free K-12 Teaching Materials

Microgravity Bookmark

Printable Microgravity Bookmark

Microgravity Square Bookmark – Grades K-12

The uniquely shaped bookmark highlights the microgravity resources for K-12 educators found on the Microgravity education website. The website offers lesson plans, research information, opportunities for educators and students, and multimedia highlighting NASA’s microgravity research.   http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Microgravity_Square.html

Rocketry Bookmark

Printable Rocketry Bookmark

Rocketry Bookmark – All Grade Levels

Blast off to the exciting world of rocketry! The downloadable bookmark has the Web address for NASA’s Rocketry education site. Visit the site to explore incredible rocketry resources for educators and students.  http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Rocketry_Bookmark.html

STEM on Station Bookmark

Printable STEM on Station Bookmark

STEM on Station Bookmark – All Grade Levels

Think beyond textbooks and use the International Space Station as a teaching resource. The bookmark has the Web address for NASA’s STEM on Station education site. Visit the site to download videos, access lesson plans and find space station opportunities for students and educators.
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/STEMStation_Bookmark.html

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Free Space Nutrition Storybook Available – Grades 5-8

Space Nutrition

Space Nutrition
by Scott M. Smith, Janis Davis-Street, Lisa Neasbitt & Sara R. Zwart

Space Nutrition, a storybook

by Scott M. Smith, Janis Davis-Street, Lisa Neasbitt & Sara R. Zwart

This book is available for free download on your iPad with iBooks 2 or on your computer with iTunes. To read this book, you must be using an iPad with iBooks 2.

This new book, published through NASA’s Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory, is a fun look at space food and the nutritional needs of humans who work in space.  It also provides an overview of previous space missions (including videos and photos from some of the programs) and lessons about different kinds of research and why they matter to NASA and the space program.

The book has some excellent STEM content for educators looking for space related content at appropriate grade levels.  The book includes a glossary, a science content standards map, and classroom ideas packaged in an educator’s guide.

This free book is a perfect addition to any educator’s digital library.  Learn more here:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/space-nutrition/id515790608

 

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NASA Galileo Educator Network Seeks New Fellows – Application Deadline August 31, 2012

Become a NASA Galileo Educator Network Fellow!

The NASA Galileo Educator Network is accepting applications for a professional development institute in September 2012, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Ill.

The 15-hour institute will focus on the integration of science content, science practices and the nature of science as outlined in the national Framework for K–12 Science Education. The goal of this program is to train participants to assist K-12 teachers with the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, in the context of astronomy and space science.

Lodging support for out-of-town participants and stipends for all participants are available.

Applications are due Aug. 31, 2012.

For more information about the NASA Galileo Educator Network and to apply for the professional development institute online, visithttp://astrosociety.org/education/GEN/index.html.

Radiation Belt Storm Probes Webcast from NASA DLN – August 16, 2012

Radiation Belt

Join NASA’s DLN for a live webcast on August 16, 2012

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN) for a free live interactive webcast with hosts Joshua Santora and Rachel Power on Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT!  The topic will be the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, project. Understanding the radiation belt environment and its variability has extremely important practical applications in the areas of spacecraft operations, spacecraft and spacecraft system design, mission planning and astronaut safety. Participants can interact with RBSP Deputy Project Scientist Nicky Fox during this live webcast.  It’s a great opportunity for educators and space enthusiasts to learn more about the radiation belt.

For more information and to take part in the webcast, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

UNL Online Climate Research Applications Course for K-12 Educators – Deadline August 20, 2012

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or UNL, offers K-12 science educators the opportunity to take part in the development of a new online master’s-level course in Climate Research Applications funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program.

Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their communities. Educators are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as their available tools for educating students and their local communities. Participants will earn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as well as a stipend to cover tuition costs.

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/online-climate-research-applications-course-with-tuition-stipened-for-k-12-educators-apply-by-aug-20/.

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