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March 12 Workshop on Public Understanding of Planetary Science

Friday, February 17, 2006

You are invited to participate in a one-day workshop, "Public Understanding of Planetary Science," on Sunday, March 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the 37th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Presentations will explore how the media portrays our solar system and beyond, results from recent surveys of the public’s understanding of planetary science, and what research tells us about the best way to present science – and tackle misconceptions. During interactive sessions participants will identify misconceptions and discuss strategies for effectively sharing planetary science information with the public.

The workshop is hosted by the South Central Organization of Researchers and Educators and the Structure and Evolution of the Universe Forum, part of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s Education Support Network. The workshop is intended to bring together scientists and educators to inform these communities about - and address issues in - space science education.

Scientists and E/PO leads are invited and encouraged to participate. The workshop is free. Attendees must register using the workshop registration form at:

A limited number of travel grants are available. For more information, please contact Stephanie Shipp at 281-486-2109,

Women Working on Mars: What Do Engineers Do?

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

In honor of "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," February 23, 2006, the Mars Public Engagement program and NASA's Robotics Alliance Project are hosting a webcast for young people interested in robotics and engineering;10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time .

Do you know what engineers do? Ever wonder about all the different kinds of engineering? Learn more by tuning in to the Women Working on Mars webcast!

Students will see and hear from a diverse group of women engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 40-minute production will highlight aninside look at what they thought! about engineering when they were young and what they do now as professional engineers. A live audience and e-mail link will provide many questions for the panelists - you can even email in your own questions and have them answered during the show.

Following the shows, log on to our live web chat and ask your questions directly of women engineers working at NASA!

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Wanted: Teachers to Evaluate New NASA Education Product

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

NASA Smart Skies solicits teachers to classroom test LineUp With Math, its newest standards-based math and science instructional activity. Math and science teachers representing grades 5-9 are invited to evaluate the web-based and print-based materials during March and April 2006.

LineUp With Math enables students to explore and resolve distance-rate-time conflicts in realistic air traffic control problems using decision-making and proportional reasoning skills. Students use a web-based interactive simulator that represents an air traffic controller's screen. Acting as controllers, students are challenged to "line up" planes safely, with proper spacing, at a given intersection of jet routes. Accompanying work books and classroom activities provide the underlying mathematics and strategies to enable students to optimize their solutions.

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Subject: NASA Mission Educator Fellowship Opportunity

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Announcement of Opportunity to become a MESSENGER Educator Fellow: MESSENGER is a NASA Discovery mission that was launched in 2004 and will reach Mercury in 2011. We are recruiting 30 practicing teachers or teacher trainers to become the next cadre of MESSENGER Educator Fellows. These Fellowshelp bring the excitement of this challenging mission to classrooms nationwide by training teachers on the Solar System-focused education materials written in support of the mission. The Fellowship includes an all-expense paid five-day training workshop in Washington, DC, in June 2006.

We would like to request you to please pass on this Announcement of Opportunity to appropriate candidates in your organization, as well as any other interested parties of which you might be aware. This is a national Announcement of Opportunity, and we wish the word to reach as wide an audience as possible to help make the candidate pool, and, therefore, the next cadre of Fellows, as strong as possible. Applications are due March 31, 2006.

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Mars Educator Workshops

Thursday, February 2, 2006


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February 25, 2006: ASU Mars Education Program has great guest speakers and workshops coming up in Tempe, Arizona this month. There are applications, deadlines, and low cost associated with these, therefore, if you're interested, certainly you must soon "beam up Scotty," otherwise sign up.

Overview of Institute, Field Trip and Hands-on Workshop:This institute will have three main educational goals for teachers:
1) To help teachers understand the process of science (using current Mars exploration as the primary example);
2) To show how scientists can compare rocks and minerals on terrestrial planets (such as Earth and Mars) to learn about the history of the planet; and
3) To highlight the methods in which scientists can interpret data they collect through remote sensing methods (e.g., spacecraft at Mars).Dr. Phil Christensen will be leading this institute and is a proponent of connecting space scientists and educators together to create unique, world-class learning experiences. Join us for an extraordinary time of immersive learning that you can share with your students!

NASA/ASU Mars Educator Workshop Inspiring the Next Generation:
What They Need to Know To Go

Learn how to integrate current science into your curricular materials. Special Mars Mission guest speakers will be Dr. Mark Adler from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dr. Phil Christensen from the Mars Space Flight Facility at ASU. All materials presented in the workshop are Standards-based and relate to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. These activities and materials can be used for interdisciplinary lessons as well. Join us for a great day of fun, classroom-friendly, hands-on activities. You won’t want to miss this workshop! Invite a friend!

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