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NASA has submitted to the Office of Management & Budget its plan for an orderly shutdown if there is no federal budget in place on Oct. 1st. During a government shutdown, most NASA operations would cease, with most employees being furloughed (exceptions: operations and personnel needed to protect life and property).

Do you need ENGAGING EXCITING lessons that satisfy your state’s education standards? If the answer is ‘YES!,’ click here to browse/search lesson activities in the NEON Resource Repository.

To log into NEON: http://neon.intronetworks.com/#

Educator Resource Repository: http://aespresources.psu.edu

SpaceMath@NASA — Year of the Solar System Math Guide now available

This special collection of math problems (click here) covers the 20 science topic themes presented by the NASA/JPL Year of the Solar System website (e.g., the solar system, planets, the search for life, and robotics). Also, new math problems up to #634 (covering topics such as the S’COOL project – rain, clouds & dew points, as well as snowflake geometry) and much, much more are available here.

October is Connected Educators Month (CEM)

Connected Educators is an initiative of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, and is conducted by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with several partners. Connected Educators seeks to understand and promote educators’ learning and collaboration through a variety of online communities of practice and social networks. Click here for more information and to find participating organizations.

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2013 With NASA (October 13-19, 2013)

Discover educational resources about the role of mapping in NASA Earth science during Earth Science Week (ESW) 2013. Under the theme “Mapping Our World,” ESW 2013 celebrates the importance of maps to represent complex phenomena about our planet. Click here for more information.

Earth Science Week 2013 Contests (Entry Deadline: October 18, 2013)

Students are invited to participate in the following contests during Earth Science Week: photography (open to all ages; one electronic entry per student; please click here), visual arts (open to grades K-5; entries submitted by snail mail; please click here), or essay (open to grades 6-9; entries submitted electronically; please click here).

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (Requests due Oct. 21, 2013)

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical artifacts of significance to spaceflight. Special items, such as space shuttle thermal protective tiles, tri-packages of astronaut food, Shuttle Turbine blades, and Meteor Strike Test Plates (which are newly offered this period) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for more information.

Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2013 (October 21-25, 2013)

Solar Week provides a weeklong series of web-based educational classroom activities and games with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students in upper elementary, middle and high school students can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of activities, games and lessons. Click here for more information and to register.

2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest (Entries due October 25, 2013)

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students in grades 5-12 o become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini of Saturn’s moons Iapetus and Dione, choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results, and write a 500-word essay explaining their choice. For domestic students, click here; for international students, click here.

2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards (Nominations due February 3, 2014)

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers? School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. Click here for more information.

20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC; February 6-8, 2014)

Early bird registration is now available. This conference is for Grades K-12 – and not just for science teachers! Experience three days of complete submersion in the out-of-this world adventure of space exploration! Click herefor more information.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge (*NOTE CHANGE* Deadline: July 31, 2014)

Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in NASA’s Exploration Design Challenge (EDC). Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle. Click here for more information.

To check the status of NASA Education programs and/or contests during the ongoing federal sequester, please click here for additional information.

NASA’s AESP has teamed up with NSTA to launch Teacher Learning Journeys (TLJ) (click here ). This new approach to individualized professional development is designed to help teachers meet their personal learning goals and to increase student learning and motivation. Participants may apply for digital badges, a form of recognition that explains the activity, required effort and skills acquired.

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Some of our Future Events (Calendar Tab on Welcome Screen)

  • Entry Deadline: Earth Science Week Contests – 10/19/2013
  • Request Deadline: Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use – 10/21/2013
  • Green Strides Webinar: What Can We Learn From Schoolyard Trees? – 10/16/2013
  • Celebrate Solar Week — Fall 2013 – 10/21/2013

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