Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010: Student Events at NASA

Information parents can use!
Provided by
Nesa Herring of PGCPS

2010 Green Aviation Student Competition NASA invites students to propose ideas and designs for future aircraft that use less fuel, produce fewer harmful emissions and make less noise. High school individuals or teams are asked to submit a well-documented paper and a short video. Top-scoring video entries may be aired on NASA Web sites, and students may win a trip to an aviation event. Entrants must be full-time students at accredited secondary institutions. Entries must be submitted by May 1, 2010, or Dec. 15, 2010.

Space Day 2010
Space Day takes place on May 7, 2010, and events are planned nationwide to celebrate. The fun continues on May 8, 2010, with the Space Day Family Day event taking place in Washington, D.C. Space Day promotes mathematics, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today's space explorers.

Free Lecture
-- Phoenix's Arctic Adventure For five months in 2008, the Phoenix spacecraft studied a northern arctic plain of Mars to understand the history of water in the planet's polar regions. On June 3, 2010, Peter Smith of the University of Arizona will discuss what Phoenix taught us about water, climate cycles and habitability on Mars. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Come early for a Meet the Lecturer question and answer. The lecture will be webcast live.

Hubble 3D Movie Blasts into IMAX® and IMAX® 3D Theatres
Take the ultimate field trip! Through the power of IMAX® 3-D, journey through distant galaxies to explore the mysteries of our celestial surroundings, accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult tasks in NASA history, and experience never-before-seen 3-D flights through Hubble imagery. Classroom activities inspired by the film are available for downloading. Exclusive IMAX engagements began on March 19, 2010.

Hitch a Ride on the Glory Satellite
Do you want to hitch a ride on NASA's next climate monitoring satellite? Join the Glory mission, which will launch no earlier than Oct. 1, 2010, by surfing over to the Send Your Name Around the Earth Web page. Names will be recorded on a microchip built into the satellite, and you will get a printable certificate from NASA acknowledging your participation. There are already 226,323 names on the chip, but there's still plenty of room. You may not submit your name more than once.

Send Your Name to Mars
NASA invites you to submit your name to be included on a microchip that will be sent to Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, scheduled to launch in 2011. The Mars Science Laboratory is a rover that will assess whether Mars ever was, or still is, an environment able to support microbial life. Participants can print a certificate of participation and view a map showing where other contributors are from.
From Earth to the Universe"
Exhibit "From Earth to the Universe" is a collection of astronomical images that showcase the most dramatic views of the universe. The images represent the incredible variety of astronomical objects that are known to exist -- planets, comets, stars, nebulae, galaxies and the clusters in which they congregate -- and are being exhibited in over 250 locations throughout the world in 2009 and 2010. Over 60 countries are scheduled to host a FETTU exhibit.

Student Opportunity:
Odyssey of the Mind The Earth Observing System Project Science Office is sponsoring an Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- Earth Trek. Teams will design and build a small vehicle that will visit four locations. Each time it leaves a location, the vehicle will look different. After leaving one of the locations, it will appear to be a group of vehicles traveling together. The team's performance will incorporate the visits to the locations, the environments and the changes in appearance of the vehicle.

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