Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 29,2015

WSGC Newsletter for Educators

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, Internet links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science Education Standards.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

-- NIAC FALL SYMPOSIUM (6-12)
-- MISSION TO MARS WEBINAR (4-9)
-- SUPER-EARTHS AND LIFE COURSE
-- SEND YOUR NAME TO MARS (K-12)

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NIAC FALL SYMPOSIUM (6-12)

Interested in visionary, technically credible ideas that could transform future aerospace missions? On October 27-29, NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program will be holding the Fall NIAC Symposium at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

Registration is open and free. Topics will include propulsion and power, space debris removal, NEO mitigation, humans in space and on planetary surfaces, robotics and space probes, imaging and communications.

For more information and registration, visit

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2015-niac-symposium

MISSION TO MARS WEBINAR (4-9)

On September 2, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Office of Education will offer a webinar "Mission to Mars Series: Destination Mars - Looking for Life." Topics covered will include: Is there life beyond our Earth? If so, how can we verify its existence?

Using NASA STEM curriculum, participants will explore the possibility of life on Mars using their definition of "life" to determine whether there is anything alive in three different simulated Mars soil samples. Experiment, record observations and draw pictures while collecting data from the samples to determine if life may exist in any of them.

To participate, register at

https://www.etouches.com/138129

SUPER-EARTHS AND LIFE COURSE

Want to learn about alien life, how we search for it, and what this teaches us about our place in the universe?

The Super-Earths And Life course, offered free through HarvardX, offers a solid introduction to the astrobiology and how the fields of astronomy and biology tie together.

The online course begins October 13. A verified certificate is available for $49. To enroll, go to

https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/education-and-outreach/super-earths-and-life-a-new-online-course-from-harvardx/

SEND YOUR NAME TO MARS (K-12)

NASA'S Mars InSight lander is scheduled to launch next March and land on Mars in September 2016.

Now you can add your name to a silicon chip that will fly onboard the lander. This is the public's second opportunity to add their names to a mission, allowing them to gain "frequent flyer" points.

To submit your name, go to

http://mars.nasa.gov/participate/send-your-name/insight/

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