Free NASA STEM Education Webinars — NASA Educator Professional Development

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

Next Event Date: Mar. 03, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. EST



NASA STEM Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of no-cost webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about NASA missions, activities, lesson plans, educator guides and online resources that bring NASA and STEM into your classroom. Registration is not required for these webinars. Simply go to the link provided for each webinar approximately 15 minutes before the session begins. Sign in, with your first and last name, as a Guest.



March 03, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. ET

Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12

Explore how the Kepler Telescope searches for planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use actual Kepler Telescope data and Kepler’s 3rd Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet, orbiting a star in another solar system, is a candidate to support “life”.



March 04, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. ET

Parachuting Onto Mars

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8

Participants in this webinar will calculate surface area and measure the mass of a spacecraft. Participants will learn the design process behind the parachute system used on the Orion spacecraft. Math concepts that will be covered during the session are expression and equations, geometry, quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables and problem solving.



March 05, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. ET

Spaced Out Sports

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8

“Spaced Out Sports” is a curriculum using a variety of sports clips filmed on earth and on the ISS that will challenge your students to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion. Using a series of classroom activities and career videos, students will discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion can be applied to any sport or physical activity.



March 09, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. ET

Investigating Bone Cells and Gravity

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-5

Experiment with a popular cereal and simple snack bags to explore an activity designed to help students identify the effects of decreased bone mass (osteoporosis) and describe why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth, while focusing on Common Core Literacy standards and 21st Century skills to effectively communicate the results of the investigations.



March 10, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. ET

Amusement Park Physics

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9

In this webinar, participants will explore an overview of the NASA Amusement Park Physics educator guide. Topics addressed will include forces and motion, energy, simple harmonic motion and collisions. Particular attention will be paid to the in-class activities.



For an extended NASA STEM Educator Professional Development webinar schedule, go to:



NASA STEM Mania! — Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars — REGISTRATION STILL OPEN

Kickoff your classroom activities with "NASA STEM Mania" and discover the sports in NASA with free virtual K-12 STEM educator professional development. Register for one or register for all.

The 60 minute online webinars are offered weekly Monday – Thursday at 4:00pm ET beginning February 16th and running through March 19th.

The sports related topics include: "Spaced Out Sports", "Rain Out or Game On: Clouds and Weather", "Sports: STEM is Newton's Laws at Play", "Space, Satellites and Sports" and "Robo Arm and Weightlifting". 

For more information, and to register, please visit:



Message to US Educators

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station

Contact Opportunity


Call for Proposals

Proposal Window February 15 – April 15, 2015


The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.



The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2015. Proposal information and documents can be found at



The Opportunity

Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.



An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.



Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.



More Information

Interested parties can find more information about the program at and


For proposal information and more details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions go to Please direct any questions to

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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