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NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum have partnered to provide educators a Free STEM workshop that will train educators to implement the BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) curriculum into their classrooms and educational programs. Participants will receive a Free BEST lab materials kit and training from Intrepid’s STEM education programs. BEST meets many of the standards associated with the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, State Science Content Standards and the IB International Baccalaureate program. Participants will have the opportunity to work with NASA scientists and engineers, create a network

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Queens College have partnered to provide teachers with a FREE 3 day STEM training on November 14th, 15th and 16th that will provide teachers and schools with GLOBE certification. If you are the first teacher from your school to be certified in GLOBE you will receive a bundle of science instruments and equipment worth $600.00, courtesy Con Edison.

Day one will be held at the offices of NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2880 Broadway, New York, NY. Days two and three will be held aboard the Intrepid

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The Dawn Mission E/PO is planning to commemorate the arrival of the spacecraft at dwarf planet Ceres with a festival called i C Ceres. As we did with Vesta Fiesta heralding the mission’s arrival at the giant asteroid in 2011, i C Ceres will provide a forum and resources for events to be held across the country and around the world. Vesta Fiesta recorded over 100 festivals at museums, observatories, and backyards; from the flagship event at the Pasadena Convention Center that highighted Dawn and small bodies missions associated with JPL with mission team members presenting nation-wide, to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's outdoor concert hall,


Vulunteer judges are needed for the 2015 Mars Rover Model Celebrations in Tucson (Jan 10) and Houston (Jan 31).  We would love to see SMD EPO types from around the country come and help judge.

Sign up site for Tucson is pending

Sign up site for Houston is at


The entry deadline for the 2015 Mars Rover Model Celebration in Houston has been extended to Dec 15 or until we are full.

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Elementary (Grades 3-5) and middle school (Grades 6-8) students interested in science and engineering will participate in the design and construction of a model of a Mars Rover to carry out a specific science mission on the surface of Mars. The model will be mostly a mock-up, constructed at a minimal cost (estimated cost of less than $10-$25) of mostly found objects and simple art supplies. If desired, teachers may supply students with a low cost ($10) solar powered car kit to serve as the chassis, or a low cost ($25) RC kit. RC, Solar powered, and free-form (unpowered) models

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Moscone South: Mezzanine - 224 & 226

Event Type:

Science Communication, Workshop

Ticketing Type:

Open To All

Event For:

All Registrants, Students

Section/Focus Group or Subject Matter:

Education (ED)

Sharing your passion for Earth sciences, geophysics, and space sciences with K-12 students is important – and you never get another chance to make a first impression. This workshop will give you insights into how to approach a classroom talk, a mentoring situation, or informal interaction with after-school or scouting groups. You will learn tips and tricks and low-cost activities to make your interactions engaging for both students and teachers.