NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute Kick-Off

Sept. 8

The Minority Innovation Challenges Institute (MICI) is creating a virtual training ground where minority undergraduate students learn how to compete in NASA technical challenges for both prestige and significant cash prizes. On Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. EDT, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will deliver a pre-recorded welcome message, followed by a live presentation from MICI organizers. These individuals will explain how MICI works and how students and faculty can access this free year-round program that seeks to mentor students to compete in NASA technical challenges. The event will conclude with a question and answer session.

Immediately following the kick-off event will be a live presentation starting at 3 p.m. EDT from Julie Clift at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Clift will explain how students and faculty can get involved in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative. The entire month of September within the MICI will be focused on this particular challenge and will feature weekly presentations on the subject.

Students and faculty are encouraged to register in advance for the event at: http://nasamici.com/

Astronomy Camp Workshop for Girl Scout Leaders

Oct. 8-10, Tucson, Ariz.

Girl Scout leaders are welcomed to apply for the next GSUSA Astronomy Camp training on Oct. 8-10, 2010. Held in Tucson, Az. at the Hacienda Center of the Sahuaro Council, this weekend workshop is a science education program sponsored by the near-infrared camera team (NIRCam) for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Participants will become part of our world-wide network of 160 trainers teaching young women essential concepts in astronomy, the night sky environment, applied math, engineering and critical thinking. The workshop engages leaders in the process of scientific inquiry and equips them to host astronomy-related activities at the troop level.

Training includes topics in basic astronomy (night sky, phases of the Moon, the scale of the Solar System and beyond, stars, galaxies, telescopes, ect.) as well as JWST-specific research areas in extra-solar planetary systems and cosmology, to pave the way for girls and women to understand the first images of JWST.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Don McCarthy at dmccarthy@as.arizona.edu

For more information and to obtain registration materials, please visit: http://zeus.as.arizona.edu/~dmccarthy/GSUSA/index.htm

Climate Change Webinars for Teachers

Join Windows to the Universe educators this fall for free 90-minute live seminars highlighting science content and classroom activities on topics related to climate change. Offered through the National Science Teachers Association, these seminars are a part of the NASA-funded Global Climate Change Educator Professional Development Network. Upcoming seminars:
– Sept. 22 – An Introduction to Earth’s Climate
– Sept. 28 – Clues to Climates of the Past
– Oct. 6 – Global Climate Change and the Earth System
– Oct. 14 – Effects of Climate Change: Oceans and Ice
– Oct. 20 – Effects of Climate Change to Life on Earth
– Oct. 28 – Predicting Future Climate and Considering Solutions

All Webinars start at 6:30 P.M. EDT. For more information, registration and other climate change education resources associated with the project, please visit: http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/main/gccepdn_main.html