Education: October 2008 Archives

Float Ball

For Ex-N.F.L. Star, a Dream of Sports in Space, NY Times

"The game would be called Float Ball. It would combine elements of basketball, football and the Lionel Richie video for "Dancing on the Ceiling" into a sort of free-for-all, compelling weightless players to bounce off walls, obstacles and one another while herding weightless balls of various colors to either end of the playing space, which would be placed inside the cabin of a zero-gravity plane or, possibly, on the moon. Eventually, one day, if all went well, some sort of custom arena would be constructed. On Mars."

Sports in Space, Challenger Center

CNN: Teachers on zero-gravity trip: "Schoolteachers take a zero-gravity flight to help inspire their students to learn about science and space."

Video below

Name The Hab

NASA and the Challenger Center Announce Antarctic Habitat Naming Contest

"NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Education have partnered to engage students in ongoing activities for one of NASA's concepts for astronaut housing on the moon through a contest to name a habitat in Antarctica.

NASA currently is conducting a test of a lightweight, durable, inflatable habitat on the cold, harsh landscape of the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station."

Using a Planetary Analog To Test a Prototype Inflated Habitat for NASA, earlier story

Editor's note: Richard Garriott, private space explorer and son of NASA's Skylab Astronaut Dr. Owen Garriott, plans to talk with students through a NASA sponsored live video teleconference, broadcast via the Internet scheduled for Monday, October 20th at 12:30pm ET during his flight to the International Space Station.

The downlink event will be held in Reston, Virginia in coordination with KZO Innovations with students from two D.C. Metropolitan area schools and four Challenger Learning Centers. Students will ask Mr. Garriott original questions about living and working in space. The event will be broadcast live at http://www.challenger.org.

Northrop Grumman to Debut Earthwatch Educator Program At 2008 National Conference On Aviation and Space Education

"Northrop Grumman Corporation will debut the Northrop Grumman Foundation Earthwatch Educator program, an innovative environmental education program for teachers at the 2008 National Conference on Aviation and Space Education (NCASE). The company is one of the sponsors of the conference, ``Today's Students: Tomorrow's Aerospace Workforce,'' which will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 16-18. In partnership with the Earthwatch Institute, the Northrop Grumman Foundation will offer educators across the country the opportunity to participate in expeditions focused on climate change or oceans preservation."

Space Adventures' Orbital Client, Private Astronaut Richard Garriott, Arrives At International Space Station

"Garriott will share his experiences through his Web site, www.richardinspace.com. The site's "Tracking The Mission" section will feature live and playback video from NASA TV and Garriott will also be responding to questions posed on his site via audio recordings, direct from space."

Live Challenger Center Broadcast with the ISS: Kids Ask Citizen Cosmonaut "What Are You Looking For in Space"?

"Richard Garriott, plans to talk with students through a NASA sponsored live video teleconference, broadcast via the Internet on October 20th at 1:00pm ET during his flight to the International Space Station. The downlink event will be held in Reston, Virginia in coordination with KZO Innovations with students from two D.C. Metropolitan area schools and four Challenger Learning Centers."

Richard Garriott, Private Space Explorer, Talks to Students Live from the International Space Station

"Richard Garriott plans to talk to students through live amateur radio downlinks during his October flight to the International Space Station. The downlink events will be held during Garriott's flight and are currently scheduled for 12:30pm Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th with middle school students from Challenger Learning Centers across the country."

"Several college students, working at NASAs Johnson Space Center, teamed up to help their generation reconnect with NASA by creating entertaining videos that people might not expect from a government agency. Using their own resources and skillz, these young employees created a series of videos that educate and entertain."

Editor's note: There are three videos in this collection. "Apollo Guys" is interesting and nicely done - but needs to be re-edited. "The Future of NASA" is cute. With regard to "I.S.S. Baby": if there is an "artist" who is more annoying than Vanilla Ice (even when copied - badly), please let me know.

Editor's update: NASA's Nick Skytland gushes about these videos here. To which I responded:


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