Education: October 2010 Archives

Virtual Moon Rocks

NASA And Gowalla Launch Partnership With Search For Moon Rocks

"NASA and Gowalla, a mobile and web service, have partnered to bring users one small step closer to the universe. The partnership populates Gowalla with NASA-related information and four virtual items -- moon rocks, a NASA patch, a spacesuit and a space shuttle -- that can be found at agency-related venues. ... Gowalla users can find virtual moon rocks by checking in to any location where a real one is on display. The United States successfully brought lunar samples back to Earth during the Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 missions. NASA provides a number of lunar samples for display at museums, planetariums and scientific expositions around the world. Most lunar displays are open to the public."

Keith's note: I wonder if Gowalla has the location of these four small Apollo 11 Moon rocks on display - on the ISS...

Reader note: "Have a look at this September 13, 2010 Youtube video "Music Hack Day London 2010: interview with Kelly Snook (Imogen Heap)" recorded in London. NASA's Kelly Snook is featured and her name badge says "NASA/Imogen Heap". She says that she is a studio engineer for Imogen Heap (a band that performs in Europe) and that she also works for NASA.".

Keith's note: Kelly has always been very creative artistically. From what I understand she's on a sabbatical - without pay - in the UK.

Keith's update: Kelly was at MIT last year as a "Sonic scientist" and attended Berklee Music where "Music production lights me up like nothing else in the world," she says. "The professional benefits of simply doing it, as opposed to sitting at my desk at NASA and just dreaming about doing it, are already immeasurable, but adding to that the systematic knowledge and training of the Berkleemusic coursework is light upon light."

NASA Selects Astronaut Leland D. Melvin to Lead Office of Education

"My passion for education was inspired by my parents, who were both middle school teachers," Melvin said. "I witnessed the direct impact that educators can have in a community and on an individual's destiny. NASA's people, programs and resources are unparalleled. Our unique assets are poised to engage students, to captivate their imagination and to encourage their pursuit of STEM-related studies that are so vital to their future. This is an exciting challenge and I am ready to work with Administrator Bolden, my colleagues at NASA, our partners, and students across the country to usher in a new era of opportunity to inspire that next generation of explorers."

Challenger Center Lauds NASA's New Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin, Challenger Center for Space Science Education

"Melvin has an exceptional background for this position, both through his flight experience as an astronaut, and his educational leadership as co-director of NASA's Educator Astronaut program, and his current work developing NASA's educational strategic plan. "Leland is an extremely talented astronaut, engineer, scientist and athlete. Moreover, he is a great friend of educators and students. His selection as NASA's Associate Administrator for Education bodes well for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in our country. Challenger Center looks forward to supporting him in this new role." said Scott Parazynski, astronaut and Chair of the Board for Challenger Center."

Earth's Highest iPhone

iPhone Equipped Balloon Leaves Brooklyn for the Edge of Space

"Video from a camera attached to a weather balloon that rose into the upper stratosphere and recorded the blackness of space. Seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad Luke Geissbuhler dreamed of visiting space. Armed with just a weather balloon, a video camera, and an iPhone, they basically did just that. The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back perhaps the most impressive amateur space footage ever."

Make Magazine: 10 Do-It-Yourself Space Projects

"MAKE blasts into orbit and beyond with our DIY SPACE issue. Put your own satellite in orbit, launch a stratosphere balloon probe, and analyze galaxies for $20 with an easy spectrograph! We talk to the rocket mavericks reinventing the space industry, and renegade NASA hackers making smartphone robots and Lego satellites. Of course, as usual, we've got a full payload of other cool DIY projects, from a helium-balloon camera that's better than Google Earth, to an electromagnetic levitator that shoots aluminum rings, to a simple stroboscope that takes the most amazing freeze-frame photos.

Plus: party-pleasing automated photo booth that prints out photo strips, MythBusters' Adam Savage teaches you hard-shell moldmaking, and much more. MAKE Volume 24, on sale October 26.

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According to ESA: "The Space Game is a game and a crowdsourcing experiment run by the Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency aimed to improve the methods for designing interplanetary trajectories. We do not claim that computers are not able or are particularly bad at solving such problems. Rather, we think that 'watching' humans design complex interplanetary trajectories can be of help to improve the intelligence of computer algorithms."

NASA And Univision Team Up

NASA And Univision Collaborate To Engage Hispanic Students

"NASA and Univision Communications Inc. are teaming up to launch an on-air and online initiative to help engage Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. NASA is committed to preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists. Univision, a leading Spanish-language media company with television, radio, online and interactive assets focused on improving graduation rates and preparing Hispanic students for college."



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