February - March 2020

Atlanta Science Festival's
Exploration Expo 2020 is on March 21st
Make plans to attend Atlanta’s biggest interactive science event, the Atlanta Science Festival's Exploration Expo, coming up next month.  It's FREE and open to adults, families, and children of all ages and interests. With more than 100 hands-on, interactive science booths from local organizations, universities, and companies, the Exploration Expo will be showing off science from all across Atlanta. Touch a human brain, build biological machines, show off your craziest socks on the Giant Traveling Map of Georgia, look inside a jet engine, meet predators, parasites, and pollinators, and more!

The Exploration Expo event will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 11 AM - 4 PM at Piedmont Park in Atlanta. More information, and directions are available here.

30 Years of Georgia Space Grant

NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, enacted by the United States Congress in 1988 and initiated by NASA in 1989, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Washington, DC on February 25, 2020. In January 1990, Georgia was one of the first states to join the program, with the establishment of the Georgia Space Grant Consortium (GSGC) and some of its founding members including Georgia Institute of Technology (lead institution), Clark Atlanta University, and Georgia State University. The mission statement of GSGC states that “The GSGC supports STEM education, research, and public engagement programs. It is a catalyst to help produce a highly trained and diverse technical workforce that will include scientists, engineers, technology professionals and educators and fully engage underrepresented groups and women.  The GSGC actively collaborates with the national network of Space Grant consortia and NASA to achieve its mission.” 

Since its establishment, the Georgia Space Grant Consortium has continued to grow over the years, now with 21 affiliates and 10 partners.  Over the past 3 decades, GSGC has directly supported approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students in Georgia.  GSGC has also provided outreach in the form of K-12 STEM education and hands-on activities at schools and science centers to an estimated 600,000 Georgia residents during the past 30 years. And GSGC has engaged approximately of 60,000 K-12 educators and more than 120 Ph. D. recipients since its establishment. GSGC looks forward to continuing to engage student and educators while supporting the STEM pipeline across Georgia. 

For more information about GSGC, our affiliates and programs, visit the GSGC website.  For more information about NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship program, visit NASA's Office of STEM Engagement website.

NASA Center Internship Application
Summer 2020 is OPEN!

The application for NASA Center Internships for Summer 2020 are open! The deadline to submit an application to NASA is March 8th, 2020. Interns at NASA make meaningful contributions and are assigned to authentic projects that aid missions such as NASA's mission of returning to the moon in 2024. Interns work with leading experts and gain valuable experience while participating in research and mission projects. 

The application to be considered as a NASA Center intern can be found here
NASA's 9 Most Teachable Moments This Decade and Beyond
Whether discovering something about our own planet or phenomena billions of miles away, NASA missions and scientists unveiled a vast universe of mysteries this past decade. And with each daring landing, visit to a new world and journey into the unknown, came new opportunities to inspire the next generation of explorers. These make incredible teachable moments to use with students.  Plus, find out what's next in space exploration and how to continue engaging students into the 2020s with related lessons, activities and resources.  Below is a list of the top moments that can be found here.
  1. Earth's Changing Climate
  2. Teachable Moments in the Sky
  3. Missions to Mars
  4. Ocean Worlds and the Search for Life
  5. Asteroids, Comets and Dwarf Planets, Oh My!
  6. Uncovering Pluto's Mysteries
  7. The Voyagers' Journey Into Interstellar Space
  8. The Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System
  9. Shining a Light on Black Holes

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