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September 2015

Red Planet Rising  

Matt Damon in The Martian
Astronaut Mark Watney's struggle to survive after being marooned on Mars may be pure science fiction. Yet The Martian, a new film starring Matt Damon (above), features real NASA technologies developed for a manned mission to the Red Planet. See what your explorers discover doing this month's activities marking International Space Week October 4 -10. They'll do the math!
Activity: Fresh Fruit in Space
In the NASA activity, students in grades 1-8 learn about the challenges of space nutrition and food packaging by measuring, comparing, and contrasting the ripening of fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of chemical treatments to inhibit ripening.     
New: Are We Alone? (Grades 6-8)  
Mars Rover Races (Grades 4-8)  
Mission: Solar System (Grades 4-8)  
Straw Rocket Aeronautics (Grades K-12) 
NASA prototype Mars spacesuit
From habitats and rovers to spacesuits like this prototype for extraterrestrial colonists, engineers have developed a host of technologies to put humans on Mars in the 2030s.
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Spotlight: SONY Global Math Challenge

Enjoy brainteasers? SONY's Global Math Challenge on September 27 is for you. Match wits with math lovers from around the world to solve a series of fun puzzles designed by Japan's top mathematicians - and see where you rank internationally.

Free STEM Professional Development. -- Good Thinking, the Smithsonian's new online portal, delivers research-proven teaching techniques via fun animated videos. Learn more.

Earth Science Week Contests. --
Inspire your STEM students to enter the American Geosciences Institute's photography, art, and essay contests. Due Oct. 16. Learn more.

Paid STEM Summer Research Programs. --
High school, college, and graduate students conduct research with engineers and scientists in U.S. Navy labs. Learn more.

Allen Distinguished Educator Awards. -- Teachers with innovative engineering, computer science or entrepreneurship programs can win $25,000. Apply by Nov. 1. Learn more.

Hacking Mars Design Contest & Lessons. -- Why just view The Martian when fans can compete in a $25,000 design contest or track the protagonist online? Learn more.

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