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Here’s Your Chance to Be an Official Part of a Mars Mission

NASA InSight

NASA’s InSight Mission Is Taking Names To Mars

In November of 2018, the NASA InSight Lander will be landing on Mars. Now you can  add your name to the historic event.

In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip on-board the robotic spacecraft. NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving the public another chance to send their names to Mars on the NASA InSight.

To be a part of this mission, you need to submit your name and receive your “Boarding Pass” before Nov. 1, 2017. Click here to get started.

NASA InSight

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Amaze and Inspire Your Nerds with Halloween Science

Halloween is the Perfect Time For Creepy Science Fun

Science is fun. Halloween is fun. Halloween science is Nerd-tastic fun!

Science is the pursuit of the unknown. Measuring, classifying, and otherwise quantifying the nature of our world. Proving or disproving hypotheses. Understanding states of existence. Cause and effect.

It’s a battle of fact vs. fiction. And because of that, science can stir a fear of the unknown. Fear of things both beyond and sometimes frighteningly within our control.

Science is challenging. Creative. Daunting. Relentless.

Science is often an awe-inspiring spectacle. The mystery of science ignites a Nerd’s curiosity. And that … READ MORE

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How to Get the Most of The Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

 

On August 21, the United States will be witness to an event that hasn’t happened in 99 years, a total solar eclipse that will span across the entire North America!

“An eclipse was never on my list of things to do, but after seeing two of them, it should be on everyone’s bucket list,” says Dr. Michelle Thaller, NASA Astronomer and Deputy Director of Science Communication. “When you see the sun being covered up by the moon and these little balls in space line up, it doesn’t look like a sky from this planet. It looks like something that … READ MORE

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Spotting the ISS: Just Look to the Sky for Inspiration

International space Station

How A Thunderstorm and The International Space Station
Turned A Swim Meet Upside Down

Most people think that you need a high-powered telescope to spot the International Space Station, but believe it or not, it’s much easier than you think.

It was pushing 9pm, the final swim meet of the season was only half over, and we’d already been at the pool for more than 4 hours due, in part, to a half-hour “thunder delay” and deluge that hit during warm-ups. My girls were tired, hungry, but still eagerly anticipating the second of their two races each on the night.… READ MORE

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Superhero Science: What Every Nerd Needs To Know to be a hero

A Comic-Con Special: Unmasking the The Secrets of Comic Book Physics

Superhero Science

From Spiderman’s web-slinging to The Flash’s super intense metabolism, Superhero Science continues to inspire Nerds.

When you think of Comic-Con, you might think of characters from the Marvel or DC Comics universe and the many summer blockbuster action movies they’ve spawned. Or you might think sci-fi, which has its own comics following and is no slouch when it comes to blockbusters – cough…Star Wars…cough.

Then again, if you’re like University of Minnesota physics Professor James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, you just … READ MORE

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Kids Need to Learn to Code: Here’s How to Do It Right

Learn to Code

 

No matter their interests, Kids will find fun in coding

Guest Post: Laura Giuggio, Technology Integration Specialist

My motivation came from a workshop. THE workshop in my career that changed everything. One Saturday afternoon in Holyoke, Massachusetts in January 2015, I was going to learn to code.

I went into the workshop convinced I was going to be clueless. What did I know about coding? My last attempt was in 1988 when I saw a blinking cursor on a screen and had to write in lines of code to make the computer work. Didn’t innovation and my new Macbook … READ MORE