Why We're Teachers: a Florida science teacher's experience in a Nasa research project

Why We're Teachers: a Florida science teacher's experience in a Nasa research project

A high school science teacher took part in the Nasa/Ipac Teacher Archive Research Program to experience first-hand how scientific research works. She shares her experience and the lessons she brought back to the classroom.

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Funding the search for dark matter with citizen science

Funding the search for dark matter with citizen science

Milkyway@Home faces a second year without federal grants. Fortunately the project's community of citizen scientists are coming to the rescue. Learn more about the crowdfunding effort to help Dr. Heidi Newberg and her minions continue the search for the Milky Way Galaxy's hidden dark matter.

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Martian Motivation: Mars One candidates' grassroots education outreach program

Martian Motivation: Mars One candidates' grassroots education outreach program

I spoke with Mars One candidates in the US, the UK, and Australia about their grassroots education outreach efforts and how they hope to make Earth a better place by inspiring kids around the world to study science and mathematics.

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Spot stars exploding over Australia with Snapshot Supernova

Snapshot Supernova asks the world’s citizen scientists and armchair astronomers to help discover stars exploding over Australia. It’s the latest project form the Zooniverse crowdsourcing service. The Zooniverse’s co-founder and Oxford University astrophysicist Chris Lintott explained to me how the project evolved from earlier supernova-hunting projects to make its first supernova sighting within hours of the project’s launch.

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Amateur astronomer helps pros study super-Saturn orbiting another star

None of last week’s coverage of super-Saturn J1407b explored the role amateurs played in the research. I spoke with Belgian amateur astronomer Franz-Josef Hambsch about his passion for variable star astronomy and how that led to his participation in the super-Saturn research.

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Help Chicks In Space take plants for a spin in space

Help Chicks In Space take plants for a spin in space

Welcome to the new American space program. Chicks In Space are teenage sisters with a 6-year history of space research. They want to send nanoEton, their spinning plant growth experiment, to the International Space Station. But they need your help.

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Team Ursa needs your help to carry student research into space

Team Ursa needs your help to carry student research into space

The part-time rocketeers at Team Ursa are adopting a Silicon Valley approach to make suborbital research easy and affordable for middle school students. But they need your help crowdfunding the construction of their first prototype.

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Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

By this time next year a network of 40 high schools across the American West will start exploring the most remote regions of the Solar System thanks to  $1 million in National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Marc Buie and Dr. John Keller are the two co-investigators in Recon, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network. They spoke with me about how the project combines citizen science, education outreach, and planetary science.

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