Happy Birthday NASA!

Classrooms around the globe will wish NASA a happy 50th birthday as part of an all-day virtual birthday party on Thursday, Nov. 13. The effort is the result of partnerships among NASA’s Digital Learning Network, the United States Distance Learning Association, Polycom, Inc. and Discovery Education.

The virtual party begins at 9 a.m. EST with live videoconferences occurring every hour on the hour until 6 p.m. Schools from Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, India, Slovenia, New Zealand, and the United States will participate in the live digital connection. The party will also be webcast live at http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/ so that all may join in the learning and fun.

In preparation for the event, Discovery Education invites educators, parents, and students to visit its NASA at 50 website, located at http://discoveryeducation.com/nasaat50/. The site features video clips that will be incorporated into the virtual birthday celebration, as well as teacher’s guides that accompany each video clip. Video clips can even be downloaded to portable media players for viewing at school, at home, or on the go.

We hope you join in on the celebration via webcast tomorrow!  Just go to: http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/


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  1. Tim Childers said:

    I listened to an interesting NASA story on NPR this morning. Seems they are using satellite technology to estimate the number of trees on the planet (NASA is supposed to be studying earth as well as space I found out!). The result? There are 61 trees for every human on the planet. Sounds like a lot, except when you list every product made from some part of trees. Even golf balls! (I’ve probably lost 61 trees worth of those). The solution? Plant trees! They are a great renewable source of supplies.

  2. Teryl Magee, TN DEN LC said:

    So excited about this, thanks! My class will definitely be joining in on the conversation. The Polycom sessions NASA offers rock my kids’ world–they love them.

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