Keliann LaConte, with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, allowed me to pass this great info along to any StarNET folks who may be interested. They all sound like great opportunities to learn from and work with the experts in various fields of science and research!!


Virtual Chats with NASA Engineers
Schedule a virtual chat with a NASA Engineer developing the transportation systems that will take us beyond Earth orbit and into deep space. Engineers that are building the Orion Spacecraft, the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Spaceport of the future at Kennedy Space Center are available for a limited number of one-on-one virtual chats with museums, science centers, planetariums and other informal groups, during the months of November, December, January, February, March, April and May.

The virtual chats will take place on weekdays and during business hours. Each virtual chat will last 45 minutes to an hour and are perfect for school visits, homeschool days and public programing. In order to connect, you must have a computer, webcam, microphone, external speakers and high-speed internet. Most virtual chats will connect utilizing NASA’s free Vidyo software.

Requests are first come first serve and are scheduled individually based on the availability of the institution and the NASA engineers. Our team will only be able to accommodate 3-4 virtual chats per month so the calendar will fill quickly. All events are first come first serve, so schedule your virtual chat for the 2015-2016 school year today!

Due to the limited number of events per month, only one virtual chat per institution will be scheduled. You must have a minimum of 25 attendees to participate.

For more information and to schedule an event, please contact Patricia Moore at

Patricia Moore
Exploration Systems Development – Museum Liaison
External Relations Office
NASA Johnson Space Center
Office: 281-483-6686
Mobile: 281-733-8290

The National Weather Service
This site offers information about local field offices. Contact a local National Weather Service representative to inquire about the availability of a meteorologist to present a program.

NASA Speaker’s Bureau
Request a presentation about NASA’s human space exploration, rockets, or aeronautics programs.

NASA Night Sky Network
The NASA Night Sky Network is a coalition of over 450 astronomy clubs across the US. They share their time and telescopes to provide you with unique astronomy experiences both inside and under the real night sky. The collaboration possibilities are endless. You can also find these activities online and recreate them yourself. They come with simple materials lists and are easy to assemble. You can even print out handouts about the Moon, meteor showers, sky charts for this month, and more. Simply click on “Outreach Resources” and search by topic.

NASA Solar System Ambassadors
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program designed to work with volunteers across the nation who communicate the excitement of NASA’s space exploration missions and information about recent discoveries to people in their local communities.

Educator Resource Center Network
NASA Educator Resource Centers are located throughout the United States and provide educators with demonstrations of educational technologies such as NASA educational websites, as well as training using NASA instructional products.

Space Grant Consortium
Space Grant is a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia. The consortia fund fellowships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, as well as curriculum enhancement and faculty development.

CoCoRaHS: Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network
Collaborate with others to measure and map precipitation from your registered location. Appropriate for all ages, although children will require adult assistance in getting started.

Tech Bridge Role Models Matter Project
The Role Models Matter Project is a collaborative effort among Techbridge, the Society of Women Engineers, the National Girls Collaborative Project and Girl Scout Councils to bring resources to role models and girl-serving organizations. An Online Training Toolkit will help you develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM through readings, videos, questions, and more.