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February 2002

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February: Black History Month

Grades K-12
Salute to Black History Month: The Drinking Gourd

NASA Quest highlights the archive of a former project based on the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd." Included are elementary, middle and high school lessons on how the North Star, Polaris, was used to guide slaves to freedom.
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February 13-19

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NASA Why? Files
Case of the Challenging Flight

The tree house detectives accept a challenge to compete in an "Egg-tra-ordinary" airplane contest. Our detectives design and build an airplane by using common household materials and learn about the four basic components of flight: lift, thrust, drag, and weight.

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Thursday
February 14

9-10:00 PT
Noon-1:00 PM ET
1700-1800 GMT

Grades K-12
Black History Month:
Chat with Vernol Battiste

Vernol Battiste is a Research Psychologist. He studies things like how the brain understands visual information displays. This human factors research is used to help pilots make good decisions as fast and safely as they can.
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vern batiste


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Thursday,
February 14

10-11:30 AM Pacific
1-2:30 PM Eastern
1700-1830 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity:
Recycling in Space

Webcast from the Kennedy Space Center will discuss why recycling in space is so important. Scientist Jay Garland will be on hand to answer your questions
Read Jay Garland's bio

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A flier for your classroom

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February 11-15-Start-up

March 4-8
Data Analysis

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Classroom of the future

Students will be growing plants in the classroom to compare with tested by NASA scientists on the ground and on the ISS. This forum will help teachers and students to set up and run their classroom experiments. Scientists from NASA will participate in the forum.
Schedule of interactive plant growing event
Background on Farming in Space
ISS Plant Research WebQuest
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Wednesday
February 20

10-11:00 PT
1-2:00 PM ET
1800-1900 GMT

Grades K-12
Black History Month:
Chat with Donald James

Donald James has worked as a public affairs officer and is now the Education Branch Chief at NASA Ames Research Center. He uses NASA science to inspire young minds.
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Donald James


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Thursday
February 21

10-11:00 PT
1-2:00 PM ET
1800-1900 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity:
Recycling in Space

Follow-up chat from the webcast February 14 in which Scientist Jay Garland will answer your questions on what measures are being taken to make long duration flights into space a possibility.
Read Jay Garland's bio
Build a Soda Bottle Bioreactor.
Join the Forum open for your questions through May 1.

jay Garland

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National Engineers Week:

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National Engineers Week:

February 18-28

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Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation

NASA engineers and researchers use geometry and algebra to design, develop, and test tomorrow's aircraft.

Mathematics: geometry, algebra
Science: science as inquiry, unifying concepts and processes, science and technology

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Monday
February 25

11 AM-Noon Pacific
2-3:00 PM Eastern
1900-2000 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity: National Engineers' Week

Expert Brian Au, is a senior project engineer for EarthKAM, a payload designed especially for middle school students to conduct research projects using images of the Earth taken from space.
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Tuesday
February 26

10-11:00 PT
1-2:00 PM ET
1800-1900 GMT

Grades K-12
Black History Month:
Chat with Lewis Braxton

Lewis Braxton is the Chief Financial Officer of NASA Ames Research Center. He is responsible for all of the money needed to run the research center.
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Lewis Braxton


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Tuesday
February 26

11 AM-12 Noon Pacific
2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
1900-2000 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity:
National Engineers' Week

JSC Co-op Students will join us to answer your questions about the JSC Co-op Program. Engineering Students:
Read Laurie Darling's bio
Read Louis Malone's bio
Read Fernando Zumbado's bio

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Wednesday
February 27

8:00 - 9:00 AM Pacific
11:00-12Noon Eastern
1600-1700 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity: National Engineers' Week and Black History Month

Ralph Anderson is an electronics engineer and is responsible for mission crewmember equipment, from food and clothing to the most complex communications and video equipment- Read Ralph Anderson's Bio.

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Wednesday
February 27

11 AM-12 Noon Pacific
2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
1900-2000 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity: National Engineers' Week and Black History Month

Anthony Bruins is a systems integration engineer developing state-of-the-art technology to support flight controllers in the Mission Control Center (MCC).
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Thursday
February 28

11 AM-12 Noon Pacific
2:00-3:00 PM Eastern
1900-2000 GMT

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ISS - A Home in Microgravity: National Engineers' Week

Craig Schafer Electrical Engineer/Physicist who works on ISS Microgravity Sciences Requirements, making sure the payloads get the quiet microgravity environment we promised them.
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