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November 29
Botball Robotics gearing up
Botball logo
Botball engages middle and high school students in a team-oriented robotics competition.
2009 Competition Season Schedule.

November 21
Mars Rover Naming Contest
Name NASA's Next Mars Rover
Want a chance to name NASA's next Mars Rover? You must be a K-12 student in the United States to participate, but voting on the names will be world-wide.

For more information visit the Name The Rove page here!

November 04
VEX Introduces Elevation
VEX logo
The new VEX Robotics Competition game for the 2008-2009 season is Elevation.
2009 Competition Season Schedule.

October 24
NASA FRC sponsorship application is closed
<em>FIRST</em> Robotics Competition logo
The application for NASA sponsorship for the 2008-2009 FIRST Robotics Competition season is now closed. The list of sponsorship recipients is available here. You may still access the directions page.

September 25
NASA Centennial Challenges
NASA logo
Learn about NASA's Centennial Challenges, which seek progress in aerospace technology, participation of independent teams, and solutions to technical challenges through competition and cooperation.

September 01
Web Lecture: New Wheels on Mars
Mars Science Laboratory robot
NASA's next Mars rover mission will launch in 2009. Twice as long and five times as heavy as the Mars Exploration Rovers, the Mars Science Laboratory will collect Martian soil and rock samples and analyze them for organic compounds and minerals. Tune in October 16, 2008, 7 p.m. PT to learn more.

August 27
Podcasts from the Phoenix Mars Mission
of a robotic arm built by one of the PSIP students
High schoolers in the Phoenix Student Interns Program have been working on the Phoenix Mars Mission. In partnership with NASA's Robotics Alliance Project and mission Education & Public Outreach they created a series of robotics podcasts. Check it out!

August 26
Discover NASA @ Home and City
NASA logo
Have you ever wondered how space exploration impacts your daily life? Then take a tour of NASA @ Home and City to learn about NASA inventions that we use in everyday life.

July 17
Blogging on Mars
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Ever wonder what it's like to work on Mars? Then take a look at the blogs of scientists, engineers, and even high school students working on the Phoenix Mars Lander mission.

July 10
Robotics summer camps
cartoon robot image
Looking for a fun summer activity? View a list of robotics-related summer camps. Want something cool to do at home? Try some of NASA's Spaceplace projects.

July 09
Interactive 3-D Saturn viewer
Download the Cassini at Saturn Interactive Explorer and ride along with the Cassini spacecraft. Users can switch between several camera angles to see Cassini fly by Saturn and its moons, get an in-depth peek at seven of Saturn's largest moons, and more.

July 08
Ask Dr. C. about Mars!
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Do you have questions about Mars? Then try asking the new computerized scientist, Dr. C.!

June 30
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Artist's image of the LRO
Visit the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter website to learn more about planned investigations that will prepare for and support future human exploration of the Moon.

June 16
Lunar rover and spacesuit testing
Lunar surface
Visit the NASA Moon and Mars website to learn about the spacesuit of the future, check out new lunar robots and rockets, and view images and videos about tests and plans.

June 01
Follow the Phoenix Mars Mission
Image of Phoenix footpad on Mars
The Phoenix Mars lander is sending back amazing images of the surface of Mars! Visit the NASA Phoenix website to view images and check for updates. Follow the mission with the Phoenix screen saver and weather widget.

May 31
FIRST Robotics post-season competition
Monty Madness
The regular FIRST Robotics Competition season may be over, but now it's time for post-season events. Watch the Monty Madness webcast on Saturday, May 31, 8:00am-5:00pm EST/EDT. Find out more about Monty Madness.

May 05
Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse
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Visit the Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse for peer-reviewed robotics lesson plans and classroom activities.

May 04
Teachers: NSTA Web Seminars
NSTA logo
The NSTA is providing free web seminars on many NASA topics including mapping the moon and robotic explorers.

April 25
Webcast: VEX Robotics Competition
VEX logo
The VEX Robotics Competition World Championship for middle and high school teams took place on May 2 and 3. Learn more and watch the competition animation on the VEX website. You can view the archive here.

April 15
Webcasts: FIRST Robotics Competition
<em>FIRST</em> Robotics Competition logo
Watch the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition Championship (4/17-4/19) as well as archives of some of the Regional competitions via webcast.

The competition animation, OverDrive, is located here.

April 11
Phoenix Mars Mission: May 25, 2008
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The Phoenix Mars Mission is scheduled to land May 25, 2008. Get into the spirit by making your own balloon-powered lander model and learn more about the mission.

April 01
Take a virtual field trip
Virtual Field Trip image
Participate in a NASA Virtual Field Trip to areas on Earth that have been identified as analog sites to regions on Mars.

March 10
Teachers: Summer ROV Workshop
MATE logo
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center is offering a summer institute on Advanced ROV Building for Classroom Projects, July 21-27. Visit the website to apply.

February 29
Explore the Moon, Mars and Beyond
Lunar surface
Visit NASA's Exploration website to learn about future exploration missions and view images and animations of new technology.

February 13
Chat with Mars Engineers
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The transcripts of the National Engineers Week webchats are available here.

February 13
FIRST Robotics Competition pre-season webcast
FIRST Robotics Competition logo
2008 Suffield Shakedown pre-season matches were webcasted February 16. More information can be found here

January 30
Keeping an eye on space rocks
Asteroid image
With increasing regularity, scientists are discovering asteroids and comets with unusual orbits -- ones that take them close to Earth and the Sun. Learn more about this exciting area of study.

January 30
New robotics Ph.D. program
Georgia Tech
On 1/30/2008, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) announced it's new doctoral degree program in robotics. Visit the program's website for more information.

January 22
50th Anniversary of Explorer 1
Image of the Explorer 1 satellite
Explorer 1 was the first satellite launched by the United States when it was sent into space on January 31, 1958. Read the history, view images and videos, and learn more on the Explorer 1 site.

January 04
FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff
NASA logo, FRC logo
The FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff event took place on Saturday, January 5, 2008. View information about the event, webcast and Overdrive animation files.

Visit the FIRST Robotics Competition website for general event information.

January 03
Spirit on Mars: 4 Earth Years!
Image from Spirit Mars rover
NASA's Spirit rover is spending its fourth anniversary on Mars at the northern edge of a low plateau. Visit NASA's Mars Exploration Rover website for more.

January 02
Astronomers monitor asteroid near Mars
Astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an asteroid estimated to be 50 meters (164 feet) wide that is expected to cross Mars' orbital path early next year. Read more and listen to a podcast.

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Last Updated: April 28, 2020
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