Get Continuing Education Units at the ISDC

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Attend 10 or more hours of programming at ISDC 2009 (at least 2 days) and you are eligible to apply for 1 CEU credit from our partner colleges!  Participation in the CEU process formalizes your commitment to remain current in the developments of the space industry.  Employers may be willing to subsidize the nominal cost of the CEU.

Details and applications will be available at the ISDC registration desk.

Family Day at National Air and Space Musuem

Explore the Universe
Saturday, April 04
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Throughout the National Mall building
Admission: Free

Learn about the universe by participating in an array of family friendly hands-on activities, listen to the cosmic sounds of The Chromatics and talk to Museum staff and local experts about choosing, using, and caring for telescopes and other astronomical instruments.

Schedule of events and activities

10:05 and 11:30 AM
Two Pieces of Glass — a Planetarium Show for the International Year of Astronomy

11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Listen to the The Chromatics sing about the Universe

11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Go to a Story time (recommended for children ages 3 and older)
There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars written by Bob Crelin

12:30 PM
Observe the stars of astronomy who will talk about their work and why they love astronomy
* Dr. Vera Rubin–proved Dark Matter exists
* Dr. Nancy Roman–made the Hubble Space Telescope happen
* Dr. George Carruthers–put the first telescope on the moon

2:30 PM
Take a family tour about Women in Astronomy

All Day Activities

Build your own refracting telescope (free with timed-ticket available at the activity table)
Recommended for children ages 8 and older

Make a pocket solar clock
Recommended for children ages 5 and older

Find out about your sun sign and make a constellation
Recommended for children ages 3 and older

Chat with amateur astronomers
Learn about star parties and the International Year of Astronomy

Learn how to help save the night sky
Talk to members of the International Dark Sky Association

** Schedule of events and activities is subject to change **

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Vote For Your Favorite Lunar Innovation

The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards  challenge teams of High School Students to:

CREATE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL ENTERPRISE FOR LUNAR EXPLORATION.

CREATE AN INNOVATIVE PRODUCT FOR USE IN PERSONAL SPACEFLIGHT.

CREATE A CLEAN, CARBON-FREE WAY OF USING RENEWABLE ENERGY TO CHANGE EVERYDAY LIFE.

Finalists in the competition for these awards are listed in the left column of this page . You can click on each finalist’s program for more information and to vote to rate each team’s effort.

Singularity University

Singularity University Presentation

Singularity University to Study Accelerating Technologies, Launches at NASA Ames

MOUNTAIN VIEW and LONG BEACH, Calif. — (TED CONFERENCE) — February 3, 2009 – With the support of NASA, Google and a broad range of technology thought leaders and entrepreneurs, a new university will launch in Silicon Valley this summer with the goal of preparing the next generation of leaders to address “humanity’s grand challenges.” Singularity University (SU) (www.singularityu.org) will open its doors in June 2009 on the NASA Research Park campus with a nine-week graduate-level interdisciplinary curriculum designed to facilitate understanding, collaboration, and innovation across a broad range of carefully chosen scientific and technological disciplines whose developments are exponentially accelerating.