Webcast with NASA

BrainPOP and the JASON Project Invite you to Fly to Jupiter on May 31st! Join a Live Event with NASA Engineer Tracy Drain!

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Live Web Q&A with NASA Systems Engineer Tracy Drain
Thursday, May 31
10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm & 6:30pm Eastern
Programs presented by the JASON Project, our newest BrainPOP Partner on GameUp!


Tracy Drain is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Her projects are out of this world — literally! Tracy has helped design, test, and analyze spacecraft that are orbiting Mars and are on their way to Jupiter. She hopes to someday contribute to a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

BrainPOP and The JASON Project invite you to attend four live events with Tracy on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 6:30pm Eastern. Each program will last approximately 45 minutes. You’ll have a chance to learn the physics that Tracy uses to succeed in her job, find out about the career path she followed to become a mechanical engineer, ask her questions, and respond to polls, all live! You can also upload a video to show us how you’d solve a spacecraft design challenge that Tracy created specifically for this event.

Click through these links to Learn More About Tracy Drain & Her Work

Tracy’s NASA bio page:

NASA’s Juno Mission:

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission:

JASON Project interview with Tracy

JASON Project video featuring Tracy:

So, how can you participate in the live events?

Tune in to the live events on Thursday, May 31st  and have the chance to submit text questions to Tracy and answer interactive polls. In addition, you can submit video questions and video challenge responses before the event. Schools submitting video questions increase the odds of their questions being used during the event.  For more information about submitting questions, please see the event page on the JASON Project website.

Video Question & Challenge Submission Guidelines

– Video question and challenge submissions will remain open until 7pm ET on Thursday, May 24.
– Make sure that video questions relate to the featured expert and their work, and that video challenges submissions are aligned with the challenge we’ve posed.
– Ensure that your video is well-lit and the audio is free of background noise.
– Have the student close to the camera and microphone to ensure they can be heard.
– If recording with a phone or mobile device it is preferred to shoot in landscape (horizontal) orientation.
– Please record only one question per video clip. You can submit as many clips as you like!
– If students want to mention their name and location, they should state only their first name and the state or country they are from. Students are not required to provide their name or location in the videos — they can simply ask their question.
– Unfortunately we cannot use all the video questions we receive. The more creative and interesting you are, the better your chances of being selected!
Each student submitting a video question or challenge response must also email or fax a permission form with a parent or guardian’s signature. Download student permission form.