NASA Education Express — Nov. 18, 2010

Welcome to the NASA Education Express Blog. This weekly blog will keep you in the loop with announcements about NASA’s education products, activities, workshops, events, opportunities and educational resources.

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

NASA IGCCE Funding Opportunity Workshops
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: Nov. 29, 2010

LCROSS Back-to-School Webcast
Audience: K-8 Educators and Students

Event Date: Dec. 2, 2010

NASA Education Rocketry Website Webcast
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 15, 2010

2011 Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2010

National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge
Audience: 5-8 Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions
Audience: 9-Graduate Students
High School Deadline: March 15, 2011
University Deadline: May 2, 2011


NASA IGCCE Funding Opportunity Workshops

NASA soon will release a funding opportunity under its Innovations in Global Climate Change Education project. The IGCCE project is part of NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program.

NASA will be hosting a series of workshops about this funding opportunity on Dec. 3 and Dec. 6, 2010. Workshops will be held at locations across the U.S. These on-site workshops are designed to facilitate networking among organizations and provide information on the proposal submission process for projects under the upcoming NASA solicitation. The workshops also will be available, in part, via webcast.

Please register to participate in these free events by Nov. 29, 2010. IGCCE will be accepting proposals from minority institutions, community colleges, K-12 school districts with high minority populations, and nonprofits focused on underrepresented minorities. It is anticipated that there will be opportunities for partnership and collaboration to leverage past and current climate change education efforts. Majority institutions are encouraged to seek partnership opportunities.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

If you have any questions about the workshops, please mail them to


LCROSS Back-to-School Webcast

One year ago, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, probe impacted the moon in search of water. Since that time, scientists have been studying the results of the mission. Join NASA Quest on Dec. 2, 2010, as principal investigator Tony Colaprete and co-investigator Jen Heldmann reveal their surprising and exciting findings. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during this free 50-minute webcast. Webcasts take place at 1 p.m. EST.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit

If you have any questions about the webcast, please mail them to


NASA Education Rocketry Website Webcast

NASA has launched a new website designed to get students and educators off the launch pad and on their way to becoming rocket scientists. Join host Robert Moore representing the Central Operation of Resources for Educators and presenter Becky Kamas from NASA’s Johnson Space Center for an hour-long, free webcast on Dec. 15, 2010, at 4 p.m. EST. This webcast will take participants on a virtual tour of the new rocketry website and will share information about related educational materials.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit

Visit the NASA Education Rocketry website at

To register for the webcast, please email Kathy Kaiser-Holscott at


2011 Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace have launched a new planetary rover engineering competition called the Exploration Robo-Ops Student Challenge. This competition challenges university teams to design and build a planetary rover. Teams will then demonstrate their rover’s capability to perform a series of competitive tasks at the Rock Yard of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in May 2011.

Student teams at graduate and undergraduate levels are eligible to compete. Teams must submit a Project Plan Proposal by Dec. 15, 2010. The project plans will be reviewed, and up to ten qualifying teams will be announced no later than Dec. 23, 2010.

Teams that qualify will receive $5,000 to partially offset the cost of rover hardware and another $5,000 to off-set travel costs to send two students, a faculty advisor and their rover to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for four days. Other team members will remain back at the university to conduct the remote control elements of the competition. Each rover must be able to be controlled from the home university campus through a commercial broadband wireless uplink and negotiate a series of obstacles while accomplishing tasks in the quickest time. Cameras will transmit the competition back to the universities and to the public.

For more information about this competition, visit

If you have questions about this competition, please contact Shelley Spears at


National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

Students in grades 5-8 throughout the United States are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national design challenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a game for the International Space Station astronauts to play in space. The goal is for students to learn the “science behind the game” on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via a playbook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home school groups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: 1st Place — NASA schoolwide or program-wide celebration; Top 3 Teams — games played and broadcast on the space station; All Contributing Schools and Programs — opportunity to participate in a Digital Learning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resources include posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, a career video and Digital Learning Network Modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebrity sports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections by explaining and demonstrating the “science behind their work and/or game.” Featured are:  NASA astronauts Leland Melvin and Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin; NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche.

Guide activities and DLN modules include talk shows that explain application of Newton’s Laws in sports and space, followed by Science and Sports Challenges, where students design/construct sporting equipment and games and predict the difference between a game played on Earth and in microgravity.

Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s Stennis Space Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.

For more information and to register for the challenge, visit:

If you have questions about Spaced Out Sports, please e-mail inquiries to


2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites students from high school grades through graduate school to research and design a large passenger aircraft that is less noisy, less harmful to the environment, and more fuel-efficient than current models. The competition has two divisions: High School and College/University. Teams or individuals may enter. At the college level, inter-institutional partnerships are permitted and interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

High school participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. For the high school division, the deadline for papers is March 15, 2011.

Undergraduate and graduate participants must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. For the college and university division, the deadline for design papers is May 2, 2010.

International students may participate, but they are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships.

For more information about the contest, visit

Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at


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