NASA Education Express – Dec. 2, 2010

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

NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators and Students

Tiles for Teachers
Audience: All Educators

Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2010

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Multiple dates beginning on Dec. 8, 2010

Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe
Audience: K-4 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 11, 2010

2011 NASA Academy
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2011


NASA and You — NASA y Tú Website

NASA and Univision Communications Inc. have launched an on-air and online initiative to help engage Hispanic students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. View Spanish-language educational video segments featuring Hispanic employees from NASA and check out the online resources for educators. The website also includes information on educational opportunities for students.

To view the “NASA and You” website in Spanish, visit

An English-language version of the website will be available in early 2011.

Inquiries about the NASA y Tú website should be directed to Ivelisse Gilman at


Tiles for Teachers

NASA is offering space shuttle tiles to schools. Perhaps you’d like to have one for your classroom? You’d better act quickly because a limited number are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

So, why are these tiles so “cool”?

Imagine that your school buses experience an extreme cold front followed by a heat wave, followed by another extreme cold front, followed by … Well, you get the point. What would be necessary to protect the students inside the buses when the temperature fluctuates from minus 200 F to plus 200 F every 90 minutes? How could you handle an occasional outside temperature of 1000 F? NASA scientists addressed this question over 50 years ago.

The space shuttle has made space exploration history over the past 30 years by regularly traveling through such extreme temperature fluctuations. Scientists and engineers collaborated to develop unique materials to withstand extreme temperatures. This led to the development of five space shuttles with their unique “skin” of shuttle tiles.

You or your students may have witnessed the more memorable launches. Perhaps you remember the first flight. Did you watch the flights that carried the Hubble Space Telescope into space or the flights to repair the telescope? Did you see any of the space shuttle dockings with the Russian Mir space station? Surely you witnessed one or several space shuttle launches to build or resupply the International Space Station? One hundred and thirty-three launches in 30 years have made space travel pretty routine. Have you gone outside at night and seen a space shuttle streak across the sky while attached to the space station? The space shuttles and their shuttle tiles have contributed immeasurably in making America a world leader in routine human spaceflight.

NASA is looking for ways to preserve this great history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers. On Dec. 1, 2010, your school or university can sign up and request a space shuttle thermal protective tile. Remember, the tiles are available on a first-come, first-served, one-per-institution basis. Educators have an opportunity to share some technology and a piece of history with their students. Perhaps students will be inspired to hone their science, technology, engineering, or mathematics skills and seek careers in deep space exploration to Mars or beyond. Schools may request a tile at Click on the tile icon to log on to the request page. A login ID and password may be obtained by registering on the link provided. A Department of Education statistics tracking number (NCES for schools or IPEDS for universities) is needed to register; hyperlinks are available to the sites to find your institution’s tracking number. Because the tiles are government property, a transfer protocol is observed (signatures and routing are done electronically). Recipients will be responsible for a shipping and handling fee of $23.40, which is accommodated by the shipping company through a secure website.

Additional information on tiles is available at the website as well as recommendations for curriculum and science lab projects. While you are at the website, you also can view and request other artifacts that are offered periodically. Directions for requesting artifacts are available on the website home page or via the link:

For more information about the shuttle artifact donation program, read the feature article “Hands-on History” at

Questions about this program should be directed to Jerry Phillips at


Live Webcast: Saturn Question and Answer Session With Students

Cassini scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California will answer questions about Saturn from students who entered the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest.

This live event will air on the “NASAJPL” channel on Ustream ( on Dec. 7, 2010, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). This one-hour program will be archived for later viewing.

For more information, visit:

Questions about this webcast and the Cassini Scientist for a Day contest should be directed to


DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will be in the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of webcasts focusing on careers. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the scientists face to face through the DLN cameras. Each event will be webcast to allow students from all over the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questions via e-mail.

Experts will share their academic experiences from elementary through college and talk about what motivated them to pursue their careers. They will discuss where those career paths lead. Students and teachers will have an opportunity to learn about the wide variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t the only folks who work here! The schedule of events through December includes:

Dec. 8: Dryden Flight Research Center featuring Kathleen Stanton — Nurse.
Dec. 15: Glenn Research Center featuring Mike Foreman — former astronaut and current Chief of External Programs at GRC.

Each hour-long webcast event begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Sign up today to become a part of this exciting opportunity to meet NASA employees live! For more information, visit the DLN website at and click the Special Events button.

Inquiries about the DLiNFocus series should be directed to Caryn Long at


Free Webcast — The Air We Breathe

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. EST. Join Aerospace Education Specialist Lester Morales during this hour-long webcast as he features NASA’s education resource book “The Air We Breathe.” This book is designed to help students enrich their science vocabulary, better understand Earth’s atmosphere and practice the scientific process. The book is a great vocabulary builder for English language learners.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Chris Gamrat at


2011 NASA Academy

The NASA Academies offer a ten-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multi-disciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

The existing NASA Academies include:

NASA Space Academy at Ames Research Center, Glenn Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center, with emphasis on Space Exploration.
NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy at Goddard Space Flight Center, with focus on lunar and planetary science mission design and operation, among others.
NASA Propulsion Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, for those with interest in Propulsion careers.
NASA Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center, with an emphasis on Robotics.

New for the upcoming 2011 summer opportunity will be the NASA Aeronautics Academy at Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center. The Aeronautics Academy will provide unique and valuable learning experiences for the next generation of leaders in Aeronautics, including project management and systems integration. U.S. citizens with majors in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, or related engineering and science disciplines are eligible to apply.

To be eligible to apply to any of the NASA Academies, students must be rising juniors or seniors at the undergraduate level or be at the early graduate level in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applications are due Jan. 18, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit

Questions about NASA Academy should be directed to


Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators:
For Students:
NASA Kids’ Club: