NASA Education Express Message — Dec. 9, 2010

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

NASA Educators Online Network
Audience: K-12 Educators

Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIV
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 10, 2010

Free Webcast — Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Dec. 14, 2010

2011 NASA High Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Dec. 17, 2010

Geography Trivia From Space Contest

Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Taking place through March 2011

2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest
Audience: 9-Higher Education Students
Deadline: April 15, 2011

2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: June 1, 2011


NASA Educators Online Network

The NASA Educators Online Network, also known as NEON, is a new learning community developed by NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project. AESP is managed by Penn State University’s College of Education.

NEON gives K-12 educators of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines the opportunity to locate other like-minded professionals and develop effective collaborative networks. The network allows teachers to collaborate with scientists, engineers, NASA Education Specialists and other STEM educators to help support their classroom work.

To become a member of NEON, log on to and follow the steps to complete a profile.


Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIV

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASA Science Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming online professional development workshop.

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science

In the 24th bi-monthly installment of these mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems, Dr. Sten Odenwald will supply background for and lead participants through problems from his “Problems in Space and Earth Science” series. The goal of these problems is to teach students about space weather by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics for a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment.

Date: Friday, Dec. 10, 2010

Time: 3:00 p.m., EST (Greenwich Mean Time -05:00, New York)

You will need a computer, a good internet connection and a telephone to participate.

Participants must first register for this meeting. There is no cost for this event.
Note: Only the first 150 registrants will be accepted. Register ASAP!

If this meeting is full, you will receive an e-mail that reads:
“Your registration for this meeting is denied.”
In that case, we ask you to please join us in the next workshop!
If you do miss this event, we will send you the link to a video archive of the workshop so you will still be able to benefit from the exercises.

Please join the meeting 15-20 minutes before start to make sure your computer is prepared to run the Webex software. You may also pre-install the Webex plug-in following the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail.

Where to register for this meeting
1. Go to
2. Register for the meeting.
Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, visit

Closed Captioning is available during the Webinar. A link to this will be provided closer to meeting time.
For assistance
1. Go to
2. Click “Assistance”.
3. Click “Support”.

For more information, contact John Ensworth by e-mail at or by telephone at 703-312-0563.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session. This video and earlier product videos will be available via a Web-based archive tool will soon be located at: and


To check the setup of your computer and pre-install the plug-in software, use the following links:


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Meeting Manager for Microsoft® Windows® – MSI Installer

— Meeting Center automatically downloads, installs and configures Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you start or join a meeting. However, you may choose to download and run the Meeting Manager Installer before starting or joining a meeting. You must have administrator privileges on your computer to use this installer.

— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Internet Explorer

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Meeting Manager for Mac® OS X (PowerPC)

— Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC) is set up automatically the first time you start or join a meeting. The Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC) can be used to manually install or uninstall Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC).

— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC)


Free Webcast — Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

On Dec. 14, 2010, at 4 p.m. EST, NASA will conduct a free webcast to discuss how students in grades 5-8 can take part in the 2nd Annual Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge.

Log on to this website to watch the webcast and learn how to join:

NASA’s WLMR challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting.

The top three teams will receive awards.
The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the winning team’s visit to Kennedy, students will learn firsthand about NASA’s missions, take behind-the-scenes tours of NASA’s launch facilities, and find out about future aerospace and engineering careers.

For more information and contest rules,
please visit

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Jay
Garland at


2011 NASA High Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 17, 2010.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit

Information about NASA’s scientific balloon program is available at

Questions about the High Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at


Geography Trivia From Space Contest

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is currently living aboard the International Space Station. During his six-month stay in space, Kelly will have the opportunity to see and photograph various locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job is to capture a kaleidoscope of geographic spots used for scientific analysis of our planet.

Using these pictures, astronaut Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to correctly identify the place will win an autographed copy of the picture.

The first image in the geography contest was posted on Nov. 15, 2010. Kelly plans to continue posting contest photos throughout his mission. He is currently scheduled to return from the space station in March 2011.

To play the geography trivia game and to get other updates from Kelly throughout his mission, follow his twitter account at

For more information and for complete rules for the Geography Trivia From Space Contest, visit

Questions about the contest should be directed to Amiko Kauderer at .


2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest

NASA’s Future of Flight Art Contest invites students to imagine what spaceships, rockets or aircraft will look like 100 years from now. High school and college students from all areas of study are encouraged to enter. Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Any full-time student can enter, regardless of major or area of study. Team entries are accepted, but team size is limited to eight students.

Entries will be accepted in the following categories: two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, digital (including music and video) and literature (poetry and short stories). Entries will be evaluated on creativity and artistic qualities. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. Entries are due April 15, 2011.

For more information about the NASA Future of Flight Art Contest, visit

Questions about the contest should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at


2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge

NASA has invited college students to take part in the 2011 Space Tech Engineering Design Challenge. Students are invited to design a technology that will help further space exploration and development. Designs may relate to
autonomous operations; entry, descent and landing; human factors; power/propulsion including for operation in space and on other planetary bodies; or robotics (not related to in-situ lunar samples)
. Students entering other NASA contests, such as Lunabotics or RASC-ALs, may not submit the same entry or technology that they used for the other contests. All entries must be original and must be the work of students, not faculty or corporate partners.

The contest is open to any full-time student enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.

A notice of intent is requested as soon as possible. Final entries are due June 1, 2011.

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit

Questions about the challenge should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at


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