Monthly Archives: January 2011

NASA Education Express — Jan. 27, 2011

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

DLiNFocus: NASA Careers ‘What’s in Your Future?’ Special Event Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST


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

Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 3, 2011

Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011

2011 Graduate Student Researchers Project
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 1, 2011

3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 1-3, 2011

2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program
Audience: Middle and High School STEM Educators
Application Deadline: March 7, 2011

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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 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 variety of career choices at NASA — astronauts aren’t the only folks who work here! The schedule of events through February 2011 includes:

Feb. 2: NASA’s Kennedy Space Center featuring Dr. Philip Metzger, research physicist and founder of the Granular Materials and Regolith Operations Lab.
Feb. 9: NASA’s Langley Research Center featuring Jennifer Keyes, aerospace engineer.
Feb. 16: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center featuring Dr. Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office.
Feb. 23: NASA’s Stennis Space Center featuring Tom Nicolaides, systems engineer supporting Propulsion Test Projects.

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

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

Inquiries about the DLiNFocus series should be directed to Caryn Long at
Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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

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
XXVII

In the 27th 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. Space Math @ NASA has posted four new math problems based on exciting new press releases from NASA that were posted at the beginning of the month. In this webinar, we will work through the following problems:

Problem 396: Kepler 10b — A Matter of Gravity (Grades 8-10)
In this problem, students use the measured properties of the Earth-like planet Kepler 10b to estimate the weight of a human on its surface. Topics include evaluating formulas; mass = density x volume; volume of a sphere; and scientific notation.

Problem 395: Death Stars (Grades 6-9)
Some stars create super-flares that are capable of eliminating life on planets that orbit close to the star. Students learn about these flares on common red-dwarf stars and compare them to flares on our own sun. Topics include scientific notation; percentages; and rates of change.

Problem 394: Probing the Lunar Core Using Seismology (Grades 9-10)
Students learn about the geometry needed to determine the diameter of the lunar core using a simplified model. Topics include geometry and properties of inscribed arcs.

Problem 393: Taking a Stroll Around a Martian Crater! (Grades 6-8)
Students use a recent photograph of a crater on Mars to estimate its circumference and the time it will take NASAs Opportunity Rover to travel once around its edge. Topics include scale model; distance = speed x time; and metric measure.

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.
http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov

Date: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

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.

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Where to
register for this meeting
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1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=162247537&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.
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
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=162247537&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

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Closed Captioning is available during the Webinar. A link to this will be provided closer to meeting time.
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1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc
2. Click “Assistance”.
3. Click “Support”.

For more information, contact John Ensworth by e-mail at
john_ensworth@strategies.org 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:
http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=professional and http://video.strategies.org.

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

Downloads

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php.

The host requests that you check for compatibility of rich media players for Universal Communications Format (UCF) before you join the session. UCF allows you to view multimedia during the session. To check now, click the following link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/systemdiagnosis.php.

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
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcie.msi
— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mozilla Firefox/Netscape Navigator https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcns.msi

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)
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/mac/powerpc/webexinstaller.hqx.

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Call for Abstracts: 62nd International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this “Call for Abstracts.” The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL, — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 3-7, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 62nd IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at
http://iac2011.com/sites/default/files/pdf/iac2011-call-for-papers.pdf for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites.
Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including space systems, transportation, future systems and safety.
Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law.

The full text of the abstract must be submitted electronically in the prescribed format at
http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2011 and to the IAC website at http://iac2011.com by March 2, 2011.

If you have a question or concern about the programmatic or the electronic submission of your abstract, please e-mail abstract@nasaprs.com, and you will receive a response within two (2) business days.

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2011 Graduate Student Researchers Project


Applications are being accepted for NASA’s Graduate Student Researchers Project. Through GSRP, NASA awards fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields related to NASA research and development. In 2011, NASA is expanding GSRP to include students interested in becoming teachers or education administrators.

Applicants must be currently enrolled or accepted as full-time students at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants also must be U.S. citizens.

All application materials must be received no later than March 1, 2011. For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Graduate_Student_Researchers_Project.html.

To apply for this fellowship online, visit the OSSI: SOLAR (One Stop Shop Initiative: Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars) website
http://intern.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Linda Rodgers at Linda.L.Rodgers@jpl.nasa.gov.

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3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

The 3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-on projects. Each workshop will be led by experienced educators and education public outreach specialists who will model pedagogical techniques and methods to foster problem-based learning, science as inquiry, technology integration and best practices. Workshops target in-service, informal and pre-service teachers who serve the K-12 education community.

The workshop series will take place March 1-3, 2011, in Charlotte, N.C.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit
http://aesp.psu.edu/register/.

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis at 757-864-9570 or
Brandon.Hargis@nasa.gov.

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2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program

Applications are currently available for the 2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program. This program will provide 32 select middle and high school STEM teachers the opportunity to attend a two-week, paid internship-based workshop at a NASA facility.

During the workshop, teachers will attend presentations by NASA engineers and education specialists, tour NASA facilities and work side-by-side with mentors. At the conclusion of the workshop teachers will have developed an innovative modeling and simulation lesson plan relevant to the mentor’s research area that they will be able to use in their classrooms and share with other educators across the nation.

Applications are due March 7, 2011.

For more information about this opportunity and to download the application materials, visit
https://simaero.rti.org.

Inquiries about the 2011 Simulation-Based Aerospace Engineering Teacher Professional Development Program should be directed to Olivia Rice at
simaero@rti.org or 919-541-7011.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club:
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub


NASA Education Express — Jan. 20, 2011

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

NES Chat With NASA Scientist Joel Levine
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 21, 2011

NASA Web Chat: Taking the “Boom” Out of Booms
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Jan. 25, 2011

2011 Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011


NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16 and Feb. 23, 2011

Balloonsat High Altitude Flight Student Competition
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 11, 2011

2011 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 1, 2011


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Opportunity
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

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NES Chat With NASA Scientist Joel Levine

NASA Explorer Schools invites you to join a live chat on Jan. 21, 2011, from 2-3 p.m. EST, to ask Dr. Joel S. Levine, Chief Scientist of the ARES Mars Airplane Mission, questions about the development of a robotic, rocket-powered airplane that will fly through the atmosphere of Mars to search for evidence of life by looking for trace gases of biogenic origin.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/live-chat-Levine.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact John Entwistle at John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.
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NASA Web Chat: Taking the “Boom” Out of Booms

Loud sonic booms are a barrier to being able to fly over land at supersonic speeds some day. Noise regulations in most countries would not allow supersonic planes to fly over land because of the sonic booms they would generate. NASA is testing ways to take some of the “boom” out of sonic booms. On Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST, join a live web chat with NASA’s sonic boom “guru,” Ed Haering.

To ever be able to enjoy the benefits of flying people or cargo over land at super-fast speeds, we have to figure out how to turn down the volume on sonic booms.

NASA has been doing flight tests and simulations and ground experiments — with cool names like “Quiet Spike,” “SonicBOBS,” “SonicBREW,” “LaNCETS,” “House VIBES,” “Low Boom/No Boom” — to help find answers.

For more information about the chat and how to participate, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/sonic_boom_chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Karen Rugg at Karen.L.Rugg@nasa.gov.

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2011 Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars

Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars, or LARSS, is a 10-week summer internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, materials science, atmospheric science and other aerospace-related fields that lend support to NASA’s mission. Students with other majors also are invited to apply.

The 10-week internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists, and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/larss/.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at
Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov or Sarah Pauls at Sarah.E.Pauls@nasa.gov.

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

NASA LEARN, or Learning Environments and Research Network, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are four offerings in February 2011. The webinars are presented from 9-10 p.m. EST to be sure educators on both the East Coast and West Coast can participate. And don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

You can register for each of the webinars by clicking on these website links:

Smart Skies — Feb. 2, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in being an air traffic controller.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-smart-skies/

Black Hole Math — Feb. 9, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
This session provides teachers with information about one of the most exciting yet misunderstood space phenomenon — black holes. Learn about black hole structure and behavior, and get information on some common misconceptions about black holes.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-black-hole-math/

Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber — Feb. 16, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
Plant growth will be an important part of space exploration in the future. This webinar will highlight the science of the lunar environment, basic plant needs, the current focus of NASA’s plant research and the systems that are being developed for future missions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-plant-growth/

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration — Feb. 23, 2011, 9 p.m. EST
This webinar will highlight the water recovery and management function of the Environmental Control and Life Support System, or ECLSS, on the International Space Station. Students will design, build, test and measure the performance of a water filtration device, analyze the data collected and use this information to work toward an improved filtration design.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-water-filtration/

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Balloonsat High Altitude Flight Student Competition

NASA is inviting student teams to design and build experiments the agency will fly into the stratosphere, a near-space environment, more than 100,000 feet above Earth.

NASA’s second annual Balloonsat High-Altitude Flight competition is open to student teams in ninth to 12th grades from the United States and its territories. Each team of four or more students must submit an experiment proposal to NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland by Feb. 11, 2011. Student teams may propose experiments on a wide range of topics, from bacteria studies to weather observations.

A panel of NASA engineers and scientists will evaluate the submissions based on mission objectives, technical planning and team organization. The top eight proposals will be announced on March 4, 2011.

The top four teams will receive up to $1,000 to develop their flight experiments and travel to Glenn Research Center May 18-20, 2011. During their visit, they will have an opportunity to tour the center, watch as NASA helium weather balloons carry their experiments to the edge of space, recover the experiments and present their results at Glenn’s Balloonsat Symposium.

The other four teams also will receive up to $1,000 to develop their flight experiments and will participate via the Internet when NASA scientists and engineers launch and recover their payloads during the week of May 23, 2011.

For more Balloonsat information, registration forms and project ideas, visit: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/balloonsat.

This competition and similar educational programs help NASA attract and retain students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These disciplines are critical to the agency’s future programs and missions.

The Balloonsat High-Altitude Flight competition is sponsored by Glenn’s Educational Programs Office and is funded by the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. For information about the TFS education program, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs.

If you have questions about Balloonsat, please contact William.T.Dedula@nasa.gov


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2011 Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship. Up to 20 fellows will be selected to receive support for graduate education in NASA-related STEM disciplines. The fellowship is open to women, minority and disabled full-time graduate students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students are selected for fellowships that include financial support and opportunity for hands-on research experience at a NASA center. Fellowship tenure is three years for candidates seeking either a master’s or doctoral degree in NASA-related fields.

Applications for this opportunity are due March 1, 2011.

For more information about the fellowship, visit http://www.uncfsp.org/JPFP and
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Jenkins_Predoctoral_Fellowship_Project.html.

To apply for this fellowship online, visit the OSSI: SOLAR (One Stop Shop Initiative: Student On-Line Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars) website http://intern.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Brenda Collins at
Brenda.J.Collins@nasa.gov.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Opportunity

Student Experiments on Space Shuttle Endeavour Flight Attract National Attention in Bold New STEM Education Program

Private Sector Effort Also Offers Potential New Space Shuttle Atlantis Opportunity for 100,000 Students to Participate

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP, http://ssep.ncesse.org), launched June 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE, http://ncesse.org) in partnership with NanoRacks LLC (http://www.nanoracks.us/), has selected 16 grade 5-12 student microgravity science experiments to fly on STS-134, the final flight of Shuttle Endeavour currently set to launch April 2011.

Responding to a national announcement of opportunity by NCESSE in June 2010, 16 communities joined the program. Each community was provided an experiment slot in a private sector microgravity research laboratory flying on Endeavour, and which had also flown on seven past Shuttle missions. An experiment design competition in each community, open to up to 3,200 students, allowed student teams to design real experiments vying for their reserved slot on this historic flight. Additional SSEP programming leverages the flight design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for STEM education.

A total of 20,000 students were given the opportunity to participate for STS-134, with 447 proposals submitted by student teams, 293 put forward to preliminary review boards in each of the communities, and 43 finalists put forward to a National SSEP Review Board. The 16 experiments selected for flight include studies of cell biology, life cycles, seed germination, food preservation, and crystal growth.

SSEP is the first pre-college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education program that is both a U.S. national initiative and implemented as an on-orbit commercial space venture. SSEP is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. “SSEP is immersing students in real science, and inspiring our next generation of scientists and engineers so that America can compete in the 21st century,” says Jeffrey Manber, Managing Director of NanoRacks.

“SSEP is designed to empower the student as scientist, and within the real-world context of science. Student teams design a real experiment, propose for a real flight opportunity, experience a formal proposal review process, go through a flight safety review, and have their own science conference, where they are immersed in their community of researchers,” said Dr. Jeff Goldstein, creator of SSEP and NCESSE Center Director in recent video interview on StemStream TV on the TV Worldwide Network. ”Science is more than a way of thinking and interacting with the natural world. Science is also a complex social landscape filled with challenges, and the need for successful communication with one’s peers. SSEP is about introducing real science to our children.”

The vision for SSEP is to provide routine student access to space via commercial payloads, and to leverage the power of such access into STEM education delivered across an entire school district, and serving a national, even international network of such communities.

Given the interest in this first flight opportunity, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is now announcing a Student Spaceflight Experiments Program opportunity for STS-135, the final flight of Atlantis, and the final flight of the U.S. Shuttle program, assuming Congress authorizes this additional mission. The STS-135 opportunity is available to school districts across the U.S. as well as Canada, and has been expanded to include U.S. 2-year community colleges. The Center expects that up to 50 communities will participate, engaging 100,000 grade 5-14 students in this historic adventure.

NCESSE and NanoRacks are now planning the details of a post-shuttle SSEP initiative utilizing the unique hardware of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, with participation open to the ISS partner nations. “The SSEP is a model program for engaging students in the NASA mission in a hands-on manner. The real-world experience these student scientists will gain by developing actual flight experiments will be invaluable to their STEM educational development,” says Mark Severance, NASA Education Projects Manager for the ISS National Laboratory. “We look forward to working with NCESSE and NanoRacks to host future iterations of SSEP on the NanoRacks Platform onboard the International Space Station.”

Links:
SSEP Home Page: http://ssep.ncesse.org

SSEP Overview PDF: http://ssep.ncesse.org/overview

SSEP Participating Communities: http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities

Student Proposals Selected for Flight on Shuttle Endeavour:
http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/selected-experiments-on-sts-134/

SSEP In the News: http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/in-the-news/

STEM Learning Community Model: http://ncesse.org/about/learning-community-model/

Testimonials: http://ssep.ncesse.org/communities/in-our-own-words/


About NCESSE
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) creates and oversees national initiatives addressing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, with a focus on earth and space. Programs are designed to provide an authentic window on science as a human endeavor. Central objectives of the Center’s programs are to help ensure a scientifically literate public and a next generation of U.S. scientists and engineers—both of which are of national importance in an age of high technology. NCESSE is a Project of the Tides Center. http://ncesse.org

About NanoRacks
NanoRacks, LLC designed and operates research platforms onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory that permits low-cost research using payloads in the CubeSat form factor. The company also is planning space station hardware that will permit low-cost, in-orbit analysis of microgravity research. The company brings together entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers who share a passion for entrepreneurial space including our utilization of low-earth orbit. NanoRacks currently enjoys a backlog of over 60 payloads from research, commercial and educational customers. http://www.nanoracks.us/


If you have questions about this
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program opportunity, please contact Dr. Jeff Goldstein, Center Director, NCESSE, at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org or 301-395-0770.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club:
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express — Jan. 13, 2011

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

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Event Date: Jan. 20, 2011

NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Jan. 20 – April 21, 2011

Free Webcast — Space Operations in 2011
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 26, 2010

Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 3-5, 2011

2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 11, 2011

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2011

No Boundaries Project and Student Competition
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: April 1, 2011

Education Innovation — Google Science Fair
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: April 4, 2011

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Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop

The NASA Office of Education will be accepting proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) NASA Research Announcement. This new announcement is an umbrella announcement for opportunities under the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, and includes calls for proposals in the following program elements for Fiscal Year 2011:

— Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research into the Undergraduate Curriculum, or CIPAIR.
— Innovations in Global Climate Change Education, or IGCCE.
— MUREP Space Projects, or MSP.
— NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Center-Unique Projects.
— NASA’s Stennis Space Center Center-Unique Projects.

Eligibility Information: Proposals will be accepted from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and other minority-serving institutions including those with high Hispanic enrollment. For some program elements, community colleges are also eligible. Public school districts and nonprofit organizations that reach a large number of under-represented and/or under-served audiences are also eligible. In some cases, NASA centers and other organizations may apply through partnership with the lead organization.

Interested parties may attend the EONS Workshop on Jan. 20, 2011, at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center. Onsite registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Participation is not required to submit a proposal.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit the EONS page on the NSPIRES website. Go to http://nspires.nasaprs.com and click on Solicitations, then on Open Solicitations.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to NASAEONS2011@nasaprs.com.

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NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series

NASA’s Digital Learning Network announces a series of monthly webcasts. Join Dr. Joel Levine each month as he features a different topic of planetary study and talks about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target middle school students.

The Earth and Other Planets: A Tour
Jan. 20, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine on a tour of the planets. This webcast will explore the surface features, atmospheric structure and composition, and moon and ring systems of the planets. Did you know the planets may be divided into two distinct groups? Learn more about the properties that distinguish the terrestrial planets from the gaseous outer planets.

The Earth: Up Close and Personal
Feb. 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about our home planet. This webcast will explore the
components of the Earth system. The lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system, such as volcanism and the water cycle, also will be discussed.

Mars: Up Close and Personal
March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the Red Planet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thin atmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable with abundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth’s. This webcast will explore Mars’ past and what makes Mars and Earth so different today.


The Heat Is On: Global Warming — Causes and Consequences
April 21, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about global warming and how it is affecting our planet.
The temperature of the surface of Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. This webcast will discuss the causes and consequences of global warming.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network allows the next generation of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researchers without leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning events designed to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASA experts.

Three schools per time slot will be allowed to join Levine for this lecture series. All others may join via webcast.

For more information about this series of webcast events, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

If you have any questions about this webcast series, please contact Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — Space Operations in 2011

Astronauts and cosmonauts will continue to work on the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle. Join Carla Rosenberg for an hourlong webcast on Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST, to find out what is next for human space exploration in 2011. The new NASA educational product for middle school grades called “Station Simulation” also will be discussed.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Renee Elias at
nasa_renee@lcjvs.net.

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Space Exploration Educators Conference, Feb. 3-5, 2011

Register today for the 17th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 3-5, 2011, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit
http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or e-mail seec@spacecenter.org.

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2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Applications are now being accepted for the Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, also known as ACCESS. This 10-week, paid internship at NASA centers around the U.S. is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities.

Applicants should have strong backgrounds in science, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a desire to pursue technical careers. Students who are chosen will work with scientists and engineers in an area compatible with their skills and interests.

Applications for placement at NASA are due Feb. 11, 2011.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Achieving_Competence.html.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to
Laureen Summers at
lsummers@aaas.org.

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2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, they submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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No Boundaries Project and Student Competition

Encourage your classes to participate in the No Boundaries National Competition, a joint educational initiative created by NASA and USA TODAY Education. This competition is designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The effort also offers students the opportunity to learn more about NASA.

When people hear the word “NASA,” they often think of astronauts’ amazing journeys. While astronauts are the public face of NASA, thousands of people at the space agency collaborate to send astronauts into space.

The goal of this project is for students to work in small groups to develop a creative project (website, video, podcast, song, etc.) that markets careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to teens. These student groups then will present their projects to their classmates and a class of younger peers.

The No Boundaries website includes a Teacher Toolkit and step-by-step instructions for teachers to implement the project in the classroom. Background information and links to websites with career information also are provided.

After presenting their projects, groups are encouraged to enter them in the No Boundaries National Competition. All contest entries must be submitted to USA TODAY Education no later than April 1, 2011. Winning teams can win $2,000, passes to a VIP NASA experience and the chance to present their project to NASA.

To learn more about the project and to enter the competition, visit
www.noboundaries-stemcareers.com.

Please e-mail any questions about the No Boundaries Competition to
Marcie Peck at mpeck@usatoday.com.

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Education Innovation — Google Science Fair

On Jan. 11, 2011, Google launched the inaugural Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group to create this new STEM competition. This is a global competition open to any student aged 13-18, and students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. There is no entry fee. Registrations and submissions will be made online. The Science Fair will culminate in a celebratory event at Google headquarters in California in July 2011, where finalists will compete for internships, scholarships and prizes in front of a panel of celebrity scientist judges, including Nobel Laureates and household names.

Submissions are due by April 4, 2011. To sign up for free resource kits for your classroom or school, please visit the Global Science fair website at
http://www.google.com/sciencefair.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students:
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club:
https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub


NASA Education Express — Jan. 6, 2011

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

Deadline Extended: OSSI:SOLAR Student Application
Audience: Higher Education Students
New Deadline: March 1, 2011

Free Webcast — Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 13, 2011

International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Jan. 18-21, 2011

FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011

2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Jan. 28, 2011

NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011

Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Registration Deadline: Feb. 1, 2011
Event Date: Feb. 5, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Courses
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning: Feb. 2 – March 15, 2011
Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Feb. 23 – March 29, 2011

NASA Notice of Intent (NOI) to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Entitled 2011 Summer of Innovation Project

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 18, 2011

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OSSI:SOLAR Student Application Deadline Extension Announcement:


The HQ Office of Education has decided to extend the student application deadline in OSSI:SOLAR for the Summer 2011 session from February 1 to March 1, 2011. This change will enable 2 items:

-More students to fully complete their applications
-More time for Mentors to submit their opportunities and search the applicant pool

To view available opportunities and to submit an application online, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.J.Matthews@nasa.gov.

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Free Webcast — Mass vs. Weight: What’s the Big Difference Anyway?

The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is presenting a free webcast on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. EST. During this hourlong webcast, Stennis Space Center aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss “mass” and “weight,” two terms that differ in meaning and that often are used incorrectly. This webcast will integrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and microgravity to explore these two terms and demonstrate their difference by focusing on education video filmed by astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA education resources and inquiry activities, developed from the space station video, will be used in this workshop. Come enjoy this “heavy duty” topic.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://neon.psu.edu/13jan2011.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Steve Culivan at Stephen.P.Culivan@nasa.gov. Or visit the “Mass vs. Weight” website at http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/massvsweight.asp.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Winter 2011 Mission from Jan. 18-21, 2011. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please e-mail ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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NASA Announces the Release of FY 2011 Research Announcement for the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have released the FY 2011 Research Announcement for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA’s four Mission Directorates — Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations –, the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the proposing jurisdiction.

Public Law 102-58, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR. The following NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions may respond to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Jurisdictions responding to this CAN may submit up to two proposals.

This solicitation may be accessed through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at http://nspires.nasaprs.com.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Jan. 28, 2011.


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2011 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students will spend the summer at the NASA scientist’s home institution. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students interested in learning about research in planetary geoscience are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2011 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Jan. 28, 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp.html. If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at rlwagner@buffalo.edu.

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NASA History Division Summer 2011 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for summer 2011 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing, and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due Feb. 1, 2011. For more information, visit http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

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Comets and Asteroids Educator Conference at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Join the Stardust-NExT mission and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Education Office for an education conference being held Feb. 5, 2011, near Pasadena, Calif. The conference will focus on comets, asteroids and protoplanets. These objects are the leftover building blocks of planets, which may have contributed water and organic material to ancient Earth, thus aiding the start of life. By observing these small bodies up close, scientists better understand the formation and evolution of our solar system and how life came to exist here on Earth.

This daylong conference will feature a series of presentations, as well as introduction to hands-on activities mainly targeted for grades 5-8. However, activities can be adapted for both lower and higher grade levels. Instructional materials and resources will be shared and hands-on activity materials will be provided.

This conference is open to all formal and informal educators interested in Earth and space science and exploration. Students in high school and college also may attend.

Pre-registration is required. Participants must register by Feb. 1, 2011. Walk-up registration will not be possible for this conference.

For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=110.

For registration questions, please call the JPL Education Office at 818-393-0561. For other questions, please call the JPL Educator Resource Center at 909-397-4420.

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Electronic Professional Development Network Courses


NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to create the ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses starting in February:

Using Robotics to Enhance STEM Learning — Feb. 2 – March 15, 2011
Learn how to build and program LEGO Mindstorm robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of mathematics, science and engineering. Explore robotic manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation.

Project-Based Inquiry Learning: Science Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century — Feb. 23 – March 15, 2011
Develop your skills in designing and using project-based inquiry learning, or PBIL, to enhance conceptual understanding, critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving in standards-based classrooms. Experience and analyze two NASA-oriented PBIL projects firsthand; learn PBIL curriculum design strategies and methods; and design a PBIL unit for use in your classroom. Use e-PDN’s suite of online tools to collaborate, connect and create with other course participants.

To learn more about these free courses and to apply online, visit https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasaepdn_application.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Ruskin at fran.ruskin@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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NASA Notice of Intent (NOI) to Release Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Entitled 2011 Summer of Innovation Project

General Information
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Solicitation Number: NNC11ZCE009C
NAIS Posted Date: January 12, 2011
Response Date: N/A
Classification Code: N/A
Internet Address: nspires.nasaprs.com

Office Address
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NASA Educational Programs Office, NASA Glenn Research Center, MS 7-4, Cleveland, OH 44135

Description
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NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has identified improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning as a national need. To address this need, in 2010 NASA piloted the Summer of Innovation Project.

Summer of Innovation (SoI) is an intensive STEM teaching and learning program that targets middle school students (as defined by NASA for these purposes as students enrolled in grades 4-9 for the pending school year) and middle school teachers. In recruiting students, specific emphasis should be paid to girls, minorities and low income students.

Offerors shall include a summer engagement component and follow-on efforts designed to keep students involved in NASA-themed STEM activities during the academic year. Offerors will be required to partner with schools, school districts or state departments of education. A key aspect of SoI is the participation of certified teachers in the delivery of high quality content to middle school students in summer programming and sustained engagement during the school year. Offerors are encouraged to solicit the involvement, participation, and/or contributions of interested public/private partners including other federal agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, for-profit organizations, universities, museums, planetariums and science centers with relevant experience and ability to accomplish the goals of SoI.

Expected outcomes of this project are increased student interest in STEM concepts and careers, improved student performance in STEM learning for student participants, increased teacher confidence and competency to deliver STEM content to middle school students and increased capacity for awardees to sustain their SoI projects beyond the scope and timeline of NASA funding. On an annual basis each awardee is expected to engage a minimum of 2500 students in summer programming and subsequent student engagement and involve at least 150 certified teachers in the delivery of content to students and sustained professional development activities.

Evaluation Criteria
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Proposal evaluation criteria will be focused on Implementation, Evaluation Plan, Strategic Partnerships, Intrinsic Merit, Sustainability, and Cost.

Anticipated Timeline
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ITEM                                                                           Proposed Date
Notice of Intent to Proposers                                   Dec. 30, 2010
Release 2011 Summer of Innovation CAN *         Jan. 12, 2011
Pre-Proposal Teleconference                                 Jan. 19, 2011
Non-binding NOI to Propose Due                           Jan. 26, 2011
Proposals Due                                                          Feb. 18, 2011
Award Announcement                                              April 18, 2011

*NOTE: The Summer of Innovation CAN will be posted on or about January 12, 2011.
Timeline is subject to change; current information will be posted on NASA NSPIRES and Grants.Gov

Critical Elements for Offerors
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— A detailed plan to grow capacity and expand network over a performance period of 48 months
— Ability to infuse a minimum of 40 hours of NASA content into existing summer programs and to sustain student engagement by providing an additional 40 hours of NASA content either in classroom or other out-of school settings during the school year
— Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain female, minority and/or low income middle school students for purposes of tracking academic performance and changes in attitudes towards STEM over the 48 month period of performance
— Demonstrated ability to recruit certified STEM middle school teachers to support the design and delivery of SoI summer and sustained student engagement activities
— Ability to partner with NASA and its contractors who provide professional development to certified teachers using NASA content and STEM topics
— Capacity to provide unique and innovative experiential STEM learning opportunities to students
— Demonstrated understanding of the development, administration and implementation of high quality STEM programs and projects
— Capacity to sustain STEM education programs on an ongoing basis
— Partnerships with industry, academia, and accredited schools, school districts or state departments of education to support project recruitment, implementation, sustainability and scalability
— Proven ability to work with formal educational structures (schools, school districts,etc.)
— Ability to make timely submittals of all reports and financial data required; and to make timely payments to all sub contractors and/or partners

Anticipated Award
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Contingent upon the availability of funding, NASA intends to select up to ten (10) awards that may be up to $750,000 each with a period of performance of 48 months for awardees. Funds will be awarded through a graduated distribution system. To retain financial strength and support on an ongoing basis, awardees are strongly encouraged to leverage monetary opportunities through collaborations and partnerships with entities that share resolve for a successful, ongoing SoI project.

Point of Contact
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Name: Robert Lasalvia
Title: 2011 Summer of Innovation, Project Manager-Acting, NASA GRC
E-mail:
grc-2011summerofinnovation@mail.nasa.gov

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full list of Current Opportunities, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html.

Visit NASA Education on the Web:
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub