NASA Education Express — Jan. 6, 2011

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


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Mabel Matthews at


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

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact Steve Culivan at Or visit the “Mass vs. Weight” website at


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

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please e-mail


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

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


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 If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, at


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

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at


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

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.


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

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Ruskin at


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

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

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

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

Anticipated Timeline
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

— 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
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
Name: Robert Lasalvia
Title: 2011 Summer of Innovation, Project Manager-Acting, NASA GRC


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