NASA Education Express — Jan. 13, 2011

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