NASA Education Express — Jan. 27, 2011

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


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 and click the Special Events button.

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


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

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.

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.

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

To view in other time zones or languages, visit

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

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

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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 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 no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2011 and to the IAC website at by March 2, 2011.

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


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

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

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Linda Rodgers at


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

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


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

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


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