NASA Education Express – Feb. 3, 2011

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

Vote Now for NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award
Audience: All Educators and Students
Voting Ends: Feb. 6, 2011

Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to Defy Gravity
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 14, 2011

2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions
Audience: 9-Graduate Students
High School Deadline: March 15, 2011
University Deadline: May 2, 2011

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


Vote Now for NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award

NASA has opened online voting for the agency’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award student video contest. The public is invited to vote for its favorite videos, made by students in grades three through eight, developed to help educate America’s youth about the benefits of NASA’s technologies.

NASA is using the correlation between Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS property and commercialized agency spinoffs to help students understand how technology developed for space and aeronautics transforms into products and technologies used on Earth.

More than 190 children from 31 states have submitted creative videos describing their favorite agency technology from NASA’s “Spinoff 2009” publication. The students also documented why their videos should be selected to win the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME trophy.

Voting closes on Feb. 6, 2011.

To watch the videos and to cast a vote for your favorites, visit

The top five submissions from each of two groups (third through fifth and sixth through eighth grades) will advance for final judging. A panel of NASA judges will select the winners in each of the two grade categories. The winning students, associated spinoff companies and NASA innovators will be announced in February.

NASA intends to make this an annual competition. Students can begin thinking about next year’s competition by deciding which spinoffs they like best from NASA’s recently published “Spinoff 2010.”

For more information about the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award,

For more information about NASA spinoffs and technology transfer,


Teaching From Space Seeks Educators to Defy Gravity

Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, in partnership with the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity for educators across the country to conduct research in a unique reduced-gravity environment. For the first time, this incredible opportunity is open to any current K-12 classroom teacher in the United States. Participants must also be U.S. citizens.

This experience will enable selected educator teams to propose, design and fabricate a reduced-gravity experiment and subsequently test and evaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft. This aircraft flies approximately 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro- and hyper-gravity, ranging from 0 g’s to 2 g’s.

Educator teams interested in testing an experiment in this unique environment need to submit a proposal no later than March 14, 2011. For more information, check out or send an e-mail to


2010-2011 Green Aviation Student Competitions

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites students from high school grades through graduate school to research and design a large passenger aircraft that is less noisy, less harmful to the environment, and more fuel-efficient than current models. The competition has two divisions: High School and College/University. Teams or individuals may enter. At the college level, inter-institutional partnerships are permitted and interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

High school participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. For the high school division, the deadline for papers is March 15, 2011.

Undergraduate and graduate participants must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. For the college and university division, the deadline for design papers is May 2, 2010.

International students may participate, but they are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships.

For more information about the contest, visit

Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at


2010-2011 NASA Future of Flight Art Contest

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

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

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

Questions about the contest should be directed to Elizabeth Ward at


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