NASA Education Express — April 14, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 19, 2011

Student Questions Needed: Join an Earth Day Video Chat With a NASA Scientist
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 4-6
Deadline to Submit Questions: April 18, 2011
Video Chat Date: April 21, 2011

National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Priority Deadline to Be Considered for Build Awards: May 30, 2011
Registrations Deadline: Aug. 30, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) – Posted on April 8, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

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Live Video Chat: Building and Testing Solid Fuel Rocket Motors

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with NASA civil engineer Sam Ortega. The event will take place on April 19, 2011, at 2 p.m. EDT. Students and teachers can submit questions to Ortega during this hour-long chat. Ortega will answer questions about building and testing solid fuel rocket motors and being a civil engineer at NASA.

Go to the
chat page on the NASA Explorer Schools Virtual Campus website to participate in the webchat. You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to join the chat. To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website and click on the What Is NES? video or the About NES link.

To learn more about Sam Ortega, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/live-chat-Ortega.html.

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Student Questions Needed: Join an Earth Day Video Chat With a NASA Scientist

To celebrate Earth Day 2011, the Education Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is hosting a live Web video chat where students can ask a NASA/JPL scientist questions emailed in advance.

Questions are due by April 18, noon PDT; live chat is April 21, 10 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. EDT.

For more information visit
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/education/earthday2011-20110413.html.

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National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s Education Program for NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph mission. IRIS will use spectrography and imaging in ultraviolet wavelengths to reveal the dynamics of the sun’s chromospheres and transition region.

This yearly competition is open to undergraduate interdisciplinary teams from colleges and universities across the U.S. teams are challenged to design and build a working ground-based solar spectrograph and demonstrate the capabilities of the spectrograph by making pre-defined observations of the solar spectrum. Typical teams have three to six students and must have a faculty advisor.

Both substantial scholarship prizes and travel prizes will be given in four categories: best design, best build, best science observations and best presentation of results. Teams may apply for funding of $2000 per team for project materials. Priority for build funds will be given to minority-serving institutions, community colleges and institutions with less aerospace activity.

Applications for build awards are due May 30, 2011. Build awards will be distributed in June 2011. Registrations are due on Aug. 30, 2011. As space allows, late registrations may be accepted until Dec. 31, 2011.

The competition will be held in Bozeman, Mont., in May 2012.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://www.spacegrant.montana.edu/IRIS/index.html.

Please email any questions about this competition to Randy Larimer at
rlarimer@ece.montana.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) – Posted on April 8, 2011

Twelve FAQs related to Peer Review/Proposal Content Development/Format/ Budgets/NASA Grant Policies and Eligibility for Institutions and Principal Investigators are available with the NRA on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES.

Visit:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665}&path=open

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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