NASA Education Express — April 21, 2011

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

Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch
Audience: All Educators
Scheduled Launch Date: April 29, 2011

NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: April 29, 2011

Event Date: May 9, 2011

NASA Accepting Proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Deadline: Multiple deadlines through August 2011


Dig in! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Informational Videoconference: May 11, 2011
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: July 14, 2011

Workshop Date: July 28-29, 2011

Amendments and 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 20, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

NASA Announcement:
Seeking Collaborators to Assist NASA in Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists, Engineers, Explorers, Educators and Innovators
Audience: Organizations Interesting in Collaborating With NASA

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

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Spiders in Space: Nine Days Before Launch

You and your students can be part of space shuttle Endeavor’s last flight. On April 29, 2011, an orb weaver spider will join the STS-134 crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour for a trip to the International Space Station. Once aboard the space station, the spider will star in an exciting experiment to observe its behaviors in microgravity. The spider will live in a safe environment that provides food and water. Real-time photos and video of the spider will be transmitted from the space station back to Earth and made available for students on the “Spiders in Space” mission page.

Students and teachers worldwide will be able to conduct their own classroom investigations comparing ground-based spiders with those living in microgravity on the space station. Instructions for designing classroom spider habitats and investigations are free. Visit the link below to register and download the module guide.

To learn more and download the guide, visit
http://bioedonline.org/space/STS_Mission_134S.cfm.

Spiders in Space is a collaboration of NASA with Baylor College of Medicine, BioServe Space Technologies of the University of Colorado, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Additional support comes from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Houston Endowment Inc.

Questions about the Spiders in Space module should be directed to Greg Vogt at
vogt@bcm.edu.

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NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA Langley’s Center Director: Lesa Roe

Lesa B. Roe is the first female director of NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Appointed in 2005, Roe is the only female center director at NASA. Roe is the senior management official, overseeing facilities valued at more than $3.3 billion, and employing over 3,600 engineers and scientists. She is responsible for the center’s technical implementation of aeronautical, space and science programs, as well as the overall management of facilities, personnel and administration.

How does an engineer make it to one of the highest offices in the nation’s space agency? Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network for this special event where three lucky classes will interact with Roe to learn about her career path, courses of study and how she became interested in engineering as a young girl. Learn how planning for your future now leads to your success in the future!

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audience should visit the DLN website, click on the special events tab on the left and select the Lesa Roe event for details to register. Registration deadline is April 29, 2011.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live event may still join the webcast on May 9, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. EDT.


For more information, visit
http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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NASA Accepting Proposals for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2011

NASA is accepting proposals for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research Announcement, or NRA, entitled Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) — 2011.

There are three education opportunities in this ROSES NRA.

The first is the opportunity to conduct midsized education and public outreach projects by participating in Opportunities in Education and Public Outreach for Earth and Space Science. Full proposals are due on May 6, 2011.

The second opportunity is for early career scientists and engineers. Early career scientists and engineers in Earth science may participate in the New Investigator Program in Earth Science. A notice of intent is not requested for this opportunity. Full proposals are due May 27, 2011. Early career scientists and engineers in planetary science may participate in the Fellowships for Early Career Researchers. For this opportunity, a Notice of Intent is requested by June 30, 2011, with full proposals due on Aug. 31, 2011.

The third opportunity is for Principal Investigators, or PIs, of selected research investigations to receive Education or Outreach awards as supplements to their research award. Two different pathways are offered: $15K/year education pathway proposals and $10K/year outreach pathway proposals. The parent research award must have more than 12 months remaining at the time of submission of an education or outreach supplement proposal. For additional details concerning the submission of supplement proposals, please see Supplemental Outreach Awards for ROSES Investigators and Supplemental Education Awards for ROSES Investigators. For this opportunity, a Notice of Intent is requested by Aug. 3, 2011, with full proposals due on Sept. 2, 2011.

For more information, visit
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7bAEF75D0F-2272-7DE7-D52A-295B47C8F5CF%7d&path=open.

Questions, comments and suggestions about the SMD E/PO program are welcome and may be directed to Stephanie Stockman at
HQ-SMD-ROSES-EPO@hq.nasa.gov.

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Dig in! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, will be offering minority serving institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their schools in entering the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. Lunabotics is a university-level competition that encourages innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities. These concepts may result in clever ideas and solutions that could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The challenge is for students to design and build a remotely controlled or autonomous excavator called a lunabot that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The competition will occur in the spring of 2012.

Those interested in this grant opportunity should visit
http://nasamici.com/?p=468 to register for a free live videoconference on May 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. EDT. The videoconference will feature Theresa Martinez, NASA — Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Small Projects Manager, and Paul Secor — NASA MICI coordinator. They will explain the competition and grant application process.

Additional video conference sessions concerning Lunabotics will be also be held during May, including presentations from past university Lunabotic teams. Updates on the dates and times of these presentations will be posted at
http://nasamici.com/?p=468.

Applications for grants are due June 30, 2011.

Please email any questions about the grant opportunity and informational videoconferences to Mary Baker at
mary@nasamici.com.

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Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. It explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, 2-day training workshop for U.S. citizens is being held on July 28-29, 2011, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive access to a password-protected website that has resources to help with the implementation of the program, including a PDF version of the manual.

Registration for this training session is due July 14, 2011.
Register by visiting
http://universe.nasa.gov/au/register.html.

For more information about the program, visit
http://universe.nasa.gov/afterschool/.

Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at
Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov.

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Amendments and 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 20, 2011

Two Amendments and nine additional FAQs related to Eligibility for Institutions and Principal Investigators, Budgets and NASA Grant Policies, and NASA Visitor Centers 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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NASA Announcement: Seeking Collaborators to Assist NASA in Inspiring a New Generation of Scientists, Engineers, Explorers, Educators and Innovators

The NASA Office of Education requests information from organizations interested in helping the agency achieve its strategic goals for education. NASA’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education spans kindergarten through graduate levels and includes informal, public education. NASA education shares the agency’s space-based mission to inspire students of all ages to participate in STEM education. NASA seeks unfunded partnerships with organizations to engage new or broader audiences across a national scale.

Potential partnership activities are varied. NASA is receptive to a wide range of possibilities. All categories of domestic entities, including U.S. federal government agencies, are eligible to respond to this announcement. NASA particularly seeks responses from creative organizations with wide-ranging areas of expertise. NASA will accept responses through Dec. 31, 2011. Review of responses will begin in June 2011.

Organizations interested in responding to this education opportunity can access the announcement at
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/NASA_Seeks_Collaborators.html.

To learn more about NASA’s broad education initiatives, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/education.

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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