Monthly Archives: May 2011

NASA Education Express — May 26, 2011

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

Give Your Students the Space Shuttle Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Opens: May 28, 2011


NASA/NSTA Web Seminar: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: May 31, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Computer Graphics and Animations
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 2, 2011

NASA Space Grant ESCAPE to Alaska Summer Camp
Audience: 7-12 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 4, 2011

Reviewers Needed — 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)

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

Launch High or Dig Deep! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA University Challenges
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

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Give Your Students the Space Shuttle Experience!

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program and the upcoming final flight, NASA has released the Space Shuttle Experience website. This comprehensive and interactive tool provides a multitude of resources for students of all education levels. Users can participate in a variety of interactive experiences to learn about the Space Shuttle Program’s accomplishments, what it takes to launch a shuttle, astronaut living, how the program affects life daily here on Earth and much more. The site uses several engaging features that will keep students enthralled, including trivia games with Facebook score sharing, a poll for users to vote on the program’s greatest achievement and a virtual signature wall which gives users the opportunity to leave a personal message to the program.

And the fun and education doesn’t stop when students log off; the site also includes lesson plans that correspond with the site’s activities. As an educator, all the resources are supplied to seamlessly walk your students from the activities they experience online into engrossing lessons in the classroom.

Additionally, the successful Face in Space website now allows the public to upload their face or name for the final STS-135 mission. Have your students upload and launch their faces, or launch your entire class portrait in just a few clicks. Upon completion of the mission, participants will receive a personalized flight certificate signed by the mission commander! The mission is scheduled for a July 8th launch, so you still have time!

To take part in the Space Shuttle Experience and Face In Space, visit the sites at the following links:
http://shuttleexperience.nasa.gov
https://faceinspace.nasa.gov


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NASA | Art: 50 Years of Exploration Exhibit

For almost 50 years, artists participating in the NASA art program have been documenting the extraordinary adventure of spaceflight in ways no camera could match. They have enjoyed access to some epic moments and offered their unique perspectives on what they have witnessed.

The NASA art collection, shared now by the space agency and the National Air and Space Museum, stands as a reminder of pioneering years of the early Space Age and an inspiration for those who will continue our long journey into the universe. The exhibition includes approximately 70 paintings, drawings, photographs and pieces of sculpture by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Jamie Wyeth.

The exhibit opens to the public on May 28, 2011.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal211/NASA_art.cfm.

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NASA/NSTA Web Seminar: Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer Mission

NASA has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association to offer a Web seminar highlighting the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission. Launching in 2013, this small spacecraft mission will assess the compositional makeup and variability of the moon’s thin atmosphere and will investigate the mysterious dust lofting phenomenon.

Register today for this 90-minute webinar taking place on May 31, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NASAk12/webseminar7.aspx.

Please email any questions about this Web seminar to
webseminars@nsta.org.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Computer Graphics and Animations

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 6-9 from across the U.S. and Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with Zareh Gorjian. Gorjian is currently the lead animator and software engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Join NES on June 2, 2011, at noon EDT for this very special video chat to ask questions about NASA’s computer-generated animations and graphics.

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.

For more information about this NES live video chat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/Gorjian-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact John Entwistle at
John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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NASA Space Grant ESCAPE to Alaska Summer Camp

The Alaska Space Grant Program in partnership with NASA invites students and teachers to a summer camp opportunity
at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ASGP/NASA will provide training and experiences for students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The camp is a one-week professional development program for
educators of grades 7-12 and a one-week academic summer program for students entering grades 8-12 in the fall.

Attendees have the opportunity to choose from two modules – “FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Training” and “Energy in Alaska.” Camp sessions take place in mid-June. Applications are due June 4, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://spacegrant.alaska.edu/precollege/escape.

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Reviewers Needed — 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)


NASA’s Office of Education is recruiting qualified reviewers for external peer reviews of proposals submitted to informal education proposal opportunities. Qualified reviewers are invited to express their qualifications, interest and availability by registering at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/reviewer.

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Launch High or Dig Deep! $5,000 Grants available for 2012 NASA University Challenges

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute, or MICI, is offering minority serving institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their schools in entering the 2012 University Student Launch Initiative or the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. The deadline for grant applications for both competitions has been extended to June 30, 2011.

USLI is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. It culminates in an actual launch competition in April 2012 near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Lunabotics is a university-level competition that challenges students to design and build a remotely controlled or autonomous excavator called a lunabot. The lunabot must collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The challenge culminates in an actual excavation competition in May 2012 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Those interested in this grant opportunity should visit
http://nasamici.com/grants.html to download the grant application. Instructions on how to view recorded video sessions concerning the grant application are also available at this site.

Additional video conference sessions concerning USLI and Lunabotics will be held during May and June. A presentation from the Fisk University team which participated in the 2011 USLI competition will be held on May 31, 2011, at 3p.m. EDT. Fisk is an HBCU institution located in Nashville, Tenn.


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

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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

NASA Education Express — May 19, 2011

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

New NASA Website Available for Kids
Audience: K-8 Educators and Students

Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Opportunity
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
First-Round Application Deadline: May 22, 2011
Second Round Opens: May 23, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Web Chat: Women@NASA
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 26, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 2, June 7 and June 16, 2011

Music and Astronomy Under the Stars
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates June 12 – Oct. 28, 2011

Space Shuttle Tire Loan Program
Audience: Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: July 1, 2011

NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Higher Education Students
Event Dates: July 11-22, 2011

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2011

Pre-Proposal Telecon Transcript from May 2, 2011 and Additional Frequently Asked Questions — 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)—Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011


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New NASA Website Available for Kids

Two award-winning kids websites have join forces to further inspire a new generation of explorers.

NASAScience Kids and SpacePlace have combined to provide several new Web features with interactive graphic designs, in addition to having extensive rich science and technology content of the “old” SpacePlace — with over 50 NASA science missions — and content from NASAScience Kids. These sites offer the best of NASA material for elementary school students.

The site includes over 300 separate modules available in English and Spanish. Modules feature categories related to Space, Earth, Sun, Solar System, People and Technology, Parents and Teachers. Information mirrors the missions of the NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, as well as the agency’s commitment to education and public engagement.

The menus are filterable on subject or type of activity, and searches produce customized menus. Educational and compelling games have been reframed, images and illustrations are enlargeable with a mouse click, and videos run seamlessly within the page. All pages are printer friendly, with a special formatting algorithm that appropriately arranges headings, sidebars, and images.

The site is available at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov.

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Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Opportunity

The NASA Office of Education is pleased to offer Summer of Innovation, or SoI, Mini-Grant opportunities in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation. The mini-grant aspect of the SoI enables local organizations to infuse NASA-themed science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, content and activities to middle school students through existing summer and/or afterschool programs. NASA looks forward to forging ahead with these important collaborations to engage and inspire students across the country.

Organizations are eligible to apply for up to $2,500 in funding to incorporate SoI content and themes into their programming.

For eligibility, timeline and application information, please see the SoI Mini-Grant page on the Space Grant Foundation website, which can be found here:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/about.

Additionally, please review the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about this exciting opportunity here:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/faq#faq-expand-all-link.

The SoI Mini- Grant Program anticipates making approximately 200 awards during the 2011 fiscal year.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Web Chat: Women@NASA


NASA Explorer Schools invites you to join an hour-long live chat on May 26, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT, with Janet Petro, the Deputy Director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Petro will share her experience at NASA, in the U.S. military and in the private sector. This discussion will encourage students, especially girls, to engage in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — studies and highlight how opportunities for women to advance have never been better.

More information will be posted at
https://www.nasa.gov/chat.

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NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars

NASA Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, and NASA Explorer Schools have teamed up to offer exciting webinars featuring NASA educational resources for educators. Below are three offerings in June 2011. And, don’t worry about the technology. We have tech support ready to walk you through viewing and participating in the webinars.

You can register for each of the webinars by clicking on these website links:

GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You — June 2, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
By counting elements extracted from a simulated Genesis sample, students learn how the extraction of atoms from the Genesis samples help scientists have a better understanding of the abundance of elements from the solar wind.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-genesis/

Rockets Educator Guide — June 7, 2011, 1 p.m. EST
During this webinar, receive an overview of the Rocketry activity, explore the NASA connections, share tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watch videos of students engaged in the lesson and discuss possible modifications or extensions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-nasa-rockets-guide/

Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber — June 16, 2011, 1 p.m. EST
Plant growth will be an important part of space exploration in the future. This webinar will highlight the science of the lunar environment, basic plant needs, the current focus of NASA’s plant research and the systems that are being developed for future missions.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-plant-growth/

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Music and Astronomy Under the Stars

Join Dr. Donald Lubowich, coordinator of the Astronomy Outreach Program at Hofstra University, for a series of events bringing astronomy to the public. Concertgoers at several events this summer will get a glimpse of heavens along with their music.

This NASA-sponsored program will include optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun prior to the concerts. Observations of the moon, planets, multi-colored double stars, star clusters and nebulae will be featured at intermission and after the concerts. Videos, posters, hands-on activities and the sounds of the Sun will also be available.

For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit
http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/PHYSIC/physic_underthestars.html.

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Space Shuttle Tire Loan Program

NASA is seeking outside organizations interested in a unique outreach opportunity using main landing gear tires from space shuttle missions. The three-year renewable loan of these tires may be used to educate, inspire or inform the public about NASA’s scientific and technological achievements. These items may not be used for the promotion of any organization or entity, or for commercial purposes.

Tires flown on specific missions or on a certain orbiter may be requested although NASA cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Unflown tires are also available.

This opportunity is open to a wide variety of organizations including, but not limited to, museums, schools and civic organizations.


For more information and supplemental educational materials, visit
http://artifacts.nasa.gov/space_shuttle_lgt.htm.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Tony Springer at
Tony.Springer@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Multi-Wavelength Universe Online Professional Development Course

In-service and pre-service teachers of middle- and high-school students are invited to register for an online professional development course sponsored by several NASA missions that are exploring the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to use astronomical examples (images, phenomena, telescopes) to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Participants will also be able to explain why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the universe. NASA resources for the classroom will be shared and participants will learn how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about the nature of light and color.

Formal presentations for the course will take place July 11-22, 2011. Homework for academic credit is due Aug. 23, 2011.

For more information and to register, visit
http://epo.sonoma.edu/multiu.php.

Questions about this course should be directed to Lynn Cominsky at
lynnc@universe.sonoma.edu.

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Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


NASA is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between the dates of Jan. 15 and July 15, 2012. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15, 2011.

During the first six months of 2012, crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in amateur radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session. An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via amateur radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Due to the nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space to obtain information related to expectations, content, format, audience, proposal guidelines and forms by sending an e-mail to
JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-2320.

Additional information can be found at
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html.

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Pre-Proposal Telecon Transcript from May 2, 2011 and Additional Frequently Asked Questions — 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)—Available For Download

A transcript of the May 2 pre-proposal telecon and additional Frequently Asked Questions are on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

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

NASA Education Express — May 12, 2011

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

Hubble Top Stars Winners Showcase
Audience: All Educators
Broadcast Dates: May 16-20, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: The Big Bang and the Milky Way
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 17, 2011

University Students Sought for NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 23, 2011
Institute Dates: July 18-29, 2011

NASA History Division Fall 2011 Internships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 1, 2011

Pre-Proposal Telecon Presentations from May 2, 2011 — 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) — Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011

2011 INSPIRE Project
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students

Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Celebrate World Space Week — Oct. 4-10, 2011
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2011


New NASA Projects Offer Suborbital Opportunities for Education
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students

Host a “From Earth to the Solar System” Exhibit
Audience: Informal Educators

Texas Student Wins Top Honor in USA TODAY/NASA No Boundaries National Competition

Audience: 5-12 Educators Students

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Hubble Top Stars Winners Showcase

NASA’s Digital Learning Network and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies have teamed up to showcase the top winners of the Top Stars project. This project recognized inspiring uses of the Hubble Space Telescope in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

In a two-hour special on the DLN, the top 10 Top Stars (aka Gold Stars) will present their winning entries to other educators nationwide. This program will air from May 16-20, 2011, twice a day, at times convenient to educators across the country. There is no cost or registration required to see this broadcast.

For more information and broadcast times, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: The Big Bang and the Milky Way

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades K-12 from across the U.S. and attending Department of Defense schools to participate in a live video chat with Nobel Prize winner Dr. John. C. Mather. Mather is currently a NASA senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Join NES on May 17, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. EDT for this very special chat to ask questions about the James Webb Space Telescope, the big bang and more!

To prepare for the live chat, we’re giving you the chance to challenge yourselves by answering questions about some of Mather’s missions. Don’t worry. We know you’re not an astrophysicist — yet! Go to the chat page on the NES Virtual Campus website to test your knowledge. Tune in to the live event where Mather will reveal the answers to these questions, as well as questions asked by the live audience during the event.

You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to participate in the chat.

To learn more about NES, please visit the explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information about the NES live video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/Mather-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please contact John Entwistle at John.D.Entwistle@nasa.gov.

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University Students Sought for NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute

NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace are seeking junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students pursuing a K-12 education career to participate in the NASA Pre-Service Teacher Institute. During the two-week program, students have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, engage in hands-on activities, and integrate NASA content into standards-based curriculum.

First held in 1995, the NASA Pre-Service Teacher Program has expanded to include more than 150 universities from 37 states, 550 congressional districts, institutes at six centers and two tribal colleges.

Selected students must be U.S. citizens; must have transportation to and from the National Institute of Aerospace campus in Hampton, Va. each day; and must provide their own meals and lodging. A stipend will be provided to enrolled students who are selected to participate in the program.

The application period closes on May 23, 2011. For applications and more information about the program, visit
http://www.nianet.org/pstsp.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Becky Jamarillo at
PSTI@nianet.org.

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NASA History Division Fall 2011 Internships

The NASA History Division is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2011 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions from NASA personnel, journalists, scholars, students at all levels and others from around the world. The division also edits and publishes several books and monographs each year. It maintains a large number of websites on NASA history.

Students of all majors are welcome to apply. While detailed prior knowledge of the aeronautics and space fields is not necessary, a keen interest and some basic familiarity with these topics are needed. Strong research, writing, and editing skills are essential. Experience with computers, especially HTML formatting, is a plus.

Intern projects are flexible. Typical projects include handling a wide variety of information requests, editing historical manuscripts, doing research and writing biographical sketches, updating and creating websites, and identifying and captioning photos.

Applications are due June 1, 2011. For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/interncall.htm.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Steve Garber at
stephen.j.garber@nasa.gov.

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Pre-Proposal Telecon Presentations from May 2, 2011 — 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)—Available For Download

Copies of the two presentations delivered via the May 2 pre-proposal teleconference are on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES. The teleconference transcript and updated questions and answers from the teleconference also will be made available in the coming weeks at the following URL:

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

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2011 INSPIRE Project

U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Applications are being accepted through June 30, 2011. NASA will make selections for the program in September. The selected students and their parents will participate in an online learning community with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA.

Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities. The summer experience provides students with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in the STEM disciplines.

INSPIRE is part of NASA’s education strategy to attract and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s missions. For more information about INSPIRE, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE.

To apply for the program, visit https://inspire.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=login.LoginForm.

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Celebrate World Space Week — Oct. 4-10, 2011

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2011. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder:
http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit
http://www.worldspaceweek.org/index.html.

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New NASA Projects Offer Suborbital Opportunities for Education

Students and educators nationwide will have the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and scientists through two newly developed NASA flight initiatives. The programs, developed at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, are designed to give students and educators hands-on flight experiences using NASA sounding rockets and scientific balloons.

The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, or WRATS, provides high school teachers with a technical flight experience to reinforce science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts. Teachers and students will participate virtually in authentic, hands-on experiences based on NASA’s sounding rocket engineering and science data collection. WRATS will include interactive Web-based data to give students and educators lessons in physics and engineering. Teachers also receive resources to integrate the data into classroom lessons.

Participating teachers have already been selected for this year’s WRATS project and will attend a rocketry flight week June 19-24, 2011, at Wallops. Participants will learn about the dynamics of launch, safe flight operations and view a NASA Terrier-Orion sounding rocket liftoff on June 23, 2011.

The Wallops Balloon Experience for Education, or WBEE, provides opportunities for high school teachers to fly experiments on scientific balloons. WBEE will build upon an existing partnership between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium, which has developed student outreach programs, including the High Altitude Space Platform and Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students, or LaACES. Since 2002, the programs have flown multiple missions involving hundreds of students in undergraduate though post-graduate programs. WBEE will expand the LaACES platform into secondary education with a focus on core principles and future partnership with educators and their institutions.

Teams of educators have already been selected for this year’s WBEE project. They will visit the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, for a week-long workshop in July. Participants will be involved in classroom and hands-on balloon science activities. The teams will have the opportunity to build and test their own science payload for a flight to the edge of space under the direction of NASA and Louisiana Space Consortium personnel.

The WBEE experience culminates with the launch of these payloads aboard a NASA scientific balloon. WBEE will be an intensive course involving an authentic learning experience educators may implement at their home schools.

The Teaching From Space office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is partnering with Wallops to provide the flights. The program continues NASA’s investment in the nation’s education programs by supporting the goal of attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines critical to future space exploration.

To learn more about these new opportunities, find education resources to use in the classroom, and find out how you can apply for future WRATS and WBEE opportunities, visit
http://education.wff.nasa.gov/.

For information about NASA’s Teaching From Space program, visit
www.nasa.gov/education/tfs.

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Host a “From Earth to the Solar System” Exhibit


Celebrating NASA’s Year of the Solar System, “From Earth to the Solar System” is a collection of high-resolution images that showcase the excitement of planetary exploration — our journey to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system, to the search for life elsewhere.

“From Earth to the Solar System” is freely available to organizations worldwide to use to host their own exhibitions. The high-resolution images can be downloaded for free, and printed and displayed in any format, in any location! Tips for success are included on the website.

The images are at once artistic and informative, weaving together themes in astrobiology, planetary science and astronomy. The collection represents the current state of exploration as seen through the eyes of the scientific community. Image contributions include those from backyard astronomers, large telescopes in space, and even point-and-shoot cameras of field researchers.

For more information, visit
http://fettss.arc.nasa.gov.

Updates about the project are also available via Twitter and Facebook. Look for the links on the website.

Questions should be directed to Daniella Scalice at
Daniella.M.Scalice@nasa.gov.

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Texas Student Wins Top Honor in USA TODAY/NASA No Boundaries National Competition


USA TODAY and NASA are proud to announce the winners of the 2011 No Boundaries National Competition for middle and high school students. The winning student teams hail from all over the country and excel in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The winning student teams include:

First place — “Control Center Countdown” — Using JAVA and XML, 8th grade home school student Ryan Lastufka of Cedar Hill, Texas, created an original video game in which the player must choose the best flight controllers for each of six space mission control flight consoles. By reading biographies of each possible flight controller and a description of the responsibilities at each console, players match the flight controllers to the correct console to launch the mission.

Second place — “A Teaspoon of Soil — A Universe of Possibilities” — This presentation on soil microbiology included a question and answer game, informational brochure, PowerPoint presentation, eye-catching posters, and an online blog to share the team’s discoveries. With clever visual aids, the all-female 8th grade team of Anna Sand, Sara Ha, Amanda Witkowski, and Amanda Maher from Saddle Brook, N.J., visited three Girl Scout troops as well as an elementary school to share their enthusiasm for the universe of life that can be found in just a teaspoon of soil.

Third place — “Meteorologists” — This team explored the career paths and diverse responsibilities of three meteorologists through videotaped interviews, testimonials, and graphic organizers documenting research findings. Betsy Jaszczak, Mary Moeller, Holly Evans, Brittany Hawkins and Janet Wong, all 12th grade students at Independence High School, in Independence, Ohio, shared their project and their discoveries with their peers on Facebook.

No Boundaries helps students explore future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and introduces them to career opportunities at NASA. The free educational program extends the learning to others by requiring individual students or student teams to present their completed career research projects to a group of their peers.

The first place winning team of the No Boundaries National Competition is awarded a $2,000 cash prize from USA Today and is invited to visit a NASA facility as VIP guests. The team also formally presents its No Boundaries winning project to NASA. The second place team receives $1,000 and the third place team receives $500 from USA Today. Teachers or sponsors also win $500 from USA Today for their role in supporting student teams.

No Boundaries, a USA TODAY education initiative in collaboration with NASA, encourages students to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM. Students explore STEM careers through stimulating project-based learning and team competition. No Boundaries targets students in grades 7-12 and is designed as a team-centered cooperative learning project. No Boundaries is cross curricular and requires minimal teacher preparation. It aligns to national standards and includes assessment rubrics.

For more information, visit
www.noboundaries-stemcareers.com.

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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

NASA Education Express — May 5, 2011

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

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 6, 2011

NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Date: May 9, May 17 and May 25, 2011

Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Course Dates: June 8 – July 12, 2011

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Space Lunch — Grades K-4
Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12
Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12
Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12
Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12
NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

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NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chats: Focus on Your Future

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 about careers at NASA. Two chat events will take place live from the 2011 NES National Student Symposium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 6, 2011. Chats will occur from 1:15 – 2 p.m. EDT and 2:15 – 3 p.m. EDT. Each chat with feature a panel of NASA scientists, engineers and specialists working on various projects at KSC. Students watching the chat over the Web are invited to submit questions to panelists through a chat window.

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 the panelists participating in each webchat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/career-panel-chat.html.

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NES Offers Web Seminars Through NSTA Learning Center

NASA Explorer Schools has teamed with the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, to offer Web seminars featuring NASA educational resources. Tech support is available during each of the Web seminars. To register, click on the link below each seminar description. If you do not already have a free Learning Center account, you will be prompted to create one.

Satellite Meteorology: Monitoring the Global Environment — May 9, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
The Satellite Meteorology Web seminar features “Monitoring the Global Environment,” one of eight modules within the Satellite Meteorology course. The activities within this module incorporate the use of authentic data taken from satellites in NASA’s GOES (Geostationary Operational, Environmental, Satellites) and POES (Polar Operational, Environmental, Satellites) program.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar10.aspx

Earth Climate Course — May 17, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
In this Web seminar, you will learn the answer to the question, “What factors have the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet?” The featured lesson is “Modeling Hot and Cold Planets” from the educator guide, where students design an experiment to determine the factors having the greatest influence on the temperature of a planet. Students test their hypotheses using physical and computer models.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar2.aspx

The Virtual Lab — May 25, 2011, 6:30-8 p.m. EDT
This Web seminar focuses on using a free, downloadable computer program that simulates a scanning electron microscope. Selected specimens from life sciences, physical sciences, and Earth and space sciences related to current NASA research will be featured. With this virtual tool, your students have access to high-powered simulated scientific instrumentation with 90 different specimens and three different virtual tools: atomic force microscope, scanning electron microscope and fluorescence light microscope.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar7.aspx


Please email any questions about these Web seminars to
webseminars@nsta.org.

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Electronic Professional Development Network Course: Engage and Educate — Podcasts in the Classroom

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute of Technology have teamed up to offer the ePDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet your professional development goals, or find new and exciting resources to use in your learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

The application is now open for the following course:

Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom (June 8 – July 12, 2011)
Learn how podcasts can be integrated in classroom lessons to engage students in STEM disciplines. In this course the benefits as well as obstacles to podcasts will be discussed and participants will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts. Participants will finish by creating their own podcasts using NASA resources. This course is designed for beginners who have little or no experience with podcasts.

To learn more about this free course and to apply online, visit
https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/certificates/technologyintegration.php

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers, visit
www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Fran Sponsler at
fran.sponsler@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available.

Space Lunch — Grades K-4

Learn about nutrition and space food at the same time. In this “collapse-type” game, match foods and food groups to beat the clock and reveal a picture of astronauts and their space food.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Space_Lunch.html

Comparing Comets — Grades 7-12

In this activity, students
Compare surface features on the nucleus of two comets.
— Explain some possible causes for differences between the two nuclei.
— List questions that you have about the surface of comet nuclei.

The student pages include images of comet Wild 2 (pronounced “Vilt-2”) and comet Tempel 1 for students to compare the nucleus of each. The student pages also include a digital image analysis procedure for high school students.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Comparing_Comets.html

Core of Omega Centauri (NGC 5139) Lithograph — Grades 9-12

A globular cluster is a tight-knit collection of many thousands, sometimes even millions, of stars born at almost the same time and place. The image of NGC 5139, a globular cluster, is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about Omega Centauri is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution,” in which students research the variety of colors of stars.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Core_Omega_Centauri.html

Carina Nebula Pillar Lithograph — Grades 11-12


Carina Nebula Pillar is an active, three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the southern constellation Carina. The image of the pillar is on the first page of the lithograph. Background information about the “Mystic Mountain” is on the second page. The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Star Formation,” in which students research how stars form.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Carina_Nebula_Pillar.html

Earth’s Energy Budget Poster — Grades 6-12

Earth’s heat engine does more than simply move heat from one part of the surface to another; it also moves heat from Earth’s surface and lower atmosphere back to space. This flow of incoming and outgoing energy is Earth’s energy budget.

The front of the Earth’s Energy Budget Poster depicts incoming, reflected, absorbed and emitted solar radiation. The back of the poster is divided into eight parts with background information, a lesson plan, a vocabulary matching activity and career information.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Earths_Energy_Budget.html

NASA and You Flier — Grades K-12

This flier describes how teachers can access the NASA and You (NASA y Tú) website. The bilingual site is designed to inspire Latino students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NASA y Tú consists of 30-second educational video segments, interview clips with Hispanic researchers and educational resources for parents and teachers.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/NASA_and_You_Flier.html

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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