NASA Education Express — May 12, 2011

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

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