NASA Education Express — May 19, 2011

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