NASA Education Express — June 9, 2011

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

2011 INSPIRE Project
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 30, 2011

Because ItFlew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Contest Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011


2011 INSPIRE Project

U.S. high school students are invited toparticipate in NASA’s Interdisciplinary National Science Program IncorporatingResearch Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIREis designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursuecareers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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

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

INSPIRE is part of NASA’s education strategy toattract and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA’smissions. For more information about INSPIRE, visit

To apply for the program, visit


Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

“Because It Flew” is a free educational program that introduces students ingrades 4-12 (ages 9-17) to the impact of the Space Shuttle Program on ourplanet and people. This engaging and informative project commemorates the30-year history of the shuttle program.

“Because It Flew” consists of two elements: optional educational activities andthe NASA Space Shuttle Art Competition.

Four activitiesengage and introduce students to the history of NASA’s space shuttle missions.Completion of these activities is not a requirement for submitting an entryinto the art competition, but they may be used to guide students through theprocess of creating an entry. The activities can be adapted easily to bothformal and informal educational settings. Activities are aligned with nationalstandards and support efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering andmath with language arts.

The NASA Space Shuttle Art Competitions invites students to create originalartwork that symbolizes theimpact of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. Students mustalso write a 250-word essay explaining their artistic entries. An expert panelof artists will review submissions. The top six entries in two age brackets(9-13 and 14-17) will receive cash prizes, a private tutoring session with anaccomplished USA Today graphic artist and a certificate of accomplishment. Entries in the competition are due Aug. 5, 2011.

“Because It Flew” is a joint education initiative of NASA, theNational Institute of Aerospace and USA Today Education.

For more information, visit

If you have any questions about this contest,please contact Jan Brown at


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