NASA Education Express — June 30, 2011

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

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 June 28, 2011
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Due Date: June 29, 2011


Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: July 7, 2011
Institute Dates: July 17-29, 2011

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book — Grades K-2
Why Do We Explore? Storybook — Grades K-4
Blue Marble Matches — Grades 3-12
Speaking Volumes About Dust — Grades 8-10

The White Glove Test: Discovering Dust in the Solar System
— Grades 8-10
Flight Testing Newton’s Laws — Grades 9-12


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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 June 28, 2011

Eighteen FAQs related to budgets and NASA grant policies as well as audiences/partnerships/collaborators/commitment or support statements and last-minute proposal submission issues were posted on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES on June 28 and 29. Applicants are encouraged to check back weekly after June 30.

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


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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Stennis Space Center

NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center has partnered with Jackson State University to offer a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 17-29, 2011, in Jackson, Miss. The application deadline has been extended to July 7, 2011. The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is for college students who are preparing to teach middle school grades.

The program is designed to increase students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology in the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning aerospace theme. Each student is assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Students develop a lesson plan that they will teach to children from a local school.

Applicants must attend a designated member institution. For more information and a list of eligible institutions, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/psti/psti.asp.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Pamala Heard at pamala.heard@jsums.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 for downloading.


High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book — Grades K-2


NASA conducts aeronautics research. The High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book introduces basic aeronautics terms. Students can color and practice letter writing, learn new words, solve simple addition problems and more.

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


Why Do We Explore? Storybook — Grades K-4

Read along with this animated storybook about exploration, or allow the storybook to read to you.

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


Blue Marble Matches — Grades 3-12

This 5-E lesson connects the shape of Earth’s surface (and the names of the features that correspond to those shapes and textures) to the processes that form them. It also will introduce students to how scientists use Earth to gain a better understanding of other planetary bodies in the solar system.

In this lesson, students will:
— Identify common characteristics to describe features in images.
— Identify geologic features and how they form on Earth.
— Create a list of criteria to identify geologic features.
— Identify geologic features in images of other planetary bodies.
— List observations and interpretations, and draw conclusions about processes that shape the surface of other planetary bodies.

The guide includes students’ pages and adaptations for younger students.

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


New Horizons Mission Student Dust Counter Lessons — Grades 8-10

The Student Dust Counter is an instrument aboard the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto, launched in 2006. As it travels to Pluto and beyond, SDC will provide information on the dust that strikes the spacecraft during its fourteen-year journey across the solar system. These observations will advance our understanding of the origin and evolution of our own solar system, as well as help scientists study planet formation in dust disks around other stars.

Speaking Volumes About Dust
In this lesson, students explore the concept of density before using the online Student Dust Counter interface to determine the density of dust grains in a volume of space in the solar system.

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

The White Glove Test: Discovering Dust in the Solar System

In this lesson, students explore the SDC data interface to establish any trends in the dust distribution in the solar system. Students record the number of dust particles, “hits,” recorded by the instrument and the average mass of the particles in a given region.

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


Flight Testing Newton’s Laws — Grades 9-12


“Flight Testing Newton’s Laws” uses aircraft to stimulate students’ interest in the physical sciences and mathematics during the course of ten lessons with corresponding videos. The main emphasis lies in showing how Newton’s three Laws of Motion and the four forces of flight apply to flight testing an aircraft. Students solve problems involving kinematics and dynamics. Complementary areas of trigonometry, vector addition, weight and balance, and resolution of forces are employed. The collection includes an educator’s guide that is presented in the format of a flight instructor’s manual to help guide teachers and students through each lesson.

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