NASA Education Express — July 7, 2011

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

New NASA Education Website: Space Shuttle — A Mighty Machine
Audience: All Educators

Desert Research and Technology Studies Education Webinar
Audience: 4-9 Educators
Event Date: July 13, 2011

International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2011 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: July 26-29, 2011

Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students

Contest Deadline: Aug. 5, 2011

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New NASA Education Website: Space Shuttle — A Mighty Machine


You might say that education on the space shuttle began April 12, 1981. Even though no official education payload was aboard Columbia, astronauts Robert Crippen and John Young ignited a spirit of exploration in young people around the globe as the shuttle lifted off on STS-1. Visit the commemorative NASA space shuttle education site and read about some of the education projects that flew on Atlantis, Challenger, Columbia, Discovery and Endeavour. Learn about educators who became astronauts. Trace the history of the shuttle and learn about the resources created during 30 years of space shuttle missions.

To check out the new website, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/education/shuttle.

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Desert Research and Technology Studies Education Webinar

Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) education engages classrooms in real-time exploration science and engineering during field tests through activities where students create maps and astronaut traverses from satellite images. Join the webinar workshop for instruction on activities and background.

On July 13, 2011, at 1 p.m. CDT, Desert RATS education is hosting a webinar to share these resources with educators. Participants will need a telephone and a computer with Internet access to participate in the webinar, which will be conducted via WebEx. To register for the webinar, visit
http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/drats/index.cfm.

For more information, contact Annaiza Ramirez at
annaiza.ramirez@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2011 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Summer 2011 Mission from July 26-29, 2011. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page
www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please e-mail
ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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Because It Flew — Education Activities and Space Shuttle Art Competition

“Because It Flew” is a free educational program that introduces students in grades 4-12 (ages 9-17) to the impact of the Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. This engaging and informative project commemorates the 30-year history of the shuttle program.

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

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

The NASA Space Shuttle Art Competitions invites students to create original artwork that symbolizes the impact of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program on our planet and people. Students must also write a 250-word essay explaining their artistic entries. An expert panel of 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 an accomplished 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, the National Institute of Aerospace and USA Today Education.

For more information, visit www.usatodayeducate.com/becauseitflew.

If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Jan Brown at janbrown@usatoday.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