NASA Education Express — July 14, 2011


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

Last Chance to Apply: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2011

Mars Day! 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 22, 2011

NASA LEARN and NES Offering Webinars
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Aug. 11 and Aug. 16, 2011

NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear Video Series
Audience: K-4 and Informal Educators


Second Round of Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Selections Announced
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators


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Last Chance to Apply: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity


NASA is seeking U.S. 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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Mars Day! 2011 at the National Air and Space Museum

Mars Day! is an annual National Air and Space Museum event that celebrates the Red Planet with educational and fun family activities. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities, see a real meteorite that came from Mars, talk to scientists active in Mars research, and learn about current and future missions.

Mars Day! 2011 will take place on Friday, July 22, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit
http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3106.

Questions about this event should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-1000.


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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 two offerings in August 2011. The webinars are presented from 4-5 p.m. EST. And, don’t worry about the technology. If you have questions, tech support is ready to assist with viewing and participating in the webinars.

You can register for each of the webinars by clicking on these website links:

Engineering Design Challenge: Water Filtration — Aug. 11, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
This webinar will highlight the water recovery and management function of the Environmental Control and Life Support System, or ECLSS, on the International Space Station. Students will design, build, test and measure the performance of a water filtration device, analyze the data collected and use this information to work toward an improved filtration design.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-water-filtration/

Smart Skies — Aug. 16, 2011, 4 p.m. EST
Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulator to engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in being an air traffic controller.
https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-smart-skies/

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NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear Video Series

A new educational video series is bringing the importance of Earth science and climate studies to a younger audience. The NPPy: Big Planet, Little Bear series follows NPPy, a curious polar bear cub with a keen interest in Earth science.

NPPy is named after the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project, or NPP for short. Scheduled to launch in October 2011, NPP will monitor the Earth’s health from space to help scientists build models and predict how climate is changing over time.

In this series of animated videos, NPPy the bear walks along with his mom and tells us what he’s learned about the NPP mission and its importance for everyone who lives on planet Earth. Follow NPPy to find out more about his adventures and the NPP mission!

Kids can also help NPPy reach all 50 states and beyond by participating in the Adventures With NPPy project. Just download the picture of NPPy, print it and take pictures of it in your favorite spots. Send in the pictures to be posted in the NPPy photo album.

To check out the video series and learn more about NPPy the polar bear, visit
http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/nppy.html.

To learn more about the NPP mission, visit
http://npp.gsfc.nasa.gov/misison_details.html.

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Second Round of Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Selections Announced


The NASA Office of Education is pleased to announce the selected sites for the second and final phase of applications for the Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant opportunity in partnership with the National Space Grant Foundation for 2011. 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 and anticipates engaging over 8,000 students in this fiscal year!

NASA looks forward to forging ahead with these important collaborations to engage and inspire students across the country.

For a complete listing of selected sites, please see
www.nasa.gov/soi.

For more information about these collaborations and the mini-grant portion of the project, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page of the Space Grant Foundation website:
http://soi.spacegrant.org/faq#faq-expand-all-link.

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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