NASA Education Express — Sept. 29, 2011

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

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2011

Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 3, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Robots Digging Up Martian Geology
Audience: 4-9 Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2011

Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIX
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2011

Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2011

Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 6, 2011

2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2012

GRAIL MoonKAM

Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Observations Begin in 2012

International Space Apps Challenge

Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Culmination Event to Take Place in 2012

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Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

The NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors, or SSA, Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is accepting applications through Sept. 30, 2011.

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following states are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii (Kauai), Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.

To learn more about the Solar System Ambassador program and to apply online, visit
http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/.

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA Coordinator, by email at
ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.


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Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 3, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The student activity offered in this seminar demonstrates the effects of radiation on living organisms. Students use yeast as a model system to explore the effects of radiation on cells. Yeast contains genes for DNA repair similar to human genes with the same function.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar11.aspx .

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov
.

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Live Video Chat: Robots Digging Up Martian Geology

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 4-9 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a live video webchat with Paulo Younse, a robotics engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Younse will answer student questions about a career as a robotics engineer and the soon-to-be launched Martian rover, Curiosity, that has 10 scientific instruments aboard. Curiosity is about twice as long and more than five times as heavy as any previous rover.

The hourlong video chat begins at noon EDT on Oct 5, 2011.

You do not need to be a participant of the NASA Explorer Schools project to participate in the chat.

For background information about Curiosity, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html.

Watch a live Curiosity Cam video feed to observe NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover being assembled in a clean room at JPL.
https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/building_curiosity.html

To learn more about NES, please visit the
explorerschools.nasa.gov website.

For more information about this NES live video chat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/younse-chat.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, contact
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Online Professional Development Workshop: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science XXIX

John Ensworth at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and the NASA Science Mission Directorate invite you to attend an upcoming online professional development workshop.

Topic: Enrichment Problems in Space and Earth Science
XXIX

In the 29th installment of these mission- and inquiry-oriented mathematics problems, Dr. Sten Odenwald will supply background for and lead participants through problems from his “Problems in Space Science” series. The goal of these problems is to teach students about space and Earth science by using mathematics. Each problem begins with real world questions, missions and situations, and applies the necessary mathematics to arrive at a solution. Participants may ask questions and work along in this fully interactive Webinar environment.
http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Time: 4:00 p.m., EDT (Greenwich Mean Time -04:00, New York)

Problems to be covered (at least in part) include:

Problem 431: Space Shuttle Atlantis — Launch Speed

Students use a sequence of images from a video of a space shuttle launch to determine speed from the time interval between the images, and the scale of each image.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale, metric measurement, speed=distance/time]

Problem 433: Space Shuttle Atlantis — Plume Speed

Students use a sequence of images from a video of a space shuttle launch to determine speed from the time interval between the images, and the scale of each image.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale, metric measurement, speed=distance/time]

Problem 438: The Last Flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor
Students use tabular data and graphing to determine the launch speed and acceleration of the space shuttle from the launch pad.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: tabular data, graphing, metric measurement, speed=distance/time]

Problem 434: Dawn Spacecraft Sees Asteroid Vesta Up-Close!
Students use an image of the asteroid Vesta to determine the diameters of craters and mountains using a millimeter ruler and the scale of the image in meters per millimeter.
[Grade: 6-8 | Topics: scale, metric measurement]

You will need a computer, a good internet connection and a telephone to participate.

Participants must first register for this meeting. There is no cost for this event.
Note: Only the first 150 registrants will be accepted. Register ASAP!

If this meeting is full, you will receive an e-mail that reads:
“Your registration for this meeting is denied.”
In that case, we ask you to please join us in the next workshop!
If you do miss this event, we will send you the link to a video archive of the workshop so you will still be able to benefit from the exercises.

Please join the meeting 15-20 minutes before start to make sure your computer is prepared to run the Webex software. You may also pre-install the Webex plug-in following the instructions at the bottom of this e-mail.

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Where to register for this meeting
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1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=176432822&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.
2. Register for the meeting.

Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions for joining the meeting.

To view in other time zones or languages, visit
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/j.php?ED=176432822&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D.

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Closed Captioning is available during the Webinar. A link to this will be provided closer to meeting time.
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For assistance
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1. Go to
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/mc
2. Click “Support” in the left navigation bar.

For more information, contact John Ensworth by email at
john_ensworth@strategies.org or by telephone at 703-312-0563.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session. This video and earlier product videos will be available via a Web-based archive tool will soon be located at:
http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=professional and http://video.strategies.org.

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To check the setup of your computer and pre-install the plug-in software, use the following links:

Downloads

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link: https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/meetingcenter/mcsetup.php.

The host requests that you check for compatibility of rich media players for Universal Communications Format (UCF) before you join the session. UCF allows you to view multimedia during the session. To check now, click the following link:
https://nasa.webex.com/nasa/systemdiagnosis.php.

Meeting Manager for Microsoft® Windows® – MSI Installer

— Meeting Center automatically downloads, installs and configures Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you start or join a meeting. However, you may choose to download and run the Meeting Manager Installer before starting or joining a meeting. You must have administrator privileges on your computer to use this installer.
–Download Meeting Manager Installer for Internet Explorer
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcie.msi
— Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mozilla Firefox/Netscape Navigator https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/atmcns.msi

Meeting Manager for Mac® OS X (PowerPC)

— Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC) is set up automatically the first time you start or join a meeting. The Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC) can be used to manually install or uninstall Meeting Manager for Mac OS X (PowerPC).

Download Meeting Manager Installer for Mac OS X (PowerPC)
https://nasa.webex.com/client/T25L/mac/powerpc/webexinstaller.hqx.

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Properties of Living Things: Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The student activity featured in this seminar will introduce grades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar will review criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — and apply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of three different soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Viking landers used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar12.aspx .

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov
.

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Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math – Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LEARN, Projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Oct. 6, 2011, at 8 p.m. EDT. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascent activity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebra concepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-linear-regression/.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit
http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Awards

Do you know K-12 teachers or district-level administrators who are making a difference in education through the use of technology? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in partnership with NASA and the Space Foundation, will recognize the accomplishments of one outstanding individual and his or her contributions to lifelong learning through the application of technology in the classroom or professional development of teachers.

Technology personnel and K-12 classroom teachers who have demonstrated exemplary use of technology to enhance learning are eligible for this award. School principals, superintendents or associate superintendents may nominate eligible candidates. The award will be presented in April 2012 at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The deadline for applications is Jan. 16, 2012.

Applications and more information are available online at
http://www.amfcse.org/Alan%20Shepard%20Award/alan_shepard_award.htm.

Questions about this award should be directed to
amfreg@amfcse.org.

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GRAIL MoonKAM

On Sept. 8, 2011, NASA’s
Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission launched to the moon. This mission will use twin spacecraft in a tandem orbit to measure the moon’s gravity in unprecedented detail.

The GRAIL Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students, or MoonKAM, project is an
exciting opportunity that allows middle school students to take pictures of the lunar surface from cameras mounted on the twin spacecraft. Visit the site to find student activities, teacher guides and related educational resources. Observations will begin in March 2012.


For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the GRAIL MoonKAM home page
https://moonkam.ucsd.edu/home.

If you have questions about the MoonKAM project, please visit
https://moonkam.ucsd.edu/contact.

GRAIL MoonKAM is a NASA-sponsored project in coordination with Sally Ride Science and the University of California San Diego.

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International Space Apps Challenge

In support of the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, NASA is announcing the International Space Apps Challenge. The competition will culminate in a two-day event held next year that will enable the government to use the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizens to help address global challenges.

Over the next several months, NASA and the event partners will receive and develop ideas for potential projects via the online platform. During the event, NASA representatives and officials from international space agencies will gather with scientists and citizens to use publicly released scientific data to create solutions for issues, such as weather impact on the global economy and depletion of ocean resources.

The OGP is a new, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies. NASA’s participation in the United States Domestic Plan will promote innovation through international collaboration.

NASA is a leader in the U.S. Open Government Initiative. The president’s fiscal year 2012 budget request focuses NASA’s efforts on a vigorous path of innovation and technological development. The path leads to an array of challenging and inspiring missions to destinations with incredible potential for discovery, increasing knowledge about our solar system, developing technologies to improve life on Earth, expanding our presence in space, increasing space commerce and engaging the public.

To learn more about the International Space Apps Competition, get the latest updates and submit your ideas, visit
http://open.nasa.gov/appschallenge.

To learn more about the Open Government Partnership, visit
http://www.opengovpartnership.org/.

If you have questions about the International Space Apps Competition, please visit
http://open.nasa.gov/appschallenge/contact/.


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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

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