Participate in the ISS National Lab Education Project Workshop (Amended Announcement)

As a key feature of the 2011 NASA Education Stakeholders Summit, the International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project, or ISS NLEP, will be announcing opportunities for new educational activities and partnerships during a workshop scheduled on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. These opportunities will include a variety of frameworks to execute your ideas, including flying your experiment aboard the space station and using reduced-gravity facilities and ground-based environments using Space Station resources.

The objective of ISS NLEP is to strengthen a link between the unique venue of the space station and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers, academicians and interested parties for discussions on upcoming opportunities. Online registration is now closed. However, on-site registration is still available through Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

For those interested in attending, please contact Summit Coordinators Mary Roberts and Ann Heyward at 440-552-4679. They will be able to provide additional information about the on-site registration process.

Additional information, such as logistics and the agenda regarding the ISS National Laboratory Education Project Funding Opportunities workshop, can be found at http://intern.nasa.gov/summit/index.html.

NASA Education Express — Nov. 17, 2011

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

Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar
Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 21, 2011

NASA Explorer Schools Live Video Chat: Graphics and Animation: The Magic of Creating
Audience: 6-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 23, 2011, 9 a.m. EST

Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 29, 2011

Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 30, 2011

DiscoverE Educator Awards
Audience: All Educators and Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 1, 2011

Participate in the ISS National Lab Education Project Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Dec. 2, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2011


YouTube Space Lab Competition
Audience: 9-12 Students

Entry Deadline: Dec. 7, 2011

NASA Accepting Applications for Future Astronauts
Audience: All Educators and Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 27, 2012

Host a Real Time Conversation With Crewmembers Onboard the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012

Centennial Challenge: Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: 2013

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 21, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST.
Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment. Participants will also see how to use the Staying Cool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar22.aspx

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

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

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Live Video Chat: Graphics and Animation: The Magic of Creating

NASA Explorer Schools invites students in grades 6-12 from across the U.S. and Departments of Defense and State schools to participate in a live video webchat with Zareh Gorjian. Gorjian is the lead animator and software engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory located in Pasadena, Calif. He will be discussing some of the projects he has worked on and how an animation or graphic is put together from start to finish. Gorjian will be able to connect what the students are doing in the classroom with a real-life career. The hourlong live webchat begins at 9 a.m. EST on Nov 23, 2011.

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

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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

To view the video chat or for more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/Gorjian-2011-chat.html.

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

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Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms 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 Nov. 29, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. Solar Storms provides students a unique opportunity to use geometry and trigonometry to analyze real NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this session, participants will preview a video about solar storms. An overview of the problem sets, suggestions for implementation of best practices and some extension activities that may be appropriate for your curriculum will be provided.

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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar for educators on Nov. 30, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Review criteria for determining if something is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-on activity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Attendees will collaborate with other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity. Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.aspx

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

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

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DiscoverE Educator Awards

Do you know educators who are inspiring tomorrow’s innovation generation? Recognize their achievements by nominating them for the DiscoverE Educator Award. This award honors educators who are working to help students discover engineering.

Teacher nominees must be full-time U.S. or international school-based educators teaching in grades 6-12. Nominees must be nominated by an engineer or engineering student (college or graduate level). The application form for the award includes short questions to be completed by the educator and the engineer/student nominator.

DiscoverE Educator winners will receive cash awards, prizes and media recognition.

Applications are due Dec. 1, 2011.

Applications and more information are available online at
http://www.eweek.org/NewsStory.aspx?ContentID=256.

Questions about this award should be directed to
info@eweek.org.

The DiscoverE Educator Awards is a program of the National Engineers Week Foundation and its partners. Funding is provided by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Dec. 1, 2011, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learn about the relationships between air pressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. The presenter will provide an overview of the necessary conditions for cloud formation and then show how to apply them to making a cloud in a bottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOL Project, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.aspx

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

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

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Participate in the ISS National Lab Education Project Workshop

As a key feature of the 2011 NASA Education Stakeholders Summit, the International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project, or ISS NLEP, will be announcing opportunities for new educational activities and partnerships during a workshop scheduled on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. These opportunities will include a variety of frameworks to execute your ideas, including flying your experiment aboard the space station and using reduced-gravity facilities and ground-based environments using Space Station resources.

The objective of ISS NLEP is to strengthen a link between the unique venue of the space station and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. The objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers, academicians and interested parties for discussions on upcoming opportunities.

To register for the workshop, go to: http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov.


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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Dec. 5, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discover a unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes. Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to life the concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas.

You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator. This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can make an informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar8.aspx.

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

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

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YouTube Space Lab Competition

YouTube Space Lab is a worldwide educational initiative that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, and live streamed on YouTube.

A prestigious panel of scientists, astronauts, and educators, including renowned professor Stephen Hawking, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator of Education and former Astronaut Leland Melvin, ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne, JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Cirque du Soleil’s founder Guy Laliberté, will judge the entries with input from the YouTube community.

Students in two age categories, 14-16 years old and 17-18 years old, either alone or in groups of up to three, may submit a YouTube video describing their experiment to YouTube.com/SpaceLab.

Submissions close on Dec. 7, 2011.

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NASA Accepting Applications for Future Astronauts

Do you dream of flying in space? Now is your chance. NASA is accepting applications for the agency’s next class for the Astronaut Candidate Program.

Qualified individuals can submit their applications through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website. Those selected will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in engineering, science or mathematics and three years of relevant professional experience. Successful applicants frequently have significant qualifications in engineering or science; or extensive experience flying high-performance jet aircraft. Educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grade with these minimum degree requirements also are encouraged to apply.

NASA will accept applications through Jan. 27, 2012. After applicant interviews and evaluations, the agency expects to announce the final selections in 2013. Training will begin that summer.

For more information about astronaut application and selection and to follow the latest news via NASA accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, visit https://www.nasa.gov/flynasa.


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Host a Real Time Conversation With Crewmembers Onboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between July 15, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013. 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. Proposals are due Jan. 30, 2012.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help you obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for your students.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including how the technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to obtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-1919.

Additional information can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html.

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2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2012. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboard the NASA P-3 aircraft.

The program takes place in summer 2012. Preparatory information and data analysis will take place at the University of California, Irvine. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif.

Successful applicants will be awarded a $3,000 stipend and $2,500 meals allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation will be provided.

Applications received by Jan. 20, 2012, will be considered for early acceptance. The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information and to download the program application, visit
http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2012.html.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to SARP2012@nserc.und.edu.

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Centennial Challenge: Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge

NASA and the Space Florida Small Satellite Research Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., are seeking teams to compete in a satellite launch technology demonstration competition with a potential $2-million prize.

During the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge, teams will compete to launch satellites with a mass of at least 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) into Earth orbit twice within the span of one week. The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in propulsion and other technologies, as well as operations and management relevant to safe, low-cost, small payload delivery system for frequent access to Earth orbit. Innovations stemming from this challenge will be beneficial to broader applications in future launch systems. They may enhance commercial capability for dedicated launches of small satellites at a cost comparable to secondary payload launches — a potential new market with government, commercial and academic customers.

NASA provides the prize money to the winning team as part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges competitions, which seek unconventional solutions to problems of interest to the agency and the nation. While NASA provides the prize purse, the competitions are managed by nonprofit organizations that cover the cost of operations through commercial or private sponsorships. The competition is planned for summer 2012, and is anticipated to attract hundreds of competitors from industry and academia nationwide.

For more information about the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge visit
http://www.spaceflorida.gov/nano-sat-launch-challenge. Draft Rules for public comment will be posted in the near future.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. For more information about NASA’s Centennial Challenges and the Office of the Chief Technologist, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/oct.

Questions about the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge should be sent to Percy Luney at pluney@spaceflorida.gov.

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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


NASA Kicks Off Application Process for New Astronauts

The public is invited to watch the announcement of NASA’s process for selecting its next class of astronauts. The event starts at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, in the Webb auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. NASA Television and the agency’s website will broadcast the event live. To view the event on NASA TV, visit https://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Assistant Administrator for Human Capital Jeri Buchholz, Flight Crew Operations Director Janet Kavandi and five members of the recently graduated 2009 astronaut class will participate in the announcement. They are Serena Aunon, Kjell Lindgren, Kathleen Rubins, Scott Tingle and Mark Vande Hei.

NASA will recruit its next astronaut class through the federal government’s USAJobs.gov website.

The class of 2009 was the first astronaut class to graduate in a new era of space flight following the final mission of the space shuttle. A new fleet of human spacecraft is in development by commercial companies to deliver crews to the International Space Station. NASA also is developing spacecraft to send humans on missions of exploration far away from our planet.

These new astronauts will advance research aboard the space station to benefit life on Earth and develop the knowledge and skills needed for longer flights to explore the solar system.

For more information about the Astronaut selection process, visit http://astronauts.nasa.gov/.

Additional information about the Astronaut Candidate Program is available by calling the Astronaut Selection Office at 281-483-5907.

For biographical information and other astronaut information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit https://www.nasa.gov/station.

For more information about NASA’s next generation of spacecraft, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration.

NASA Education Express — Nov. 10, 2011

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

DEADLINE TOMORROW: GRAIL Spacecraft Naming Contest
Audience: K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Nov. 11, 2011

NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Spring and Summer Sessions
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Spring Session Deadline: Nov. 14, 2011
Summer Session Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2011

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2011

SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2012

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: 7-12 Educators
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2011

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 17, 2011

Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
Audience: 9-12 & Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for International Teams: Jan. 9, 2012
Registration Deadline for U.S. Teams: Feb. 10, 2012

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators

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GRAIL Spacecraft Naming Contest

Launched on Sept. 10, 2011, the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory mission, also known as GRAIL, will allow scientists to study the moon like never before. Using two twin spacecraft orbiting the moon at very precise distances, the GRAIL mission is designed to create a gravity map of the moon. This map will enable scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition, and give scientists a better understanding of the moon’s origin. Accurate knowledge of the moon’s gravity could also be used to help choose future landing sites on the moon.

Now that they’re on their way to the moon, the two robotic spacecraft, currently dubbed GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B, need real names — ones that capture the spirit and excitement of lunar exploration. And NASA is looking for students to help with the naming duties.

U. S. students in grades K-12 are eligible. Entries should include the chosen names for the spacecraft, along with an explanation of why those names should be selected. Justification can be any length, from a short paragraph to a 500-word essay.


Entries are due Nov. 11, 2011. All entries must be submitted by teachers.

For more information about the GRAIL mission and to submit entries via the online entry form, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/grail/namingcontest.cfm.

If you have questions about the GRAIL Naming Contest, please email grailcontest@jpl.nasa.gov.

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NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Spring and Summer Sessions

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and development of students in the atmospheric and earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extends the application of NASA earth science research and technology to meet societal needs.

Students conduct projects that focus on the practical application of NASA’s earth science research and demonstrate how results can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors and mentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support for the program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in a professional setting.

Students from high school through doctoral levels are selected through a competitive application process. Students chosen by DEVELOP work on teams onsite at 10 locations nationwide. Activities are conducted during three 10-week terms per year: spring, summer and fall. To apply to a DEVELOP center at a NASA location, applicants must be a citizen of the U.S. However, international students currently registered at an accredited school in the U.S. are eligible to apply to DEVELOP regional locations. International applicants must already have a visa that permits them to work in the U.S.

Applications for the spring 2012 session are due Nov. 14, 2011. Summer 2012 applications are due Jan. 30, 2012.

For more information about this unique internship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at
http://develop.larc.nasa.gov.

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should be directed by email to
NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.gov or by telephone to 757-864-3761.

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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars is an interactive, online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an on-site experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the internet.

Applications are due Nov. 15, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov.

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.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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SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador Program

NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, is a 747 aircraft carrying a 2.5 meter-diameter telescope. The SOFIA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program is seeking middle- and high-school educators in teams of two to participate in an upcoming SOFIA flight. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents teaching in a U.S. school.

Applications are due Nov. 15, 2011.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://www.seti.org/epo/SOFIA.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Pamela Harman at
pharman@seti.org.


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Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge

Join host Renee Elias from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators and special guest Sharon Bowers from the National Institute for Aerospace for an hourlong, free webcast on Nov. 16, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST. This webcast will focus on the RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge.

The RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites students in grades 7-12 to work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to solve NASA-related problems. This challenge helps students to see themselves as explorers and engineers by solving real-world problems. Students may choose design solutions related to either the James Webb Space Telescope or Robonaut2. Register for online resources prior to the Web Seminar by visiting
www.nasarealworldinworld.org.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please email them to Renee Elias at
RElias@lcjvs.net.

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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets 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 Nov. 17, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. Discover how an algebra activity called “Finding Habitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyze NASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems.

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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at
NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. High school and college students are challenged to design and build a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original lunar-roving vehicle team. Each school may enter up to two teams. International teams are limited to 10 teams per country. The race will take place April 13-14, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala., at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

International teams must register by Jan. 9, 2012.
U.S. teams must register by Feb. 10, 2012.

For more information about the competition and to register online, visit
http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/index.html.

International teams with questions about this event and registration should email Marilyn Lewis at Marilyn.H.Lewis@nasa.gov. U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

Space is not always about, um, space. Often it′s about Earth, our home and about us, how we are changing Earth. Getting into orbit above it all gives us a whole different perspective on our beautiful and precious planet. What new things can we learn about Earth — from space?

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
One type of Earth-observing spacecraft is the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites, also known as GOES, built by NASA and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA. The GOES are workhorse satellites doing everyday tasks; they watch and warn of developing severe weather, monitor events such as floods and fires, and monitor solar storms that can have damaging effects on Earth.

The next generation of the GOES, series “R,” will produce much more data, and of higher resolution, than the current GOES, that meteorologists and other scientists on the ground who receive and depend on the GOES data are building new computer systems to handle the huge influx that will be coming from GOES-R.

A fun, colorful — dare we say addictive — new game on The Space Place has you hopping around like mad to keep up with this incoming wealth of information. The game is called “Satellite Insight.” Its game “pieces” represent data from the kinds of observations the satellite’s advanced instruments will be making, in order to reinforce the power and importance of studying Earth’s — and the sun’s — dynamic processes from space. Check it out at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight.

We have also created an iPhone version of the game. It is NOAA’s first iPhone app and only NASA’s second iPhone game. Search for “Satellite Insight” at the Apple iTunes App Store.

Space Place en español
Earth from space isn’t all business, however. “Spuzzled” has interactive puzzles that showcase Earth as art” The astonishing, natural color images are from LandSat 7. They show unique views of Earth from all over the world. With short captions and a big locator star on a world map,  the puzzle sneaks in a little bit of geography with the art and fun. To give Spuzzled a try, visit http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/sp/spuzzled.

Focus on tsunami from space!
Another way to look at Earth from space is at an angle, or, better yet, from nine angles all at once. “Getting the right angle on the story” describes and shows how a special instrument on the Terra satellite can spot a tsunami from space. Although satellites might not be able to warn people on endangered coastlines in time, the information is being used to study how tsunamis behave when they hit a coastline. This understanding, along with the ocean-based tsunami warning system, will improve tsunami evacuation plans and, hopefully, save many lives. To learn more about tsunamis, visit
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/tsunami.

For the classroom
Katrina will, for a long time (we hope), be considered the “mother of all hurricanes” of the century. Our Katrina poster, which you can download to print, shows the monster hurricane from space as it bore down on the Gulf states. The poster explains how the GOES satellite tracked the storm, evaluated its severity and predicted its track. On the back of the poster (which you can easily print as individual pages) is an easy-to-understand explanation of how hurricanes form and a student activity comparing the predicted and actual storm tracks. Download the Katrina poster at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#katrina.

For out of school time
For the younger set, we have the GOES and GOES-R fun activity books to download and print. Each booklet has 14 pages of simple word, picture and coloring activities for early readers. The theme? Weather. Weather is an adventure! To download the booklets, visit
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/#funpad.

Special Days
Month of November: Aviation History Month
Find out from Dr. Marc how airplanes ever got off the ground in the first place.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dr-marc-technology

Nov. 5: Gunpowder Day
This is an explosive subject, but historically and scientifically important, nonetheless. See how you can use it to explain how orbits work at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/how-orbits-work.

Nov. 8, 1895: X-rays discovered by W. C. Roentgen.
Find out where X-rays fit into the electromagnetic spectrum by taking a stroll through the “Land of the Magic Windows,”
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/magic-windows.

Nov. 27, 1571: Birthday of Johannes Kepler
Kepler is considered the founder of modern astronomy. Find out why from Dr. Marc at
http://tinyurl.com/dr-marc-kepler.

Dec. 6, 1945: Percy Spencer invented the microwave oven.
Another opportunity to check out the electromagnetic spectrum. See where microwaves fit in as you play “Photon Pile-up” at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/photon-pileup.

Dec. 11, 1719: The aurora borealis was first recorded in New England.
Find out about space weather, the cause of this beautiful light show, at
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spaceweather.

Dec. 14: Geminids Meteor Shower
Moonlight makes viewing not so great this year. But, you can still learn about meteor showers and prepare for the next good, moonless meteor shower, the Lyrids, on April 21 and 22, 2012.
http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/meteor-shower

Last words . . .
We’ve given you just a sample of the earth-science related resources on The Space Place. We encourage you to explore our Earth menu for yourself and see what else there is to explore, do and play.

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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

NASA Education Express — Nov. 3, 2011

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

Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 7, 2011

Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units Web Seminar
Audience: Calculus Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 7, 2011

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 10, 2011

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2011

2012 CanSat Competition
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 2011

Lessons About Bioscience Challenge
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators and K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 1, 2011

NASA to Perform Student Experiments For Whole World To See
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 7, 2011

2012 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 16, 2011

Student Career Experience Program Opportunity at Marshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2011

2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience: K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 5, 2012

NASA Launches New ISSLive! Website
Audience: All Educators and Students

Download the New “Satellite Insight” Game
Audience: All Educators and Students

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Temperature and Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Nov. 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to see how a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how you can incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-world connection for your students.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar9.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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Derivatives: Math and Science @ Work — Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units 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 Nov. 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. The Space Shuttle Auxiliary Power Units student activity featured in this seminar is a problem set from the Mission Control series of NASA’s Math and Science @ Work project. Participants will assume the role of a student. Attendees will work the problem set, score their results and share best practices with other participants for implementing this problem set into the classroom.

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

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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Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics 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 Web seminar on Nov. 8, 2011, at 8:15 p.m. EST. This Web seminar features three lessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar20.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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Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades 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 Web seminar on Nov. 10, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use the NASA MESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging) mission to motivate your students to investigate energy and the electromagnetic spectrum. Discover how students can create their own sunshades and measure the effectiveness of different materials in protecting against sunlight and solar radiant energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar21.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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Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute web seminar on Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data to investigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latitude regions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gamma rays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extension activity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.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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2012 CanSat Competition

Applications currently are being accepted for the 2012 CanSat Competition.

This annual competition is open to university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Teams of three to 10 students must design and build a space-type system called a CanSat. Each CanSat is the size of a soda can and must be built according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee.

All teams entering the CanSat competition are required to have a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will oversee and be responsible for the conduct of the team at all times during the competition. The advisor is strongly encouraged to accompany the team to the competition.

Applications are due Nov. 30, 2011.

For more information about the competition and to download the application, visit http://www.cansatcompetition.com/.

Questions about this competition should be directed to questions@juno.nrl.navy.mil.

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Lessons About Bioscience Challenge

The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, is making a collection of engaging, inexpensive experiments for K-12 students, and they need your help. Through the Lessons About Bioscience, or LAB, Challenge, NIH is looking for science enthusiasts — students, teachers, parents, scientists and organizations — to submit their best experiments. The experiment should be original, inexpensive, related to health and life science and easily accessible for use in a K-12 classroom.

For challenge details, visit http://LAB.challenge.gov/.

The deadline to submit experiment ideas is Dec. 1, 2011. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2012. Each winning experiment and submitter’s name and affiliation will be featured online and published in an NIH best-experiments collection, and each winner will receive an exclusive NIH LAB Challenge electronic badge to display online.

Help to spread the word about this challenge by sharing this information. Feature it on your website and Facebook page, and tweet about it. More information is available at the NIH Office of Science Education website: http://science.education.nih.gov/NIHLABChallenge.nsf,or from Carla Easter (easterc@mail.NIH.gov) or Cindy Allen (allency@od.nih.gov).

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NASA to Perform Student Experiments For Whole World To See

NASA is providing support to Space Adventures, Ltd. of Vienna, Va., to conduct a global competition for students to design experiments that will be performed in space and broadcast around the world. Contest entrants may submit up to three experiments in either life sciences or physics. They must submit a two-minute video application by Dec. 7 via YouTube.com. The public will be able to follow the competition and watch the experiments via video streaming on YouTube’s website.

You can find more information about how to enter the competition or to submit a video application at https://www.youtube.com/SpaceLab.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/YouTube.html.


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2012 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity

NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon.

The annual NASA project provides near-space access for 12 undergraduate and graduate student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

The experiments are flown aboard the High Altitude Student Platform, or HASP, a balloon-born instrument stack launched from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility’s remote site in Fort Sumner, N.M. The goals of the project are to provide a space test platform to encourage student research and stimulate the development of student satellite payloads and other space-engineering products.

HASP seeks to enhance the technical skills and research abilities of students in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The project is a joint effort between NASA and the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 16, 2011.

For application information and technical details about the program, visit http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp.

Questions about the High-Altitude Student Platform opportunity should be directed to T. Gregory Guzik at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu.

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Student Career Experience Program Opportunity at Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Student Career Experience Program, also known as Cooperative Education Student Program, or Co-op, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students to apply for co-op positions. The purpose of the Student Career Experience Program is to provide students with exposure to public service, enhance their educational experience and provide financial support to encourage and support their educational goals.

The Cooperative Education Student Program is formally structured to give students the opportunity to work in positions related to their academic/career goals. A written agreement is required between NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the student’s university and the student.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 16 years old and have a grade point average of at least 2.9. Enrollment in an accredited college or university on at least a half-time basis and at least sophomore standing are also required. Salary is based on academic classification supported by an official transcript and letter of referral by the University Co-op or Career Services Office.

Applications must be received no later than Dec. 31, 2011.

To view this opportunity announcement on the USAJobs website, visit http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/301479800.

To learn more about the Marshall Space Flight Center Cooperative Education Program, please visit http://coop.msfc.nasa.gov/.

Note: This is not a NASA Internship. If interested in a NASA Internship, please proceed to http://intern.nasa.gov/.

Email any questions about this opportunity to the Tina Smith at Tina.M.Smith@nasa.gov.

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2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship

Applications are currently available for the 2012-13 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. This program is open to current public or private elementary and secondary mathematics, technology, engineering and science classroom teachers with demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applications are due Jan. 5, 2012.

Selected teachers spend a school year in Washington, D.C., sharing their expertise with policy makers. Einstein Fellows may serve with one of several government agency sponsors, such as the Department of Energy, NASA or the National Science Foundation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be currently employed full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching full time in a public or private elementary or secondary school for at least five of the last seven years.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit www.einsteinfellows.org.

Inquiries about the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program should be directed to einsteinfellows@triangle-coalition.org.

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NASA Launches New ISSLive! Website

NASA announces the deployment of ISSLive!, an innovative, interactive Web-based initiative that provides a novel way to learn about the International Space Station.

ISS Live! delivers real-time space station telemetry and crew time line data in a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, context to the classroom or educational environment. Educational products for students and teachers, interactive 3-D views of the space station and 3-D Mission Control Center with console positions, public displays, social media feeds and existing streaming public video/audio feeds may be found at the website, too. ISS Live! is available via a public-friendly website, mobile devices and tablet applications.

View site: http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov

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Download the New “Satellite Insight” Game

“Satellite Insight” for iPhone and other Apple iOS devices is now available on iTunes. It’s free! It’s challenging! It’s fun! Colored blocks represent different types of data gathered by the amazing science instruments on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series, or GOES-R. The data blocks fall into columns on a grid. Bundle like data types together and store them safely before the data grid overflows.

“Satellite Insight” is the very first iPhone app from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (in partnership with NASA).

Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/iOS/.

iPhone and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.

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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