NASA Education Express — Dec. 1, 2011

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

New Microgravity Page for Educators and Students
Audience: All Educators and Students

Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2011

Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2011

Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 8, 2011

YouTube Space Lab Competition
Audience: 9-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 14, 2011

Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Dec. 15, 2011

2012 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 11, 2012

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2012-2013 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2012

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 2 to the International Space Station
Audience: 5-Higher Education Educators and Students
Letter of Commitment Deadline: Feb. 27, 2012

Additional Frequently Asked Questions — 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) — Available For Download
Audience: Informal Education Institutions

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New Microgravity Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education has launched a new website for students and educators about NASA’s microgravity laboratories on Earth and on the International Space Station.

Visit the new site to learn about the types of platforms that researchers use to study the effects of the microgravity environment. Watch and download video and multimedia features. Answer the question: What Is Microgravity? Shoot some hoops and test your basketball skills in gravity and microgravity in Free Fall Ball. Build a Do-It-Yourself podcast with video and audio clips from NASA. And stay in touch about opportunities for students and educators.

Educators can find lesson plans for the classroom and keep students in-the-know with up-to-date information about research on the International Space Station.

Visit the new website at www.nasa.gov/education/microgravity.

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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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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System 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 Dec. 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineering design challenge, Thermal Protection System. This activity challenges students to design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar10.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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Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASA Explorer Schools and NASA’s
Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute Web seminar on Dec. 8, 2011, at 7 p.m. EST. During this professional development session, participants will receive information about the applications of linear equations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity. Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build and test a Balloon X-1.

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

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. 14, 2011.

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Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on Dec. 15, 2011, at 3 p.m. EST. Learn how to implement a chemistry lab activity called “A Breath of Fresh Air.” During the activity, students create their own electrolysis apparatus to generate oxygen and use a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire calculator to collect data. Note: You do not need to have a TI-Nspire calculator during this professional development.

For more information and to register online, visit
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar13.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 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships

NASA is seeking applications from current and prospective graduate students for the agency’s second class of Space Technology Research Fellows. Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue Master’s (e.g., M.S.) or Doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions beginning in fall 2012.

The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic space technology objectives through their studies. Sponsored by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Program, the fellowships’ continuing goal is to provide the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. Fellows will perform innovative space technology research today while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders.

The deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 11, 2012.

For more information on the fellowships, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/oct/early_stage_innovation/grants/index.html.

All material related to this fellowship opportunity, including eligibility requirements and detailed instructions on how to submit an application, may be accessed from http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={1C36FF5F-549C-2349-F37F-B72365FD9D1B}&path=open.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Claudia Meyer at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2012-2013 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship Program, or NESSF, is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2012-2013 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for no more than two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2012.

For more information about this solicitation, visit
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={1DC0EDEE-32A0-0EAE-ED78-B1F6B624B473}&path=open.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to:

For earth science, Ming-Ying Wei at
mwei@nasa.gov.

For heliophysics, planetary science and astrophysics, Dolores Holland at
hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.

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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 2 to the International Space Station

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces a new opportunity for communities across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP, flight opportunity, Mission 2 to the International Space Station, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station.

Each participating community will be provided an experiment slot in a real microgravity research minilaboratory scheduled to fly on the space station from Sept. 28 to Nov. 12, 2012. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging 300 to 1,000 students — allows student teams to design real experiments vying for their communities’ reserved experiment slot on the space station. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a Learning Community Model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. All participating communities must submit letters of commitment of funding by
Feb. 27, 2012. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is standing by to help interested communities secure funding. 

Through previous SSEP missions on the space shuttle and International Space Station, more than 70,000 students in almost 200 schools have had the opportunity to design and propose real experiments to fly aboard the space station. All 27 experiments selected to date, reflecting the 27 communities that participated in the program on the final two space shuttle flights, have flown in space.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 2 to ISS National Announcement of Opportunity at
http://ssep.ncesse.org/2011/11/announcing-communities-participating-in-ssep-mission-1-to-iss-and-new-flight-opportunity-mission-2-to-iss/.

The SSEP in-orbit research opportunity is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of using the International Space Station as a national laboratory.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at
jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.
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Additional Frequently Asked Questions — 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) — Available For Download

Additional Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date (including information about the Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriation) and/or about NASA Visitor Centers will be available at 6 p.m. EST on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 (estimated date/time) on the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

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

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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