NASA Education Express — Jan. 26, 2012

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

New NASA Kids’ Club Activity: Window to Earth
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Micro-g
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Land in Texas andAlabama
Audience: All Educators and Students
Tour Stop in Dallas, Texas: Jan. 27-29, 2012
Tour Stop in Huntsville, Ala.: Feb. 1-2, 2012

AlgebraicEquations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Jan. 30, 2012

NASA’s DEVELOP Program– 2012 Summer Session
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Summer Session Deadline: Jan. 30, 2012

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

Scholarship Announcement: 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Video Contest
Audience: Grade 3-12 Students
Video Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Submission Deadline: Jan. 31, 2012

Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 1, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Webcast Series — Flying Through African-American History Withthe Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates StartingFeb. 2, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces andMotion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 2, 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Now through April 20, 2011

Women In STEM High School AerospaceScholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Webcast — National African American History Month andEngineers Week
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

OSSI: SOLAR — Summer 2012 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 16, 2012


New NASA Kids’ Club Activity: Window to Earth

Astronauts have a spectacular view of Earth from space. Move through the pagesof Window to Earth and see images taken from space of these geographicalfeatures: peninsula, glacier, lake, desert, cape, island, upheaval dome,strait, waterfall, reef and volcano.

To take a peek and see how Earth looks from space, visit

For more fun activities, visit


New DIY Podcast Module Available — Micro-g

The newest Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast module, Micro-g, is live and ready for use.

This module includes four NASA experts explaining microgravity and how to livein it. Nancy Hall is a microgravity researcher on Earth. Mike Fincke is theU.S. astronaut who has spent the most total time in orbit (more than a year).And we have footage of flight engineers Nicole Stott and Bob Thirsk from theInternational Space Station.

Several video clips and images on the photo index page show microgravitydemonstrations on Earth and objects and astronauts floating through the spacestation.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are:
— Fitness
— Lab Safety
— Newton’s Laws
— Robots
— Rocket Science
— Solar Arrays
— Spacesuits
— Sports Demo

Students use the video clips, pictures and audio clips to build podcastepisodes and other multimedia projects.

A companion blog offers tips andsuggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom.

To learn more and to start building podcasts, visit


NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Land in Oklahoma,Texas and Alabama

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft soonwill make a cross-country journey, giving residents the chance to see afull-scale test version of the vehicle that will take humans into deep space.

The crew module will make stops during a tripfrom the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Kennedy Space Center inFlorida. The planned stops include Jan.27-29 at Victory Park and the American Airlines Center in Dallasand Feb. 1-2 at the U.S.Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Engineers, programofficials, astronauts and NASA spokespeople will be available to speak with themedia and the public.

The full-scale test vehicle was used by groundcrews in advance of the launch abort system flight test that took place in NewMexico in 2010. Orion will serve as the vehicle that takes astronauts beyondlow-Earth orbit, and the first orbital flight test is scheduled for 2014.

To see photos of the pad abort test, visit

For more information on the each of the sites,visit

American Airlines Center:

U.S. Space and Rocket Center:


Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute Web seminar on Jan.30, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Discovera unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes.Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to lifethe concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, orTI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiringsubstituting values for variables in formulas.

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

For more information and to registeronline, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools helpdesk at


NASA’s DEVELOP Program — 2012 Summer Session

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission DirectorateApplied Sciences-sponsored internship that fosters the training and developmentof students in the atmospheric and earth sciences. The DEVELOP Program extendsthe application of NASA earth science research and technology to meet societalneeds.

Students conduct projects that focus on thepractical application of NASA’s earth science research and demonstrate howresults can benefit partner organizations and local communities. Advisors andmentors, from NASA and partner institutions, provide guidance and support forthe program. Students gain experience using NASA science and technology in aprofessional setting.

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

Applications for the summer 2012 session are dueJan. 30, 2012.

For more information about this uniqueinternship opportunity, please visit the DEVELOP website at

Questions about the DEVELOP Program should bedirected by email to NASA-DL-DEVELOP@mail.nasa.govor by telephone to 757-864-3761.


Host a Real Time Conversation With CrewmembersOnboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S.schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host anAmateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact betweenJuly 15, 2012, and Jan. 15, 2013. To maximize these radio contactopportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbersof 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 inspace and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISScontact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school andthen using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the InternationalSpace Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquirethan ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help you obtain thetechnology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for yourstudents.

Interested parties should contact Teaching FromSpace, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including howthe technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how toobtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to or bycalling 281-244-1919.

Additional information can be found at


Scholarship Announcement: 2011 OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Award Video Contest

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is pleased toannounce that the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, Foundationis offering scholarships to the winners of the 2011 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffContest. These scholarships, with a combined value of $25,000, will be awardedby the ASME Foundation to students whose video submissions best represent aselected NASA spinoff technology featured in the Agency’s 2010 Spinoffpublication.

Featuring OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of thepopular TRANSFORMERS brand, the 2011 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest highlightsspinoffs from NASA technologies that are used on Earth. The goal is to helpstudents understand the benefits of NASA technology to their daily lives. Lastyear’s contest was open to students in grades 3-8 and resulted in 76 videosubmissions from over 190 students in 31 states.

For the 2011, the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award Contest has been expanded toinclude students in grades 3-12. Each student, or group of students, willsubmit a three- to five-minute video on a selected NASA spinoff technologylisted in NASA’s 2010 “Spinoff” publication. Videos must demonstrate anunderstanding of the NASA spinoff technology and the associated NASA mission,as well as the commercial application and public benefit associated with thespinoff technology.

Video entries are due Jan. 31, 2012.

Video entries will be posted on the NASA YouTube channel, and the public willbe responsible for the first round of judging. The top five submissions fromeach of the three grade groups (Elementary [3rd-5th], Middle [6th-8th] and HighSchool [9th-12th]) will advance for final judging. A NASA panel will select awinning entry from each group. Among other prizes, a crystal OPTIMUS PRIMESpinoff Award Trophy will be given to winners at a special awards ceremonybeing held in Florida in April 2012. The innovators associated with the NASAtechnology highlighted in the winning videos also will receive trophies, aswill their commercial partners.

The NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Contest is brought about through a collaborationbetween NASA and Hasbro. For more information, visit the OPTIMUS PRIME SpinoffAward website at

Questions about this contest should be directedto Darryl Mitchell at


International Space Apps Challenge

NASA is working with the Open Government Partnership, or OGP, and internationalspace agencies to coordinate an International Space Apps Challenge. The competitionwill culminate in an event taking place in April 2012 that will enable thegovernment to use the expertise and entrepreneurial spirit of citizens to helpaddress global challenges.

Through the end of January, NASA and the event partners will receive anddevelop ideas for potential projects via the online platform. During the eventin April, NASA representatives and officials from international space agencieswill gather with scientists and citizens to use publicly released scientificdata to create solutions for issues, such as weather impact on the globaleconomy and depletion of ocean resources.

The deadline to submit ideas is Jan. 31,2012.

The OGP is a new, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concretecommitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fightcorruption and harness new technologies. NASA’s participation in the UnitedStates Domestic Plan will promote innovation through internationalcollaboration.

NASA is a leader in the U.S. Open Government Initiative. The president’s fiscalyear 2012 budget request focuses NASA’s efforts on a vigorous path ofinnovation and technological development. The path leads to an array ofchallenging and inspiring missions to destinations with incredible potentialfor discovery, increasing knowledge about our solar system, developingtechnologies 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 latestupdates and submit your ideas, visit

To learn more about the Open Government Partnership, visit

If you have questions about the International Space Apps Competition, please visit


Distance/Rate/TimeProblems: Smart Skies Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project is hosting a 60-minute professional development Webseminar for educators on Feb. 1, 2012,at 8 p.m. EST. Learn how to use an innovative air traffic control simulatorto engage your students as they explore the mathematics involved in the role ofan air traffic controller. In the three-plane problem featured in this lesson,the challenge is to change routes and speeds to line up the planes safely, withproper spacing, at a given route intersection.

For more information and to registeronline, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

E-mail any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen

In honor of National African American HistoryMonth, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titledFlying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcastseries will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought warand racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-Americanaviators.

The Tuskegee Airmen Balance Warfare WithScience
Feb. 2, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen and their pivotal role during WorldWar II. These pilots fought war and racism with one of World War II’s greatestweapons, the science of the P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

Technology Advances the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 7, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
The onset of World War II spurred the aerospace industry, one of America’smost notable accomplishments. Aircrafts were plentiful, but pilots were scarce.Technology supported the Tuskegee Airman’s victory over Nazism and Fascism inthe European skies and racism on American soil.

Engineering a Proud Heritage
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama became the historic site that launchedproof that African-Americans could fly and maintain sophisticated combataircraft. Engineering schools such as the Tuskegee Institute provided the edgeneeded for African-Americans to make a significant impact during World War II.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 14, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot trainingprogram. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flightsuccess with calculated risks.

Teachers interested in having their classes participate in the live audienceshould visit the DLN website for details to register. Requests will be taken ona first-come, first-served basis.

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join thewebcast via live streaming on the DLN website.

For more information, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professionaldevelopment experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on Feb. 2, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EST. Learnhow NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increaseperformance. During the session, participants will be introduced to theBoomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity intoscience classes. The seminar also includes information about two uniqueextensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulationillustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flowequation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determinethe airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and toregister online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign

GLOBE at Night is a worldwide, hands-on scienceand education program for primary and secondary schools. The GLOBE at Nightproject encourages citizen-scientists worldwide to record the brightness of thenight sky. During four select sets of dates, children and adults match theappearance of a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, andOrion and Crux in the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts ofprogressively fainter stars. The map is located at Participants then submit their choice of star chartonline with their date, time and location to help create a light-pollution mapworldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign dates are Feb. 12-21, March 13-22 and April 11-20,2012. Over 68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115countries over the last six years of two-week campaigns.

Children and adults can submit theirmeasurements in real time if they have a smart phone or tablet. To do this, usethe Web application at With smart phones and tablets, the location, dateand time are put in automatically. And if you do not have a smart phone ortablet, there are user-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to findlatitude and longitude.

Through GLOBE at Night, students, teachers,parents and community members are amassing a data set from which they canexplore the nature of light pollution locally and across the globe. Make a differenceand join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets, one-page flyersand postcards advertising the campaign are available at

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto


WomenIn STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars projectoffers a one-of-a-kind experience for female high school juniors to jump-start theirfutures and explore the possibilities of a major or career in science, technology,engineering and mathematics. Participants begin their adventure in an onlinecommunity. The project culminates with a summer experience at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the countryand female NASA engineers and interns.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to download the application, visit

Questions should be directed to


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast — National African American History Month and Engineers Week

In observance of National African AmericanHistory Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’sGoddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachersand students in grades K-12.

On Feb. 22, 2012, from 1-2 p.m. EST,students will interact live with African-American engineers and scientists whowill share how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics, orSTEM, in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their careerchoices and how students can prepare for future careers in STEM fields. Theevent will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network “DLiNfo”webcast channel, and during the event students can submit questions for thescientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-airhost.

Also during the month of February, GSFC will release two videos featuring Dr.Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. These videos will give an inside look at whatengineers do during the day. This is a great opportunity for educators andstudents to learn more about engineering careers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how to participate, please visit theDLiNfo webcast section at the Digital Learning Network site,

Questions about these opportunities should be directed to Trena Ferrell at


OSSI:SOLAR — Summer 2012 Opportunities

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI,strives to provide students at all institutions of higher education access to aportfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered byNASA mission directorates and centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship andscholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI: Student OnlineApplication for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars, or SOLAR. This innovativesystem allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-educationNASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. Asingle application places the student in the applicant pool for considerationby all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities are due March 16, 2012.

To find available opportunities and to fill out a SOLAR application, visit

Inquiries about the OSSI: SOLAR should be directed to Mabel Matthews at


Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull list of Current Opportunities, visit

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