NASA Education Express — Feb. 2, 2012

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

EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 6, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series — Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple Dates Throughout February 2012

Live Video Chat: In Celebration of Black History Month
Audience: 4-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2012, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast:Radiation Biology Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2012

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

2012 NASA StudentAirborne Research Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators andStudents
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2012

Student Climate Research CampaignWorkshop Series
Audience: K-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Feb. 18 and March 17, 2012

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

2012 Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge
Audience: Grade 6-7 Students
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Challenge toInnovate: Gaming Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2012

Smart Skies Releases New Air TrafficControl Game — Sector 33
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

New Space Science Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Comet Mystery Boxes — Grades K-8
A Dusty Dilemma — Grades 8-10
Signals and Noise Ratio — Grades 6-8
Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) Educational Kit –Grades 6-8

Earth Calling… Activity From New Horizons— Grades 6-8
Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603 Lithograph and In Search of Stellar EvolutionEducation Activity — Grades 11-12

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EngineeringDesign Challenge: Thermal Protection System Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 6, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. Learn about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipationrelated to NASA vehicles, and receive an introduction to the associated engineeringdesign challenge, Thermal Protection System. This activity challenges studentsto design a thermal protection system and test it using a propane torch.

For more information and toregister 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 helpdesk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s DigitalLearning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying ThroughAfrican-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series willfocus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racismin World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators.

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. 21, 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 https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/TuskegeeAirmen.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: In Celebration of Black HistoryMonth

In celebration of National Black History Month, a panel of five outstandingAfrican-American engineers and scientists at NASA’s Langley Research Centerwill answer students’ questions about their paths to NASA and theircontributions to the projects and missions they work on.Meet Erica Alston, a researchscientist; Monica Barnes, an electronics engineer; Samuel James, a mechanical engineering technician; Luther Jenkins,an aerospace research engineer; and Byron Meadows, a laser systems engineer.

The hourlong live video chat event takes place on Feb. 8, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

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/black-history-month-chat.html.

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

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UltravioletRadiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science TeachersAssociation are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminarfor educators on Feb. 8, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar demonstrates theeffects of radiation on living organisms. Participants will learn howsun-screening materials protect live yeast cells from harmful ultraviolet, orUV, radiation and countermeasures for UV radiation and discuss phenotypicchanges in yeast as a result of radiation damage. Participants will learn howdifferent sun protection materials may be used to expand the range of itemstested in this lab. See how you can bring a real-world connection betweenscience and education to your students.

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

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

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

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Registration Open for the 19th Annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

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

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.

U.S. teams with questions should contact Diedra Williams at Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov.

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2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highlymotivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to applyfor the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP, 2012. Theprogram provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of amajor scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve missionobjectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers andothers. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments onboardthe NASA P-3 aircraft.

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

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

The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.

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

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

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StudentClimate Research Campaign Workshop Series

Join NASA’s Langley Research Center and the Virginia Air and Space Center forthe Student Climate Research Campaign Workshop series. These free workshops forK-12 educators will take place at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton,Va. Each workshop will provide approximately 5.5 hours of professionaldevelopment.

Phenology and Climate — Feb. 18, 2012
This workshop will focus on phenology and climate, and introduce participantsto the following Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment,or GLOBE, field campaigns: Great Global Investigation of Climate, and Climateand Land Cover IntensiveObserving Period. Participants willbecome certified in green-up and green-down, budburst and temperature protocols.

Land Cover andClimate — March 17, 2012
This workshop will focus on land cover and climate,and will prepare participants for the next GLOBE Climate and Land Cover Intensive ObservingPeriod field campaign. Participants will becomecertified in the following GLOBE protocols: biometry, land cover site and theModified UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and CulturalOrganization) Classification scheme.

To register for the workshops and to learn more about the GLOBE program, visit http://science-edu.larc.nasa.gov/GLOBE/training-1.php.

Questions about the Student Climate Research Campaign Workshop Series should bedirected Jessica Taylor at larc-globe-partner@lists.nasa.gov.

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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 withAfrican-American engineers and scientists who will share how they use science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenterswill discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare forfuture careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the DigitalLearning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the eventstudents can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email addressthat will be provided by the on-air host.

Also during the month of February, GSFC willrelease two videos featuring Dr. Aprille Ericsson and James Fraction. Thesevideos will give an inside look at what engineers do during the day. This is agreat opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineeringcareers at NASA.

For more information on these events and how toparticipate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital LearningNetwork site, http://dln.nasa.gov.

Questions about these opportunities should bedirected to Trena Ferrell at Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov.

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2012Army-Navy Bridge Design Challenge

The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are proud to announce thefirst-ever Army-Navy Bridge Design Contest. This competition is a specialedition of the national West Point Bridge Design Contest, created specificallyfor 6th- and 7th-grade students. The contest provides students with a realisticintroduction to engineering through an engaging, hands-on design experience.

Students may work as individuals or in teams of two. There’s no cost to enterthe competition. Contestants may compete on behalf of either the Army or theNavy. Students must enter this contest through a teacher sponsor. No individualsubmissions will be accepted.

Design submissions are due March 1, 2012.Top designs will advance to semifinal competitions. The top Army semifinalistand the top Navy semifinalist will compete in a final round competition at WestPoint in May 2012.

For more information about this competition, visit http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/armynavy.htm.

Questions about this competition should be directed to wpbedc1@gmail.com.

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Challenge to Innovate: Gaming Challenge

Do you have an idea for how interactive technology and game-based learning canimprove teaching and learning? Enter your idea in the Challenge to Innovate, orC2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporate game-based learning. Registeredparticipants can review, comment and vote on submitted ideas. At the end of thereview period, up to 10 ideas will receive $1,000 cash awards from the NationalEducation Association’s NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5,2012.

The C2i: Gaming Challenge can be found on the U.S. Department of Education’sOpen Innovation Portal. Co-sponsored by the White House Office of Science andTechnology Policy, this Portal has been developed as an online forum where keystakeholders in education can share their innovative ideas and collaborate toturn those ideas into a new reality. The Department of Education will play arole as convener of these diverse ideas and facilitator of partnerships.

For more informationand to submit your ideas online, visit https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show.

Email any questions about this opportunity to Jeff Howard at C2i@nea.org.

C2i: Gaming Challenge is sponsored by the NEAFoundation and Microsoft — US Partners in Learning.

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SmartSkies Releases New Air Traffic Control Game — Sector 33

NASA’s Smart Skies team announces a newapplication available for iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod touch®. Sector 33 is an airtraffic control mobile game designed to interest students inaeronautics-related careers and to connect mathematics and problem solving tothe real world.

In Sector 33, the player role-plays as an air traffic controller and guides twoto five airplanes through a sector of airspace by changing the planes’ routesand speeds. The challenge is to get the planes through the sector in thefastest time possible, with the player’s performance scored according to theplanes’ final spacing. The game consists of four levels and is played in livemode without a pause feature.

The app is free and available for download from the App StoreSM. AnAndroid™ version of the app is currently under development and will be madeavailable in the Android Marketplace once it’s ready for release.

Sector 33 was developed as a companion piece to NASA’s Smart Skies LineUp WithMath, an educational product used in formal middle school classrooms. LineUpWith Math teaches students to solve distance-rate-time problems in the contextof air traffic control. Problem solving, decision-making, and proportionalreasoning are skills that students apply in LineUp With Math as they learn tosolve distance-rate-time problems using both paper-and-pencil activities and a Web-basedair traffic control simulator. The Sector 33 app serves as an extension to the LineUpWith Math air traffic control simulator by taking on a game-like quality andgiving players both a stronger role-playing experience and a greaterproblem-solving challenge.

To learn more about Sector 33, visit https://www.nasa.gov/Sector33.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in theU.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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New Space Science Educational MaterialsAvailable at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroomactivities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that areavailable for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade leveland subject. The following space science-related items are now available fordownloading.

Comet Mystery Boxes — Grades K-8


Introduce students to the physical characteristics of comets by using a tactilelearning experience. Using only their hands, students reach into a series ofboxes and feel the variety of materials and structures within. Each boxcontains an object that represents a quality of comets.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Comet_Mystery_Boxes.html

A Dusty Dilemma — Grades 8-10

In this lesson, students learn the concepts of averages, standard deviationfrom the mean, and error analysis. Students explore the concept of standarddeviation from the mean before using data from the Student Dust Counter, aninstrument aboard the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto. This data is used todetermine the issues associated with taking data, including error and noise.Questions are deliberately open-ended to encourage exploration.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Dusty_Dilemma.html

Signals and Noise Ratio — Grades 6-8

Students are introduced to the terms “signal” and “noise” in the context of spacecraftcommunication. This hands-on activity includes an online interactive to explorethe Signal-to-Noise Ratio, a fundamental concept in spacecraft communication.The lesson’s pencil-and-paper component addresses relevant topics such asproportions and ratios.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Signals_and_Noise_Ratio.html

Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) Educational Kit– Grades 6-8

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is a spacecraft orbiting the moon. The primaryinstrument on LRO for analyzing the moon’s radiation environment is the CosmicRay Telescope for the Effects of Radiation, or CRaTER. This educator guideincludes lessons to introduce to students to cosmic rays and their effects onhumans.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/CRaTER.html

Earth Calling… Activity from New Horizons — Grades 6-8

Some spacecraft return to Earth with valuable data as part of their cargo, butall require some periodic remote communications as they travel. And for thosespacecraft that do not return to Earth, the communication system is the onlylink to the valuable data collected during its journey. In this activity,students simulate spacecraft radio communication concepts, including the speedof light and the time-delay for signals sent to and from spacecraft.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Earth_Calling.html

Star-forming Nebula NGC 3603 Lithograph and In Search of Stellar EvolutionEducation Activity — Grades 11-12

Some of the heftiest known stars in the universe reside in the nebula NGC 3603,a large gas cloud in the Milky Way galaxy. The image of the nebula is on thefirst page of the lithograph and background information is on the second page.The lithograph includes a Level One Inquiry activity entitled “In Search of … Stellar Evolution” in which studentsresearch how stars form.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Star-forming_Nebula.html

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a fulllist 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