NASA Education Express — Feb. 9, 2012

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

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 12-21, 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

Properties of Living Things:Fingerprints of Life Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 14, 2012

LinearEquations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking BarriersWeb Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 15, 2012

4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Women In STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012

Temperature and Earth Climate: ModelingHot and Cold Planets Web Seminar
Audience: 7-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 16, 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

Call for Abstracts: 63rd International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012

“A Vision of Discovery”: Understanding NASA Images through ArtEducator Workshop
Audience: All Educators
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2012
Event Date: March 10, 2012

Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovation and Aerospace
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 8, 2012

Pennsylvania Space Grant Workshops
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August 2012
Application Deadline: March 18, 2012

Astronaut Don Pettit Demonstrates Science Concepts in “Science off theSphere” Video Series
Audience: All Educators and Students

New Human Spaceflight Educational Materials Available at
Build the Station Simulation:Educator Guide — Grades 5-8
Play and Learn: Window to Earth– Grades K-4
Spaced Out Sports Educator Guide — Grades 5-8
“Food for Thought: Eating in Space” Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Mass Versus Weight Educator Guide –Grades 5-8
The Texas School for the Deaf Downlink Videos — Grades K-12


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 the appearanceof a constellation (Orion or Leo in the northern hemisphere, and Orion and Cruxin the southern hemisphere) with seven star charts of progressively fainterstars. The map is located at then submit their choice of star chart online with their date,time and location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

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 115 countriesover 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 smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put inautomatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there areuser-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude andlongitude.

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 adifference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets,one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Webcast Series– Flying Through African-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.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to


Propertiesof Living Things: Fingerprints of Life 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. 14, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EST. The student activity featured in this seminar will introducegrades 5-8 students to the exciting world of astrobiology. The seminar willreview criteria for determining if something is alive — or not alive — andapply those criteria to determine if anything is living in any of threedifferent soil samples. This type of analysis is similar to what the Vikinglanders used on Mars when looking for life.

For more information and toregister online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


Linear Equations: NASA CONNECT — Breaking Barriers Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, NASAExplorer Schools and NASA’s Learning Environmentsand Research Network, or LE&RN, projects arehosting a 60-minute Web seminar on Feb.15, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. During this professional developmentsession, participants will receive information about the applications of linearequations at NASA and learn how to implement the Breaking Barriers activity.Breaking Barriers provides students an opportunity to step into the shoes of aNASA engineer to design, build and test an X-1 balloon.

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


4th Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series

Join NASA for a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,workshop series taking place Feb. 28 -March 1, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. This conference is for inservice,informal and preservice teachers who serve the K-12 education community. Theworkshops will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learningactivities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons and hands-onprojects.

Sarah Hill, Chris Darby and Charlotte Isham of the United Kingdom’s NationalSpace Centre and Simon Roberts of the University of Nottingham will present avirtual session titled “BeamingSpace Education Across the World.” Participants will explore newways to increase students’ understanding of moon phases, the Earth-moon-sunrelationship, the seasons and the role of space technology in monitoring andmanaging the impacts of climate change.

Registration is free. The deadline for registration is Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

If you have any questions about the workshops, please contact Brandon Hargis


Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

Engineer your dream job. The Women in STEM HighSchool Aerospace Scholars project offers a one-of-a-kind experience for femalehigh school juniors to jump-start their futures and explore the possibilitiesof a major or career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.Participants begin their adventure in an online community. The projectculminates with a summer experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston,Texas. Collaborate with girls from across the country and female NASA engineersand interns.

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012.

For more information and to download theapplication, visit

Questions should be directed to


Temperatureand Earth Climate: Modeling Hot and Cold Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project is hosting a 90-minute Web seminaron Feb. 16, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Use NASA mission data collected from NASA satellites to seehow a planet’s climate is determined. Attend this session and discover how youcan incorporate authentic NASA data into your classroom to provide a real-worldconnection for your students.

For more information and toregister online, visit

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity 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 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. To view the videos, visit

For more information on these events and how toparticipate, please visit the DLiNfo webcast section at the Digital LearningNetwork site,

Questions about these opportunities should bedirected to Trena Ferrell at


Call for Abstracts: 63rd InternationalAstronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 63rd InternationalAstronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time graduate studentsattending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this call for abstracts. TheIAC, which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, theInternational Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of SpaceLaw, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an averageof 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Oct. 1-5,2012, in Naples, Italy. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effortto continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and space internationalcommunity.

This call for abstracts is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a finalpaper, which may be presented at the 63rd IAC. Student authors are invited tosubmit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not beensubmitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel of scientistsand/or officials will select abstracts. Many students and professors areinvolved in NASA-related research. Persons submitting abstracts are stronglyencouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA researchand/or from NASA scientists and engineers.

Abstract Preparation
— Abstracts must be 400 words or less.
— Abstracts must be written in English.
— Abstracts cannot include formulas, tables or drawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which you wish to post your abstract.Please view the IAC brochure at for list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration andfit into one of the following categories:
Science and ExplorationSystemssustaining missions including life, microgravity, space exploration, spacedebris and search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI.
Applications and Operations Ongoing and future operational applications, including Earthobservation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and smallsatellites.
Technology Commontechnologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power andpropulsion.
Infrastructures — Systems sustaining space missions including spacesystems, transportation, future systems and safety.
Space and Society –Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics,history and law.

Abstracts must be submitted to theIAC’s website by Feb. 29, 2012 andto no later than 11:59:59p.m. EST on March 4, 2012.

Questions about this opportunity should be emailed to


“A Vision of Discovery”: UnderstandingNASA Images through Art Educator Workshop

Join NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers Programs for educator workshops takingplace in four locations on March 10, 2012. Experience real-world science and bring captivating activities to yourstudents. Participants will learn how to use the elements of art to inspireand engage students in the interpretation and understanding of NASA imagerybased on fantastic new images ofMercury from the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging,or MESSENGER, mission and of asteroid Vesta from the Dawn mission.

“A Vision of Discovery” workshops will take place on March 10, 2012, in fourlocations:
— NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
— NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
— Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Ore.
— Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

Events at all four sites will includespecial speakers, hands-on activities with break-out sessions for K-12 andout-of-school-time educators, and resource packets full of educationalresources and goodies.

NASA is offering a free webinar option of the workshop for those unable toattend in person. The webinar will allow interested parties to watch thespeaker presentations in real time. These presentations will be the onlyportion of the workshop available by webinar.

Participants must register by March 1,2012. The cost to attend the workshop is $25. Lunch and snacks will beprovided.

For more information, including times for each site, visit

Please direct questions about “A Vision of Discovery” workshops toWhitney Cobb at, 303-632-5572.


Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovationand Aerospace

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA and George Washington University arehosting a daylong event to foster discussion among students and early careerprofessionals on encouraging women to enter and succeed in the field ofaerospace. The event will take place at George Washington University inWashington, D.C., on March 8, 2012.

A panel discussion led by NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver will kick offthe event and breakout sessions will follow. Session topics include humanexploration, flash mentoring, student ambassadors and jobs enabling NASAscience.

For more information and to register for the event, visit


PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroomactivities and explore ways to make science fun while working with Penn Statefaculty during these summer workshops for inservice science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators. Network with peers and earngraduate credits. Workshops are aligned with the national science education standardsand Pennsylvania standards for science and technology.

All workshops take place in State College, Pa. Grants are awarded to allparticipants to cover lodging, parking, some meals and partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March18, 2012.

Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Searchfor Life in the Cosmos (Grades 5-9) — July 23-27, 2012
Learn about current research in the field of astrobiology and how thisexciting topic can be used to engage students in scientific inquiry.Participants will receive NASA educational materials related to the topics and activitiespresented.

Hands-On Particle Astrophysics(Grades 9-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Participants will get a brief overview of modernparticle physics and explore various astrophysics topics. Instructors will helpparticipants build and use devices made from household materials to detect airshowers generated by cosmic-ray protons.

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction(Grades 6-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Delve into the predicted properties of black holes, the astronomicalevidence for their existence and their importance in the cosmos. Modern ideasabout gravity, space and time will also be explored.

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grant workshops should be directed toHeather Nelson at


Astronaut Don Pettit Demonstrates ScienceConcepts in “Science off the Sphere” Video Series

NASA and the American Physical Society, or APS, have entered into a partnershipto share unique videos from the International Space Station with students,educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit will useeveryday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through the “Scienceoff the Sphere” video series.

Space fans know Pettit well from his previous stays in space when he performedscience demonstrations like the “Zero G Coffee Cup.” Pettit,currently on the orbiting outpost as a member of the Expedition 30 crew, iscontinuing these demonstrations. This time he has added a physics challenge forthe viewers.

APS, the professional society for physicists, will share the “Science offthe Sphere” videos with students, educators and science fans by makingthem available on its outreach website, Physics Central. The website also willfeature educational content on the physics topics demonstrated in space byPettit and facilitate the challenge. APS will host the physics-orientedchallenges to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering andmathematics.

Segments of “Science off the Sphere” will end with a question for theviewers. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit willrecognize the winner in a future installment.

For more information and to view the science demonstrations, visit


New Human Spaceflight Educational MaterialsAvailable at

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.

Build the Station Simulation: Educator Guide — Grades K-8

Just as five space agencies cooperated to build the International SpaceStation, students can work together to build a paper model of the world’slargest orbiting laboratory. Teams take on the roles of international partnersas they learn about and assemble portions of the model. During a mock summit,each team briefs the group about their section of the model. The teams thenassemble the entire model to complete the space station. The guide includesstudent sheets, parts of the model, instructions for holding a summit, andfacts about the station.

Play and Learn: Window to Earth — Grades K-4

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.

Spaced Out Sports Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Students learn the science of sports with the activities in this educatorguide. The activities are applications of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Among the guide’s six activities students will do the following:
— Construct a CD hovercraft and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to makehovercraft work.
— Use gravity to locate the center of mass of irregular-shaped objects.
— Investigate the principle of conserving angular momentum.
— Create and play simulated microgravity sports with a balloon.

“Food for Thought: Eating in Space” Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Among the thousands of questions that need to be answered before astronautstravel to distant planets and asteroids is the question: How much food willthey need and what foods can they take? Food for Thought includes five lessonplans that relate to food and nutrition and that are aligned to nationaleducation standards.

Mass Versus Weight Educator Guide — Grades 5-8

Students often confuse the terms “mass” and “weight.” Eachactivity in this series demonstrates the difference between mass and weight bycomparing students’ results with the results of astronauts aboard the spacestation. Students perform the activities and analyze their data. Then theywatch video of astronauts performing similar demonstrations on the station. Theactivities focus on Newton’s second law of motion.

The Texas School for the Deaf Downlink Videos — Grades K-12

While aboard the International Space Station in 2010, astronaut Tracy CaldwellDyson used American Sign Language, or ASL, to answer a variety of videoinquiries submitted by students from the Texas School for the Deaf, or TSD. Sherecorded almost an hour of video footage showing an inside view of the stationin response to the students’ questions about life in space. NASA sent the videofootage to TSD, and students in Bobbie Guerra’s video technology class (ZealousStudio) used this footage to create a series of video clips.


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