NASA Education Express — Feb. 16, 2012

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

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

Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work — A Breath of Fresh Air Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 21, 2012

Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

Audience: Higher Education Educators Students

Deadline: Feb. 21, 2012

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

Audience: K-12 Educators and Students

Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math — Space Shuttle Ascent Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 22, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2012

Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures Web Seminar
Audience: 5-9 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb 23, 2012

2012 NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: March 5, 2012

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: March 15, 2012
Institute Dates: June 18-22, June 24-30, and July 8-14, 2012


International Space Station National Lab Education Project
Audience: Higher Education Community
Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov
Aspire 2 Inspire Flier — All Grades
The Inverse Square Law of Light Activity — Grades 5-12
Space Math VI — Grades 5-12
Electromagnetic Math — Grades 6-12
Space Weather Math– Grades 7-12
Transit Math — Grades 5-8
2010 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

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

In honor of National African American History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is hosting a webcast series titled Flying Through African-American History With the Tuskegee Airmen. The webcast series will focus on this elite group of African-American pilots who fought war and racism in World War II and the challenges faced by early African-American aviators. Check out the last event in the series.

Mathematics Fuels the Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EST
Over 900 men graduated as pilots from the Tuskegee Institute pilot training program. The elite class of airmen was granted the opportunity to fuel flight success with calculated risks.

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

Classes not chosen to participate in the live audience may still join the webcast 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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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 Feb. 21, 2011, at 8:15 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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Call for Papers: Solar System Exploration @ 50 Symposium

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful planetary mission, Mariner 2 sent to Venus, the NASA History Program Office and the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum invite papers for a conference relating to the history of planetary exploration. This historical symposium will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25-27, 2012.

Entitled “Solar System Exploration @ 50,” the purpose of this symposium is to consider what we have learned about the other bodies of the solar system and the process whereby we have learned it. This symposium seeks to pursue broader questions relating to the history of planetary exploration.

International scholars and graduate students seeking exposure to the history of the planetary sciences are particularly welcome. Proposals for papers should include a title and abstract, as well as the author’s curriculum vita. Please send all proposals, in the form of a 300-word abstract and a brief vita electronically to Dr. William P. Barry, NASA chief historian, at bill.barry@nasa.gov, and Dr. Roger D. Launius, senior curator in space history at the National Air and Space Museum, launiusr@si.edu.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 21, 2012.

For more information, visit
http://history.nasa.gov/Solar%20System%20Exploration%20@%2050%20Call%20for%20Papers.pdf.

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

In observance of National African American History Month and Engineers Week in February, the Office of Education at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland will host a live webcast for teachers and 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 who will share how they use science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, in their careers. Presenters will discuss what sparked their career choices and how students can prepare for future careers in STEM fields. The event will be streamed on the Digital Learning Network “DLiNfo” webcast channel, and during the event students can submit questions for the scientists to answer via an email address that will be provided by the on-air host.

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 what engineers do during the day. This is a great opportunity for educators and students to learn more about engineering careers at NASA.

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

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

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Linear Regression: Exploring Space Through Math — Space Shuttle Ascent 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 Feb 22, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Discover how you can use the Space Shuttle Ascent activity to construct a knowledge bridge for your students between the algebra concepts they learn in your classroom and space exploration.

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

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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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars

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

Applications are due Feb. 22, 2012.

For more information and to download the application, visit
http://wish.aerospacescholars.org/.

Questions should be directed to
JSC-NHAS@mail.nasa.gov.

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2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures 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 Feb. 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how to incorporate the excitement of rocketry into your classroom during this Web seminar and receive an overview of the student engineering design challenge, Spacecraft Structures, where students design and construct a strong, but lightweight, structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar14.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 Earth Ambassador Training Program

Informal educators are invited to apply to the Earth Ambassador Program, part of NASA Climate Day. An Earth Ambassador is someone who is committed to the support of a series of nationwide NASA Climate Day events hosted at his or her own institution using NASA Climate Day Kit. This kit contains educational and public outreach resources.

Selected ambassadors will take part in a two-week virtual training workshop June 4-15, 2012. To sustain the engagement of Earth Ambassadors, quarterly online webinars and monthly telecons will provide up-to-date information on Climate Day Kit resources and the latest scientific research. Ambassadors will be able to collaborate with each other, the proposers and the public through listservs, social media networks and online collaborative spaces.

Applications are due March 5, 2012.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://bit.ly/2012AO.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email Heather Weir at
heather.weir-1@nasa.gov.

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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-week summer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majors preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Three institutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surrounding areas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

College students from diverse backgrounds will be exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA’s cutting-edge research into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students.

Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year are invited to apply.

The application period closes on March 15, 2012. For more information, visit
http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/psti/index.htm.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Sharon Griffin at
sharon.v.griffin@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station National Lab Education Project

The ISS National Lab Education Project, or ISS NLEP, has released a solicitation for proposals of STEM-related educational experiments that utilize the unique ISS microgravity platform.

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas of opportunities are available. These areas include general facility simulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areas that are already developed and ready for advancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through Grants.gov.

To access through NSPIRES, go to:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={8626F554-923E-4797-DEE7-89CF3988FEE3}&path=open.

To access through Grants.gov, go to:
http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=VHPgP97WbRJXqyL263ptQLXJL1CmsyGXh2y27YMLhBHGN7PDb56Y!-213555334?oppId=143253&mode=VIEW.

Here’s a chance to make your ideas a part of NASA’s mission!


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New Educational Materials Available at NASA.gov

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

Aspire 2 Inspire Flier — All Grades


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics have long been perceived as being male-dominated areas. This flier describes a film that shows how women at NASA have made important and significant impacts in STEM fields. The flier also includes instructions for following the women on Twitter and watching the film on NASA.gov. A list of online resources provides access to information about NASA and community organizations.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Aspire_2_Inspire_Flier.html


The Inverse Square Law of Light Activity — Grades 5-12

Students measure the relationship between distance and brightness of light. Once students discover the relationship, they can begin to understand how astronomers use this knowledge to determine the distances to stars and far away galaxies.

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


Space Math VI — Grades 5-12

The problems in this booklet investigate science phenomena and mathematics applications such as molecules, the Keeling Curve, solar irradiance, fractions, percentages, solving for x, geometry and trigonometry. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.

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


Electromagnetic Math — Grades 6-12

Electromagnetic Math is designed to supplement teaching about electromagnetism. Students explore the simple mathematics behind light and other forms of electromagnetic energy including the properties of waves, wavelength, frequency, the Doppler shift, and the various ways that astronomers image the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum to learn more about the properties of matter and its movement. This collection of 84 problems provides a variety of practical application in mathematics and science concepts including proportions, analyzing graphs, evaluating functions, the inverse-square law, parts of a wave, types of radiation, and energy. Each one-page assignment includes background information. One-page answer keys accompany the assignments.

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


Space Weather Math — Grades 7-12

Students explore the way in which the sun interacts with Earth to produce space weather and the ways in which astronomers study solar storms to predict when adverse conditions may pose a hazard for satellites and human operation in space. Space Weather Math supplements the Space Weather Action Center site as students track a solar storm from the sun until it impacts our Earth’s magnetosphere. The variety of concepts in this 96-problem collection includes concepts such as sunspot cycles, solar flares, coronal mass ejections, graph analysis, unit conversions, linear equations and probability. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.

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


Transit Math — Grades 5-8

Although planets, stars and other celestial bodies move through space in complicated ways, space is so vast that rarely do such bodies collide. However, when someone watches these movements from a distant vantage point, it sometimes looks as though collisions occur because of the perspective. The introduction of Transit Math clearly explains the apparent “collisions,” eclipses, transits and occultations to middle school students. The variety of concepts in this 44-problem collection includes synodic periods, planetary conjunctions, geometry, fractions, linear equations and probability. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern science and engineering issues, often involving actual research data. Each word problem includes background information. The one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers answer keys.

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


2010 NASA Education Highlights — All Educators

NASA is taking a leading role in the effort to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations. NASA continues to pursue three major education goals: strengthening NASA’s and the nation’s future workforce, attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines, and engaging Americans in NASA’s mission. Read the highlights of NASA’s education strategy in pursuance of these goals. From collaborations with the LEGO Group and with Mary J Blige, to the launch of NASA’s Summer of Innovation in support of President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign for excellence in STEM education, 2010 was a year of putting innovation into action for NASA Education.

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/2010_NASA_Education_Highlights.html

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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