NASA Education Express — March 29, 2012

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

New Space Station Page for Educators and Students
Audience: Grades K-12

NASA at the 2012 NSTAConference
Audience: All Educators
Conference Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates for April 2012

Pythagorean Theorem: ExploringSpace Through Math — Lunar Rover Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 2, 2012

Virtual Professional Development:Exploring NASA
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Sessions on April 2 and April 5, 2012

Electromagnetic Spectrum: Remote SensingIces on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 8-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 3, 2012

Live Video Chat: One Giant Chargefor a Robot
Audience: Grades 8-12
Event Date: April 4, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT

Properties ofLiving Things: Searching for Life on Mars Web Seminar
Audience: 4-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 5, 2012

Airborne Research Experiences forEducators and Students Academy
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012

Educator Workshop: Greenhouse Gases and Their Roles on Earth
Audience: Grade 6-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: April 17, 2012
Event Date: April 21, 2012

Free Lecture — John Glenn:Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviator and Navy Test Pilot — Attendin Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: May 24, 2012


Free Lecture — NASA’s Legacy andFuture: Personal Reflections of a Space Flyer — Attend in Person or ViewOnline
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27, 2012

2012Humans in Space Youth Art Competition
Audience: K-12 Students
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2012

New Brochure Available Online: International Space Station Benefits forHumanity
Audience: All Educators andStudents

Updated Rockets Guide Available Online
Audience: K-12 Educators

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New Space Station Page for Educators and Students

NASA Education is launching a new Web page for students and educators about theInternational Space Station.

Teach Station is the platform for space-station-focused education resources,science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates, andup-to-the minute education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities toconnect with the expedition crew members and other NASA educationopportunities.

Take a moment to visit the page “A Teacher in Space” and meet Joe Acaba. Readabout his experience as an astronaut and his transition from a classroomteacher to the astronaut corps. Acaba’s next assignment is flight engineer forExpedition 31. He will join the crew on the International Space Station in May2012.

Visit the new Web page at www.nasa.gov/education/teachstation.

Download a Teach Station bookmark at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/Teach_Station_Bookmark.html.

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NASA at the 2012 NSTA Conference

Make NASA a part of your National ScienceTeachers Association, or NSTA, experience this year! The 2012 NSTA’s nationalconference is being held March29 – April 1, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. Dozens of NASApresentations, workshops and short courses are scheduled during the conference.To find NASA sessions that fit in your schedule, visit http://bit.ly/nsta2012.

Also, stop by the NASA exhibit booth (#2159) tolearn about exciting new NASA programs and products.

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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the 2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Fri., March 30, from 11 a.m. -noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Sat., March 31,from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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FreeEducation Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through June 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn aboutactivities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into yourclassroom.

NASA Literature and Science (GradesK-5)
April 2, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literatureto enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Moraleswill review The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific methodand remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
April 2, 2012, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simple activities andresources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels. Topics andresources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity.Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Mass Versus Weight: A Heavy-Duty Concept (Grades 5-8)
April 3, 2012, 3 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will discuss mass and weightand how these words that have a big difference in meaning often get usedincorrectly by students. This workshop will explore these terms using inquiryactivities and NASA resources, including a NASA video filmed on theInternational Space Station.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades 5-12)
April 5, 2012, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate simpleactivities and resources for teaching physics at middle- and high-school levels.Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, lightand gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategies will be discussed.

Color Spinners: Understanding Light andColor (Grades 4-8)
April 6, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Christina Comer will explain light and colorby constructing color spinners and observing the effects of rapid movementusing colors. This webinar will be a fun introduction illustrating howdifferent colors can be made and then changed.

NASA and Education Resource Access (Grades K-12)
April 11, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sonya Williams will explain NASA’s missiondirectorates and their purposes. Learn about K-12 educational materials createdby each of the directorates and how educators can access these materials freeof charge. Learn about citizen science opportunities, student design challengesand many other NASA resources that educators can incorporate into theirclassrooms.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (GradesK-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargis will provide an overview ofthe Messenger mission to the planet Mercury and will share lessons andactivities connected with the mission. Participants will learn where to findonline resources to bring the excitement of exploring Mercury into theclassroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes and create a labeledillustration of lava layering.

Start a Space Garden (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill will share how to start a schoolgarden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Space project and the Canadian SpaceAgency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10 years, Tomatosphere has evolvedinto a regular component of the curriculum for more than 13,700 classrooms inCanada and the United States. At the end of the workshop, a NASA space seedssurprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animalsas props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. Theprogram is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning thetopic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resourceswill be provided.

NASA Literature and Science (GradesK-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Morales will share an array of NASA literatureto enrich students’ vocabulary and scientific skills. During this session Moraleswill review The Air we Breathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon. Participants will practice the scientific methodand remote sensing in both the city and in the wild.

For more information about the webinars listed above, and to see a full list ofwebinars taking place through May 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to GwendolynWheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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PythagoreanTheorem: Exploring Space Through Math — Lunar Rover WebSeminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the Learning Environments and Research Network, orLE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Webseminar for educators on April 2, 2012,at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and the Pythagoreantheorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover toperform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participants should have a basicknowledge of scale factor and application of the Pythagorean theorem. Havingaccess to a calculator is helpful but not necessary for session.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-pythagorean-theorem/.

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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VirtualProfessional Development: Exploring NASA

Science,technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are the foundation forstudying clouds and seasons. Explore clouds and alleviate the misconception ofseasons. Learn how NASA researchers study the sun’senergy and how it effects Earth. Check out these virtual professionaldevelopment sessions to help you tilt students toward STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professionaldevelopment activity units applicable toward license renewal, register andcomplete the two workshops in the series and the post activity to accumulate fiveworkshop hours.

The session dates of this workshop series are April 2, 2012 and April 5,2012.

Get registered to learn more https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/virginia-virtual-professional-development-form/.

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

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ElectromagneticSpectrum: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars 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 April3, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use authentic NASA mission data toinvestigate the composition and distribution of ices in the high latituderegions of Mars through analysis of visible light, infrared light and gammarays. The seminar includes information about a unique student extensionactivity, where students access a free computer simulation illustrating howgamma rays are used to determine the chemical composition of Mars.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar1.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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Live Video Chat: One Giant Charge for a Robot

The NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, project presents a live video chat with NASArobotics engineer Sandeep Yayathi. Sandeep Yayathi works on Robonaut, adexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center inHouston. On April 4, 2012, Yayathiwill answer student questions about his work with Robonaut, his career path andwhat the future holds for robotics. Robonaut 2, or R2, launched to theInternational Space Station on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133mission. It is the first dexterous humanoid robot in space and the first U.S.-builtrobot at the space station.

Yayathi is developing a new power system including a battery backpack to allowRobonaut 2 to move about freely without having to be plugged into the spacestation’s power grid. Eventually, the new power system will allow an upgradedversion of the robot to work outside the station.

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.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/robonaut-chat.html.

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

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Properties of Living Things: Searching for Life on Mars 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 for educators on April 5, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Review criteria for determining ifsomething is alive and learn how students can apply the criteria in a hands-onactivity. A video will be shown that connects the activity to a NASA mission. Collaboratewith other participants about ways of using and adapting the activity.Extension activities for students interested in the topic will be provided.

For more informationand to register online, visit URL http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar7.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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AirborneResearch Experiences for Educators and Students Academy

The NASA Airborne Research Experiences forEducators and Students, or AREES, program is recruiting science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators of students in grades 5-12 toparticipate in a two-week residential Academy in Palmdale, Calif. The Academywill be offered June 18-29, 2012. The dynamic trainingprogram provides research-based experiences for educators using NASA’s uniqueflight platforms. Participants will engage as science practitioners by becominginvolved in a NASA earth science mission.

The workshop is designed to combine research-based opportunities for educatorswith NASA content-based curriculum and student-focused design challenges in aprogram that focuses on three education goals:
1.  Engage participants in NASA’s unique,airborne research-based missions.
2.  Increase educators’ core scientificand research knowledge bases.
3.  Develop NASA’s airborneresearch-based curriculum and student activities.

Experiences will include technical content instruction by scientists andengineers, hands-on learning of airborne data collection methods andoperations, and a field site investigation to collect ground truth data fromthe Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, Calif., for comparison to data collectedfrom NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude airborne science aircraft. Further, participantsmay attend pedagogic workshops in problem-based learning, engineering design,inquiry-based instruction and integration of technology and data-focusedcurricula into the classroom. Experiences will be translated into classroompractice through the development of STEM action plans utilizing NASA thematic,curriculum modules based on the foundation that AREES provides and in contextwith on-going research.

Applications are due April 16, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.aeroi.org. Questions about thisopportunity should be directed to Shaun Smith at shaun.smith@nasa.gov.

The AREES program is sponsored by NASA’s Teaching from Space project, NASA’sDryden Flight Research Center and NASA’s Airborne Science Program, andadministered through a partnership with the Aerospace, Education, Research andOperations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., the U.S. Geological Survey’s NationalWetlands Research and CNL World in Nebraska.

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Educator Workshop: Greenhouse Gases and TheirRoles on Earth

Greenhouse gases are both naturally occurring and man-made gases that trap heatin Earth’s atmosphere and play a vital role in maintaining a habitable climate.However, human activity is quickly increasing the concentration of these gaseson Earth and causing concern about the future of our planet.

On April 21, 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena,Calif., will host an educator workshop that will examine the role ofgreenhouse gases in our complex global system, and explore the ways that mediadeliver science content and discusses climate change. The workshop is open toformal and informal educators teaching grades 6 through 12. Attendees will takepart in a group discussion, science presentations and a hands-onactivity/discussion on the media’s portrayal of science and climate change.Teachers will receive a certificate for continuing education hours.

Registration for this workshop closes on April17, 2012. A $30 registration fee includes continental breakfast, beverages,snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and to registeronline, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=318.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Mary K. Kuehn at Mary.K.Kuehn@jpl.nasa.gov.

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FreeLecture — John Glenn: Earning the Right Stuff as a Decorated Marine Aviatorand Navy Test Pilot — Attend in Person or View Online

How did John Glenn get “the right stuff?” Beforehe was an astronaut, John Glenn earned six Distinguished Flying Crosses as a UnitedStates Marine Corps aviator in World War II and the Korean conflict, and alsoflew as a naval test pilot.

On May 24, 2012, National Air andSpace Museum Director Jack Dailey will join Glenn for a discussion of hiscareer-defining moments. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air andSpace Museum in Washington, D.C. Admission is free, but tickets are requiredand will be distributed via a drawing. For those unable to attend in person, thelecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://www.airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3734.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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FreeLecture — NASA’s Legacy and Future: Personal Reflections of a Space Flyer — Attendin Person or View Online

On June27, 2012, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. will be the speaker for the2012 John H. Glenn Lecture. Administrator Bolden will reflect on his career asa Marine aviator, a space shuttle pilot and commander and his leadership ofAmerica’s space agency. His insights will provide a timely window into his ownexperiences and the future of space exploration.

The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum inWashington, D.C. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For those unableto attend in person, the lecture will be webcast live.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3735.

Questions about this lecture should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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2012 Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

The international 2012 Humans in Space Youth ArtCompetition invites students ages 10-18 to express their ideas about the futureof human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art.

Artwork submissions will be judged on creativity, skill and demonstration ofmeaning relevant to expressing “How will humans use science and technology toexplore space, and what mysteries will we uncover?”

Winning art will be showcased at displays and multimedia performances worldwidefrom 2013 to 2014, as well as in an online gallery. Submissions must bereceived by Oct. 21, 2012.

For additional information and a complete list of guidelines, visit www.humansinspaceart.org.

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to Jancy McPhee at jancy.c.mcphee@nasa.gov.

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New Brochure Available Online: InternationalSpace Station Benefits for Humanity

The International Space Station enables researchers from all over the world toperform innovative experiments that could not be done anywhere else. Thisunique laboratory environment produces advancements in science and technologythat benefit everyday life on Earth. Download this brochure to learn more aboutthese innovations and share them with your students

The International Space Station Benefits for Humanity brochure is a collectionof in-depth descriptions about benefits from research on the space station. Thebenefits outlined serve as examples of the space station’s potential as agroundbreaking scientific research facility.

This collection was developed collaboratively by the members of the CanadianSpace Agency, European Space Agency, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NASAand the Russian Federal Space Agency.

To view the brochure, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/ISS_Benefit_for_Humanity.html.

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s website 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. For more NASA-related education resources, visit http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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Updated Rockets Guide Available Online

Few classroom topics generate as much excitementas rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematicalfoundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentichands-on, minds-on experimentation. The activities and lesson plans containedin this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collectionand interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also containsbackground information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science.The rocket activities in this guide support national curriculum standards forscience, mathematics and technology.

The guide contains new and updated lessons and activities from the originalRockets Educator Guide.

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

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

NASA Education Express — March 22, 2012

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

Virtual Professional Development: Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Session begins on March 26, 2012

NASA’s Digital LearningNetwork Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman”Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 28, 2012

Educator Resource Showcase Webcast — NASAEducators Online Network
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: March 28, 2012

Zero Robotics AutonomousSpace Capture Challenge
Audience: Anyone 13 years or older who meets eligibility requirements
Contest Begins: March 28, 2012
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2012

Mathematical Models: Black Holes WebSeminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 29, 2012

NASA at the 2012 NSTA Conference
Audience: All Educators
Conference Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Electronic Professional DevelopmentNetwork Courses
Audience: K-12 Educators
Technology Integration — Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom: May 30- July 3, 2012
Technology Integration — Vodcasts:July 11 – Aug. 14, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project
Audience: 5-12 Educators

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Virtual Professional Development: Rockets toRacecars

Science, technology, engineering and mathematicsare the foundation for a successful career in racing, as well as NASA! Likedriving a racecar or launching a rocket, mastering these subjects takes somepractice. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into yourclassroom. Take a pit stop to learn about the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials and register for free professional development. Learn howto get students “revved up” about STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professionaldevelopment activity units applicable toward license renewal, register andcomplete the four workshops in the series to accumulate five workshop hours.

This workshop series begins on March 26, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/628503main_R2R%20Teacher%20PD%20.pdf.

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Karen Ricks at Karen.Ricks@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’sDigital Learning Network is pleased to invite you and your students to take alook into the intriguing world of science, technology, engineering andmathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEMThrough the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” will feature a female NASASTEM professional, along with a high school senior from NASA’s Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace project, also known as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Easternduring the month of March.

For more information and to watch the webcastsonline, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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EducatorResource Showcase Webcast — NASA Educators Online Network

Join presenter John Weis from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center inHuntsville, Ala., for an hourlong free webcast on March 28, 2012, at 3 p.m. EDT. This webcast will provide anoverview of the NASA Educators Online Network, or NEON, learning community. Learnhow this worldwide community of educators, scientists and engineers can provideyou with support, training and resources. This session will emphasize the stepsto join and how to make the community work for you.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html.

To learn more about NEON, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/NEON.html.

If you have any questions about the webcast, please email them to Renee Eliasat RElias@lcjvs.net .

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Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research ProjectsAgency, or DARPA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT’s SpaceSystems Laboratory are offering the opportunity to design experiments that willbe tested in space aboard the International Space Station.

The Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge is a programmingtournament that uses bowling ball-sized spherical satellites aboard theInternational Space Station. These Synchronized Position Hold, Engage,Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, are used inside the spacestation to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous anddocking.

This challenge opens the SPHERES satellite research platform to the generalpublic for the first time. The goal of the tournament is to write a computer programto control a satellite to dock with a space object that may be tumbling throughspace. The best algorithm submissions from simulation competitions will betested in microgravity on real SPHERES satellites aboard the InternationalSpace Station.

The Zero Robotics Autonomous Space CaptureChallenge is open to anyone 13 years of age or older who meets eligibilityrequirements. Participants may work individually or in teams of up to 50members to write their own algorithms to fly the satellites in the station.

The contest runs March 28 – April 25,2012. Registration is now open and teams must join the competition by April20, 2012. For more information, visit http://www.zerorobotics.org/web/zero-robotics/tournament-details?tournamentId=6.

The Zero Robotics project, a component of theISS National Laboratory Education Project, or NLEP, is facilitated by MIT,TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences, continues the science, technology,engineering and mathematics, or STEM, focus of the SPHERES facility. The ZeroRobotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge expands on a pilot programperformed in 2009, 2010 and 2011. By making the benefits and resources of thespace program tangible to high school and college students, Zero Robotics isdesigned to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students will have theopportunity to push their limits and develop skills in STEM. This programbuilds critical engineering skills, such as problem solving, design thoughtprocess, operations training, team work and presentation skills.

MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory startedoperations of SPHERES in 2006 to provide DARPA, NASA and other researchers witha long-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation offuture satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers. Thesatellites provide opportunities to test a wide range of hardware and softwareat an affordable cost.

For additional information about NASA and MIT’sZero Robotics program, visit www.zerorobotics.org.

For additional information about DARPA, visit http://www.darpa.mil.

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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MathematicalModels: Black Holes Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on March29, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Misconceptions about black holes will beaddressed, as participants learn background information about the structure andbehavior of one of the universe’s most mysterious and spectacular bodies. Learnhow to derive the equations used in the Black Hole Math problem set forstudents to better understand the physics of black holes.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-mathematical-models/.

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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NASAat the 2012 NSTA Conference

Make NASA a part of your National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA,experience this year! The 2012 NSTA’s national conference is being held March 29 – April 1, 2012, in Indianapolis,Ind. Dozens of NASA presentations, workshops and short courses are scheduledduring the conference. To find NASA sessions that fit in your schedule, visit
http://bit.ly/nsta2012.

Also, stop by the NASA exhibit booth (#2159) to learnabout exciting new NASA programs and products.

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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Fri., March 30, from 11 a.m. -noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Sat., March 31,from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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ElectronicProfessional Development Network Courses

NASA’s Learning Environments and Research Network and the Georgia Institute ofTechnology have teamed up to create the electronic professional developmentnetwork, or e-PDN, an initiative dedicated to preparing K-12 teachers to engagetheir students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources.

If you are looking for a way to enhance your instructional skills, meet yourprofessional development goals or find new and exciting resources to use inyour learning environments, apply to one of our free courses today!

Applications are now open for the following courses:

Technology Integration — Engage and Educate: Podcasts in the Classroom May 30-July 3, 2012
Participantswill examine how podcasts can be integrated into the STEM classroom. In thiscourse, the benefits, as well as obstacles, of podcasts will be discussed andyou will be introduced to the tools and techniques of creating podcasts. Youwill finish by creating your own podcasts using NASA resources. This course isaimed at beginners who have little or no experience with podcasts.

Technology Integration — Vodcasts July 11- Aug. 14, 2012
Participantswill use various audio and video editing software tools to create videopodcasts, or vodcasts. Each participant will begin by creating an enhancedpodcast and build up to a vodcast through the creation of video and audiofiles. During the course, you will examine and use many of the NASA publicdomain resources for infusing STEM concepts into your projects.

To learn more about these free courses and toapply online, visit http://nasaepdn.gatech.edu/course_schedules.php.

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers,visit www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu.

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at kristen.anderson@dlpe.gatech.edu.

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MarsStudent Imaging Project

The Mars Student Imaging Project isseeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experientialopportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students willhave the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars datato answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand newimage of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. This is anopportunity to do authentic research, build science, technology, engineeringand mathematics, or STEM, experiences, and possibly make a new discovery onMars!

For more information about the project and to apply online, visit http://marsed.mars.asu.edu/msip-home.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jessica Swann at jlswann@asu.edu or Anthony Zippay at jzippay@asu.edu.

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


NASA Education Express — March 15, 2012

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March2012

Pennsylvania Space GrantWorkshops
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July – August2012
Application Deadline: March 18, 2012

Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 19, 2012

Virtual Professional Development:Rockets to Racecars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Sessions begin on March 21 and March 26, 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of aWoman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. EasternDuring March 2012

Heat, Temperature and Energy:MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 21, 2012

Live Video Chat: In Celebrationof National Women’s History Month
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: March 22, 2012, 2-3 p.m. EDT

Percentageand Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 22, 2012

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — Big Bang for the Buck: Cosmology from WMAP
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: March 22, 2012

International SpaceStation National Lab Education Project
Audience: Higher Education Community

Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2012

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

2013eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Due Date: May 2, 2012

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop:Mars Revealed
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Pre-service Teachers
Workshop Dates: July 9-13, 2012

Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA)Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities forNASA 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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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’sDigital Learning Network is pleased to invite you and your students to takepart in a special event series titled “Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will be in theDigital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusing on howwomen in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields contribute toNASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with the experts in thestudio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from all over the world towatch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questions via email.

The schedule of events through March 2012includes:

March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and theJet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March19: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the Jet PropulsionLaboratory in California
March22: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., andthe Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March30: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, andNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

For more information and to watch the webcastsonline, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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PennsylvaniaSpace Grant Workshops

Keep pace with the latest science research,engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways to make sciencefun while working with Penn State faculty during these summer workshops forinservice science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educators.Network with peers and earn graduate credits. Workshops are aligned with thenational science education standards and Pennsylvania standards for science andtechnology.

All workshops take place in State College, Pa.Grants are awarded to all participants to cover lodging, parking, some mealsand partial tuition.

Applications for all workshops are due March 18, 2012.

Astrobiology: The Interdisciplinary Search forLife in the Cosmos (Grades 5-9) — July 23-27, 2012
Learn about current research in the field ofastrobiology and how this exciting topic can be used to engage students inscientific inquiry. Participants will receive NASA educational materialsrelated to the topics and activities presented.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/astrobiology.html

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.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/particle_astrophysics.html

Black Holes: Gravity’s Fatal Attraction (Grades6-12) — July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012
Delve into the predicted properties of blackholes, the astronomical evidence for their existence and their importance inthe cosmos. Modern ideas about gravity, space and time will also be explored.
http://teachscience.psu.edu/workshops/black_holes.html

Questions about the Pennsylvania Space Grantworkshops should be directed to Heather Nelson at teachscience@psu.edu.

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Newton’sLaws of Motion: Lunar Nautics 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 Web seminar on March 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This Web seminar features threelessons for grades 5-8, focusing on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Lawsof Motion and addresses common misconceptions associated with the laws. Thefeatured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: SwingingTray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar20.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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VirtualProfessional Development: Rockets to Racecars

Science, technology, engineering and mathematicsare the foundation for a successful career in racing, as well as NASA! Likedriving a racecar or launching a rocket, mastering these subjects takes somepractice. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into yourclassroom. Take a pit stop to learn about the “Rockets 2 Racecars”educational materials and register for free professional development. Learn howto get students “revved up” about STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professionaldevelopment activity units applicable toward license renewal, register andcomplete the four workshops in the series to accumulate five workshop hours.

Two sessions of this workshop series are available. Session A begins on March 21, 2012, and Session B begins onMarch 26, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/628503main_R2R%20Teacher%20PD%20.pdf.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’sDigital Learning Network is pleased to invite you and your students to take alook into the intriguing world of science, technology, engineering andmathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEMThrough the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” will feature a female NASASTEM professional, along with a high school senior from NASA’s Women in STEMHigh School Aerospace project, also known as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Easternduring the month of March.

For more information and to watch the webcastsonline, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Heat,Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER — Cooling with Sunshades 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 Web seminar on March 21, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Learn how to use the NASAMESSENGER (Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging)mission to motivate your students to investigate energy and the electromagneticspectrum. Discover how students can create their own sunshades and measure theeffectiveness of different materials in protecting against sunlight and solarradiant energy.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar21.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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Live Video Chat: In Celebration of National Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, a panel of outstanding women at NASA’sLangley Research Center in Hampton, Va., will answer student questions abouttheir contributions to the missions and goals of NASA. Meet Judith Watson, a senior researchengineer, Julie Williams-Byrd, an electro-opticsengineer, Kimberly Land, acommunications, education and public outreach manager, and LindsayRogers, a resources management analyst.

Join the video chat on Mar. 22, 2012 from2-3 p.m. EDT to ask panel members questions about their career paths or theprojects they work on.

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.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/women-history-month-chat.html.

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

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Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition –How Much is Waste? Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and project LE&RN are hostinga 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on March 22, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through threemathematical computations to determine usable and unusable portions of foods.Your students determine the mass andvolume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight anddetermine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight.

For more information and toregister online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/p7s3w1/.

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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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Big Bang for theBuck: Cosmology from WMAP

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy, or WMAP,Explorer space mission mapped the remnant radiation from the Big Bang acrossthe entire sky. From the patterns observed, scientists have deduced the age, history,contents and geometry of our universe. Professor Charles Bennett will discussdiscoveries made and mysteries that remain.

The lecture will take place on March 22, 2012, at 8p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

The lecture will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington,D.C., and is free to attend. Tickets are required. The lecture will be webcastlive for free viewing online. Lecture video will be archived.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3725.

Questions about this lecture should be directedto nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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International Space Station National LabEducation Project

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

Proposals are being accepted from the highereducation communities through March23, 2012. Seven areas of opportunities are available. Theseareas include general facility simulation-based, ground-based, in-orbitactivities as well as specific areas that are already developed and ready foradvancement.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRESand 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 ofNASA’s mission!

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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation. Thesession, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takes placeon Fri., March 30, from 11 a.m. – noon inthe Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Sat., March 31,from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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2013 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) AcademicInnovation Challenge

In a continuing effort to engage and retain students in science, technology,engineering and mathematics fields and provide a real-world challenge, exposingstudents to the engineering and design processes, the Advanced ExplorationSystems Habitation Systems Deep Space Habitat Project team has begun acceptingapplications for the 2013 eXploration Habitat, or X-Hab Challenge.

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work togetherto create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on anothercelestial body. The winners of the challenge will receive between $10,000 and$49,000 to design and produce functional products of interest to the Deep SpaceHabitat project.

Proposals are due May 2, 2012, andawardees should expect to deliver their product to NASA’s Johnson Space Centerin Houston, Texas, in May of 2013.

Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens andcurrently teach an ABET-accredited engineering senior or graduate design,industrial design, or architecture curriculum at an accredited university inthe U.S.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minorityserving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, andpersons with disabilities also are highly encouraged.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://spacegrant.org/xhab/.

If you have any questions about the X-Hab Challenge, please email xhab@spacegrant.org.

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Lunarand Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam team invite high schoolteachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the “Mars Revealed:Evolving Technology, Advancing Science” workshop. This five-day workshop willtake place in Houston, Texas, on July9-13, 2012.

Attendees will investigate the geology of Earth and Mars, the history of Marsexploration and how scientists’ understanding of Mars has changed with advancesin technology with each new mission to the Red Planet. Classroom resources willbe provided.

Workshop registration is free. Participants will receive a $700 stipend uponcompletion of the workshop.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/workshops/mars/.

Questions about the workshop should be directed to Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASAResearch Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums andPlanetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other InformalEducation Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog ofFederal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

Five Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date have beenadded to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

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 afull 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

NASA Education Express — March 8, 2012

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

TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist
Audience: All Educatorsand Students

New ISSLive! ApplicationAvailable for iPhone, iPad and Android
Audience: All Educators and Students

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “Women in STEM” WebcastSeries
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March 2012

Free Education WebinarSeries from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates for March 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 13-22, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Earsand Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern During March 2012

Center of Massand Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 15, 2012

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

Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry,Starry Night
Audience: Grades 8-12
Event Date: March 16, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EDT

National Spaced OutSports Design Challenge
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: Mar. 16, 2012

OSSI: SOLAR — Summer2012 Opportunities
Audience: Higher Education Students
Deadline: March 16, 2012

DEADLINE EXTENDED:Informal Educator Workshop: International Space Station — Engaging YourAudience in Low Earth Orbit
Audience: Informal Educators (Formal Educators Are Welcome to Attend)
New Registration Deadline: March 16, 2012
Event Date: March 24-25, 2012

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

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

Student Flight Mission Challenge –Improving Earthquake Monitoring
Audience: 7-9 Educators
Notice of Intent Deadline: April 16, 2012
Teacher Submission Deadline: May 21, 2012

2012 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates June-August 2012

NASA’s DigitalLearning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website
Audience: K-6 Educators

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TheEpic Struggle Between Birds and Pigs Moves to Space with a NASA Science Twist

For nearly three years, millions of gamers have used physics in the battlebetween birds and pigs in the video game Angry Birds. In cooperation with NASA,Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds franchise,announced its newest game, “Angry Birds Space,” on Thursday, March 8,2012. NASA and Rovio are working together to teach people about physics andspace exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game.

Game developers have incorporated concepts of human space exploration into thenew game. From the weightlessness of space to the gravity wells of nearbyplanets, players use physics as they explore the various levels of the game setboth on planets and in microgravity.

Aboard the International Space Station, Flight Engineer Don Pettit of NASAcreated a video using Angry Birds Space to explain how physics works in space,including demonstrating trajectories in microgravity by catapulting an AngryBird through the space station. The video was shown this week to an audience atthe South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals, an annual convention oforiginal music, independent films, and emerging technologies in Austin, Texas.It is also available on NASA’s website at https://www.nasa.gov.

For more information on microgravity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/microgravity.

For more information about the International Space Station, visit https://www.nasa.gov/station.

For more information about Angry Birds Space, visit http://www.angrybirds.com/space.

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New ISSLive! Application Available for iPhone,iPad and Android

NASA announces the release of the ISSLive! app for iPhone, iPad and Andoid.This innovative, interactive app provides a novel way to learn about theInternational Space Station while on the go.

The ISS Live! app delivers live streaming data from the International SpaceStation. Users can take a virtual 3-D tour of the Mission Control Center andthe space station, and view mission control console displays with real-timedata. Interactive educational lessons using the data, as well as crew and sciencetimelines with individual crew member, social media and international scienceexperiment details are also available via the app.

To learn more and find links to download the ISSLive! app, visit http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov.

iPad and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and othercountries.
Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take part in a special event series titled”Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusingon how women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fieldscontribute to NASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with theexperts in the studio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sending questionsvia email.

The schedule of events through March 2012includes:

March9: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March12: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March 19: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,Ala., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 22: NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inCalifornia
March 30: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation Services Project

The Aerospace Education Services Project ispresenting a series of free webinars through May 2012. All webinars can beaccessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities,lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.

Food for Thought (Grades 5-8)
March 12, 2012, 3:30 – 5p.m. EST

Aerospace education Steve Culivan will share”Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explorespace food and the nutritional needs of the astronauts that includes a menu ofinquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Looking at the Sun: NASA’s Missions to the Sunand the 2012 Study of the Venus Transit (Grades K-12)
March 14, 2012, 4:30 – 6p.m. EST

Aerospace education Rick Varner will discuss theinherent connection between the sun and life on Earth This session is designedto look at NASA’s missions to the study the sun and share sun-Earth activitiesand resources available for use in the classroom. There will be a particularfocus on the Venus Transit taking place June 5-6, 2012, and the Sun-Earth Dayactivities associated with this event.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
March 16, 2012, 10 – 11a.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill instruct teachers on how to use stuffed animals as props in telling thestory of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared forteachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the CoreLiteracy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geological Historyof Mars (Grades 5-12)
March 29, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EST

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt willshare an activity that uses an inquiry-based, critical-thinking approach tostudying the surface of Mars like scientists do. This lesson will teachstudents to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relativeage-dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologichistory.

For more information about the webinars listedabove, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through May 2012, visit http://neon.psu.edu/webinars/.

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@nasa.gov.

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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 http://www.globeatnight.org.Participants 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 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 http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/.With smart phones and tablets, the location, date and time are put inautomatically. And if you do not have a smart phone or tablet, there are user-friendlytools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude 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 adifference and join the GLOBE at Night efforts in 2012. Activity packets,one-page flyers and postcards advertising the campaign are available at http://www.globeatnight.org.

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto globeatnight@noao.edu.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take a look into the intriguing world ofscience, technology, engineering and mathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart ofa Woman” will feature a female NASA STEM professional, along with a highschool senior from NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace project, alsoknown as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place eachWednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern during the month of March.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket WebSeminar

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 March 15, 2012, at 6:30p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire.The featured lesson is the “High-Power Paper Rockets” activity from NASA’sRockets Educator Guide. The activity addresses forces and motion, center ofmass and center of pressure. This seminar provides an overview of the activity,explores the NASA connections, shares tips and tricks for implementing thislesson in the classroom and discusses possible modifications or extensions.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar16.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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Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center

The Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a one-weeksummer residential session for early childhood and elementary education majorspreparing to teach in an elementary or middle school classroom. Threeinstitutes will take place this year: June 18-22 (for Houston and surroundingareas), June 24-30 and July 8-14, 2012. All events will take place at NASA’sJohnson Space Center in Houston.

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

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

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

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

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Live Video Chat — Astronomy: Starry, Starry Night

On March 16, 2012, Dr. MichelleThaller from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will answerstudent questions from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Dr. Thaller’s research interests are hotstars, colliding stellar winds, binary star evolution and evolved stellarcompanions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your students ask Dr. Thallerabout her research and the path that led her to NASA.

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.

For more information and to view the video chat, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/thaller-chat.html.

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

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National Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge

Students in grades 5-8 throughout the UnitedStates are invited to participate in Spaced Out Sports, a national designchallenge that applies Newton’s Laws of Motion by designing a game for theInternational Space Station astronauts to play in space. The goal is forstudents to learn the science behind the game on Earth and in microgravity.

Students will submit game demonstrations via aplaybook and video. Submissions will be accepted from schools, home schoolgroups, after-school or enrichment programs. Awards include: First Place –NASA school-wide or program-wide celebration (U.S. teams only); top three teams– games played on the space station and recorded for a future broadcast; allcontributing schools and programs — opportunity to participate in a DigitalLearning Network webcast with astronauts on the space station.

Entries are due March 16, 2012.

Spaced Out Sports student and educator resourcesinclude posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, career videos and DigitalLearning Network modules. All include NASA astronauts, engineers and celebritysports figures engaging students in relevant space-sports connections byexplaining and demonstrating the science behind their work and/or games.Featured are: former astronaut and NASA Associate Administrator for EducationLeland Melvin and astronaut Nicole Stott; Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin;NASCAR’s Juan Pablo Montoya; basketball’s Temeka Johnson; football/Super Bowlchampions New Orleans Saints; and hockey’s Ryan O’Reilly and the ColoradoAvalanche.

Spaced Out Sports is managed by NASA’s StennisSpace Center Education through the Teaching From Space Office at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Flight Center in Houston.

For more information and to register for thechallenge, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/spacedoutsports.

If you have questions about Spaced Out Sports,please email inquiries to SpacedOutSports@nasa.gov.

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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 oninternship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features theOSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows and Scholars,or SOLAR. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for alltypes of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarshipopportunities in one location. A single application places the student in theapplicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

Applications for summer 2012 opportunities aredue March 16, 2012.

To find available opportunities and to fill outa SOLAR application, visit http://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

Inquiries about the OSSI: SOLAR should bedirected to Mabel Matthews at Mabel.Matthews@nasa.gov.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Informal Educator Workshop:International Space Station — Engaging Your Audience in Low Earth Orbit

NASA’s International Space Station, also knownas ISS, and the ISS National Laboratory provide unparalleled opportunities foreducators to connect students and other audiences directly to science,technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

On March 24-25, 2012, NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop thatwill include science presentations by NASA experts, demonstrations of hands-onactivities, ISS Live! website activities, educational resources and bestpractices for creating content and educational activities in informal settings.Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellowparticipants to enable future collaborations.

The registration deadline for this workshop hasbeen extended to March16, 2012. A $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast,beverages, snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshoplocation and to register online, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=329.

Unable to attend in person? Portions of theworkshop will be available through NASA’s Digital Learning Network. Check the workshop websitefor more information

Please direct questions about this workshop tothe JPL Informal Education staff at Carla.J.Johns@jpl.nasa.gov.

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InternationalSpace Station National Lab Education Project

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

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas ofopportunities are available. These areas include general facilitysimulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areasthat 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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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m.- noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Saturday, March31, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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StudentFlight Mission Challenge — Improving Earthquake Monitoring

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is gaining a betterunderstanding of earth science processes such asearthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using aspecially modified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are usingradar to collect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which mayeventually help scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baselinedata in critical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affectnot only the immediate area of the quake, but also the state of stress in thesurrounding faults. This will help them improve their forecast models of quakeprobability and magnitude.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and JetPropulsion Laboratory are in process of identifying several new areas tocollect baseline data for earthquake studies. Educators, grades 7-9, areinvited to engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge.Through this challenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate,evaluate, design and present a solution to a real-world problem that willexpand our understanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will formsmall mission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site fora new earthquake science investigation. The challenge will engage students aspractitioners of science through exploration of the airborne science researchprocess that NASA scientists and engineers use to study earth system science.Students will:

— Investigate the science.
— Select a site for earthquake monitoring.
— Prepare a flight plan.
— Develop a multimedia proposal for submittal to NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom,after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. One student team proposal can besubmitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by NASA staff. Selectstudent teams will receive recognition as earth system science investigators,and up to three teachers will be invited to attend the Airborne ResearchExperiences for Educators and Students, or AREES, 2012 summer academy.

To submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) for the StudentFlight Mission Challenge, visit www.aeroi.org.

The deadline to submit an NOI is April16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposal is May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learn the science and pedagogicalcontent knowledge to prepare students for this challenge, enroll in the onlinecourse Earth System Science throughNASA’s electronic Professional Development Network at https://www.nasaepdn.gatech.edu/nasa_sdc_earthsystemscience.php.The course is free, self-directed and technology and standards-based.

This activity is offered through the Aerospace, Education, Research andOperations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., in partnership with NASA’s DrydenFlight Research Center and the Teaching From Space program at NASA’s JohnsonSpace Center in Houston, Texas. The G-III aircraft isoperated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale incollaboration with instrument investigators from NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

For more information about the AREES activity, refer to the website at www.nasa.gov/education/arees.

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2012Lunar Workshops for Educators

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series ofworkshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops will focuson lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolvingwith the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to obtain the coldestmeasurement recorded in the solar system, map the surface of the moon inunprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologicactivity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and itspotential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries,reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunarscientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring thesedata and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned withlocal, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participatingin this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 4-8, 2012 — Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, Colo.
— June 18-22, 2012 — Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.
— June 25-29, 2012 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
— July 9-13, 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 — Museum of the North, University of Alaska,Fairbanks, Alaska

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators areencouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will beaccepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.

Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a MissionControl Flight Officer

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, isexcited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission controlflight officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will have adirect connection to the public affairs console and will witness the innerworkings of the International Space Station’s Mission Control Center.Additional flight control officers specializing in life support, power,data/communications and robotics may be also be available to speak withstudents.

Before you connect with mission control, a DLN education specialist will spendapproximately 30 minutes with your students highlighting the many science, technology,engineering and mathematics concepts that are important aboard the spacestation. Give an incredible, inspirational opportunity to your students andillustrate real-life applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematicsin action.

For more information and to register for an upcoming event, visit https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/MCC.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to jsc-dislearn@mail.nasa.gov.

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What’s New at NASA’s Space Place Website

The Space Place has always been aboutmaking learning fun and painless. Of course, one of the best ways to do thatwith young students is to include a game with a lesson. That makes theexperience all about having fun, and, oh, by the way, maybe catching on to anew idea.

New at spaceplace.nasa.gov
Now the Space Place is taking fun for a walk. Leaping into the world of mobileapplications, we’ve launched our second iPhone game (also optimized for iPad).

“Comet Quest” puts the player in charge of the exciting Rosetta mission to acomet. Rosetta will be the first spacecraft to orbit a comet and drop a landeron the surface. So, in the game, players drop a lander, then record cracks andcraters, jets of gas, tail and coma changes, and chunks of ice flying off thecomet. Players must avoid hitting those pesky solid chunks, retrieve data fromthe lander and transmit data to Earth. Music and sound effects make for animmersive experience. Points accumulate based on lander dropping skill andsuccess at recording events and avoiding crashes. Bonus points may be earned atthe end of the game for answering comet-related questions. A “Learn More”feature has easy reading and illustrations about comets. Go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/comet-quest to get the “Comet Quest” link to the Apple App Store.It’s free.

Space Place en Español
We’ve mentioned our first mobile game app “Satellite Insight” in aprevious issue. Now, It is the first NASA app to be available in Spanish. Alongwith the link to the Apple App Store, a Spanish Web version of the game is alsoavailable at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/satellite-insight/sp.

To recap, in “Satellite Insight,” you are the Geostationary OperationalEnvironmental Satellite R-Series, or GOES-R, environmental satellite, and yourjob is to keep up with the massive flow of data that your advanced instrumentsare collecting.

The game play is somewhat “Tetris”-like, with colorful tilesrepresenting different types of data falling into a grid on the display. Withmusic and sound effects, “Satellite Insight” is addictive for some weare told.

Spotlight on Webmaster’s Faves
When the webmaster spends her lunch time playing a Space Place gameover and over, you know it must be something special. She can often be spiedplaying “Ozone Trap-n-Zap” and “Photon Pileup.”

Of “Trap-n-Zap” she says, “Well, somebody’s got to do something to improve theair quality around here!” That’s because ozone near Earth’s surface is damagingto the health of living things. It also acts as a greenhouse gas when it’shanging out at the top of the troposphere (the layer nearest Earth’s surface).But between those two regions of bad ozone is a layer of good ozone, whereozone acts as a pollution scrubber. And higher up still, in the stratosphere,it protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays. So, our webmaster spends herspare time trapping the good ozone and zapping the bad ozone. Help her out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/ozone.

“Photon Pileup” is a horse of a different color — several colors, actually.She says, “I just like the pretty photons. The purple ones are the mostimportant for making the ultraviolet Galaxy Evolution Explorer space pictures.I like the red ones (for infrared light) best, but I have to survive to Level 5to see them! That’s a challenge.” Can you get far enough to see the redphotons? Try at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/photon-pileup.

For the Classroom
For groups of two or more players, board games are great. How aboutan online board game? That’s “Wild Weather Adventure.” Up to four players picka player name (like Hurricane or Nimbus) and a colored research blimp playingpiece, and take turns spinning the spinner, traveling the map, making rescues,gathering scientific information and answering questions. Check it out at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/wild-weather-adventure.

For out-of-school time
Click on a planet or a comet or some asteroids or a moon, and read asnippet about it. “Solar System Explorer” gives a graphic overlook of all theplanets and their major moons in animated orbits. Where we have NASA missions,play a mini-game. For example, take command of the Cassini spacecraft and helpit navigate the icy chunk mine field of Saturn’s rings. The main thing, ofcourse, is to learn about the planets and moons. Go exploring at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/solar-system-explorer.

Special Days

March 19: Canberra, Australia, Day
This fine city is one of three earthly homes for NASA’s Deep Space Network, orDSN, of antennas, which track planetary spacecraft. The “DSN Uplink-Downlink” gamepays homage at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/dsn-game.

March 23: Energy Education Day
Attack the energy problem, or at least the worst of its by-products, by playing“Greenhouse Gas Attack” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/greenhouse-gas-attack.

April 18, 1912: First Crossword Book Published
“Weather Word Cross” is a different kind of crossword puzzle at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/weather-words.

April 22: Earth Day
A perfect day to admire Earth as art by solving beautiful satellite image“spuzzles” at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spuzzled.

April 28: Astronomy Day
“Slyder” puzzles of fabulous infrared space images will get everyone in themood at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/spitzer-slyder.

And many more . . .
Just press “Play” from any screen and get the complete menu ofgames. There’s no excuse for being bored at The Space Place!

iPhone, iPad and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Tetris is a registered trademark of Tetris Company LLC.

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


NASA Education Express — March 1, 2012

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED — Call for Abstracts: 63rdInternational Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students
Submission Deadline: March 4, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “Women in STEM” WebcastSeries
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Multiple dates throughout March 2012

Engineering Design: Forces and Motion –Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 6-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 5, 2012

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

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

NASA DLNWebcast — Meet NASA’s Langley Research Center Director Lesa Roe
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline for Interactive Opportunity: March 5, 2012
Event Date: March 8, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “STEM Through the Eyes, Earsand Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern During March 2012

VectorAddition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation Web Seminar
Audience: Physics Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 7, 2012

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “From 5th Grade to JPL” Webcast
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Dates: March 8, 2012

Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks –Finding Habitable Planets Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: March 8, 2012

Informal Educator Workshop: International Space Station — Engaging YourAudience in Low Earth Orbit
Audience: Informal Educators (Formal EducatorsAre Welcome to Attend)
Registration Deadline: March 9, 2012
Event Date: March 24-25, 2012

Free Exploring Space Lecture Series –Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Dates: Monthly March-June 2012

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

Visit NASA Explorer Schools at the 2012NSTA Conference
Audience: 4-12 Educators
Event Dates: March 29 – April 1, 2012

RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2012
Workshop Dates: June 16-21, 2012

New ISS L.A.B.S. Educator Resource Guide Available at NASA.gov
Audience: 5-8 Educators

New CurriculumSupplements From the National Institutes of Health: “Evolution andMedicine” and “Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry”
Audience: 6-8 and 9-12 Educators

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DEADLINE EXTENDED — Call for Abstracts: 63rdInternational Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the63rd International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-timegraduate students attending U.S. universities or colleges respond to this callfor abstracts. The IAC, which is organized by the International AstronauticalFederation, the International Academy of Astronautics and the InternationalInstitute of Space Law, is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selectsan average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be heldOct. 1-5, 2012, in Naples, Italy. NASA’s participation in this event is anongoing effort to continue to connect NASA with the astronautical and spaceinternational community.

This call for abstracts is a precursor to asubsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 63rd IAC.Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original,unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASAtechnical review panel of scientists and/or officials will select abstracts.Many students and professors are involved in NASA-related research. Personssubmitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors whoare conducting NASA research and/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 ordrawings.
— Select the symposium and session in which youwish to post your abstract. Please view the IAC brochure at http://www.iafastro.org/docs/2012/iac/IAC2012_CallForPapers.pdffor list of sessions and more details.

Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoingvision for space exploration and fit into one of the following categories:
Scienceand Exploration — Systems sustaining missions including life,microgravity, space exploration, space debris and search for extraterrestrialintelligence, or SETI.
Applicationsand Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications,including Earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavorsand small satellites.
Technology— Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures,power and propulsion.
Infrastructures— Systems sustaining space missions including space systems, transportation,future systems and safety.
Spaceand Society — Interaction of space with society includingeducation, policy and economics, history and law.

Abstracts must be submitted to http://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59:59 p.m. EST on March 4, 2012,and to the IAC’s website http://www.iac2012.orgby March 5, 2012.

Questions about this opportunity should beemailed to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Women in STEM” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take part in a special event series titled”Women in STEM.”

Various subject matter experts from different NASA centers will bein the Digital Learning Network studios for a series of free webcasts focusingon how women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fieldscontribute to NASA. Selected classrooms will be able to interact live with theexperts in the studio. Each event will be webcast to allow students from allover the world to watch the interviews. Any student can interact by sendingquestions via email.

The schedule of events through March 2012 includes:

March5: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March9: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March12: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
March16: NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio, and the JetPropulsion Laboratory in California
March 19: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville,Ala., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 22: NASA’s Goddard SpaceFlight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California
March 30: NASA’s Glenn ResearchCenter near Cleveland, Ohio, and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center inGreenbelt, Md.

Each hourlong webcast is scheduled to begin at 1p.m. Eastern.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Erin McKinley at Erin.E.McKinley@nasa.gov.

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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge 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 March 5, 2012, at 8:15p.m. EST. This Web seminar will introduce the Forces and Motion: BalloonAerodynamics Challenge for students. This activity provides first-handinformation about density, neutral buoyancy and drag, which is then used tosolve a problem. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporatingnational mathematics, science and technology learning standards into your curriculum.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar23.aspx.

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA.Explorer.Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Challenge to Innovate: Gaming Challenge

Do you have an idea for how interactivetechnology and game-based learning can improve teaching and learning? Enter youridea in the Challenge to Innovate, or C2i: Gaming Challenge.

Proposed ideas must effectively incorporategame-based learning. Registered participants can review, comment and vote onsubmitted ideas. At the end of the review period, up to 10 ideas will receive$1,000 cash awards from the National Education Association’s NEA Foundation.

Submissions must be received by March 5, 2012.

The C2i: Gaming Challenge can be found on theU.S. Department of Education’s Open Innovation Portal. Co-sponsored by theWhite House Office of Science and Technology Policy, this Portal has beendeveloped as an online forum where key stakeholders in education can sharetheir innovative ideas and collaborate to turn those ideas into a new reality.The Department of Education will play a role as convener of these diverse ideasand facilitator of partnerships.

For more information and to submit your ideasonline, visit https://innovation.ed.gov/challenges/gaming/show.

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

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

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2012 NASA Earth Ambassador Training Program

Informal educators are invited to apply to theEarth Ambassador Program, part of NASA Climate Day. An Earth Ambassador issomeone who is committed to the support of a series of nationwide NASA ClimateDay 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 atwo-week virtual training workshop June 4-15, 2012. To sustain the engagementof Earth Ambassadors, quarterly online webinars and monthly telecons willprovide up-to-date information on Climate Day Kit resources and the latestscientific research. Ambassadors will be able to collaborate with each other,the proposers and the public through listservs, social media networks andonline 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 thisopportunity, please email Heather Weir at heather.weir-1@nasa.gov.

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NASA DLN Webcast — Meet NASA’s Langley Research Center Director LesaRoe

Lesa B. Roe is the first female director ofNASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Appointed in 2005, Roe is the onlyfemale center director at NASA.

How does an engineer make it to one of the highest offices in the nation’sspace agency? Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, for this specialevent where a limited number of classes will interact with Roe to learn abouther career path, courses of study and how she became interested in engineeringas a young girl. Learn how planning for your future now leads to your successin the future!

Teachers interested in having their classes participate must register online.Registration is due March 5, 2012.

Anyone, including classes not chosen to participate in the live event, may jointhe webcast on March 8, 2012.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/special/WomenInnovationandAerospace.html.

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

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart of a Woman” Webcast Series

In honor of Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to take a look into the intriguing world ofscience, technology, engineering and mathematics from a woman’s perspective.

This free webcast series titled “STEM Through the Eyes, Ears and Heart ofa Woman” will feature a female NASA STEM professional, along with a highschool senior from NASA’s Women in STEM High School Aerospace project, alsoknown as WISH.

This hourlong webcast will take place eachWednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern during the month of March.

For more information and to watch the webcasts online, visit the DLN website athttp://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — LunarSurface Instrumentation Web Seminar

NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hostinga 90-minute live professional development Web seminar on March 7, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EST. Learn how students can apply theirknowledge of vectors to a hypothetical lunar instrument-servicing mission. Informationand tools will be provided to help engage students and relate the lesson totheir background knowledge. Participants will collaborate about ways to adaptand modify the problem.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar18.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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Women’s History Month Event: Women, Innovationand Aerospace

To celebrate Women’s History Month, NASA andGeorge Washington University are hosting a daylong event to foster discussionamong students and early career professionals on encouraging women to enter andsucceed in the field of aerospace. The event will take place at GeorgeWashington University in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2012.

A panel discussion led by NASA DeputyAdministrator Lori Garver will kick off the event and breakout sessions willfollow. Session topics include human exploration, flash mentoring, studentambassadors and jobs enabling NASA science.

For more information and to register for theevent, visit http://women.nasa.gov/womens-history-month/.

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NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents “From 5th Grade to JPL” Webcast

To kick off Women’s History Month, NASA’s Digital Learning Network is pleasedto invite you and your students to tune in to see a panel of dynamic femalescientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians share their stories ofwhat they were like as students. Learn how an interest in science, technology,engineering and mathematics led these women to careers at NASA.

This hourlong webcast will take place on March8, 2012, at 12:45 p.m. EST.

For more information and to watch the webcast online, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

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AlgebraicEquations: Transit Tracks — Finding Habitable Planets WebSeminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences foreducators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and ResearchNetwork, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professionaldevelopment Web seminar for educators on March8, 2012, at 8 p.m. EST. Discover how an algebra activity called “FindingHabitable Planets” will help you teach students to use their skills to analyzeNASA data. Students learn about the possibility of discovering planets inhabitable zones of solar systems.

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

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Informal Educator Workshop: International SpaceStation — Engaging Your Audience in Low Earth Orbit

NASA’s International Space Station,also known as ISS, and the ISS National Laboratory provide unparalleledopportunities for educators to connect students and other audiences directly toscience, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

On March 24-25, 2012, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena,Calif., will host an educator workshop that will include science presentationsby NASA experts, demonstrations of hands-on activities, ISS Live! websiteactivities, educational resources and best practices for creating content andeducational activities in informal settings. Additionally, participants willhave the opportunity to network with fellow participants to enable future collaborations.

Registration for this workshop closes on March9, 2012. A $35 registration fee includes continental breakfast, beverages,snacks, a box lunch and incidentals.

For more information, directions to the workshop location and to registeronline, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/index.cfm?page=329.

Unable to attend in person? Portions of the workshop will be available throughNASA’s Digital Learning Network. Check the workshop websitefor more information

Please direct questions about this workshop to the JPL Informal Education staffat Carla.J.Johns@jpl.nasa.gov.

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FreeExploring Space Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The 2012 Exploring Space Lectures will featureworld-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up oursolar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museumin Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets arerequired. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecturevideos will be archived.

Big Bang for the Buck: Cosmology from WMAP

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy, or WMAP, Explorer space mission mapped theremnant radiation from the Big Bang across the entire sky. From the patternsobserved, scientists have deduced the age, history, contents and geometry ofour universe. Professor Charles Bennett will discuss discoveries made andmysteries that remain.

The lecture will take place on March 22,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3725.

The Little Satellite That Could

The International Ultraviolet Explorer, or IUE, was the first experiment toexplore the full range of ultraviolet radiation from the universe.Astrophysicist Andrea K. Dupree of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory willdiscuss how the IUE project blazed the trail for international collaborationsin space and paved the way for the Hubble Space Telescope.

The lecture will take place on April 11,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3726.

Free Lecture — Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes

The Swift Explorer is an astronomical satellite that is observing gamma-raybursts, the birth cries of black holes. Experimental physicist Neil Gehrels willshare the latest mission results and discuss the amazing properties of blackholes.

The lecture will take place on May 16,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3727.

Free Lecture — Seeking Planets Like Earth

Transiting planets are special, because scientists can determinetheir bulk density and can even observe their atmospheres. Join astronomer DaveW. Latham as he discusses his studies of transiting planets and how we can usethem to find rocky worlds similar to the Earth.

The lecture will take place on June 5,2012, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.

For more information, visit http://www.nasm.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=3728.

Questions about this series of lectures should be directed to nasmpubliclectures@si.edu.

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InternationalSpace Station National Lab Education Project

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

Proposals are being accepted from the higher education communities through March 23, 2012. Seven areas ofopportunities are available. These areas include general facilitysimulation-based, ground-based, in-orbit activities as well as specific areasthat 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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VisitNASA Explorer Schools at the 2012 NSTA Conference

If you are attending the
2012National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Educationin Indianapolis on March 29 through April 1, be sure tostop by NASA’s exhibit booth #2159 in the exhibit hall. NASA Explorer Schools,or NES, representatives will be there to share information and answer yourquestions.

If you are not yet a participant in the NES project, you can obtain detailedinformation about NES by visiting the booth or attending a NES presentation.The session, “Teach STEM? NASA Explorer Schools Can Help!”, takesplace on Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m.- noon in the Cabinet Room of the Westin Indianapolis.

Everyone is invited to attend any of the additional NES lesson-relatedsessions:
— The “Virtual Lab and NASA Explorer Schools” session takes place onFriday, March 30, from 4 – 4:45 p.m.in room 142 of the Convention Center.
— The “NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System”session takes place on Saturday, March31, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in room 111/112 of the Convention Center.

Attend one of these presentations and see how NES helps teachers by packagingeverything needed to deliver an exciting NASA-related lesson to students!

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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RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop

U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learnhow to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s WallopsFlight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2012 workshop June 16-21,2012, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Theregistration deadline for the workshop is May1, 2012.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly onsounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams ofthree to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On thefifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocketexpected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of thestudent-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty andstudents in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical toNASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/rockon/2012/index_2012.html.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed toChris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu orby telephone at 303-492-3141.

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New ISS L.A.B.S. Educator Resource GuideAvailable at NASA.gov

The International Space Station Learning,Achieving, Believing and Succeeding, or ISS L.A.B.S., Educator Resource Guideconsists of eight guided educational learning activities. The guide highlightsthe international collaboration involved in building and operating the spacestation, and provides an overview of space station construction and assembly.The eight activities in the guide cover topics relating to science, technology,engineering and mathematics. All lessons are aligned with national educationstandards.

The guide includes student sheets, lesson plan instructions, backgroundinformation, answer keys and a certificate of completion to award to studentsafter completing the activities.

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

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Website offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types ofresources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed bytype, grade level and subject. For more NASA-related education resources, visithttp://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true.

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New Curriculum Supplements From the National Institutes of Health:”Evolution and Medicine” and “Rare Diseases and ScientificInquiry”

Teachers now have an innovative way to helpstudents approach challenging biology questions with two new freecurriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health, or NIH,: “Evolution and Medicine” and “Rare Diseases and Scientific Inquiry.”Both supplements combine cutting-edge medical research discoveries withstate-of-the-art instructional materials that help students build theircritical thinking skills.

“Evolution and Medicine,”for grades 9–12, helps students use scientific inquiry in the context of medicineto understand evolutionary principles. Students will learn how evolution ispart of our knowledge of human health, biomedical processes and diseasetreatment. To request “Evolutionand Medicine,” visit http://science.education.nih.gov/q9.

“Rare Diseases and ScientificInquiry,” for grades 6–8, helps students explore how scientistsresearch rare diseases and treatments and learn more about the workings of thehuman body. To request “RareDiseases and Scientific Inquiry,” visit http://science.education.nih.gov/r9.

The supplements were developed by leading scientists, educators and curriculumexperts. Each contains five lessons that are comprehensive, interactive, easilyincorporated into the curriculum and aligned to common core state standards aswell as national and state education standards. These free supplements are partof an ongoing acclaimed series for grades 1–12 available from the NIH — the federalfocal point for medical research.

Questions about the educational materials provided by the NationalInstitutes of Health should be directed toCindy Allen at allency@od.nih.gov orLisa Strauss at straussl@mail.nih.gov.

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