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