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