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


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

Questions about this opportunity should bedirected to Karen Ricks at


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

Inquiries about this webcast series should bedirected to Caryn Long at


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

To learn more about NEON, visit

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


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

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

For additional information about DARPA, visit

Please email any questions about thisopportunity to


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

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


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 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

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

For more information on the e-PDN and the resources it offers to K-12 teachers,visit

Questions about these courses should be directed to Kristen Anderson at


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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Jessica Swann at or Anthony Zippay at


Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For afull list of Current Opportunities, visit

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One thought on “NASA Education Express — March 22, 2012”

  1. Thanks for the information. It’s great to see that NASA has got an eduction program for kids. Kids will be able to things like robotics, rockets, race cars, .

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