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