Monthly Archives: April 2012

NASA Education Express — April 26, 2012

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

New DIY Podcast Module Available — Space Station
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 27, 2012

Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 30, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2012

Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Dates: Various Dates during May 2012

RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2012
Workshop Dates: June 16-21, 2012

Percentage and Volume: Space Food and Nutrition — How Much is Waste? Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: May 2, 2012

2013 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Proposal Due Date: May 2, 2012

2010-2011 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest
Audience: Higher Education Students

Deadline: May 2, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators

Event Date: May 8-11, 2012

NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline for Entries: May 31, 2012

Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: July 2, 2012

Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA 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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New DIY Podcast Module Available — Space Station

Are you looking for new ideas to integrate technology into your lessons? Or are you a student looking for a savvy idea for a class project? Then NASA’s Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast “Space Station” module may interest you.

Learn what astronaut Mike Fincke enjoys doing most while in space. Finke served as a flight engineer on the station as well as the commander for Expedition 18. He shares how extraordinary efforts of teamwork have resulted in the largest space structure ever built — the International Space Station, or ISS.

Ground-breaking research is being done on the space station by NASA and its international partners. Camille Alleyne, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station, shares some of the work being done in space and how it benefits us on Earth. And astronaut Garrett Reisman, flight engineer for Expeditions 16 and 17, takes us on a tour of the station.

So, why are you waiting? Choose from 40 video clips, 25 audio clips and a variety of images to learn about the station while having fun creating a podcast.

How DIY Podcast Works:
— Download NASA video and audio clips.
— Write a production script.
— Record your narration.
— Edit your product.
— Share your podcast.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site at https://www.nasa.gov/education/diypodcast to learn more and to access information and resources for the new Space Station module.


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NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

NASA’s Dawn mission is studying the roles of water and size in planetary evolution by visiting two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres, in our solar system. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, and chief engineer Marc Rayman as he describes the exciting Dawn mission, its two exotic destinations and its use of ion propulsion — a technology that mostly has been in the domain of science fiction but is now being used on Dawn.

This live hourlong webcast will take place on April 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT.

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

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lyle Tavernier at
lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and Learning Environments and Research Network, or LE&RN, projects are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on April 30, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Solar Storms provides teachers with a unique opportunity to have students use their knowledge of geometry and trigonometry to analyze NASA images of a solar tsunami. During this seminar, participants will preview a video about solar storms. An overview of the problem sets, suggestions for implementation of best practices and some extension activities that may be appropriate for your curriculum will be provided.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-geometry-space-math/.

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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NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

Do you have good ideas? NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), and they are looking for fresh new ideas on how to share it. NASA wants to deliver this incredible data to users in a way that excites people and helps them to understand its value and potential. In short; what’s the coolest thing you can do with images, analysis and telemetry of asteroids and comets?

Ideas for mobile and Web applications will be accepted through April 30, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Winning ideas get $500! To learn more and sign up, visit https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-ntl.

Email any questions about this opportunity to nonamesite-support@topcoder.com.

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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project

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

Our Solar System: A Model Overview (Grades 4-9)
May 1, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will present NASA inquiry activities that demonstrate remote sensing and scale models to better visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a whole system.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 2, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

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

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 3, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
May 5, 2012, 9 – 10 a.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson
will demonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the story of the animals that preceded humans in space. The program is geared for teachers in K-5 with a special focus of aligning the topic with the Core Literacy Standards for elementary grades. Web resources will be provided.

Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition in the Classroom (Grades 4-9)
May 5, 2012, 11 a.m. – noon EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share “Food for Thought,” a new NASA educator guide designed to explore space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts that includes a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to address this exciting topic.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 7, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

NASA’s S’COOL Program (Grades 4-12)
May 8, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduce NASA’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line, or S’COOL, program. The program engages students to make observations of cloud type and cover and then share it with NASA. Scientists use the data to assist their understanding of global climate change. After sending in observations, teachers receive satellite images for comparison to student data.

Free Planetarium Program for Your Computer (Grades K-12)
May 15, 2012, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Les Gold will introduce participants to a free planetarium program. Participants will learn how to use the program to demonstrate day/night cycles, the sun’s changing position in the sky, as well as seasons, phases of the moon, constellations and more.

Looking at Our Earth From Above (Grades 4-9)
May 15, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m.
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography, or STEM-G, with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. NASA curriculum products, missions and other resources will be utilized to demonstrate an inquiry-based teaching strategy to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it.

Mars Uncovered: Revealing the Geologic History of Mars (Grades 5-12)
May 16, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt will share an inquiry-based lesson that presents a critical-thinking approach of studying the surface of Mars. This process is similar to the approach used by NASA scientists. This lesson will teach students to examine geologic features of a planetary surface and use relative-age dating techniques to analyze the information and interpret the geologic history.

Rocket Scientists Write? (Grades K-12)
May 21, 2012, 6 – 7 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis will demonstrate language arts activities using NASA materials and lessons found within NASA educator guides. Materials discussed will cover reading comprehension and composition for grades K-12. Lesson plans and strategies will be shared.

Toys in Space (Grades 4-9)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Steve Culivan will share NASA’s Toys in Space videos and activities. In this program, astronauts took toys from around the world with them into space. Students predict, observe and record how the toys behave without the effects of Earth’s gravity, putting Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Participants will receive copies of the astronaut videos for use in the classroom.

Sun-Earth-Moon Relationships (Grades K-8)
May 24, 2012, 7 – 8 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Rick Varner will introduce sun-Earth-moon models that help to explain the phases of the moon and both lunar and solar eclipses. Additionally, the activity “Kinesthetic Astronomy” will be introduced for its explanation of the seasons.


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

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to
Gwendolyn Wheatle at Gwendolyn.H.Wheatle@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 learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2012 workshop June 16-21, 2012, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2012.

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

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’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 to Chris Koehler by email at koehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-3141.

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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 for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools project and project LE&RN are hosting a 60-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 2, 2012, at 8 p.m. EDT. Learn how to guide your students through three mathematical computations to determine usable and unusable portions of foods. Your students determine the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for spaceflight and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for spaceflight.

For more information and to register online, visit https://digitalmedia.wufoo.com/forms/nes-webinar-registration-percentage-and-volume/.

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) Academic Innovation Challenge

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

Post-secondary students, engaged in a variety of curricula, will work together to create a solution to a need for living and working in space or on another celestial 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 Space Habitat project.

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

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

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons 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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2011-2012 Green Aviation University Engineering Contest

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit a well-documented design paper for a large cargo aircraft that produces less noise, fewer emissions and is more fuel efficient than current models.

Participants, either teams or individuals, must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university. International students may participate but are not eligible for cash prizes or student internships. Entries are due May 7, 2012.

For more information about the contest, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/era_univ/competitions_univ_era.htm.

Questions about the contest should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@nasa.gov.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission taking place May 8-11, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.

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NASA Earth Day Video Contest 2012

To mark Earth Day 2012, NASA presents the Earth Day Video Contest 2012. For the second year in a row, NASA is challenging the public to create a compelling video vision of NASA’s exploration of Earth — The Home Frontier.

To enter, produce a short video that captures what you find inspiring and important about the unique view and understanding of Earth provided by NASA science. Upload your video to YouTube and tag it using the instructions found on the contest website. NASA will feature the best entry — chosen by a panel of NASA scientists and communicators — on the NASA website. And, the winner will receive a behind-the-scenes look at the next rocket launch of a NASA Earth-observing satellite.

Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2012.

For more information, official contest rules and to see the winning video from last year, visit https://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earthday-vid-2012.html.

If you have any questions about this contest, please email Patrick Lynch at Patrick.Lynch@nasa.gov.


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Host a Real-Time Conversation With Crewmembers Aboard the International Space Station

NASA is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Nov. 1, 2012, and May 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposals are due July 2, 2012.

Using amateur radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an amateur radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. The technology is easier to acquire than ever before. ARISS has a network of mentors to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this once in a lifetime opportunity for students.

Interested parties should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Education office, to obtain complete information including how the technology works, what is expected of the host organization and how to obtain the proposal/application form by sending an email to
JSC-TFS-ARISS@mail.nasa.gov or by calling 281-244-1919.

Additional information can be found at
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/ariss.html.

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Additional Frequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+) (Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

Eight Frequently Asked Questions received after the proposal due date has been added to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES at the following URL:

http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665%7d&path=closed

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full 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 — April 19, 2012

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

Live Video Chat: NASA Untamed
Audience: Grades 4-8
Event Date: April 23, 2012, 1-2 p.m. EDT


REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics SPHERES ISS Challenge: High School Tournament 2012
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Informational Webinar: April 23, 2012
Registration Deadline: Sept. 21, 2012


Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

Audience: 5-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 23, 2012

Live Video Chat: 100,000,000,000 Planets in Our Galaxy and Counting
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 25, 2012, noon – 1 p.m. EDT

NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman
Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: April 27, 2012

2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Audience: Higher Education Educators

Deadline: April 27, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project

Audience: 5-12 Educators

Submit Interest By: April 27, 2012

NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 Years Old
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2012

International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Event Date: May 8-11, 2012

2012 Educate to Innovate Conference
Audience: 6-12 Educators
Registration Deadline: May 31, 2012
Event Date: June 20-21, 2012 and June 26-27, 2012

2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: Higher Education Students

Application Deadline:
June 6, 2012

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

Application Deadline: June 8, 2012


NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 15, 2012

Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012
Audience: Grades 6-12 Educators

Event Dates:
July 17-18, 2012

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Live Video Chat: NASA Untamed

In celebration of Earth Day 2012, Becky Bolt, a wildlife ecologist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, will answer student questions about how scientists study wildlife and how this research helps support space operations.

Join the video chat on April 23, 2012 from 1-2 p.m. EDT to ask Bolt questions about her exciting career and find out what Kennedy Space Center is doing to ensure a green and sustainable future.

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/bolt-chat.html.

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


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REGISTRATION OPEN: Zero Robotics SPHERES ISS Challenge: High School Tournament 2012

NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, or MIT’s, Space Systems Laboratory are proud to announce that the next Zero Robotics High School Tournament will take place this fall, offering high school students the opportunity to design experiments that will be tested in space.

Zero Robotics challenges high school student teams to write their own algorithms to fly the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The competition starts online where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Students can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the International Space Station!

Teams may register now:
1) Go to
http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/.
2) Log In or Create an Account.
3) Click “Tournaments” and register for the High School Tournament.
4) Create a team and invite other users.
5) Visit Resources to get started.

The registration deadline for this competition is Sept. 21, 2012.

NASA and MIT will hold a webinar on Monday April 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT for all interested participants. Please check
http://zerorobotics.mit.edu/ for the latest information and to access the webinar.

By making the benefits and resources of the space program tangible to high school students, Zero Robotics is designed to inspire future scientists and engineers. Students will have the opportunity to push their limits and develop skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. This program helps students build critical engineering skills, such as problem solving, design thought process, operations training, team work and presentation skills.

The SPHERES are used inside the station to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomous rendezvous and docking. The three satellites that make up SPHERES fly in formation inside the station’s cabin. Each is self-contained with power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment. MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory developed SPHERES in 2006 to provide DARPA, NASA and other researchers with a long-term test bed for validating technologies critical to the operation of future satellites, docking missions and satellite autonomous maneuvers.

The Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2012 is brought to you by NASA, DARPA, the MIT Space Systems Laboratory, TopCoder and Aurora Flight Sciences.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to zerorobotics@mit.edu.

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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER — My Angle on Cooling Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute Web seminar on April 23, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT.
Learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft functioning in a high-temperature environment. You will also see how to use the mission’s Staying Cool activities to lead students through an examination of different solutions to the problem of how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar22.aspx

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

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NASA Explorer Schools help desk at
NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: 100,000,000,000 Planets in Our Galaxy and Counting

On April 25, 2012, at noon EDT, NASA research scientist Stephen Kane will answer questions from students in grades 4-12 about a study he co-authored showing there are 100 billion planets in our galaxy.
During the live video chat, Kane will reveal details about this incredible study and answer questions submitted by students on how common planets are in the galaxy and why people want to know about them.

Submit questions during the chat through a chat window, or send them to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, 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/kane-chat.html.

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


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NASA DLN Webcast — Dawn Mission Chief Engineer Marc Rayman

NASA’s Dawn mission is studying the roles of water and size in planetary evolution by visiting two of the largest asteroids, Vesta and Ceres, in our solar system. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, and chief engineer Marc Rayman as he describes the exciting Dawn mission, its two exotic destinations and its use of ion propulsion — a technology that mostly has been in the domain of science fiction but is now being used on Dawn.

This live hourlong webcast will take place on April 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT.

For more information, visit
https://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/dln/index.html
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Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Lyle Tavernier at
lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov.


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2012 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program

Applications are currently being accepted for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2012 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. A housing allowance will be offered for awardees who live beyond a 50-mile radius of JPL. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.

The deadline for applications is April 27, 2012. For more information about this opportunity, visit http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov/.

Inquiries about NASA’s JPL Summer Faculty Research Program should be directed to the Petra Kneissl-Milanian at Petra.A.Kneissl-Milanian@jpl.nasa.gov.

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Mars Student Imaging Project

The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educators and classroom teams to participate in an authentic research opportunity for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the ability to formulate and ask a research question about Mars, interact with Mars scientists, target an image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft and use their Mars data to answer their research question. This is an opportunity for students to build on their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, experiences, and possibly make a new discovery on Mars!

The Mars Student Imaging Project strongly aligns to National Science Education Standards and the new National Research Council’s Science Framework and working with data helps to build students’ essential 21st century workforce development skills. Participation is free and open to teams from grades 5-12 across the U.S.

Interested educators are asked to submit an Online Interest Form by April 27, 2012.

To get started and learn more about the project, 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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NASA Tournament Lab: Idea Generation Contest

Do you have good ideas? NASA’s Planetary Data System has tons and tons of data (over 100 terabytes), and they are looking for fresh new ideas on how to share it. NASA wants to deliver this incredible data to users in a way that excites people and helps them to understand its value and potential. In short; what’s the coolest thing you can do with images, analysis and telemetry of asteroids and comets?

Ideas for mobile and Web applications will be accepted through April 30, 2012, and there is no limit on the number of ideas you can submit. This contest is open to 13-18 year olds in the United States.

Winning ideas get $500! To learn more and sign up, visit
https://www.nonamesite.com/web/cs-stem/pds-ntl.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
nonamesite-support@topcoder.com.

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International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission

Middle school educators are invited to join NASA for the International Space Station EarthKAM Spring 2012 Mission taking place May 8-11, 2012. Find out more about this exciting opportunity that allows students to take pictures of Earth from a digital camera aboard the International Space Station.

International Space Station EarthKAM is a NASA-sponsored project that provides stunning, high-quality photographs of Earth taken from the space shuttle and the space station. Since 1996, EarthKAM students have taken thousands of photographs of Earth by using the World Wide Web to direct a digital camera on select spaceflights and, currently, on the space station.

For more information about the project and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the EarthKAM home page
www.EarthKAM.ucsd.edu.

If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email
ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.


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2012 Educate to Innovate Conference

NASA’s Aerospace Education Services Project and the Kentucky Southeast-Southcentral Education Cooperative are presenting two Educate to Innovate opportunities this summer. These conference workshops will explore engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance-learning modules, inquiry-based lessons, literacy across the curriculum and hands-on projects. Event agenda items will target the next generation standards of learning for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Workshop participants will experience eight breakout sessions with hands-on activities over the two-day training. Participants also can sign up for free 90-minute virtual follow-up with one of NASA’s aerospace education specialists.

Two separate conference opportunities are available. The first will take place June 20-21, 2012, at Eastern Kentucky University. The second will take place June 26-27, 2012, at Corbin Center for Technology and Community Activities in Corbin, Ky.

The registration deadline for these events is May 31, 2012.

For more information and to register online, visit
https://coetech.eku.edu/registration/Online_PD_RegForm.php.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Brandon Hargis at
Brandon.hargis@nasa.gov.


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2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program

National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive, online learning experience featuring engineering career possibilities. It is highlighted by an on-site experience where selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering or computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA.

The only cost to participants is a $30 registration fee. NASA covers travel, food and lodging. NCAS is open to community college students throughout the United States. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have access to the Internet.

Applications are due June 6, 2012.

For more information and to apply online, visit
http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org/
.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov
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National Space Biomedical Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long-duration missions. This research also benefits patients on Earth. The NSBRI is soliciting applications for its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The NSBRI’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides support for postdoctoral fellows in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Funding is for a two-year period with an option for a third year of support.
Applicants must prepare proposals with the support of a mentor, and all proposals are evaluated by a peer-review panel.

Applications are due June 8, 2012.

For detailed information on the application process, visit
http://www.nsbri.org/postdocs/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
postdoc@nsbri.org.


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NASA G.I.R.L.S. Mentoring Project

NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school girls. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from women working at NASA. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.

Applications will be open for submission on May 15 and are due June 15, 2012. The NASA G.I.R.L.S. website and social media accounts will be updated when application submission is opened! For more information on how to follow along on Twitter or Facebook, go to
http://women.nasa.gov/get-involved.

For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasa-g-i-r-l-s/.

Email any questions about this opportunity to
hq-women@nasa.gov.


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Earth Science Information Partners Federation Summer Meeting 2012

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners, or ESIP, invites teachers to attend a 1.5-day workshop on earth science education, with an integral strand dedicated to climate change education. Participants will be able to choose from several breakout sessions demonstrating ways that earth science tools and data can be used in science classrooms.

This summer’s workshop will take place July 17-18, 2012, at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After the workshop, teachers are invited to stay for the ESIP conference plenary and poster reception.

Educators for grades 6-12 are eligible to receive a $200 time and travel stipend. Discounted registration is available through June 15, 2012. Student registration rates and single-day registrations are also available. Those who are unable to attend in person may register to attend virtually.

To register for the workshop, please visit
http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1078265
.

To learn more about the ESIP summer conference, please visit
http://esipfed.org/meetings.


Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
erinrobinson@esipfed.org.

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Don’t miss out on education-related opportunities available from NASA. For a full 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 — April 12, 2012

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

Join the Worldwide GLOBE at Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Now through April 20, 2012

NASA’s Digital Learning Network PresentsSpace Shuttle Discovery “Fly-Out” Celebration
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 16, 2012, 1 – 2.:30 p.m. EDT

Live Video Chat: Space ShuttleDiscovery Fly Out
Audience: Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 16, 2012, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

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

Airborne ResearchExperiences for Educators and Students Academy
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 16, 2012

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

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Presents”Beautiful Earth”
Audience: Grades 5-12
Event Date: April 18, 2012

Algebraic Equations: CalculatorControlled Robots Web Seminar
Audience: Algebra Teachers and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2012

Zero RoboticsAutonomous Space Capture Challenge
Audience: Anyone 13 years or older who meets eligibility requirements
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2012

Mars Student Imaging Project
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Submit Interest By: April 27, 2012

2012 Summer Workshops –Climate Science Research for Educators and Students
Audience: 9-12 Educators
Application Deadline: June 1, 2012

Sun-Earth Day Webcast to CommemorateVenus Transit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 5, 2012

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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, timeand location to help create a light-pollution map worldwide.

The GLOBE at Night 2012 campaign runs through April 20, 2012. Over68,000 measurements have been contributed from more than 115 countries over thelast 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 areuser-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude andlongitude.

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’sDigital Learning Network Presents Space Shuttle Discovery “Fly-Out”Celebration

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is hosting a special event on April 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. EDT, tocommemorate the departure of space shuttle Discovery. Join DLN hosts DamonTalley and Rachel Power as they broadcast live from NASA’s Kennedy SpaceCenter’s Space Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. The space shuttle Discoveryis being prepared to fly on the back of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, amodified 747. The flight will take Discovery to its final destination at theSmithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s
Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia.

The Space Shuttle Discovery “Fly-Out” celebration will include special gueststhat have worked on the space shuttle over the years, both on land and inspace!

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

Do you have a question you would like to see answered live during the webcast?Send questions to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.

Inquiries about this webcast should be directed to Damon Talley at Damon.B.Talley@nasa.gov.

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Live Video Chat: Space Shuttle Discovery Fly Out

Join NASA Explorer Schools, or NES, on April16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT, for a live webchat from the Space Shuttle LandingFacility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Preparations are underwayto transport space shuttle Discovery on the back of a modified 747 to its finaldestination at the Smithsonian National Air andSpace Museum’s
Udvar-Hazy Center inVirginia. This special flight will take place on April17, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your students ask NASA expertsquestions about the shuttle program and the future of space exploration.

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/discovery-chat.html.

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

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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation 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.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargiswill provide an overview of the Messenger mission to the planet Mercury andwill share lessons and activities connected with the mission. Participants willlearn where to find online resources to bring the excitement of exploringMercury into the classroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes andcreate a labeled illustration of lava layering.

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

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill willshare how to start a school garden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Spaceproject and the Canadian Space Agency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10years, Tomatosphere has evolved into a regular component of the curriculum formore than 13,700 classrooms in Canada and the United States. At the end of theworkshop, a NASA space seeds surprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertson willdemonstrate how teachers can use stuffed animals as props in telling the storyof 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.

NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Moraleswill share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary andscientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air weBreathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon.Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both thecity and in the wild.

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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Airborne Research Experiences for Educators andStudents 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 training program providesresearch-based experiences for educators using NASA’s unique flight platforms.Participants will engage as science practitioners by becoming involved in aNASA earth science mission.

The workshop is designed to combine research-basedopportunities for educators with NASA content-based curriculum andstudent-focused design challenges in a program that focuses on three educationgoals:
1. Engage participants in NASA’s unique,airborne research-based missions.
2. Increase educators’ core scientific andresearch knowledge bases.
3. Develop NASA’s airborne research-basedcurriculum and student activities.

Experiences will include technical contentinstruction by scientists and engineers, hands-on learning of airborne datacollection methods and operations, and a field site investigation to collectground truth data from the Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, Calif., forcomparison to data collected from NASA’s ER-2 high-altitude airborne scienceaircraft. Further, participants may attend pedagogic workshops in problem-basedlearning, engineering design, inquiry-based instruction and integration oftechnology and data-focused curricula into the classroom. Experiences will betranslated into classroom practice through the development of STEM action plansutilizing NASA thematic, curriculum modules based on the foundation that AREESprovides and in context with 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’sTeaching from Space project, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and NASA’sAirborne Science Program, and administered through a partnership with theAerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif.,the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research and CNL World inNebraska.

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Student Flight Mission Challenge — ImprovingEarthquake Monitoring

The National Aeronautics and SpaceAdministration is gaining a better understanding of earth science processes suchas earthquakes through airborne science research platforms. Using a speciallymodified Gulfstream-III jet, NASA engineers and scientists are using radar tocollect data on how quakes change the Earth’s surface, which may eventuallyhelp scientists forecast earthquakes. NASA hopes to collect baseline data incritical areas in order to improve our understanding of how quakes affect notonly 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, are invitedto engage students in the NASA Student Flight Mission Challenge. Through thischallenge, students will have the opportunity to investigate, evaluate, designand present a solution to a real-world problem that will expand ourunderstanding of earthquakes at the global level. Students will form smallmission teams to create multimedia presentations that suggest a site for a newearthquake 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 submittalto NASA.

The challenge can be implemented in a classroom,after-school or other formal and informal teaching environment. Onestudent team proposal can be submitted per educator. Proposals will be reviewedand ranked by NASA staff. Select student teams will receive recognition asearth system science investigators, and up to three teachers will be invited toattend the Airborne Research Experiences for Educators and Students, or AREES,2012 summer academy.

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

The deadline to submit an NOI is April 16, 2012.
The deadline to submit a student team’s proposalis May 21, 2012.

To obtain the curriculum materials and to learnthe science and pedagogical content knowledge to prepare students for thischallenge, enroll in the online course 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 and Operations Institute in Palmdale, Calif., inpartnership with NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and the Teaching FromSpace program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The G-IIIaircraft is operated from the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdalein collaboration 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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Educator Workshop: Greenhouse Gases and TheirRoles on Earth

Greenhouse gases are both naturally occurringand man-made gases that trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere and play a vital rolein maintaining a habitable climate. However, human activity is quicklyincreasing the concentration of these gases on Earth and causing concern aboutthe future of our planet.

On April 21, 2012, NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory, or JPL, in Pasadena, Calif., will host an educator workshop thatwill examine the role of greenhouse gases in our complex global system, andexplore the ways that media deliver science content and discusses climatechange. The workshop is open to formal and informal educators teaching grades 6through 12. Attendees will take part in a group discussion, sciencepresentations and a hands-on activity/discussion on the media’s portrayal ofscience and climate change. Teachers will receive a certificate for continuingeducation hours.

Registration for this workshop closes on April 17, 2012. A $30registration fee includes continental breakfast, beverages, snacks, a box lunchand incidentals.

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

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

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NASA’sDigital Learning Network Presents “Beautiful Earth”

NASA’s Digital Learning Network, or DLN, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centeris hosting a special event on April 18,2012 at 1 p.m. EDT, to celebrate our beautiful planet. This event will usesimulated spaceflight imagery to present views of Earth’s water in all of itsforms: solid, liquid and vapor. See our planet from scientific, artistic andcultural perspectives.

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

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov.

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AlgebraicEquations: Calculator Controlled Robots 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 Apr.18, 2012, at 8:15 p.m. EDT. Discovera unique way of integrating robotic technology into your algebra classes.Robotic missions engage students and provide a unique way of bringing to lifethe concepts you are teaching. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, orTI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve problems requiringsubstituting values for variables in formulas.

This seminar provides an overview of using robotics in algebra so you can makean informed decision about purchasing the robots and other equipment. You donot need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator toparticipate in this seminar, or know how to program the calculator.

For more information and to registeronline, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar8.aspx.

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

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

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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 CaptureChallenge is a programming tournament that uses bowling ball-sized sphericalsatellites aboard the International Space Station. These Synchronized PositionHold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, are used insidethe space station to test maneuvers for spacecraft performing autonomousrendezvous and docking.

This challenge opens the SPHERES satelliteresearch platform to the general public for the first time. The goal of thetournament is to write a computer program to control a satellite to dock with aspace object that may be tumbling through space. The best algorithm submissionsfrom simulation competitions will be tested in microgravity on real SPHERESsatellites aboard the International Space 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. Registrationis now open and teams must join the competition by April 20, 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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Mars Student Imaging Project

The Mars StudentImaging Project is seeking educators and classroom teams to participate in anauthentic research opportunity for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school yearand the summer of 2012. Students will have the ability to formulate and ask aresearch question about Mars, interact with Mars scientists, target an image ofMars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft and use their Marsdata to answer their research question. This is an opportunity for students tobuild on their science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM,experiences, and possibly make a new discovery on Mars!

The Mars Student Imaging Project strongly aligns to National Science EducationStandards and the new National Research Council’s Science Framework and workingwith data helps to build students’ essential 21st century workforce developmentskills. Participation is free and open to teams from grades 5-12 across theU.S.

Interested educators are asked to submit an Online Interest Form by April 27, 2012.

To get started and learn more about the project, 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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2012 Summer Workshops — Climate ScienceResearch for Educators and Students

The Institute for Earth Science Research andEducation, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, isseeking participants for summer professional development workshops in thesecond year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project.Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeksto improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers andstudents develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate scienceworkshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held inlate June or early July. The workshop will focus on understandingsun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamentalconcept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers,instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will takeplace in August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct theirown research. 

All workshop participants in 2011 were from NewYork City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places areencouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to beconducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campushousing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachersfrom outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.instesre.org/GCCE/GCCEHome.htm.

Questions about this competition should bedirected to David Brooks via email at brooksdr@drexel.eduor by phone at 610-584-5619.

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Sun-EarthDay Webcast to Commemorate Venus Transit

NASA’s Sun-Earth Day team has joinedforces with NASA EDGE to celebrate the Transit of Venus with a live webcastfrom Hawaii. On June 5, 2012, tune in for a live webcast from Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The Venus Transit event will not be visible from the continental U.S. in itsentirety, so the NASA EDGE and Sun-Earth Day teams are heading to Hilo, Hawaii.A mountainside location on Mauna Kea will give a wonderful view of the entiretransit with little chance of cloud cover. Viewers will be able to seereal-time images of the transit for the duration of the event in variouswavelengths of light.

This webcast will emphasize the history and importance of Hawaiian astronomyand its connections to NASA space science. Using the backdrop of Mauna Kea, theUniversity of Hawaii, NASA scientists and Hawaiian cultural leaders will weavemultigenerational stories combining ancient ways of knowing with modernscientific discoveries.

For more information about the Venus Transit webcast, visit http://venustransit.nasa.gov.

To learn more about the Transit of Venus and to find activities related to thisonce-in-a-lifetime event, visit http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/transitofvenus.php.

Inquiries about this event should be directed toElaine Lewis at elaine.m.lewis@nasa.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

NASA Education Express — April 5, 2012

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

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

Meteorology:How Clouds Form Web Seminar
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 9, 2012

Engineering Design: Forces andMotion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: April 11, 2012

Free Exploring SpaceLecture — The Little Satellite That Could
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Event Date: April 11, 2012

Join the Worldwide GLOBEat Night 2012 Campaign
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: April 11-20, 2012

For Colleges and Universities: 2012Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: April 13, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012

For High School Juniors and Seniors:2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair
Audience: 9-12 Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Event Date: May 26, 2012

Pre-Service Teacher Institutes at NASA’sMarshall Space Flight Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: May 11, 2012
Institute Dates: July 14-27, 2012

LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: May 15, 2012

Expeditions 33 and 34 In-flightEducation Downlink Opportunities
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: June 1, 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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Free Education Webinar Series from the AerospaceEducation 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.

Physics Resources for Secondary School (Grades5-12)
April 5, 2012, 4:30 -5:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist John Weis willdemonstrate simple activities and resources for teaching physics at middle- andhigh-school levels. Topics and resources covered will include Newton’s Laws ofMotion, energy, light and gravity. Lesson plans and modification strategieswill be discussed.

Color Spinners: Understanding Light and Color(Grades 4-8)
April 6, 2012, 6 – 7p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Christina Comerwill explain light and color by constructing color spinners and observing theeffects of rapid movement using colors. This webinar will be a fun introductionillustrating how different 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 Williamswill explain NASA’s mission directorates and their purposes. Learn about K-12educational materials created by each of the directorates and how educators canaccess these materials free of charge. Learn about citizen scienceopportunities, student design challenges and many other NASA resources thateducators can incorporate into their classrooms.

Messenger’s Mission to Mercury (Grades K-12)
April 16, 2012, 5 – 6p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Brandon Hargiswill provide an overview of the Messenger mission to the planet Mercury andwill share lessons and activities connected with the mission. Participants willlearn where to find online resources to bring the excitement of exploringMercury into the classroom. Attendees will learn about geological processes andcreate a labeled illustration of lava layering.

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

Aerospace education specialist Tom Estill willshare how to start a school garden using seeds from NASA’s Seeds in Space projectand the Canadian Space Agency’s Tomatosphere project. Over the past 10 years,Tomatosphere has evolved into a regular component of the curriculum for morethan 13,700 classrooms in Canada and the United States. At the end of theworkshop, a NASA space seeds surprise awaits you.

Animals in Space (Grades K-5)
April 18, 2012, 6:30 -7:30 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Wil Robertsonwill demonstrate how teachers can 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.

NASA Literature and Science (Grades K-5)
April 25, 2012, 4 – 5p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Lester Moraleswill share an array of NASA literature to enrich students’ vocabulary andscientific skills. During this session Morales will review The Air weBreathe, Echo the Bat and Amelia the Pigeon.Participants will practice the scientific method and remote sensing in both thecity and in the wild.

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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Meteorology: How Clouds Form Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, theNASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute Web seminar on April9, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the relationships between airpressure, temperature, volume and cloud formation. Get an overview of thenecessary conditions for cloud formation and then see how to make a cloud in abottle. Information will be provided about an extension activity, the S’COOLProject, which involves student participation in authentic science.

For more informationand to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar2.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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EngineeringDesign: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar

As part of a series of electronic professionaldevelopment experiences, the NASAExplorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association arehosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learnhow NASA aerodynamics research can be applied to boomerang design to increaseperformance. During the session, participants will be introduced to theBoomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity intoscience classes. The seminar also includes information about two uniqueextensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulationillustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flowequation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determinethe airflow around various shapes of airfoils.

For more information and toregister online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES2/webseminar24.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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Free Exploring Space Lecture — The LittleSatellite That Could

The International Ultraviolet Explorer, or IUE,was the first experiment to explore the full range of ultraviolet radiationfrom the universe. Astrophysicist Andrea K. Dupree of the SmithsonianAstrophysical Observatory will discuss how the IUE project blazed the trail forinternational collaborations in space and paved the way for the Hubble SpaceTelescope.

The lecture will take place on April 11, 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 andSpace Museum in Washington, D.C., and is free to attend. Tickets are required.The lecture will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture video will bearchived.

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

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

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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 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 areuser-friendly tools on the GLOBE at Night report page to find latitude andlongitude.

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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ForColleges and Universities: 2012 Lunabotics University/College Recruitment Fair

As part of NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, aUniversity/College Recruitment Fair will be held on May 26, 2012, at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida. This fair will cater to high school studentslooking for science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities atcolleges and universities.

Approximately 200 high school students will be attending the fair during theLunabotics Mining Competition. Local students from the area surrounding KennedySpace Center are invited to attend.

Colleges and universities interested in participating in this recruitment fairmust sign up to attend by April 13, 2012.This event is free.

For more information, visit http://secorstrategies.com/college-recruitment/.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Mary Baker at Mary@SecorStrategies.com.

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ForHigh School Juniors and Seniors: 2012 Lunabotics University/College RecruitmentFair

As part of NASA’s Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, aUniversity/College Recruitment Fair will be held on May 26, 2012, at NASA’sKennedy Space Center in Florida. Top colleges and universities from across theU.S. will be at the fair to share information about science, technology,engineering and mathematics opportunities at their schools. NASA scientists andengineers will be available to answer questions about specific majors andtechnical career paths.

Students interested in attending this free recruitment fair are asked toregister online before May 11, 2012.To register, visit http://www.secorstrategies.com/nasa-lunabotics.

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Mary Baker at Mary@SecorStrategies.com.

To learn more about NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition, visit www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.

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Pre-ServiceTeacher Institutes at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA’s Marshall SpaceFlight Center has partnered with OakwoodUniversity to offer a two-week Pre-Service TeacherInstitute taking place July 14-27, 2012, in Huntsville, Ala. Thisresidential session is for education majors preparing to teach grades 4-8.

Participants will engage in hands-on learningexperiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology,engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed curriculum resources.Full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year at minorityinstitutions are invited to apply. Housing, meals, travel assistance and astipend will be provided.

Applications must be postmarked by May11, 2012.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/msfc/psti.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Marilyn Lewis at marilyn.h.lewis@nasa.gov.

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LAUNCH:Beyond Waste Challenge

NASA, the U.S. Agency for InternationalDevelopment, the State Department and Nike recently announced a challenge toidentify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform waste-managementsystems and practices. Waste management is important for planning long-durationhuman spaceflight missions to an asteroid, Mars or beyond.

Humans living off the planet require waste solutions that mirror issues facingpeople on Earth. In the hostile environment of space, waste must be eliminatedor transformed in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Theinnovations, which will be presented at the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, maylead to practical applications for astronauts as we send humans deeper into oursolar system.

The LAUNCH: Beyond Waste challenge is open through May 15, 2012, and seeks creative solutions to minimize waste ortransform it into new products in space and on Earth. Forum partners willselect 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH:Beyond Waste forum, hosted by NASA July 20-22, 2012, at NASA’s Jet PropulsionLaboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse andcollaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, mediaand business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovationsforward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoringopportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well asportfolio presentations.

LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches toglobal sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas,technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts onsociety in the developed and developing worlds.

For more information about the LAUNCH: Beyond Waste Challenge and how to enter,visit http://links.launch.org/beyond-waste.

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to Chad Badiyan at chad.badiyan@secondmuse.com.

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Expeditions33 and 34 In-flight Education Downlink Opportunities

NASA is seeking formal and informal educational organizations, individually orworking together, to host live, in-flight education downlinks during Expeditions33 and 34 (approximately from September 2012 to March 2013). To maximize thesedownlink opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw largenumbers of participants and integrate the downlinks into well-developededucation plans.

The deadline to submit a proposal is June1, 2012.

During Expeditions 33 and 34, crew members aboard the International SpaceStation will participate in downlinks. Downlinks take approximately 20 minutesand allow students and educators to interact with astronauts through a question-and-answersession. Downlinks afford education audiences the opportunity to learnfirsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space. Downlinksare broadcast live on NASA TV and are streamed on the NASA website. Because ofthe nature of human spaceflight, organizations must demonstrate the flexibilityto accommodate changes in downlink dates and times.

Interested organizations should contact Teaching From Space, a NASA Educationoffice, to obtain information related to expectations, format, audience,guidelines and forms by sending an email to JSC-Teaching-From-Space@mail.nasa.govor by calling 281-244-7608.

To learn more about this opportunity, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/teachingfromspace/students/downlinks.html.

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AdditionalFrequently Asked Questions — NASA Research Announcement (NRA) CompetitiveProgram for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASAVisitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions (CP4SMP+)(Announcement Number: NNH11ZHA004N, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance(CFDA) Number: 43.008) — Available For Download

One Frequently Asked Questions received afterthe proposal due date has been added to the CP4SMP+ portal page on NSPIRES atthe following URL:

http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b75AAC7BF-2F69-6C73-2980-B1DCF25EA665%7d&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