NASA Education Express — April 5, 2012

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


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

Questions about this series of webinars shouldbe directed to Gwendolyn Wheatle at


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to


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

To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at


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

Questions about this lecture should be directedto


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 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 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

Please email any questions about GLOBE at Nightto


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

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Mary Baker at


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

Inquiries about this event should be directed to Mary Baker at

To learn more about NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition, visit


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

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Marilyn Lewis at


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

Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to Chad Badiyan at


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


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:


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