NASA Education Express — April 19, 2012

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
.

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